Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/8/2022

A man in Milwaukee took a selfie with one of his victims’ sunglasses after allegedly murdering six people. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl in Florida allegedly shot to death a woman who was fighting with the girl’s mother.

In other news, a cinema chain in the UK has pulled a film that Muslims say is blasphemous.

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Thanks to Dean, Reader from Chicago, Roger, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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Financial Crisis
» Bidenomics: Gas Prices Surge to Another Record, No Relief in Sight
» Czechia Experiences Biggest Decline in Living Standards in Its History
» Video: Dem Senator Says it ‘Doesn’t Matter How High Gas Prices Are’
 
USA
» “Come and Take ‘Em, Joe”: Kyle Rittenhouse Unloads Belt-Fed Minigun at Gun Range
» Biden Again Trips Up Air Force One Stairs Ahead of Jimmy Kimmel Interview
» CTV and COVID-Karens Wage War on a Gym That Forbids Masks — But Discipline Wrestling Will Not be Smitten
» DC Shoplifters Caught on Video Snatching Laundry Detergent at Store Near Capitol
» Florida 10-Year-Old Accused of Fatally Shooting Woman Fighting With Her Mother
» George Soros Spent Tens of Millions of Dollars Funding Progressive Prosecutors in Populous U.S. Cities — Report
» Google Relents After Post Fights Censorship of YouTube Interview With Jan. 6 Rioter
» Gruesome: Milwaukee Mass Killer Took Selfie With Victim’s Sunglasses After Murdering Six People
» It’s Open Season on Chicago Police: Shootings at Cops Up Fourfold in 2020, 2021
» Jim Jordan Raises Red Flag About Alleged Political Retaliation by FBI
» LA Officials Warn DA George Gascon After Chesa Boudin Recall: ‘You’Re Next’
» MSNBC Flops in May: Network Had Smallest Monthly Audience Since 1999 Among Viewers Coveted by Advertisers
» New Jersey Man Gets 2 Years for Throwing Firecracker During George Floyd Protests Downtown
» New Search Engine Yep Aims to Split Revenue With Creators
» Rights Groups Demand “Speech Offenses” Are Excluded From UN Cybercrime Treaty
» San Francisco Ousts Soros-Backed Uber-Progressive DA in Recall Vote
» San Francisco Man Suspected of Random Knife Attacks Arrested by Police
» Suspect Arrested Near Kavanaugh House Charged With Attempted Murder
» TPUSA Launches First ‘Turning Point Academy’ — Schools Promoting Traditional, Patriotic Values Planned Across the Nation
» Twitter Spikes on Reports Firm Will Comply With Musk’s Bot Data Demands
» Vancouver City Council Votes to Ban Protests at Private Residences
 
Canada
» Airport Chaos is Ottawa’s Mess Says Former Air Canada Executive
» Another Screening! ‘Trucker Rebellion’ Pulls Into Edmonton on June 16
» Growing Number of Canadians Eating Less Due to Food Insecurity
» ‘How the Prime Minister Stole Freedom’ Children’s Book Tops Amazon Canada’s Bestsellers List
» Interview: Brian Peckford on Cancel Culture, Legal Challenge Against Travel Mandates in Canada
» Political Activism in Canada’s Supreme Court
» Trudeau Minister Who Falsely Claimed Emergencies Act Was Enacted on Police Advice Was ‘Misunderstood’: Official
» Trust in Legacy Media Plummetted Over Course of Pandemic: Survey
» Watch: Chaos Continues at Toronto Pearson International Airport
» Watch: The Canadian Psyop — an Exercise in Behaviour Modification Techniques
» Western Standard to Loan Staff $500 Each to Buy Guns
» ‘What a Waste of Taxpayers’ Money’: Pastor Artur in Court for Feeding the Homeless
» Windsor Man Denied the Right to Vote Because… He Took Part in the Freedom Convoy?!
 
Europe and the EU
» Claim: Swedish Govt Saves Minister in Deal That Could Kill NATO Application
» EU Lawmakers Uphold Ban on New Combustion Engine Cars by 2035
» Exclusive: EU Looking to Push ‘Anti-White Racist Policies’ Using Draft Equalities Report
» Germany: The Berlin Car Attack
» German National Football Team Wears Women’s Jerseys and Kneels for BLM
» No Regrets: Ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel Rejects Blame for Enabling Putin’s Russia
» Poland Wants to Complete EU Gas Ban on Russia, Says Polish Minister After Talks With Austria
» Teen Beaten, Shot by Mob on Bus in France
» Turkey Sets 10 Conditions to End Veto on Joining NATO for Sweden, Finland
» UK Cinema Chain Pulls ‘Blasphemous’ Film Over ‘Safety Concerns’ After Muslim Backlash
» UK: Monkeypox Patient Says He Caught Virus After Having Gay Sex With “Around 10 New Partners”
 
Middle East
» Facebook and Instagram Are Censoring Criticism of the Iranian Regime
 
Russia
» Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 8)
» Ukraine to Ban ‘War and Peace’ From Being Taught in Schools
 
South Asia
» India: ‘Don’t Listen to Hypocrite Islamic Nations’: Dutch Lawmaker Wilders Supports Nupur Sharma’s Remarks on Muhammad
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australians Set to Freeze as Air ‘Straight From the Antarctic ICE Sheet’ Surges Towards the Country and One Unlikely Capital City Shivers Through Its Coldest Week in 118 #YEARS
» Healthy Young People Are Dying Suddenly and Unexpectedly From a Mysterious Syndrome — as Doctors Seek Answers Through a New National Register
 
Latin America
» Brazil’s Election Court Says it Will Nullify Election Winners That Spread Online “Disinformation”
 
Immigration
» Biden Admin Sending ‘Adult Men’ on Migrant Kid Flights, GOP’s Rob Astorino Claims
» ‘Highly Dangerous’ Smugglers Behind 10k Illegal Arrivals Arrested by European Taskforce
» Open Borders Germany to Give Amnesty for Up to 100,000 Migrants With Deportation Orders
» Poll: 73 Per Cent of Trump Voters Believe Dems Are Trying to Replace White Americans With Immigrants Who Vote for Them
» UK: Lawyers Bid to Ground First Rwanda Flight: Channel Migrant Deportation is Thrown Into Doubt as Left-Wing Activists Attempt to Force Judicial Review of Entire Policy…
» ‘We Showed the World Our Christian Spirit’ — Poland’s Acceptance of Ukrainian Refugees Was Due to Christianity, Says Top Polish Bishop
 
