Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/17/2021

A gunman went on a shooting rampage on highways in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, shooting at other vehicles. Over the space of an hour, one person was killed, three were wounded by gunfire, and nine others were wounded by shrapnel and debris. The suspect is in custody, and authorities say the public no longer has any reason to be afraid.

In other news, an enormous bronze statue of George Floyd was erected in front of the city hall in Newark, New Jersey.

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USA
» 1 Dead and 12 Injured in Series of Arizona Shootings
» 100 National Guardsmen Ready for Possible Unrest in Minnesota
» 2 Portland Men Plead Not Guilty to Riot Charges in April Protest of Police Killing
» At Least One Person is Dead and a Dozen Hurt After 8 Shootings in West Valley Area of Metro Phoenix
» Biden Signs Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Into Law, Marking America’s Newest National Holiday
» Chicago Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
» Embarrassing: Biden Slammed for Using Cheat Cards in Meeting With Putin
» Exclusive: Marjorie Taylor Greene to Introduce Legislation That Would Abolish the ATF
» Five Nights at Freddy’s Creator Scott Cawthon Quits After He’s Targeted by Cancel Campaign Over His Political Donations
» Gun Evidence Detailed in Winston Boogie Smith, Junior Shooting
» House Votes to Repeal 2002 AUMF, Bill That Vastly Expanded Presidential War Powers
» ‘How Do I Have Two Medical Degrees if I’m Oppressed?’: Father Blasts CRT in a Passionate Speech
» Huge George Floyd Statue Unveiled in Newark
» Huge: Significant Election Irregularities Exposed in Fulton County, Georgia
» Instagram Bans Filmmaker Maggie Vandenberghe
» Law Enforcement Struggles to Recruit Since George Floyd Protests
» ‘Let’s Focus on Real Criminals’: DeSantis Pardons COVID-19 State Penalties
» McCloskeys Agree to Forfeit Guns, Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors
» Minneapolis Has 100 National Guardsmen on Standby as New Gun Evidence Emerges in Winston Smith Shooting
» MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Walloped by Ratings Nosedive
» NYC: Muslims Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Burn Israeli Flag, Repeat Genocidal Chant Calling for Israel’s Destruction
» Officers Resign From Portland, Oregon, Protest Response Unit
» Parents in Albemarle, Virginia Learn That CRT is in All Student Classes
» Poll: Ricketts Calls Critical Race Theory ‘An Attack on Our Country’s Core Values’
» Protesters Warn Wave of Evictions is Coming if Oregon Doesn’t Intercede
» SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to ObamaCare
» ‘Shall Never be Infringed’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Law Banning Government From Closing Places of Worship
» U.S. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Faces Potential Cancelation After Racist Old Tweet Emerges
 
Canada
» Accidental Opioid Poisoning Among Alberta Youth Rose 50 Percent During the COVID-19 Pandemic
» Sir Winston Churchill Statue in Edmonton the Latest Victim of Vandalism Wave
» Trudeau Tests Negative for COVID, Exits Hotel Quarantine in Ottawa After 12 Hours
» Vancouver School Board Cuts Honours Programs, Cites ‘Inequality’ Among Students
 
Europe and the EU
» Czech PM: Majority of Dutch and Swedish Society to be Muslims by 2044 and 2065
» Denmark Shows How to Fight Criminal Clans, Says Top Swedish Intelligence Officer
» England’s First Black Studies Professor Accuses His University of Being Racist
» Enid Blyton Fans Slam English Heritage ‘Insulting’ Re-Appraisal of Children’s Author’s Work as ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ As Group Stands by Move (And Gives Benjamin Franklin and Rudyard Kipling the Same Treatment)
» Exploding ATMs in Slovakia Sparks Worries of an ‘ATM Mafia’
» German Climate Scientist Warns of Irreversible Global Warming
» Ireland: Instagram Bans Former Xposé Host Aisling O’Loughlin for “Misinformation”
» Italy: Priest Accused of Abusing Kids Sent to Trial
» Portugal: Ronaldo Coke Rejection Prompts Calls for Other Sports Stars to Ditch Junk Sponsors
» Spanish Populist Leader Slams Football BLM Knee Gesture, Warning Spanish Team Not to Adopt It
» UK: ISIS Teen Bride Claims She Was Just a ‘Dumb Kid’ When She Joined Terror Group
» UK: Lockdown ‘Dystopia’: Dozens of Tories Rebel — But Not Enough to Save ‘Freedom Day’
» UK: Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry Finds Fears of Security Guards Being Called “Racist” Prevented Jihadist From Being Stopped
» UK: Top MP Javid Slams Child Marriage as ‘Child Abuse’, Admits it’s ‘Prevalent in Certain Communities’
» ‘We Need a Sovereign Europe’ — Former Austrian Chancellor Speaks in Budapest
» Web Censorship is Growing in Czechia But the Government is Doing Little to Stop It
 
Middle East
» Civilian Killings Rise in NE Syrian al-Hol Camp
 
Russia
» Trump on Biden-Putin Meeting: “it Was a Very Good Day for Russia”
 
Far East
» Apple Daily Raided by Police in Hong Kong
» China Carries Out Yet Another Attack on Press in Hong Kong
» LinkedIn Censors Swedish Journalist’s Profile in China After He References Tiananmen Square Thesis
» Scientist Admits Peers Didn’t Promote Lab-Leak Theory Because Trump Did
 
Australia — Pacific
» Cherry Picker Used to Get Protesters Off Truck Roof
» Extinction Rebellion Protestors Block Streets in Perth CBD
» Huge Exodus From Victoria as 30,000 Residents Flee the State With Dan Andrews’ Government Hellbent on Using Relentless Lockdowns to Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks — Leaving Business Destroyed in Its Wake
» Outrage as Victoria’s Top Doctor Flies Interstate for a Glitzy Awards Ceremony — Despite Millions Not Even Being Allowed to Travel 25km From Their Homes Under His Rules
» Teen Muslima Called on Muslims to Stab Teachers, Poison People in ‘Haram Restaurants’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Nearly 800,000 Have Fled Brutal Islamist Advance in Mozambique
» Somalia: Muslim Murders Ten People, Injures Ten Others in Jihad Martyrdom Suicide Attack
 
