Sunset in America

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

I hope my compatriots can muster the Spirit of 1776 today, but I find a celebratory mood somewhat hard to come by, given the decayed state into which our Republic has fallen. The last five years in particular have accelerated the breakdown of the political structure that was so painstakingly crafted 237 years ago by the Founders of our country.

The current catalog of symptoms is depressing: arbitrary arrest, a blanket of universal federal surveillance, the logging and storage of all personal communication by the government, warrantless searches of private houses by SWAT teams, the total management of day-to-day personal minutiae through federal laws and regulations, the confiscation of property without due process, levels of taxation that would have made King George III blush — the list could go on and on indefinitely.

The recent “history of repeated injuries and usurpations” visited upon American citizens could never have been envisioned by the Founders, because the technological substrate which enables them would have been unimaginable. What could the Bill of Rights say about pilotless aircraft hovering unseen over American cities to keep an eye on anything citizens might do? Or the secret capture and storage of all cell phone calls by federal agencies?

The emerging tyranny comes in a form that the 18th century could never have dreamt of. 237 years after it was written, the Declaration of Independence is fast becoming an archaic and meaningless scribble of faded ink on parchment.

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The political basis of the Thirteen Colonies in the late 18th century was very different from that of today’s United States. The Industrial Revolution lay several decades in the future, and the economy of the colonies depended on agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, and light manufacturing performed mainly in cottage industries. Under these conditions, the Founders set up what they saw as an agrarian republic.

Theorists such as Thomas Jefferson believed that the virtue of the new republic derived from the virtue of its productive citizens, who were mostly yeoman farmers. Thus the Constitution was designed to protect and encourage smallholders by restricting the franchise to those who owned property. The Founders prudently guarded the new system against the depredations of propertyless voters, accurately predicting that they — lacking the virtue inherent in the ownership of property — would eventually “vote themselves the contents of the public purse”.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/3/2013

After refusing to comply with the military’s ultimatum, Mohamed Morsi has been ousted as president of Egypt. He has been taken into custody, and an interim government has been appointed to oversee the holding of new elections. Jubilant demonstrators shot off fireworks in Tahrir Square to celebrate the occasion.

In other news, the Portuguese government is close to collapse, after the resignation of the foreign minister and the finance minister over increasing popular dissatisfaction with Brussels-imposed austerity measures. Meanwhile, Albanian immigrants are returning home from Greece by the tens of thousands as the debt crisis in their adopted country eliminates most job opportunities.

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Love Jihad, Part 2

On Monday we reported on a phenomenon known as “Love Jihad” as it occurs in India. It is form of Islamic exploitation of kuffar women, and differs from “grooming and pimping” in that it targets vulnerable girls for forced conversion followed by “marriage” to Muslim men.

The process is also well-known in Egypt, where teenage Coptic girls disappear frequently. If the families of the girls — who often have a good idea of the identity of the abductors — attempt to find their daughters or sisters, they are generally met with official indifference and threatened into silence by their Muslim neighbors.

Nick of The Frozen North has surveyed the available material on “love jihad”, and has kindly provided his notes and sources for use by Gates of Vienna readers.

Notes on “Love Jihad”
by Nick

In Egypt — which was sold by the Obamanistas and their lackeys in the mainstream media as a shining example of the free and democratic societies that would inevitably follow the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ — women and girls from minority religious groups are also reported to have been taken from their families and coerced into saying they believe in the doctrines of Islam. [1]

According to reports commissioned by Christian Solidarity International and the Coptic Foundation for Human Rights on the phenomenon of disappearing Christian girls in Egypt, many of the young girls who go missing are befriended by Muslim women before being handed over to their eventual abductors. [2]

Playing devil’s advocate, one might argue that some of the girls who have disappeared were unhappy at home, and were therefore vulnerable to being ‘groomed’ by someone being friendly towards them, but the authors of those reports argue that the fraud, deception and coercion employed by their abductors signifies that those young girls are victims of a crime. [3]

But the vulnerability of a potential victim does not absolve the perpetrator of a crime of their guilt. Ilan Halimi was led to his death by an attractive young woman but that does not absolve his abductors from their crimes; it just shows premeditation, which makes what they did even worse. [4]

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Threatened With Death? Don’t You Dare Tell Anyone!

Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League, receives numerous death threats via Twitter. When he retweeted some of them, the Bedfordshire Police took prompt action to track down the threatening tweeters, arrest them, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law…

NOT.

A few days ago Tommy tweeted the following:

@bedspolice just called me to say don’t retweet death threats or I’d be arrested as they cause people distress? I ****ing kid u not!

A Facebook post on the same topic was put up at about the same time, but before I could acquire a copy of the text, it was gone. Not only was the post removed, but the entire group was taken down by Facebook.

Tommy can’t show the world all the death threats that have been made against him on Twitter, but Vlad Tepes lives in Ottawa, and is therefore less at risk of being arrested. He has compiled a brief selection of some of the threatening tweets aimed at Tommy.