Culture Wars
» Biden’s Move to Force Gender Ideology by Cutting Off School Lunch Funding Criticized by DeSantis
» Canada: Billboard Chris’ Lone Campaign Against the Epidemic of Gender Ideology in North America’s Schools
» Czech President: I Would Veto Legislation Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages
» Germany’s LGBT Commissioner Attacks Critics of Pro-Transgender, Sexualizing Content on German Kids’ TV
» MEPs Demand Removal of LGBT Virgin Mary Poster From History Museum in Brussels
» Methodist Church’s First Drag Queen Pastor: ‘God is Nothing’
» NFL Team Appoints First Openly Transgender Cheerleader
» Pro-Abortion Protesters Demonstrate Outside Kavanaugh Home After Foiled Assassination Plot
» Topless Pro-Choice Protesters Run Onto Court at WNBA Game in Brooklyn
» Video: ESPN Host Says Tampa Bay Rays Players Who Refused LGBT Clothing Are “Bigoted”
 

Bidenomics: Gas Prices Surge to Another Record, No Relief in Sight

Gas prices set another record national average on Wednesday, with prices set to break past $5 a gallon just days from now.

Fill up while you can. Assuming escrow doesn’t fall through.

AAA’s interactive map shows that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded — pity the poor souls who must fill up with premium or diesel — ranging between $4.37 and $6.39.

California leads the nation in suckitude, as usual. While gas prices are bad enough around the Bay Area and in Northern California, prices in eastern Mono and Alpine counties are well over $7.

The national average sits just below $5 at nearly $4.96. Expect it to hit $5 this weekend, or maybe as soon as Friday.

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

Czechia Experiences Biggest Decline in Living Standards in Its History

What everyone expected and feared in recent weeks has come to pass, with Czechia recording the biggest fall in living standards since 1993, the same year in which the independent Czech Republic was established.

In the first quarter of 2022, salaries increased by 7.2 percent. That figure would normally be seen as a positive development representing strong growth, even above average over the long run.

However, this increase in wages for Czechs has been entirely lost through price increases. Prices rose by 11.2 percent in the first quarter of this year. So, the standard of living — what people can purchase with their salary — fell by 3.6 percent.

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

Video: Dem Senator Says it ‘Doesn’t Matter How High Gas Prices Are’

In yet another example of how out of touch Democrats are with Americans, Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, of all places, declared in the Senate Tuesday that it doesn’t matter to her how high gas prices are because she drives an electric vehicle.

Stabenow’s made the comments during a Senate Finance Committee hearing, stating “On the issue of gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station and it didn’t matter how high it was.”

OK, good for you Senator. But what about the millions who can’t afford to spend over 50 grand on one of those?

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

“Come and Take ‘Em, Joe”: Kyle Rittenhouse Unloads Belt-Fed Minigun at Gun Range

“Kenosha Kid” Kyle Rittenhouse sent liberals into hysterics Monday when he posted a video of himself firing off a fully automatic minigun at a firing range.

“Come and take ‘em, Joe,” Rittenhouse his post.

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

Biden Again Trips Up Air Force One Stairs Ahead of Jimmy Kimmel Interview

Hours before President Biden taped a late-night comedy interview with ABC host Jimmy Kimmel, he attempted a pratfall of his own — tripping up the steps of Air Force One as he embarked on another day without a one-on-one interview with a journalist.

Biden began his fraught ascension of the plane’s stairs after declining to take questions from reporters, who grumbled during the flight to Los Angeles about Biden’s lack of press availability.

The commander in chief’s stagger went largely unnoticed, in part because footage was not immediately published by TV outlets such as C-SPAN, which have access to unfiltered pool feeds.

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

CTV and COVID-Karens Wage War on a Gym That Forbids Masks — But Discipline Wrestling Will Not be Smitten

Located in an industrial park in Ancaster, Ont., Discipline Wrestling offers all sorts of physical workout programs for kids of all ages. This includes something called Ninja Warrior Parkour, which features everything from swinging ropes and monkey bars to obstacle courses.

The evening we visited Discipline Wrestling to observe this exercise program, dozens of kids were having a great time while working up a sweat. And the kids’ parents seemed to be so grateful that their children were having so much fun while embracing physical fitness programs.

So, what’s not to love?

Alas, not everyone is a happy camper when it comes to this gymnasium. And that unhappy person would be Jane Bedford. Bedford is raising a stink about Discipline Wrestling because the owner, Dave Mair, prohibits the use of masks in its facility. Oh, the humanity…!

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

DC Shoplifters Caught on Video Snatching Laundry Detergent at Store Near Capitol

Shoplifters were caught on video brazenly robbing a grocery store, just one mile from the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the video, at least three people in the Giant Food grocery store on H Street NE are seen stealing as much laundry detergent as they can carry, filing up garbage bags and a shopping cart, before walking further into the store.

The theft happened around 1 p.m., a witness told Fox News.

Another individual in the video, who appears to be a shopper unaffiliated with the robbery, can be seen walking very casually past the alleged robbers.

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

Florida 10-Year-Old Accused of Fatally Shooting Woman Fighting With Her Mother

CHICAGO (REUTERS) — A 10-year-old Florida girl has been arrested after police say she retrieved a gun from her mother’s backpack and fatally shot a woman during a physical altercation between the two women on Memorial Day.

The Orlando Police Department detained the unidentified girl and placed her in custody at the juvenile detention centre on Tuesday (June 7), the department said in a statement.

She has yet to be charged, while her mother was arrested and charged with multiple offences.

State Attorney Monique Worrell, who prosecutes cases in Orange County, said in a statement that her office was reviewing the case and will consider the age of the child and surrounding circumstances, when making a charging decision for her.

“This is one of the most tragic cases I have seen in my 22-year career,” Ms Worrell said. “This shooting is an unimaginable tragedy that defies easy solutions.”…

           — Hat tip: Roger [Return to headlines]
 

George Soros Spent Tens of Millions of Dollars Funding Progressive Prosecutors in Populous U.S. Cities — Report

Billionaire George Soros invested tens of millions of dollars into the elections of progressive district attorneys in 75 cities across the United States.

A new report produced by the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) found that the progressive hedge fund manager and head of the Open Society Foundations — who is alleged by several Eastern European countries to have meddled in local politics, including Hungary, Ukraine, and Russia — invested around $40 million over the past 10 years to support the elections of dozens of prosecutors.

The report, which is available online, suggests that many of the prosecutors were elected to some of the most populous U.S. cities.

Indeed, Soros-backed prosecutors have come to represent around a fifth of all Americans based on city population, and hold office in half of the top 50 most populous cities and counties, the Daily Wire reported.

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

Google Relents After Post Fights Censorship of YouTube Interview With Jan. 6 Rioter

Google said Wednesday it will allow a Post video interview with a Capitol rioter to remain on YouTube — after The Post exposed the platform’s censorship of the clip in a front-page story that pointed out the video helped convict the man.

The latest Big Tech attempt to squash The Post’s reporting occurred Monday when the Google-owned video site deleted the interview taped inside the Capitol — saying Brooklyn man Aaron Mostofsky, 35, spouted “misinformation.”

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

Gruesome: Milwaukee Mass Killer Took Selfie With Victim’s Sunglasses After Murdering Six People

Travis Lamar Birkley, 34, was arraigned in a Milwaukee courtroom Sunday on six counts of murder and armed robbery but is only being held on $1 million bail.

A confidential informant told police that Birkley admitted to killing the six people in what he called a “robbery gone bad.” Birkley was a “guard” for drug deals that took place in the duplex home. On Jan. 20, Birkley decided to rob his “employer.” He shot a man and his wife and then killed four others to avoid being identified.

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

It’s Open Season on Chicago Police: Shootings at Cops Up Fourfold in 2020, 2021

By Matt Rosenberg of Wirepoints

The very public servants we pay to protect us and maintain order in Chicago are increasingly under attack themselves. At an order of magnitude dramatically greater than in years past.

The total number of Chicago Police officers shot at in 2020 was 80, versus a yearly average of 20 from 2014 to 2019. In 2021, total shootings at police were almost as high again, at 76. In 2015, there were only 12 shootings at police the entire year.

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

Jim Jordan Raises Red Flag About Alleged Political Retaliation by FBI

Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday said there’s “real concern” about an allegedly political climate in the FBI that is leading to some people being retaliated against for “disfavored political speech.”

Jordan, R-Ohio, made the comments the day after sending a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray alleging two instances in which FBI employees were punished for political speech surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

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

LA Officials Warn DA George Gascon After Chesa Boudin Recall: ‘You’Re Next’

Top Los Angeles law enforcement officials have warned District Attorney George Gascon this week that he will be “next” to be thrown out of office following the successful recall effort against San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin.

Boudin, a former public defender in one of America’s most liberal cities, was recalled Tuesday after 60% of the city’s voters objected to his soft-on-crime policies — as lawbreaking runs rampant in the Bay Area city.

Both prior to and shortly after the recall vote, one of Gascon’s own prosecutors and the Los Angeles County sheriff indicated the top prosecutor — one of Boudin’s predecessors as San Francisco DA — would face a similar fate.

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

MSNBC Flops in May: Network Had Smallest Monthly Audience Since 1999 Among Viewers Coveted by Advertisers

MSNBC finished May with its smallest monthly audience among the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults age 25-54 since November 1999, and its lowest-rated month among the demo in primetime since May 2004, as Rachel Maddow’s reduced schedule continues to harm the network.

“Record-low ratings going back to 1999 is almost always a bad sign seeing as how they were then a fledgling network and far less ubiquitous in our bodypolitic,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News Digital about MSNBC, which launched in 1996.

Houck believes that nowadays, liberals have a multiple options when looking to “be spoon-fed their talking points” but MSNBC honchos “need to figure something out unless NBCUniversal is content with perpetually rearranging deck chairs on their version of The Titanic.”

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

New Jersey Man Gets 2 Years for Throwing Firecracker During George Floyd Protests Downtown

A New Jersey man who admitting throwing a firecracker toward police officers during the 2020 protests Downtown over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis will serve two years in federal prison.

Nicholas Frank Lucia, 27, of Long Beach Township, was sentenced via video conferencing on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

He pleaded guilty in December to one count of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder.

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

New Search Engine Yep Aims to Split Revenue With Creators

Search engine optimization toolkit provider Ahrefs is working on its own search engine and has invested $60 million for the project, according to a report by TechCrunch.

The search engine, called Yep, claims that it will give 90% of its ad revenue to publishers and creators.

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

Rights Groups Demand “Speech Offenses” Are Excluded From UN Cybercrime Treaty

The UN is preparing a Cybercrime Treaty — and some prominent US-based rights advocates are worried that the wording therein might be too vague, and ultimately too dangerous for free speech.

The EFF is warning about this possible “mission creep” — as some countries are pushing to incorporate “combating hate speech” into what should otherwise be a straightforward case of combating actual online crime targeting information and communications technology (ICT).

Therefore, not such things as “the distribution of materials that call for illegal acts motivated by political, ideological, social, racial, ethnic, or religious hatred or enmity, advocacy and justification of such actions, or to provide access to such materials, by means of ICT.”

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

San Francisco Ousts Soros-Backed Uber-Progressive DA in Recall Vote

In 2019, Chesa Boudin openly campaigned on a hard-left, soft-on-crime platform — and got elected as San Francisco’s chief prosecutor. On Tuesday, San Francisco voters gave him the boot, having discovered, as Andrea Widburg notes, that the reality of hard-left governance is much less appealing than the theory and promises.

As The Epoch Times’ Brad Jones details below, unlike California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent recall election, Boudin didn’t face any opponents. On June 7, San Francisco voters were simply asked to answer yes or no to the question, “Shall Chesa Boudin be recalled (removed) from the Office of District Attorney?”

With more than 61.3 percent of the voters selecting “yes,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed must now appoint an interim district attorney until Nov. 8, when a permanent replacement will be elected. The no votes totaled 40,921 (38.7 percent).

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

San Francisco Man Suspected of Random Knife Attacks Arrested by Police

Homicides and assaults are up 11% in San Francisco compared to last year

San Francisco police have arrested a man they claim attempted to randomly stab four people in the city’s Mission District on Monday night.

Milton Meza Flores, 30, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that include attempted murder.

According to investigators, Flores was already out on warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and burglary from previous scuffles with authorities.

Police say Flores stabbed a 40-year-old man at around 11 p.m. after approaching him from behind. The man, whose identity has not been publicized, is suffering from life-threatening injuries…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Suspect Arrested Near Kavanaugh House Charged With Attempted Murder

Update (1549ET): 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske of California has been charged with attempted murder for threatening to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh, over the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion which would overturn the right to kill unborn babies.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Maryland, Roske brought a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items which he told police he intended to use to break into Kavanaugh’s house and kill him.

Roske, 26, told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. He also said he was upset over the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun control laws, the affidavit said.

When he got out of the taxi, Roske was spotted by two U.S. Marshals who are part of round-the-clock security provided to the justices following the leak of the draft opinion last month. But Roske was only apprehended after he called 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and said he was having suicidal thoughts and planned to kill Kavanaugh, having found the justice’s address online. Roske was still on the phone when Montgomery County police arrived on the scene, according to the affidavit. —Fox News

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

TPUSA Launches First ‘Turning Point Academy’ — Schools Promoting Traditional, Patriotic Values Planned Across the Nation

Turning Point USA has announced the launch of Turning Point Academy in collaboration with the Phoenix suburb Dream City Christian School.

In a press release, TPUSA said that this collaboration will be “the first in a growing network of schools that will launch across the country in the coming years.” There will be two tracks, one that is essentially Christian, and one that prioritizes American values.

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

Twitter Spikes on Reports Firm Will Comply With Musk’s Bot Data Demands

Just two days after Twitter’s board plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demands for internal data, Washington Post reports, citing a person familiar with the company’s thinking.

WaPo’s Elizabeth Dwoskin reports that after weeks-long impasse, Twitter’s board plans to comply with Elon Musk’s demands for internal data by offering access to its full “firehose,” the massive stream of data comprising more than 500 million tweets posted each day, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the state of negotiations.

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

Vancouver City Council Votes to Ban Protests at Private Residences

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Vancouver City Council voted on Monday to adopt an ordinance banning “targeted picketing or protesting” outside private residences, which officials described as a response to recent complaints about harassment of city officials.

The ordinance, first reported by OPB, also expands the list of noises and noise sources that can be considered public disturbances, and empowers the city to take legal action on behalf of officials or public employees who are individually targeted by protests.

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

Airport Chaos is Ottawa’s Mess Says Former Air Canada Executive

Air Canada’s former chief operating officer Duncan Dee has placed the blame for Canada’s airport turmoil squarely on the government’s shoulders.

In a Twitter thread on the chaotic delays plaguing Canadian airports, Dee said airports are not equipped to deal with the Liberal government’s “poor planning.”

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

Another Screening! ‘Trucker Rebellion’ Pulls Into Edmonton on June 16

After two successful screenings at the Canyon Meadows Cinemas in Calgary, Trucker Rebellion: The Story of the Coutts Blockade is travelling north to Edmonton for another special event.

Come join Rebel News Editor-in-Chief Sheila Gunn Reid and the rest of our Alberta team for dinner and a show at Buffet Royale in Sherwood Park.

You’ve heard of the Canadian ‘freedom truckers’ who protested discriminatory vaccine mandates, but they didn’t all go to Ottawa. Another group decided to make their voices heard by taking a stand at the Coutts, Alberta-Sweet Grass, Montana border crossing.

This is their story.

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

Growing Number of Canadians Eating Less Due to Food Insecurity

Canadians are dealing with hunger and food insecurity as a result of skyrocketing grocery costs.

Food Banks Canada commissioned Mainstreet Research for a survey which found that nearly 25% of Canadians were eating less because of inflation. The number of people struggling doubled when taking into account those earning less than $50,000 a year.

When the 4,009 respondents were asked whether they had gone hungry at least once from March 2020 to March 2022, nearly 20% said yes.

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

‘How the Prime Minister Stole Freedom’ Children’s Book Tops Amazon Canada’s Bestsellers List

A book titled “How the Prime Minister Stole Freedom” topped Amazon’s list of best selling books on Tuesday.

The book, illustrated by Kaepe Knipe and written by Derek Smith, is modelled the book around the Dr. Seuss Christmas classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and follows a the prime minister character in his battle against freedom protestors who descend upon the capital.

The prime minister, a politician who resembles Canadian Liberal Party boss Justin Trudeau, is shown to be a stupid man with a brain “three sizes too small” who aims to steam the freedoms of protestors.

“From coast to coast the truckers drove through the snow and their small fringe numbers continued to grow. Then one day a trucker appeared in the town, with thousands behind them from miles around,” one passage reads, according to the National Post.

The book’s author, Derek Smith, is a full-time father from Calgary who also streams vintage video games.

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

Interview: Brian Peckford on Cancel Culture, Legal Challenge Against Travel Mandates in Canada

Rebel News recently covered the Reclaiming Canada Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, an event organized by WeUnify that attracted hundreds of Canadians willing to unite in the effort to restore freedoms in the country.

One of the keynote speakers at the two-day conference was the honourable Brian Peckford, former premier of Newfoundland and the last living first minister to have helped write Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In this report, we sat down for a candid interview with Mr. Peckford during the conference.

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

Political Activism in Canada’s Supreme Court

In a recent interview with Quebec’s Le Devoir, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Richard Wagner, decried Ottawa’s Freedom Convoy protests and declared that they “must be strongly denounced by all figures in the country’s power.”

Wagner’s predecessor, Beverly McLachlin, was involved in Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin scandal alongside three other Supreme Court justices.

On last night’s episode of the Ezra Levant Show, we discussed the political nature of Canada’s Supreme Court and looked at some recent examples of its radical lurch toward the authoritarian left.

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

Trudeau Minister Who Falsely Claimed Emergencies Act Was Enacted on Police Advice Was ‘Misunderstood’: Official

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s office has come out with an explanation for why the minister said that the government was acting on the advice of law enforcement when the Trudeau Liberals invoked the Emergencies Act on February 14.

According to public safety senior official Rob Stewart, Mendicino was “misunderstood” when he told a committee in April that the government was in contact with law enforcement, and that the advice received by the Liberals was to invoke the Emergencies Act.

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

Trust in Legacy Media Plummetted Over Course of Pandemic: Survey

Canadians rank journalists among the least-trusted professions according to a new index published by the public relations firm Edelman.

The 2022 Trust Barometer shows that 61% of people polled said that journalists are “purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” The figure grew by 12% when compared to last year.

Other groups Canadians felt were trying to mislead them include business leaders (60%) and the government (58%).

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

Watch: Chaos Continues at Toronto Pearson International Airport

On last night’s episode of the Ezra Levant Show, we discussed how the ongoing delays and turmoil at Pearson International Airport are pushing passengers and employees to their edge.

As Justin Trudeau’s federal government recently extended travel restrictions — making Canada one of the only countries on the planet left enforcing such strict rules — long lines and confusion have continued to plague airports around the country, particularly affecting Canada’s busiest airport, Pearson.

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

Watch: The Canadian Psyop — an Exercise in Behaviour Modification Techniques

What made some people fall for propaganda throughout the COVID-19 so-called pandemic so easily? How were so many people terrified into submission and deceived into receiving an experimental injection that they did not need?

Allow me to introduce you to the Canadian psyop — an exercise in behavior modification techniques.

A tender bid, put out by the Government of Canada a mere few weeks before the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), nicely complemented what the WHA discussed at their “Strategic Round Table” on “Behavioral Science for Better Health.”

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

Western Standard to Loan Staff $500 Each to Buy Guns

“Buy ‘em while you can, folks,” Western Standard’s publisher and CEO Derek Fildebrandt wrote on his Facebook page Monday afternoon.

The Facebook post reads, “I’ve just informed the WS staff that the company will loan them up to $500 (interest free) to put toward the purchase of handguns & other restricted firearms.” Fildebrandt then linked the screenshot of a staff memo.

“Folks,

With the federal government’s “handgun purchase freeze” quickly headed toward an outright ban on the purchase, sale and transfer of handguns. I’m keenly aware that some of you want to make a purchase before it’s too late.

Therefore, WS will loan employees up to $500 interest-free to put toward the purchase of handguns or other restricted firearms. The loan must be paid back within 2 months of taking it out.

If you wish to use this program or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.”

Prime Minister Trudeau last week announced a freeze on the sale, transfer and importation of handguns in an attempt to stem the tide of crime in Canadian cities after earlier announcing a return to registration, offloading the data collection duties to retailers and sellers.

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

‘What a Waste of Taxpayers’ Money’: Pastor Artur in Court for Feeding the Homeless

We’ve got an update on what’s happening in an Alberta courtroom this week, where Pastor Artur Pawlowski is on trial for one ticket relating to an illegal gathering in violation of COVID restrictions in December 2020.

That illegal gathering Pawlowski is accused of holding was an open air soup kitchen and Christmas festival.

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Windsor Man Denied the Right to Vote Because… He Took Part in the Freedom Convoy?!

Going back to late January, we have all witnessed how brutally the Justin Trudeau Liberals have treated the truckers and their allies during the freedom convoys that descended upon Parliament Hill in Ottawa and near the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor.

Indeed, these peaceful protesters were demonized and vilified. Some were brutally arrested simply for bylaw infractions. Then there was the freezing of bank accounts for those who financially donated to the truckers. And for no good reason, the Emergencies Act was invoked. Incredibly, some people even had their phones wiretapped by law enforcement, as if they were Mafia members or terrorists.

Of course, the rank and file of the freedom convoy was composed of peaceful, law-abiding Canadians — Canadians who just happened to have a point of view that was inexplicably abhorrent to the sitting federal government.

But just when you thought the repercussions couldn’t get any worse, consider the story of Windsor resident Andrew Maisonville.

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Claim: Swedish Govt Saves Minister in Deal That Could Kill NATO Application

Sweden’s Justice Minister Morgan Johansson escaped a no-confidence vote Tuesday by one vote from a Kurdish MP who agreed to a prior deal to support Kurdish self-government, a deal that could see Turkey veto Sweden’s NATO application.

Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson survived his confidence vote in the Swedish parliament thanks to the vote of Amineh Kakabaveh, an independent MP of Iranian and Kurdish descent who struck a deal with the ruling Socialist party that they would support Kurdish independence in the Middle East in return for her vote.

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EU Lawmakers Uphold Ban on New Combustion Engine Cars by 2035

The European Union moved closer to forcing automakers to cease selling new gasoline-powered cars as lawmakers upheld plans to ban combustion engines from 2035 to help protect the climate.

Members of Parliament rejected an amendment that would have allowed some auto emissions from new vehicles after 2035. The move is in line with the Commission’s proposal for a 100% emissions cut by that year. The vote now sets the stage for negotiations with member states later this year to determine the final shape of the law.

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Exclusive: EU Looking to Push ‘Anti-White Racist Policies’ Using Draft Equalities Report

An elected representative within the European parliament has derided elements within a draft equalities report which he claims will be used by the bloc to push “anti-white racist policies”.

A draft report on “racial justice, non-discrimination and anti-racism” within the European Union contains elements that will be used by the bloc to push “anti-white” policies, an elected representative within the EU’s parliament has claimed.

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Germany: The Berlin Car Attack

The suspect in the car attack in Berlin has been named as Gor H., a 29-year-old man with Armenian migrant-background.

Bild reports authorities found placards in his car that mentioned Turkey.

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German National Football Team Wears Women’s Jerseys and Kneels for BLM

At Germany’s match with England on Tuesday, the German team not only kneeled for Black Lives Matter, but also wore the women’s jersey of the German national football team.

The move comes shortly after England’s team was booed by young Hungarian fans for kneeling during a match in Budapest that England lost 1-0.

The German football team said they made the gesture of wearing women’s jerseys during the match in order to advertise the upcoming European Women’s Championship in England,

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No Regrets: Ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel Rejects Blame for Enabling Putin’s Russia

An unrepentant Angela Merkel has refused to accept any blame for failing to prevent, or indeed actually enabling the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In her first major interview since leaving office in December of last year, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that she did all she could to prevent the war in Ukraine and skirted any blame for her government’s role in funding Vladimir Putin’s regime by increasing German dependence on Moscow-supplied energy.

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Poland Wants to Complete EU Gas Ban on Russia, Says Polish Minister After Talks With Austria

The EU must begin working on a seventh sanctions package on Russia, said Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau while speaking after Tuesday’s meeting with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg.

Rau said that there is a need for these sanctions to cover all Russian gas and petrochemical exports in addition to cutting off all Russian and Belarusian banks from the SWIFT system.

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Teen Beaten, Shot by Mob on Bus in France

A teenage boy was hospitalized after being beaten and shot by a group of attackers aboard a bus in France this week, according to reports.

The disturbing incident unfolded at around 8 p.m. on Monday night in Rennes, a city in the region of Brittany.

A mob of around six suspects boarded a public bus near Place de la République in the city center and launched a brutal assault on a 15-year-old passenger, France Bleu reports.

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Turkey Sets 10 Conditions to End Veto on Joining NATO for Sweden, Finland

Turkey has set Sweden and Finland 10 conditions for lifting the veto on NATO membership. They are published by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak.

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UK Cinema Chain Pulls ‘Blasphemous’ Film Over ‘Safety Concerns’ After Muslim Backlash

Bowing to pressure from protests from Muslim groups, a British cinema chain has pulled all screenings of a supposedly “blasphemous” film that uses CGI to depict the prophet Mohammed and presents contested historical events.

On Tuesday, Cineworld announced that it would cancel all screenings of The Lady of Heaven, which had sparked protests from mostly Sunni Muslim groups, who have objected to the historical accuracy of the events during the life of Mohammed’s daughter Fatimah, a key point of contention between the two main sects of Islam.

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UK: Monkeypox Patient Says He Caught Virus After Having Gay Sex With “Around 10 New Partners”

The first monkeypox patient to go public revealed that he caught the virus from having gay sex with “around 10 new partners” after being deported from Dubai for testing positive for HIV.

Lovely stuff.

35-year-old James M. spoke to the media after complaining that health officials in the UK still haven’t contacted him despite him being diagnosed with monkeypox over two weeks ago.

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Facebook and Instagram Are Censoring Criticism of the Iranian Regime

Three Republican lawmakers in the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees sent a letter to Meta demanding to know why Meta is censoring Iranian dissidents amid a wave of new protests against the Iranian government.

The letter, signed by Reps. Jim Banks, Joe Wilson, and Claudia Tenney asks Meta about the measures it has “taken to confront infiltration by proponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

There have been reports of Meta deleting and censoring accounts posting anti-regime content. The letter also notes that Instagram has “been infiltrated by those sympathetic to the Islamic Republic in Iran,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.

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Russia-Ukraine War: What Happened Today (June 8)

As Wednesday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:

Russia turned over the bodies of 210 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Mariupol, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said. Many of the troops died defending the last holdout in the southeastern city, the Azovstal steel plant. Russia seized control of Mariupol in May after a weeks-long siege culminated in fierce fighting against a Ukrainian regiment at the steel plant. Russia said more than 2,400 of the fighters surrendered. Ukraine’s government said remains of fallen Azovstal defenders arrived in Kyiv following an exchange of war dead with Russia.

Ukraine’s parliament speaker made a plea for European Union membership at the European Parliament. Ruslan Stefanchuk warned in a speech to lawmakers that any signal otherwise would only encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin. EU leaders are expected to take up Ukraine’s application for EU candidate status later this month.

The Turkish and Russian foreign ministers held talks in Ankara, but failed to reach a breakthrough toward shipping millions of tons of grain and sead stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. Ukraine is a big exporter of key foods like wheat that countries in Africa and the Middle East rely on, but Russia’s invasion has blocked Ukraine’s ports. Turkey said if Russia agreed to create a safe corridor, the West should consider Moscow’s demand to lift sanctions. Ukraine was not part of the talks and raised objections to the proposal for the corridor, saying security guarantees are needed. Russia has also demanded that Ukraine remove mines from the Black Sea

Ukraine continued to defend parts of the eastern Donbas region from Russia’s assault, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. The areas hit hardest by fighting were the city of Sievierodonetsk, he said, as well as the towns of Popasna and Lysychansk. Russia’s defense minister said his country controls 97% of the Luhansk province. But according to British defense intelligence and Zelenskyy, Ukrainian forces were holding on. The United Kingdom’s Defense Ministry said Ukraine made successful counterattacks in the southwestern Kherson region, regaining a foothold on the eastern bank of the Inhulets River.

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Ukraine to Ban ‘War and Peace’ From Being Taught in Schools

Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ and other classic historical novels that portray the Russian military in anything other than a negative light will be banned from being taught in Ukrainian schools, it has been announced.

“All these will be completely excluded from foreign literature,” first deputy Minister of Education Andrey Vitrenko said in an interview with the TV channel Ukraine 24.

“So, for example, ‘War and Peace,’ this will not be studied in Ukraine anymore,” he added.

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India: ‘Don’t Listen to Hypocrite Islamic Nations’: Dutch Lawmaker Wilders Supports Nupur Sharma’s Remarks on Muhammad

‘Why Does India Apologize?’ Dutch Lawmaker Comes Out in Support of Nupur Sharma For Her Bold Remarks on Muhammad, Says Appeasement Never Works.

Jayshree Menon | HENB | New Delhi | June 8, 2022:: Now, the anti-Jihad intellectuals and statesmen came to fore in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her straight comments against Islam and Muhammad. Amid the controversy around former Nupur Sharma’s remark on Prophet Mohammad, a Dutch lawmaker has come out in support of the BJP spokesperson’s comments. Many websites dedicated to expose radical Islam including one under control of eminent writer and thinker Robert Spencer, also published news in a mode to support Sharma for her unequivocal stand to expose fanatic Islam.

Geert Wilders is the leader of the Freedom Party and is a member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands.

In a tweet, the Dutch lawmaker slammed the Arab countries for condemning Nupur Sharma’s comments and added that she only spoke the truth about Muhammad.

“It is ridiculous that Arab and Islamic countries are angered by Indian politician Nupur Sharma for speaking the truth about Prophet Muhammad who indeed married Aisha when she was six years old and consumed the marriage when she was nine. Why does India apologize?” he wrote on Twitter.

He also wrote a word of advice to India that it should not be intimidated by Islamic countries and added that appeasement would never work and would make things worse. He also added that the Indians should defend Nupur Sharma. Why does India apologize?” he wrote on Twitter…

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Australians Set to Freeze as Air ‘Straight From the Antarctic ICE Sheet’ Surges Towards the Country and One Unlikely Capital City Shivers Through Its Coldest Week in 118 #YEARS

Five new polar blasts are set to hit Australia over the next two weeks as the country continues its freezing start to winter — the coldest in 118 years.

A massive surge of cold air is forcing temperatures to plunge several degrees below the June average right across the country.

The Bureau of Meteorology says even more icy weather will hit the nation’s southeast later this week, with frigid winds coming straight off the Antarctic Ice Sheet…

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Healthy Young People Are Dying Suddenly and Unexpectedly From a Mysterious Syndrome — as Doctors Seek Answers Through a New National Register

People aged under 40 are being urged to have their hearts checked because they may potentially be at risk of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

The syndrome, known as SADS, has been fatal for all kinds of people regardless of whether they maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

SADS is an ‘umbrella term to describe unexpected deaths in young people’, said The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, most commonly occurring in people under 40 years of age.

The term is used when a post-mortem cannot find an obvious cause of death.

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Brazil’s Election Court Says it Will Nullify Election Winners That Spread Online “Disinformation”

Edson Fachin, the president of Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal, said that the court can nullify election winners who engage in sharing “disinformation” online. The remarks were made as the country prepares for presidential, legislative, and regional elections in October.

Fachin said that the election court is concerned about disinformation and has launched campaigns to combat fake news.

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Biden Admin Sending ‘Adult Men’ on Migrant Kid Flights, GOP’s Rob Astorino Claims

The White House is transporting “single adult men” on flights to suburban New York meant to resettle migrant children under the cover of night, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino claimed on Wednesday.

Astorino — who is looking to unseat Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul this fall — told reporters outside Stewart International Airport that one 20-year-old male migrant was placed into Westlake High School in Westchester County as a junior and is now 21 years old.

“I mean, by any definition, that is an adult,” Astorino said.

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‘Highly Dangerous’ Smugglers Behind 10k Illegal Arrivals Arrested by European Taskforce

A German-led European police taskforce claims to have arrested eight “highly dangerous” people smugglers and 127 others who operated a major migrant smuggling network that allegedly helped 10,000 enter Europe illegally.

The European Union police agency Europol announced the results of the operation stating in a press release that eight “high-value targets” were arrested and three others placed under European arrest warrants in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania.

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Open Borders Germany to Give Amnesty for Up to 100,000 Migrants With Deportation Orders

Around 100,000 migrants scheduled to be deported from Germany may soon be granted amnesty under draft plans drawn up by the country’s open borders government.

Large swathes of failed asylum-seekers residing in Germany who are currently waiting to be deported from the central European nation are soon to be granted the legal right to stay under new plans being drawn up by the country’s open borders government.

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Poll: 73 Per Cent of Trump Voters Believe Dems Are Trying to Replace White Americans With Immigrants Who Vote for Them

A new poll by YouGov finds that 73 per cent of Trump voters believe that Democrats are “trying to replace white Americans with immigrants and people of color” who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.

As we previously highlighted, a similar poll conducted by Yahoo News found that 61 per cent of Trump voters thought Americans are being deliberately replaced with immigrants as part of a political agenda, but the number has risen significantly risen in the space of just a week.

The latest survey asked participants if they believed, “Democrats are trying to replace white Americans with immigrants and people of color who share Democrats’ views.”

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UK: Lawyers Bid to Ground First Rwanda Flight: Channel Migrant Deportation is Thrown Into Doubt as Left-Wing Activists Attempt to Force Judicial Review of Entire Policy…

…but Zambia comes forward as second African nation willing to host processing centre

Priti Patel’s first migrants flight to Rwanda was in doubt last night after legal actions were lodged against it.

A coalition of charities and a trade union that represents Border Force staff has applied for an injunction to halt Tuesday’s operation. They are also seeking a judicial review of the policy.

The legal tactics, plus a raft of appeals lodged on behalf of individual migrants, are likely to lead to the flight being postponed pending resolution of the issues in court.

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‘We Showed the World Our Christian Spirit’ — Poland’s Acceptance of Ukrainian Refugees Was Due to Christianity, Says Top Polish Bishop

In countries where there was no God, homes were not opened up to refugees as they were in Poland; these other countries only built camps, said Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski in Kraków during a mass with the Polish episcopate in Zakopane, located in the Tatra Mountains.

As Krakow’s top Catholic clergyman, Jedraszewski used the occasion of a mass to highlight why he believes Poles were so open to receiving refugees from war-torn Ukraine.

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Biden’s Move to Force Gender Ideology by Cutting Off School Lunch Funding Criticized by DeSantis

Authored by Rita Li via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has criticized President Joe Biden’s move to seize school lunch program funding to further what DeSantis characterized as “woke gender ideology.”

“In Florida, we are fighting against Biden’s intentionally destructive policies like denying school lunches for states that refuse to implement woke gender ideology in the schools,” DeSantis said in a June 5 Twitter post.

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Canada: Billboard Chris’ Lone Campaign Against the Epidemic of Gender Ideology in North America’s Schools

When I spoke with British Columbia’s Chris Elston a few days ago, he was just about to leave on his unofficial Pride Month tour.

First stops after an all-night drive from South Surrey would be San Francisco, Monterey Bay and San Jose where he said he’ll meet up with a woman who, like him, campaigns against the epidemic of gender ideology and the pressure put on young kids to transition medically.

This weekend he’ll be in Kelowna for their Pride parade and on June 25, he said he’ll meet up with some gay men attending Pride weekend in New York City.

The Surrey dad of two girls — known on Twitter as @BillboardChris — said he’ll go wherever it is busy with his favourite sign: “Children cannot consent to puberty blockers.”

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Czech President: I Would Veto Legislation Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages

With legislation in the works to legalize same-sex marriage in Czechia, Czech President Milos Zeman has already warned he would veto any such bill.

From a linguistic point of view, the word marriage allegedly implies a union between a man and a woman, the Czech president told reporters after holding talks with Hungarian President Katalin Novak. Zeman added that he would instead support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, which is how Hungary’s constitution currently defines marriage.

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Germany’s LGBT Commissioner Attacks Critics of Pro-Transgender, Sexualizing Content on German Kids’ TV

Germany’s federal LGBT commissioner, Sven Lehmann, of the left-wing Green party, has sharply criticized a guest opinion piece in Germany’s influential Die Welt newspaper. In his article, he harshly critiqued the sexualizing and pro-transgender content increasingly featured on children’s television programming.