Immigration
» Italy Takes Migrants After Attempted Pushback, Malta Accused of Refusing Rescue
» Italy: Lampedusa Faces Growing Migration Wave
» Poll: 6 in 10 French People Favor a Referendum to Limit Immigration
» Spain: 132 Irregular Migrants Intercepted in Almeria as Warm Weather Encourages Crossings
 
Culture Wars
» Conservative Groups Rejoice Over ‘Substantial Win for Religious Freedom’ In Supreme Court Ruling on Catholic Adoption
» Diplomats Engaging in Pro-LGBT Propaganda Are a Disgrace, Says Senior Polish Editor
 
General
» Italy: M5S Expels 21 MPs Who Didn’t Vote for Draghi
 

1 Dead and 12 Injured in Series of Arizona Shootings

One person was killed and 12 more were injured Thursday after a gunman went on a shooting spree across cities in the West Valley area of Arizona, police said. A suspect has been taken into custody, and officials said they believe he is the only shooter.

At around 11 a.m. local time, police officers in Peoria, Arizona, responded to reports of a person in a white SUV who had fired at another vehicle, Sergeant Brandon Sheffert of the Peoria Police Department said during a preliminary press briefing on Thursday. Over the next hour and a half, the suspect fired shots at seven more locations before he was taken into custody, Sheffert said.

The suspect was taken into custody around 12:42 p.m. local time in Surprise, Arizona, and “complied completely” with law enforcement, Sheffert said. He has not yet been named, but police said he is an adult male. Sheffert said a weapon was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

100 National Guardsmen Ready for Possible Unrest in Minnesota

The Minnesota governor issued a warning order to the National Guard Wednesday to be ready for possible deployment in Minneapolis following multiple nights of unrest.

Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement on Wednesday that he ordered the Minnesota National Guard to start preparing to assist local law enforcement if they need help, according to the Star Tribune. Residents have protested in the area over the death of a black man by two officers, and a police protestor being killed when a car rammed through demonstrators.

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

2 Portland Men Plead Not Guilty to Riot Charges in April Protest of Police Killing

Two Portland men accused of criminal mischief and rioting pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday.

Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 22, a former Reed College student, is accused of breaking windows at the Oregon Historical Society during a protest on April 16. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office also charged Matthee-O’Brien with smashing windows at Nordstrom and the U.S. Bancorp Tower during protests over the police killing of Robert Delgado in the Lents neighborhood earlier that day.

At a news conference in April, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called for Reed to expel Matthee-O’Brien if convicted.

Matthee-O’Brien recently graduated from Reed with a degree in anthropology.

Matthee-O’Brien has also pleaded not guilty to charges related to a different protest on Jan. 20, including riot, interfering with a peace officer and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Jarrid Huber, 21, of Portland is accused of pushing a dumpster against the Justice Center and setting it on fire during a May 25 protest. He’s also accused of spray-painting buildings and breaking windows of several downtown businesses. Huber pleaded not guilty to arson, criminal mischief and riot charges in court on Wednesday.

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

At Least One Person is Dead and a Dozen Hurt After 8 Shootings in West Valley Area of Metro Phoenix

(CNN) Four people were shot — one fatally — as a gunman went on a shooting spree in the northwest suburbs of Phoenix on Thursday, police said.

Nine other people were hurt by shrapnel and debris, Sgt. Brandon Sheffert with the Peoria Police Department said at a news conference.

“We have a total of eight incidents as of now,” he said.

Police pulled over the suspect in Surprise after his vehicle was spotted by a firefighter, Sheffert said.

The shooting scenes are in Glendale, Peoria, and Surprise — three cities just northwest of Phoenix in a region known as the West Valley. The shootings took place over the course of more than an hour, Sheffert said…

           — Hat tip: DV [Return to headlines]
 

Biden Signs Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Into Law, Marking America’s Newest National Holiday

President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law Thursday, one day after the bill passed overwhelmingly in the House.

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

Chicago Mayor Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the city is labeling racism a public health crisis, alongside the Chicago Department of Health.

“At almost every single point in our city’s history, racism has taken a devastating toll on the health and wellbeing of our residents of color—especially those who are Black,” Lightfoot stated.

The central reasoning for this declaration comes from a “9.2-year life expectancy gap between Black and non-Black Chicagoans” that emerged in the past decade, per NBC News Chicago.

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

Embarrassing: Biden Slammed for Using Cheat Cards in Meeting With Putin

Americans cringed with embarrassment yet again as their so called President gave a pathetically weak performance on the international stage during a sit down meeting with Vladimir Putin, using cheat cards to remember what it was that he needed to say to the Russian leader.

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

Exclusive: Marjorie Taylor Greene to Introduce Legislation That Would Abolish the ATF

Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene will introduce legislation Thursday morning that would abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) if signed into law.

The Daily Caller first obtained the legislation, titled the “Brian A. Terry Memorial Eliminate the ATF Act.”

The bill was named after Marine and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry,who was killed in a gunfight after a group of armed men attempted to rob smugglers who were transporting drugs from Mexico to the U.S.

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

Five Nights at Freddy’s Creator Scott Cawthon Quits After He’s Targeted by Cancel Campaign Over His Political Donations

Scott Cawthon, the creator and developer of the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) survival horror game series, has resigned after he was subjected to a sustained cancel campaign related to his donations to several politicians including Donald Trump, Tulsi Gabbard, Mitch McConnell, Ben Carson, and Kimberly Klacik.