Note: Obscene language is used in any number of these tweets:

Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/2/2013

Investigators for the European Commission say that thirteen major banks colluded to suppress competition in the €10 trillion derivatives market during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. It also says that credit default swaps were used by Goldman Sachs and other firms to speculate on the likelihood of a Greek debt crisis in 2010.

In other news, the Obama administration has ordered that the mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance for their employees be delayed until 2015 — that is, until after the midterm elections.

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Eradicating Hostility to Islam in Australia

In order to help counter negative misperceptions about Islam generated by the beheading of Lee Rigby in Woolwich (and similar incidents), an Australian Muslim named Diaa Mohammed founded an organization called “My Peace”, which is dedicated to educating Australians about the true nature of Islam.

Mr. Mohammed appeared on Australian television recently to discuss his group’s new television commercial and how he hopes it will help ease the anxieties of non-Muslim Australians about Islam. His work may have been neutralized by some extent by the footage of last year’s Muslim riots in Sydney that the TV network chose to insert in the middle of the segment.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

To my mind, it would have been even better to have spliced brief shots of the Sydney riots and similar scenes alongside every assertion that Mr. Mohammed made about “what Islam teaches”. Christians in the audience might be reminded of Jesus’ words:

You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. [Matthew 7:16-18]

A Fable for Our Time

Regular readers know JLH as our hard-working German translator. The other night, after a hard day of working his way through reams of Hochdeutsch, putting it into English, he decided to take a break, as well as a wee dram — perhaps two — of schnapps. The result was this updated version of a familiar old tale.

A Fable for Our Time
by JLH

Once upon a time there was a young girl. She was almost old enough to vote, and like many voters, she was naïve and idealistic, trusting those in charge to take care of the big things while she lived her life. She was called Dotty, and nobody knew whether that was short for something else, or just a reflection on her happy-go-lucky attitude. One day, on the way to school, she stepped into a wormhole — not the kind made by an ordinary earthworm that you wouldn’t notice if you stepped on it, but a real science-fiction kind of wormhole — which scooped her up and deposited her softly in an unfamiliar place.

The people in this place were called Little People — not because of their size, but because no one of them was very important. At that moment, they were celebrating the unexpected demise of the Wicked Witch of the East, whose true home was far way, but who had been a monstrous presence in their lives for a very long time. The place she came from was not only far away, it was very scary. It had things called gulags and five-year-plans and people who were put into insane asylums for being not insane. The Witch had come to talk about a peaceful solution to disagreements she had with the Little People. But when she sat down, she took off her magic blue slippers and pounded them on the table and shouted that she was going to bury all her enemies and then she had a fit and dropped dead.

When Dotty met the Little People, they advised her to leave immediately, because the Wicked Witch of the West, who lived in this place and believed in everything the Wicked Witch of the East did, was going to be very angry when she heard about her big sister, so any stranger could be in trouble. Dotty should go and see if the Great Wizard could help her get home. They advised her to put on the magic blue slippers left by the Wicked Witch of the East, because they would help her to travel along the road to the Wizard’s capitol — the Sapphire City. She did as they suggested, but when she put the slippers on, they turned from blue to red. All the Little People laughed and sent her on her way.

So Dotty set out on the only road out of town. She had hardly gone any distance when she heard a creaking, grating sound and, looking to the side of the road, saw what appeared to be a man made of tin. Nothing about him was moving except his eyes, which swiveled furiously from side to side. Dotty walked up to him and asked: “What’s the matter?” The eyes stopped moving and stared at one spot on the ground, where she saw an old oil can. She picked it up and squirted some on the hinges of his jaw. It creaked up and down and back and forth and finally he thanked her by saying: “About time. Now do the rest!”

He spoke stiffly and bit off his words as if he were angry at them. Next, she oiled his elbows and shoulders and he bent his elbows and raised his arms until they were horizontal. “That’s as far as they go,” he said when she looked inquisitive, “Left out in the rain too long. I’m an old soldier and I believe in seniority — especially mine. I am for straightforward action, trusting your instinct and shooting from the hip.”

“But,” Dotty said, “you’re not carrying a weapon.”

“Figure of speech. My weapon is my razor-sharp mind.”

Dotty told him she was going to see the Great Wizard and he said, “That’s just where I want to go. Maybe he can tell me how to get my heart’s desire.”

“What’s that?” Dotty asked.

“Making other people do what I tell them.”

“Oh,” said Dotty and decided it would be good to set out without asking any more questions.

So off they went, and had hardly gone any distance at all when they found a scarecrow tied to a pole in a field. He was very thin, and much of his straw lay on the ground around him. After meeting the Tin Man, Dotty was not surprised to hear the scarecrow ask for their help. So they untied him and helped him re-stuff himself until he looked solid and well-fed again. When she told him where they were going, he said, “Oh, let me come along! Maybe he can tell me what to think.”

“What to think about what?” Dotty asked.