The commissioner reacted harshly to the original Die Welt article, writing via a commentary response, also published in Die Welt, that anyone who spreads the idea that there are only two sexes is guilty of discrimination and enmity against a minority group.

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MEPs Demand Removal of LGBT Virgin Mary Poster From History Museum in Brussels

Over 30 MEPs from Hungary, Poland, Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Lithuania, and Germany directed a letter to the director of the House of European History (HEH) requesting removal of a poster depicting the Black Madonna of Czestochowa with a rainbow halo.

“Using an image revered by Catholics for LGBTI+ campaigns violates the principle of respect for religious objects,” wrote the MEPs. According to signatories of the letter, the poster should not be exhibited in a museum established per an initiative of the European Parliament.

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Methodist Church’s First Drag Queen Pastor: ‘God is Nothing’

Last year, the United Methodist Church accepted Isaac Simmons, who regularly preaches dressed as a drag queen under the name Ms. Penny Cost, as a candidate for ordination. Since that time, Simmons, who serves as an associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, has challenged basic theological concepts, projecting a worldview where divinity rests not in God but in queerness.

In a church preparing to split over LGBTQ issues, the drag queen pastor, who embraces queer theology while barely attempting to plaster on the basic tenets of Christian theology, has become a lightning rod. Conservatives argue that Simmons’ role as a celebrated figure among progressive Methodists proves the church has become so radically liberal as to forswear Christ. Progressives promote Simmons and invite him to preach in drag as a way to challenge the conservative position on sexuality that the denomination officially still takes.

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NFL Team Appoints First Openly Transgender Cheerleader

Charlotte-based NFL team the Carolina Panthers have added a male cheerleader who identifies as a female to its roster of cheerleaders.

In an announcement this week through Instagram, Justine Simone Lindsay, who identifies as transgender, stated “you are looking at the newest member of the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleader’s as the first Transgender female.” [sic]

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Pro-Abortion Protesters Demonstrate Outside Kavanaugh Home After Foiled Assassination Plot

A group of pro-abortion activists descended on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home on Wednesday night to protest the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that legalized abortion nationally, after an assassination attempt on his life was foiled earlier in the day.

The demonstrators marched in front of Kavanaugh’s house, carrying signs and shouting slogans such as “We say ‘our choice’“ and “Keep your ovaries off our rosaries.” Police stood guard on the lawn of the home as they walked by. One sign read, “Just say no to theocracy.”

The Wednesday-night protest happened despite the fact that a man was charged with attempting or threatening to murder or kidnap Kavanaugh that morning after traveling to his residence armed with a Glock handgun. Nicholas John Roske allegedly was intent on killing the justice over his presumed votes in soon-to-be decided cases relating to abortion and the Second Amendment.

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Topless Pro-Choice Protesters Run Onto Court at WNBA Game in Brooklyn

A group of topless pro-choice protesters rushed on the court during Tuesday’s WNBA game between the New York Liberty and the Minnesota Lynx at Barclays Center.

While some of the women — who took their tops off but covered their chests — rushed down to the court mid-game, others held up signs in support of the Roe v. Wade ruling.

Video footage taken by onlookers at the game shows the Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights protesters marching to the game holding up signs in support of abortion rights, while others were smothered in green paint.

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Video: ESPN Host Says Tampa Bay Rays Players Who Refused LGBT Clothing Are “Bigoted”

A pundit for ESPN declared Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Rays players who refused to wear ‘Pride’ patches on their clothing, citing “religious exemption BS” are “bigoted”.

As we reported yestreday, several Tampa baseball players opted out of displaying support for gay pride by refusing to wear Pride Night uniforms, citing their belief in Jesus Christ as the reason.

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8 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/8/2022

  1. Here is an idea about lowering gas prices.
    We need to choose one or two gas brand stations.
    Maybe Esso or maybe She’ll.
    We boycott them until they lower their prices.
    Then, other gas stations will also have to lower their prices…
    We, the consumers, have the power in our hands….

  2. Thanks to Google Translate, I read foreign blogs and websites. I noticed polarization – some are in support of Ukraine, some are against.
    Despite the hostilities, I do not see any madness inside the country, being far from the front line. All patriotic propaganda comes from above. With rare exceptions, I see how most of my relatives, acquaintances, neighbors abstracted from what is happening.
    But what horror is happening on the official state channels. They are scary to turn on. Bravura positive with flowerbeds and flowers is interspersed with types of battles against the “Nazis”.

    Hm. I seemed to be transported into the wonderful worlds of Philip Dick.

    • official media channels lost the plot, the comment sections on the official news sites look like we are all going to kill all Russians in a righteous battle against evil…

      But when you talk to people, most people “outside of the internets” already see through it. The comment sections are moderated, the trolls are highly visible – because they troll for something that lost the plot.

      I think that the biggest wake up call was when the media here in the Czech Republic started to openly call for killing of the evil Russians. If I should paraphrase the Czechs I talk to: It’s illegal to call for killing of the Jews, the Gypsies, the – well, everybody, but now we are going to call for killing of all Russians? That does not make sense, does it? Unless, someone really wants us fighting together!

      I believe that they are preparing a big war with Russia: One that will come in few years time. EU countries just emptied their weapons inventories, and we are arming big time: Gone are the old T72’s and Migs, brand new state of the art weaponry is being produced right now, and all NATO countries will get it – in few years time.

      I just hope the weapons dealers would take their weapons and stuff them up somewhere… (I am talking about the Military Industrial Complex)

  3. Regarding the ‘airport choas’ news from Canada the last sentence of the article is telling: ““The aviation community has been a supportive partner of the federal government in facilitating the vaccine mandate for travel since October 2021,” wrote the council. “However, today, all Canadian provinces have removed vaccine restrictions, so there is now a different standard for aviation employees and transportation than for other Canadians.”
    So these people collaborated with the government. They were FOR this – and helped foist it on others. Now they blame the government solely. The government does deserve a lot of blame, but it would have been relatively powerless if not for the collaborators who helped push its edicts. The aviation industry and so many others deserve exactly what is happening to them. Did they think they the polices they were “facilitating” would have no consequences?

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