Cawthon has been donating to political candidates since 2015 but last week, after a tweet about his historic political donations went viral, numerous Twitter users and gaming outlets targeted him for cancelation by claiming that he was donating to “the most anti-LGBTQIA+ conservatives in America” and “homophobic and transphobic lawmakers.”

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

Gun Evidence Detailed in Winston Boogie Smith, Junior Shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Newly filed court documents detail gun evidence recovered from the scene of a fatal shooting of a driver during an arrest attempt by members of a federal task force in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said evidence indicates Winston Boogie Smith Jr., who was Black, fired his gun before he was killed June 3 in a parking ramp in the city’s Uptown neighborhood by members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force. Authorities have said Smith was wanted on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Search warrant affidavits filed this week in Hennepin County District Court show that 15 cartridge casings from police firearms were found outside of the SUV in which Smith was sitting and six cartridge casings from another gun were found inside.

According to one affidavit, a Smith and Wesson M&P 380 pistol was also recovered from the driver’s side of the SUV and the six casings found inside matched the pistol. Following the shooting, the BCA said a handgun and spent cartridge cases were found inside the driver’s area…

           — Hat tip: JW [Return to headlines]
 

House Votes to Repeal 2002 AUMF, Bill That Vastly Expanded Presidential War Powers

The House of Representatives Thursday voted to repeal the 2002 bill that cleared the way for the multi-decade conflict in Iraq, a first step in Congress’ bid to rein in presidential war powers.

The bill passed with bipartisan support, reflecting both parties’ growing opposition to presidential war powers that have expanded throughout nearly all of the 21st Century. It passed 268 to 161, with 49 Republicans and 219 Democrats voting in favor.

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

‘How Do I Have Two Medical Degrees if I’m Oppressed?’: Father Blasts CRT in a Passionate Speech

An Illinois father became furious Monday during a speech against Critical Race Theory (CRT) given at a school board meeting.

Ty Smith, a weekend radio show host, blasted CRT at a school board meeting, saying that it will lead children to hate one another and that his personal successes are proof that he is not oppressed due to his race, Faithwire reported.

CRT teaches that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches individuals to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

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

Huge George Floyd Statue Unveiled in Newark

There was a time when statues were reserved for iconic war leaders.

Pioneering scientists and inventors whose genius immeasurably improved the human condition.

Artists and poets whose great works enriched our lives with beauty and wonder.

Who do we erect statues of now?

Convicted violent criminals who rob pregnant ladies at gunpoint.

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

Huge: Significant Election Irregularities Exposed in Fulton County, Georgia

Documents from Fulton County, Georgia, that were submitted to state officials for the election audit “highlight significant irregularities in the Atlanta area during last November’s voting, ranging from identical vote tallies repeated multiple times to large batches of absentee ballots that appear to be missing from the official ballot-scanning records,” reports Just The News.

Thousands of ballots are potentially impacted by these irregularities, suggesting they could be results-changing, as Joe Biden’s state-certified victory in the state was by fewer than 12,000 votes.

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

Instagram Bans Filmmaker Maggie Vandenberghe

Instagram banned the account of filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe, who makes videos that have often gone viral and been featured on The Blaze and Fox News. She was banned from the Facebook-owned platform shortly after reposting a tweet by another conservative journalist and writer, Jack Posobiec.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Instagram confirmed the ban, saying VandenBerghe account was removed for “exceeding the number of violations we allow.” However, the platform did not specify what rules the filmmaker had violated.

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

Law Enforcement Struggles to Recruit Since George Floyd Protests

Law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since George Floyd was killed and protests erupted around the nation.

Mass protests against law enforcement and calls for reforming or defunding the police, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, took their toll on officer morale. The rate of retirements at some departments rose 45% compared with the previous year, according to new research on nearly 200 law enforcement agencies conducted by the Washington-based Police Executive Research Forum and provided to The Associated Press. At the same time, hiring slowed by 5%, the group found.

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

‘Let’s Focus on Real Criminals’: DeSantis Pardons COVID-19 State Penalties

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pardoned any COVID-19 financial penalties at a meeting on Wednesday, including a gym owner who at one point dealt with potential jail time.

“Let’s focus on the real criminals, and let’s make sure that is where our effort is,” DeSantis said. The governor said another round of pardons would be issued for fines businesses not previously included in earlier state clemency board meetings.

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

McCloskeys Agree to Forfeit Guns, Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

Mark and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges and agreed to forfeit the specific guns that they brandished on their property, The Associated Press reported.

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

Minneapolis Has 100 National Guardsmen on Standby as New Gun Evidence Emerges in Winston Smith Shooting

Nicholas Kraus charged with murder for allegedly ramming SUV into protester Deona Marie Knajdek Erickson

The Minnesota National Guard activated about 100 soldiers Wednesday to prepare for the possibility of civil unrest in Minneapolis as demonstrations continue over the deputy-involved fatal shooting of Winston Boogie Smith Jr. by a U.S. Marshals task force weeks ago — as well as the most recent death of a woman killed when a man rammed his SUV into a group of protesters blocking an intersection.

Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday afternoon that his office, at the request of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, “gave the Minnesota National Guard a warning order to start preparing to assist local law enforcement should they need help,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. The Minnesota National Guard has not been given any operational orders, “and as of this time their assistance has not been needed,” Fox 9 Minneapolis also reported.

MN National Guard tweeted Wednesday afternoon that approximately 100 soldiers from the 257th Military Police Company have been activated “at the request of the city of Minneapolis for potential support to civil unrest within the city.” A follow-up tweet added, “While the Soldiers are not currently in Minneapolis, they are standing by and prepared to respond if their presence is needed.”

If Guardsmen are brought into Minneapolis, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo requested that those soldiers be assigned to teams with law enforcement officers and concentrate on property protection details and static traffic posts, according to the city of Minneapolis…

           — Hat tip: LP [Return to headlines]
 

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Walloped by Ratings Nosedive

Few cable hosts have suffered more from President Donald Trump leaving office than MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.

According to analytics provided by Nielsen Media Research, Wallace’s 4 p.m. show Deadline: White House has seen a nearly 80 percent drop in viewership since January 2021 in the critical 25-54 demographic. At the end of May, just 147,000 non-geriatrics above the age of 25 tuned into her two-hour MSNBC program per day.

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

NYC: Muslims Screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ Burn Israeli Flag, Repeat Genocidal Chant Calling for Israel’s Destruction

“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” means that Israel will be erased completely, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. This will lead to the deaths of millions of Jews.

Welcome to de Blasio’s New York.

“‘Allahu Akhbar!’: Pro-Palestinian protesters chant as they BURN Israeli flag in march through NYC that left diners shocked and saw ‘blood’ thrown at BlackRock offices,” by Melissa Koenig, Daily Mail, June 12, 2021.

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

Officers Resign From Portland, Oregon, Protest Response Unit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A team of 50 police officers who serve on a specialized crowd-control unit in Oregon and respond to Portland’s ongoing, often violent protests have resigned en masse after a team member was indicted on criminal charges.

During a Wednesday night meeting, officers, detectives and sergeants on the Rapid Response Team voted to resign from the team because of a perceived lack of support from City Hall and from the district attorney over the past year, according to the mayor’s office and officers.

The move by officers to disband their own team came a day after Officer Cody Budworth was indicted and accused of fourth-degree assault stemming from a baton strike against a protester last summer.

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

Parents in Albemarle, Virginia Learn That CRT is in All Student Classes

A school principal mistakenly believed that parents can opt their students out of critical race theory “advisory lessons” if they desired.

In a story spotted by Breitbart News yesterday, the online meeting is some kind of coffee hour conversation with principal Beth Costa of Joseph T. Henley Middle School, over in Albemarle County, Virginia. The discussion took place a few months ago.

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

Poll: Ricketts Calls Critical Race Theory ‘An Attack on Our Country’s Core Values’

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Governor Pete Ricketts has taken to Twitter, asking Nebraskans to support the ban of critical race theory (CRT).

CRT is an academic movement based on the idea that race is a social construct, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Scholars use it to examine how laws intersect with racial issues and challenge the mainstream approach to racial justice.

In his tweets, Gov. Ricketts claims CRT has “Marxist roots” and “is an attack on our country’s core values.”

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

Protesters Warn Wave of Evictions is Coming if Oregon Doesn’t Intercede

On June 15, about two dozen protesters blocked traffic along Southwest 1st Avenue in downtown Portland, demanding the moratorium on residential evictions be extended past June 30.

“Evictions are not only immoral because of the pandemic, they are immoral every day,” said Colleen Carroll, a spokesperson for Don’t Evict PDX. “Every eviction is an act of violence, and that is not a metaphor.”

The small group of activists warned that the expiration of Oregon’s ban on evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent could lead to large-scale evictions across the state, starting July 1.

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

SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to ObamaCare

The Supreme Court slammed Texas and other Republican-led states’ attempts on Thursday to take down Obamacare.

The 18 Republican states challengedwhether the individual mandate, a requirement by law for people to purchase healthcare, can be cut from the rest of the law or if they can repeal the legislation in its entirety.

The court voted 7-2 that the plaintiffs were not required to pay anything under the mandate provision and therefore didn’t have the standing to bring the challenge to court.

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

‘Shall Never be Infringed’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Law Banning Government From Closing Places of Worship

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law Tuesday banning the government from closing places of worship in Texas.

Texas’s HB1239 prohibits “any elected or appointed officer, employee, or agent of the state” from closing a “building or grounds where religious activities are conducted.” The newly signed law follows an executive order Abbott issued last year that shut down Texas, including houses of worship.

Abbott later reversed his order and allowed houses of worship to open in April 2020, deeming them essential.

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

U.S. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe Faces Potential Cancelation After Racist Old Tweet Emerges

A debate about the double standards of cancel culture is taking place after a 2011 tweet was uncovered in which U.S. female soccer star Megan Rapinoe commented, “u look asian with those closed eyes!”

Rapinoe, who has since become a darling of woke progressives off the back of her campaign for equal pay, is now one of the new faces of Victoria’s Secret, who have done away with their ‘Angels’ models and replaced them with the likes of Rapinoe, “plus size models,” and a transgender Brazilian.

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

Accidental Opioid Poisoning Among Alberta Youth Rose 50 Percent During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alberta youth advocates are calling on its government to develop and implement a provincial youth strategy to address opioid and substance use as youth fatalities continue to climb and reach record numbers.

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

Sir Winston Churchill Statue in Edmonton the Latest Victim of Vandalism Wave

Another statue has been vandalized in Canada — this time in Edmonton.

The statue of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was vandalized with red paint in the city’s downtown core. Edmonton Police received a call Thursday morning about the defaced statue, but were unable to provide additional information on when the statue was vandalized and by whom.

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

Trudeau Tests Negative for COVID, Exits Hotel Quarantine in Ottawa After 12 Hours

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being allowed to check out from his quarantine hotel roughly 12 hours after checking in.

Trudeau’s office says he received his negative COVID-19 test Wednesday morning and can now leave the three-star Ottawa lodging.

Members of his delegation to Europe who landed in Ottawa around 7 p.m. were tested on arrival and received negative test results the next day at about 8 a.m.

Those in the hotel were told to remain in their rooms, and were given lunch boxes on arrival and a boxed breakfast at their door.

Trudeau was overseas from last Thursday until Tuesday for summits with other G7, NATO and European leaders.

His office says Trudeau will follow public health rules and advice for Canadians returning from abroad during the pandemic, as will the officials and journalists who also went overseas.

The rules include quarantining for 14 days and taking another COVID-19 test about seven days after arrival.

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

Vancouver School Board Cuts Honours Programs, Cites ‘Inequality’ Among Students

In a move to create more equality between students, the Vancouver School Board is cutting its honours programs for secondary school students, CBC reports.

Effective this upcoming fall, both honours math and science will be cut from schools, joining the already discontinued honours English program.

The last two schools in Vancouver to offer the math and science programs are Eric Hamber secondary and Magee secondary. Conversations surrounding the cancellation of honours programs began more than five years ago, according to the CBC.

A Vancouver School Board spokesperson told CBC News that the honours courses were creating inequalities for students.

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

Czech PM: Majority of Dutch and Swedish Society to be Muslims by 2044 and 2065

The prime minister of Czech has written an article highly critical of immigration and tied his rival Pirate Party to increased immigration to Czechia. In the article, he makes a number of predictions about when certain European countries will feature a majority Muslim population.

“According to some calculations, the Netherlands will be a Muslim-majority country in 2044, and Sweden will follow in 2065. Unfortunately, these are just facts,” wrote Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in an article published by the Czech daily Pravo. Babis does not cite the studies he is referring to.

“This is very clear to me. I will never allow something similar to happen in the Czech Republic,” continued Babis, referring to the prediction about the Netherlands and Sweden.

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

Denmark Shows How to Fight Criminal Clans, Says Top Swedish Intelligence Officer

To fight Sweden’s criminal clans, the police need more powers and should look to neighboring Denmark, said the intelligence police officer Roland Malmkvist for SVT.

Since the police chief Mats Löfving warned about the migrant criminal clans in Sweden during the autumn, these family-based networks have been a recurring topic of debate in Sweden. Most recently, after the clan conflict in Gothenburg which flared up at the end of May, the issue has taken on new importance.

According to Malmkvist, commissioner of the police’s criminal intelligence service, these clans are difficult to access and control.

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

England’s First Black Studies Professor Accuses His University of Being Racist

The first Black Studies professor in the history of the United Kingdom has claimed his school is systematically racist, despite hiring him to the history-making position just three years ago.

In 2017, Birmingham City University hired Kehinde Andrews to teach the Black Studies course, even though he had said the university system was “as institutionally racist as the police force” and had compared campuses to “slave plantations.” He was made a full professor a year later.

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

Enid Blyton Fans Slam English Heritage ‘Insulting’ Re-Appraisal of Children’s Author’s Work as ‘Racist and Xenophobic’ As Group Stands by Move (And Gives Benjamin Franklin and Rudyard Kipling the Same Treatment)

Enid Blyton fans have slammed English Heritage’s ‘insulting’ re-appraisal which linked the children’s author’s work to ‘racism and xenophobia’ after a review of its blue plaques following last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.

The prolific English children’s writer has enchanted millions of young readers for a century with tales of adventure, ginger beer and buns, selling 600million books in 90 languages.

But Ms Blyton, whose novels have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1920s, has been linked to racism in updated English Heritage information about the blue plaque on the Chessington home where she wrote her first stories while working as a nursery governess between 1920 and 1924.

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

Exploding ATMs in Slovakia Sparks Worries of an ‘ATM Mafia’

A series of explosions damaged three ATMs in different parts of Slovakia Tuesday night, the Slovak police informed.

The ATM was damaged in the village of Turna nad Bodvou in the district of Kosice, in the village of Šoporna in the district of Galanta and in the village of Výcapy Opatovce in the district of Nitra.

“As a result of the explosions, ATMs were damaged, the property was damaged and money was stolen. The amount of damage is being now quantified,” said the Slovak police. According to the Tvnoviny.sk website, up to €100,000 could have been stolen.

The investigator initiated criminal proceedings in the matter of theft, damage to another’s property in parallel with the criminal offense of damage, and endangering the operation of a generally beneficial facility.

A similar attack took place a week ago in Bratislava. The police are starting to talk about the activities of a so-called “ATM mafia”.

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

German Climate Scientist Warns of Irreversible Global Warming

German climate scientist Markus Rex warned this week that humanity may have already passed the tipping point for irreversible global warming.

“The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that we set off first when we push warming too far,” said Markus Rex, who heads the atmospheric physics section of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.

“And one can essentially ask if we haven’t already stepped on this mine and already set off the beginning of the explosion,” Rex warned Tuesday.

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Ireland: Instagram Bans Former Xposé Host Aisling O’Loughlin for “Misinformation”

Facebook has deleted the Instagram account of Irish TV presenter Aisling O’Loughlin for spreading COVID-19 and vaccine “misinformation.” The account was previously restricted, so that it was less likely to be found in searches.

In the past few months, O’Loughlin, former Xposé host, has posted on Instagram in a way that is disregarding or undermining measures such as lockdowns.

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Italy: Priest Accused of Abusing Kids Sent to Trial

Father Giuseppe Rugolo ‘assaulted kids after ER lessons’

(ANSA) — ENNA, JUN 11 — An Italian priest accused of sexually abusing children was sent to an ‘immediate’ trial on Friday.

Father Giuseppe Rugolo of Enna in Sicily was arrested on April 27 on charges of abusing children in his care.

He allegedly abused them during and after religious education lessons.

He is on trial for sexual violence aggravated by taking advantage of the psychological inferiority of the victims.

The trial starts on October 7.

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Portugal: Ronaldo Coke Rejection Prompts Calls for Other Sports Stars to Ditch Junk Sponsors

Football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s public rejection of Coca-cola this week has prompted health campaigners to call for other sports stars to step up and ditch junk food and drink sponsors.

As highlighted in the video below, Coke is massively unhealthy, and its presence as a sponsor of the Euro 2020 tournament is akin to a tobacco company plastering its logos all over the Olympics.

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Spanish Populist Leader Slams Football BLM Knee Gesture, Warning Spanish Team Not to Adopt It

Spanish populist VOX party leader Santiago Abascal criticised the BLM-associated knee gesture at the Euro 2020 tournament and wanted the Spanish national football team not to do it.

Prior to Spain’s opening match against Sweden on Monday, Abascal wrote: “Disguised as a gesture against racism, some are determined to bring nations to their knees. We are seeing it in sport.”

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UK: ISIS Teen Bride Claims She Was Just a ‘Dumb Kid’ When She Joined Terror Group

Shamima Begum, 21, claims that she was just a “dumb kid” when she travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State and begged “pretty please” to return to the UK.

Begum, who left her London home aged 15 in 2015 to marry a Dutch jihadist in Syria, made the remarks in an interview with journalist Andrew Drury for his documentary Danger Zone.

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UK: Lockdown ‘Dystopia’: Dozens of Tories Rebel — But Not Enough to Save ‘Freedom Day’

Dozens of Conservative MPs rebelled and voted against extending restrictions — but not enough to stop the measures being passed, with 491 MPs backing the plans.

Some 60 Members of Parliament voted against the extension last night, of which were 49 Conservative lawmakers, with the notional Opposition Labour Party backing the measures which will delay the end of lockdown from June 21st to July 19th.

Lockdown sceptic Sir Desmond Swayne likened the delay to actions taken by the “communist party”, according to The Telegraph, telling the House of Commons on Wednesday night: “I could understand it if we were a communist party, but this is the party that inherited the true wisdom of the Whig tradition.

“This is the party of Margaret Thatcher, who said that liberty was indivisible. This is the party that only recently elected a leader that they believed, that we believed, was a libertarian, so there is much on which we are going to have to reflect.”

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UK: Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry Finds Fears of Security Guards Being Called “Racist” Prevented Jihadist From Being Stopped

An official inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing has found that one of the reasons for authorities failing to stop jihadist Salmen Abedi from blowing himself up was a fear that they would be called “racist.”

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UK: Top MP Javid Slams Child Marriage as ‘Child Abuse’, Admits it’s ‘Prevalent in Certain Communities’

Conservative MP Sajid Javid has said allowing children under 18 to marry is “child abuse”, admitting it was a cultural practice “prevalent in certain communities”.

Mr Javid, who had served as home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer, made the remarks after drafting a Bill to scrap the legal loophole which allows underaged people to be coerced into marriages. Under current law, 16— and 17-year-olds can marry with their parents’ consent in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the legal age to marry without parental support is 16.

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‘We Need a Sovereign Europe’ — Former Austrian Chancellor Speaks in Budapest

Europe needs both a joint armed force and a common currency, as it should not yield these to outside powers and it “must preserve its sovereignty,” former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel said at a Budapest event on Wednesday.

[Comment: Europe does not need a joint armed forced and it does not need a common currency.]

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Web Censorship is Growing in Czechia But the Government is Doing Little to Stop It

The Alliance for the Family organization, which is well-regarded in Czechia, seems to be the latest victim of internet censorship in the country. On Twitter, the Alliance announced that it had been censored on Facebook and there are concerns it could presage a complete ban.

“According to Facebook, the Alliance for the Family violates community standards. We keep saying that a child needs a dad and a mom. But we are not permitted to say such things in this new, beautiful, and rainbow society,” the organization wrote, describing the censorship as a “funeral”.

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Civilian Killings Rise in NE Syrian al-Hol Camp

About 20 in a month, blamed on ‘IS cells’

19 February, 15:56

BEIRUT — The number of killings of civilians has risen recently in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria: over the past month, about 20 people including both male and female IDPs have been killed in the al-Hol camp.

The killings have been attributed to Islamic State cells, according to local and international humanitarian organizations.

Located near the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Syrian region of Hasakah, the camp has for the past two years hosted tens of thousands of mostly Syrian and Iraqi IDPs from areas where IS had been present between 2014 and 2019.

The camp, which some have called a “small Islamic State”, is officially run by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State.

It had been created in the 1990s to host Iraqi refugees during the Gulf Wars.

Since December 2018, the al-Hol camp has gradually filled with tens of thousands of mostly Syrians fleeing regions in eastern Syria in which a military campaign led by the coalition-backed SDF ended officially in Syria in the spring of 2019.

The camp currently hosts about 65,000 people, around half of whom hold Iraqi nationality.

Most of the camp inhabitants are women and children.

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Trump on Biden-Putin Meeting: “it Was a Very Good Day for Russia”

President Trump reacted to Joe Biden’s embarrassing performance in front of Russian leader Vladimir Putin Wednesday, noting that “it was a very good day for Russia.”

Appearing on Hannity, Trump noted “We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing.”

He continued, “We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, NordStream II, and the pipeline was stopped, and it was given back [to Germany and Russia] and nothing was gotten for it.”

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Apple Daily Raided by Police in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily had its offices raided by hundreds of police officers on Thursday. The founder of the outlet, Jimmy Lai, a long-time government critic was arrested last year.

The police raided the newspaper’s headquarters, checked journalists’ computers, arrested top editors, and froze the company’s accounts. Readers were also warned not to share some of the outlet’s articles online.

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China Carries Out Yet Another Attack on Press in Hong Kong

Chinese authorities in Hong Kong arrested five top executives at the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Wednesday in the latest show of force against pro-democracy groups in the now-authoritarian city.

Chinese authorities dismantled Hong Kong’s longstanding democratic system in early 2020 and have since cracked down harder and harder on the remaining organizations in the city that support democracy. Apple Daily is a tabloid owned by Hong Kong billionaire Jimmy Lai, a longstanding opponent of Beijing and perhaps the country’s leading advocate for democracy. Police raided the offices and arrested the executives on Wednesday, saying they had a warrant for the search and seizure of journalistic materials, Reuters reported.

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LinkedIn Censors Swedish Journalist’s Profile in China After He References Tiananmen Square Thesis

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has censored the profile of Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson in China after he included a single sentence in the “Education” section of his profile that referenced his thesis on the Tiananmen Square massacre and the Cultural Revolution.

LinkedIn is one of the few Western social networks to not be blocked in China because of its willingness to “implement the Chinese government’s restrictions on content” and apply these restrictions to the profiles of non-Chinese users when they’re viewed from China.

By introducing this censored version of LinkedIn in China, the US platform has grown its Chinese user base to 53 million users and China is now its third-largest market.

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Scientist Admits Peers Didn’t Promote Lab-Leak Theory Because Trump Did

Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, admitted in an interview published Wednesday that many scientists didn’t want to acknowledge the possibility of the lab-leak theory of COVID-19 origin last year because it was associated with former President Donald Trump.

In May, Chan joined 17 other scientists to publish a letter in Science calling for more investigation into the theory that COVID-19 accidentally escaped a Wuhan lab in China. The evidence available in support of the lab-leak theory has not substantially changed in recent months, but corporate media, government officials and scientists have largely become more accepting of the possibility that the pandemic originated that way.

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Cherry Picker Used to Get Protesters Off Truck Roof

Police have used a cherry picker crane to remove two women who chained themselves together on the roof of a truck in Perth’s CBD.

The women were part of a group of Extinction Rebellion activists who caused traffic chaos for three hours as they protested while blocking the entrance to the Perth Conference Centre, which was hosting the APPEA 2021 oil and gas conference.

They attached bike locks to their necks, swallowed the keys and chained themselves together while using a megaphone to get their message out to bewildered spectators and frustrated drivers.

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Extinction Rebellion Protestors Block Streets in Perth CBD

Climate change activists have partially blocked the entrance to the convention and exhibition centre in the city, ahead of the fourth day of a major oil and gas event.

6PR reporter Julian Douglas is there and said they’re putting on quite a show.

“There is about three dozen protestors down here and probably a dozen police, partially blocking the entrance to the convention centre on Mounts Bay Road,” he said.

“There is a truck parked across one of the three entry lanes sort of slowing traffic.”

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Huge Exodus From Victoria as 30,000 Residents Flee the State With Dan Andrews’ Government Hellbent on Using Relentless Lockdowns to Contain COVID-19 Outbreaks — Leaving Business Destroyed in Its Wake

Victorians who once boasted their state was the culture capital of Australia and the sporting heartbeat of the nation, are now leaving the state in droves.

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Outrage as Victoria’s Top Doctor Flies Interstate for a Glitzy Awards Ceremony — Despite Millions Not Even Being Allowed to Travel 25km From Their Homes Under His Rules

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton jetted to a glitzy awards dinner in Canberra while millions of long-suffering Melburnians were banned from travelling 25km from their home.

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Teen Muslima Called on Muslims to Stab Teachers, Poison People in ‘Haram Restaurants’

The question no one seems to be asking or even to care about is where did Zehra Duman get her understanding of Islam? What is being taught at her local mosque in Australia? Why isn’t this being investigated?

“Notorious Australian ISIS bride who fled to Syria as a fresh-faced teenager walks free from jail after two months — despite being handed a seven-year sentence,” by Kevin Airs, Daily Mail Australia, June 11, 2021 (thanks to The Religion of Peace).

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Nearly 800,000 Have Fled Brutal Islamist Advance in Mozambique

An estimated 70,000 residents of Palma, a city of 75,000 in northern Mozambique, have fled the city in the past three months, the UN refugee agency announced on June 11—bringing to nearly 800,000 the total of those displaced by the Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province (map).

Launched in 2017, the insurgency is led by Ansar al-Sunna, with support from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Neighboring Tanzania is refusing to admit refugees, and “those pushed back from Tanzania end up in a dire situation at the border and are exposed to gender-based violence and health risks as many are sleeping in the open at night in extreme cold without blankets or a roof over their heads,” said Babar Baloch, spokesman for the UN refugee agency.

Father Kwiriwi Fonseca of the Diocese of Pemba told Aid to the Church in Need that the jihadists have abducted hundreds of boys and girls.

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Somalia: Muslim Murders Ten People, Injures Ten Others in Jihad Martyrdom Suicide Attack

“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties, for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.” (Qur’an 9:111)

But to consider the values and beliefs of migrants streaming into the U.S. would be “racist” and “Islamophobic.”

“Suicide bomber blows up at military base in Mogadishu, more than ten killed,” Goobjoog News, June 15, 2021.

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Italy Takes Migrants After Attempted Pushback, Malta Accused of Refusing Rescue

A group of 86 migrants adrift on a wooden boat inside Malta’s search-and-rescue zone have been handed over to Italian authorities.

The Nadir, a new human rights monitoring ship operated by German charity ResQship, found the 86 people in Malta SAR zone at around noon on Wednesday.

The 86 people had contacted the organisation Alarm Phone in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Several children and three pregnant women were among those on board.

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Italy: Lampedusa Faces Growing Migration Wave

In the past day, 700 migrants from Africa arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The refugee center on the island is already overcrowded, with thousands of refugees crammed in it, although it has a capacity of about 250 people.

According to the Italian Interior Ministry, as of Monday, 16,817 refugees have arrived in Lampedusa since the beginning of January, three times more than in the same period last year.

Over the past weekend, the local media reported that more than a thousand migrants arrived on 15 vessels.

The Parlamentni listy news outlet specified that it was about 1,300 migrants. Most of the migrants were rescued from boats on their way from North Africa by Italian fishermen.

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Poll: 6 in 10 French People Favor a Referendum to Limit Immigration

More than six in ten French people are in favor of a referendum to limit immigration, according to a survey by the CSA Institute for CNews, and considering National Rally leader Marine Le Pen’s promise to hold an immigration referendum if she is elected, the poll results could be a boost to her election chances.

This study was carried out on a sample of 1,000 people representative of the French population over 18, via an online questionnaire. More precisely, 62 percent of French people are for a referendum on immigration, with 35 percent of people “completely in favor” and 27 percent of “somewhat favorable”.

Conversely, 19 percent of those polled are totally against the establishment of a referendum on immigration. To these, 18 percent of rather opposed respondents were added, which makes this idea unfavorable for a total of 37 percent of people.

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Spain: 132 Irregular Migrants Intercepted in Almeria as Warm Weather Encourages Crossings

The Guardia Civil intercepted 40 illegal migrants in the 24-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday in a series of small boats in waters close to the coast of Almeria and located another 92 who had managed to reach dry land, Interior Ministry sources have reported.

Most of the migrants were found between Almeria city and Carboneras. The group included men, women and minors of Moroccan North African and sub-Saharan origins, who have all been transferred to the CATE migrant transit centre in Almeria fishing port.

Commonly known in Spanish as ‘pateras’, small boats packed with illegal migrants from Africa reach Andalusian waters on a regular basis. The Guardia Civil generally intercept the vessels before, or shortly after, they reach land and before taking them to the Red Cross for PCR testing and medical checkovers before they are sent to temporary migrant centres for repatriation. However, migrants have the right to request asylum and cannot be expelled from the country until their cases are resolved, which can cause considerable delays and severe overcrowding at the centres as their cases are investigated.

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Conservative Groups Rejoice Over ‘Substantial Win for Religious Freedom’ In Supreme Court Ruling on Catholic Adoption

Multiple conservative leaders and groups applauded the Supreme Court on Thursday for ruling in favor of Catholic adoption agencies in what one activist called a “substantial win for religious freedom.”

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the city of Philadelphia couldn’t refuse to contract with the Catholic Social Services, a foster-care agency, because it didn’t certify same-sex couples as foster parents.

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Diplomats Engaging in Pro-LGBT Propaganda Are a Disgrace, Says Senior Polish Editor

Diplomats who come to a foreign land and engage in propaganda attempting to change society exceed their powers and disgrace the countries they represent, argues Pawel Lisicki, the editor-in-chief of Do Rzeczy weekly.

Lisicki was asked about foreign diplomats engaging in LGBT pride month in Poland in an interview for Polish Christiana portal, calling it a “scandal”. He believes it a sign of disrespect and arrogance to lecture another nation on its social customs and engage in propaganda for an alternative lifestyle. He hoped that Polish ambassadors would never engage in ideological campaigns on their missions.

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Italy: M5S Expels 21 MPs Who Didn’t Vote for Draghi

Voted against, abstained or didn’t show for confidence vote

(ANSA) — ROME, FEB 19 — The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) on Friday expelled 21 MPs who didn’t vote confidence in Mario Draghi’s new government Thursday, parliamentary sources told ANSA.

The Lower House members either voted against the ex-ECB chief, abstained, or did not turn up for the vote in the House, the second of two overwhelming votes in Draghi’s favour.

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11 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/17/2021

  1. Anytime I hear of the libbies and ghetto goons crying racism, I remember that tidbit of Russian history regarding the Bolshevik revolution. They criticized Tsarist Russia as being racist in the same ways as our modern communists. The Bolsheviks then used their countless gripes against “systemic racism” to justify their uprising. It’s truly a pity that Tsar Nicholas II didn’t respond to the communist fools by eradicating them before they could butcher his family and throw Russia into a communist nightmare for the next three generations.

    Likewise, it’s pitiful that the western world is going through the same pattern of events as Tsarist Russia, only now it’s with our modern communist parasites and their useful idiots, the blacks.

    • Well, I hear the czar and czarina were not the shapest knives in the drawer.

      Neither was the archduke whose assassination “started the WWI”. He spent most of his time killing animals for trophies.

      Maybe it became clear to someone that these people were “expendable” for a larger agenda?

      • Vera, Actually, ole Arch Duke Ferdinand was a smart guy for he delegated authority that worked great for the most part. As for the Czar and his family, they should have seen that coming and used the army to nip it in the bud before it grew out of hand, like we should be doing now.

        • The Archduke and Tsar Nicholas look like geniuses compared with the puppet who currently occupies the Oval Office.

        • Romanovs did see it coming but Britain refused to take the family in asthey wanted to keep the Bolsheviks as allies in the war. Read the book by Coryne Hall wherein the British govt allowed the kings cousins? To be massacred. The British have a lot to answer for in regard to the Communist revolution which set up the foundations for most of the problems in the twentieth century. When you read the number of times the British have failed their allies and enabled dictators to flourish you have to worry if they will ever be a reliable ally for anyone unless there is self interest. Imagine not taking in your cousins then reading they have been massacred? What kind of morality is that?
          Don’t trust them myself to help Australia against China as it is not really in their self interest so best to have a LEAVE plan

          • Like you I do have a problem with the bloody Brits, they turned Europe into a bloodbath that cost us our best and brightest and has made war in western European countries inevitable with the 3rd world invasion taking place.

  2. I wonder if someone would steal that statue, 700 pounds of bronze is worth alot of money to buy drugs it is in the middle of Newark . Newark has the highest stolen car rates in America,s, North East ,one of the highest murder rates, one of the highest unemployment rates, high children born out of wedlock rates, in a democratic run city for decades .To think the good people of Newark have a statue of a unreformed, violent ,drug addicted felon to look up to bring hope to their lives the official saint of BLM. This is the best the leadership of Newark can do? This is what they spend taxpayers money on?

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