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Muh… Muh… Members of a Monotheistic Religion, Redux

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested two people yesterday, evidently converts to Islam, for planning a pressure-cooker bomb attack in British Columbia:

Police in Canada have arrested and charged a man and woman with terrorism for attempting to leave pressure cooker bombs at British Columbia’s provincial legislature on Canada Day, when thousands of people were expected to be there.

John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody [notice: no reference to their jihad names — BB] were inspired by Al Qaeda ideology but were self-radicalized, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said Tuesday.

“Inspired by Al Qaeda ideology”, eh? What kind of ideology is that?

Well it’s violent, OK?

It’s radical. Did I mention that?

And it’s extremist. Does that help clarify things?

No? Let’s cue the tape, then.

Vlad Tepes has compiled excerpts from an RCMP press conference about yesterday’s arrests. Watch this uniformed stooge duck, squirm, bob, and weave to avoid ever mentioning the dreaded I-word:

The title of this post refers yet again to a classic sketch by the comedian Will Franken, which is what Vlad’s compilation reminded me of. The whole shtick is essentially a replay of the notorious testimony before Congress by various officials of the Pentagon and Justice Department, where the rules insisted — just as they did yesterday in British Columbia — that JIM must never, ever be mentioned.

Mr. Franken’s relevant sequence begins at about 0:53 in this (WARNING: much of the rest of this clip is offensive to Christians, Jews, gay people, straight people, and just about anyone else on the planet) YouTube video.

Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/1/2013

The Egyptian army has delivered an ultimatum to President Mohamed Morsi, demanding that he “respond” to the ongoing demonstrations and disorder in Egypt within 48 hours. This comes in the wake of yesterday’s sacking of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters, and the gang-rape of a foreign reporter in Tahrir Square.

In other news, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court has issued a ruling forbidding home schooling in the country.

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Keeping a “Little Jew” out of Britain

As a teenager living in England in the late 1960s, I traveled to the Middle East one summer for a tour of Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and Cyprus. The members of the tour were advised not to have any Israeli stamps on their passports when they visited Egypt, and the tour was arranged so that we visited Israel after seeing Egypt and Lebanon.

Based on the following news story about what happened to a young Jewish American who flew into Heathrow earlier this summer, the same policy is now being followed in the UK. It seems that Britain has officially become a Middle Eastern Islamic country.

Note: In both the TV news report and the article, what is referred to as “Customs” is more likely “Immigration”.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Below is an article about the incident from Israel National News:

Kansas Jewish Man Refused Entry Into Britain

A Jewish student from Kansas was denied entry into Britain for a summer job several weeks ago – apparently due to a customs agent’s anti-Semitism.

After being detained for more than nine hours, he was put back on a plane to the United States by customs officials. During that time he was never told why he was being denied entry.

According to the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, the British man who had offered Louis “Chip” Cantor summer work experience, Kevin Shilling, said the British border agent he spoke to in his attempt to get Cantor admitted into Britain made more than one anti-Semitic comment to him during the telephone conversation they had.

Chip Cantor told his story to two local television stations last month. On June 4, he told KMBC he was traveling to Britain to visit and gain summer work experience, and to participate in a fundraiser for a child who has cancer. He left Kansas City on Wednesday, May 29, landed in Britain after 10 p.m. London time and waited in line to go through customs.

When he got to the front of the line, a female customs agent began looking at his passport. Chip’s father, Chuck Cantor, said his son told him the customs agent was very pleasant toward him until she saw the Israel stamps in his passport. Then she simply walked away with his passport without speaking a word to him. Chip told his father he estimates she was gone 45 minutes to an hour. He never saw her again.

“He has a lot of Israel stamps,” Chuck said. Chip has been to Israel several times including two programs sponsored by Young Judea — the six-week Machon program and a gap-year program. Chip Cantor graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 2009 and will be a senior in the fall at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Those Filthy Mushrikun

Shirk is one of the greatest possible offenses in the eyes of Allah. It means, roughly, “polytheism”, and is the opposite of tawhid, which is “monotheism”, the assertion of the absolute oneness of Allah.

Those who practice shirk are known as mushrikun, a word that is commonly used to refer to Christians, since the doctrine of the Trinity is considered to be shirk under Islam. It is described as “ascribing partners to Allah”, and is therefore a form of polytheism.

Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi Al Amreeki, or Yasir Qadhi for short, is an American imam who lives in Tennessee. In the video below you’ll hear him describe mushrikun — Christians — as “filthy”. He says that if they do not repent and convert to Islam, their property and persons are lawful to Muslims; that is, they may be robbed, abducted, enslaved, and/or killed.

Surely Imam Qadhi is mistaken…? He must have taken those Koranic verses out of context!

These are the sorts of vile things that Islamophobes such as Geert Wilders and Robert Spencer say about Muslims, but we know they can’t be true. Our own leaders, from David Cameron to Fredrik Reinfeldt to George W. Bush, have assured us that Islam is peaceful and tolerant.

Perhaps Barack Obama or John Kerry or John Brennan could brief the imam and explain the true doctrines of Islam to him…

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video, and for subtitling it to make it clearer: