I mentioned the other night that earlier in the day I had attended a panel discussion sponsored by the Middle East Forum entitled “De-Platforming, A New Problem”, hosted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Daniel Pipes moderated it, and in addition to Rep. Gosar, the panelists were Tommy Robinson (by video link), Anne Marie Waters, Raheem Kassam, and Ezra Levant.
The beginning of the event was interrupted for an extended period (it felt like half an hour, but was probably more like ten minutes or so) by three lefty protesters. As you can see from the screen cap above, one of them represented Code Pink, a far left peace-’n’-justice advocacy group that was co-founded and made notorious by Medea Benjamin.
I intended (and still intend) to provide an extensive write-up of the event. I was waiting for a full video of the proceedings to be released, but unfortunately there has been a glitch: the MEF is having technical problems with the video file, so the public release of footage of the panelists has been delayed.
As a result, the sole video record of the event is the one provided by RT. For reasons best known to themselves, the Russian team chose to focus mostly on the disruption of the proceedings, and omit the substantive remarks by the panelists. The clip I posted earlier has been taken down by Ruptly and replaced with this slightly longer version, which contains a little bit more of what Tommy said along with a few other odds and ends:
For those who are interested, the original two-minute Ruptly video has been mirrored here.
The bearded shouter with the kippa is named Mikey Franklin, who bills himself as a “professional troublemaker”. At one point he had a Facebook page, but sometime within the last 48 hours it has been taken down. However, as of this afternoon he still has active accounts at Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. He also has IMDb cast listings for two productions, and is listed at Netroots Nation.
Except for Facebook, all of the above links were active this afternoon (November 16). For all I know, they may disappear soon, too.
A woman named Caroline Debnam says she was one of two young female protestors at the back of the room. It’s hard to tell from her Twitter postings, but I think she’s the one wearing the Code Pink button in the screen cap at the top of this post.
I also have my suspicions about the man with the grizzled hair and beard who sneered at the Code Pink girl and called her a “snotty little brat”. His behavior was not helpful to our side, but rather served the interests of our enemies. However, if what he did was entirely of his own volition, I apologize to him in advance.
I can’t help but wonder who footed the bill for this operation. And I’m suspicious of the fact that Ruptly had multiple stringers on site, and was able to post an edited video of the disruption very quickly, before I even returned home from the Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy.
I tend to paranoia, but I will refrain from airing all my speculations here, not only because they are just that — speculations — but also because I don’t want to post anything that might end up being actionable in the event that one or more of the speculatees were to take exception to what I say.
The fact that there is no video of the what happened except for the unsatisfactory Ruptly footage makes it imperative that private cell phone recordings of all or part of the event be uploaded to YouTube as soon as possible. If you were taking footage at the MEF gig, please get in touch with me (gatesofvienna [at] chromatism [dot] net), and I’ll help you get the footage to Vlad Tepes. Or, if you have uploaded your footage, please send a link. I haven’t been able to find anything except the Ruptly clips.
One last note: According to his social media accounts, Mikey Franklin is indeed Jewish. However, if you look through his Instagram snaps, you’ll see that neither he nor anyone among his family and friends wears a kippa, or shows any other sign of being Orthodox.
It’s plain that Mr. Franklin reserves the wearing of the kippa for those occasions when he is being a “troublemaker”. The practice would seem to serve two simultaneous purposes:
It provides him with protective cover as an oppressed “minority” when he decides to make trouble; and
It serves to harm the State of Israel and observant Jews in general by associating them with his troublemaking.
I’m not saying that purpose #2 is deliberate on his part. But it may sometimes serve the interests of those who would contract with him for his troublemaking services (if such a transaction has ever in fact occurred).
Once again, the above is pure speculation. But all of the information that was at the listed links as of 2:45pm EST is factual.
Readers are free to draw any additional conclusions they like. However, I may not approve them in the comments if I deem them potentially actionable. Circumspection is recommended.
The MEF issued this press release about what happened on Wednesday:
The following video shows a brief (and antagonistic) interview by Die Welt with Jörg Meuthen, the spokesman for AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). The topic is the recent ouster of Hans-Georg Maaßen from his position as the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, and then from his new job, all because he had the audacity to deny the reality of the purported “man-hunts” of migrants during demonstrations in Chemnitz. It is rumored that Mr. Maaßen may now join the AfD.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
I’m calling it “winter” because the forecast calls for snow here tomorrow.
I arrived home earlier this evening (actually, it was yesterday evening, but I’ll refer to it as today, because I haven’t been to bed yet). Before I even talked to Vlad tonight, he had already been tipped to the RT video below, which shows the interruption of an event — which I attended — by a trio of social justice warriors. You can even see me in some of the footage because I was sitting in the front row, directly in front of the guy who started shouting at the congressman:
RT got the name of the event wrong, and included almost nothing of the real discussion (just a tiny bit from Tommy Robinson), so I’ll explain what it was: It was a panel discussion entitled “De-Platforming, A New Problem”, sponsored by the Middle East Forum and hosted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Daniel Pipes was the moderator, and in addition to Rep. Gosar, the panelists were Tommy Robinson (by video link), Anne Marie Waters of For Britain, Raheem Kassam of Breitbart London, and Ezra Levant of Rebel Media.
In one of the bitter ironies of our time, a group of lefty activists attempted to de-platform the panel of a discussion on de-platforming. In his remarks during the event, Mr. Levant referred to that type of action as “3D de-platforming” — physical disruption, noise, threats, and even violent attacks to prevent people from speaking.
Tommy couldn’t be there in person because his visa didn’t come through in time. I must emphasize that he was not denied a visa; the process simply wasn’t completed in time. The fact that Monday was a federal holiday helped make sure of that. But he and the MEF assure everyone that he will get here eventually (if the Home Secretary allows him to leave, that is).
I’ll have a lot more to say about today’s event and its interruption as soon as I get the time to write it up.
I arrived home too late to do a news feed, so there will just have to be a really big news feed tomorrow (later today).
Rasmus Paludan is a Danish lawyer and anti-sharia activist whose videos have been featured here a number of times in the past.
In the video below we can see Mr. Paludan talking to people in the town of Hedehusene, west of Copenhagen. A culture-enricher then confronts the lawyer, and when the former is prevented from launching a physical attack, he throws a lighter at Mr. Paludan’s head.
Many thanks to Rasmus P. for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Dr. Turley’s editorial today is about Poland’s celebration of its (initial) freedom after World War I. Through the very black time that would follow in World War II Polish patriots held on for a dawn they knew would come eventually. Now the attempts by the EU to paint patriots as “Nazis” (just as is done here by Hillary followers and Antifa) is being eclipsed by Poland’s reality.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and upheld the Austrian court’s conviction of her for denigrating the beliefs of an officially recognized religion by uttering “hate speech” against the prophet Mohammed.
For those who came in late, the hateful words uttered by Elisabeth were in the form of a rhetorical question about Mohammed’s sexual relationship with a 9-year-old girl: “What would you call it, if not ‘pedophilia’?”
The court stipulated to the facts of the case: Mohammed married a 6-year-old girl and consummated the marriage when she was nine. The defendant was simply not permitted to call it “pedophilia”. For her impertinent rhetorical question she was convicted and fined, and the various courts of appeal have upheld her conviction, all the way up to the ECHR.
There is one further level of appeal within the ECHR itself. I can never remember the name of the body, and always have to look it up — my tendency is to think of it as the “Inner Sanctum”, but its official name is the “Grand Chamber of the Court”.
Elisabeth has decided to make that final appeal, but it’s expensive, and her defense fund was cleaned out to pay for all the earlier levels of appeal. To run this one final lap she will need your help.
We’ve posted a number of times in the past about the annual Independence Day March in Warsaw. The official purpose of the march was to commemorate anniversary of Poland’s independence on November 11, 1918, and specifically one of the two main leaders of the fight for independence, Roman Dmowski — a Polish nationalist during the interwar period. For many years the march took place on November 11, ending at Dmowski’s statue. It was routinely heckled and hassled by “anti-fascists”.
This year the mayor of Warsaw — who is a progressive, like most municipal leaders in major Polish cities — cancelled the independence march, which was to take place tomorrow in Warsaw. Supporters of the march took the issue to court, and on Thursday the judge handed down a ruling against the mayor, ordering the City of Warsaw to cover the court costs. I assume the march will take place tomorrow as scheduled.
The following TV panel discussion about the cancellation of the march features Krzysztof Karon, several of whose videos severalof whosevideos about Altiero Spinelli have been posted here recently.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The Canadian government is soliciting input on developing anti-racism policy, and of course responses are usually weighted toward the liberal side of the political spectrum.
The government is starting off with flawed concepts and flawed statistical assumptions, but it would really help to include a better representative cross-section of society if some of your regular Canadian readers see this and fill out the poll.
Hear that, homies? Everyone in the Frozen North should take the survey and give the federal government their thoughts on cultural enrichment, WAYCISM, badthink, and similar topics.
In my opinion, however, you would be well-advised to mask your IP address first. Otherwise, you may find the RCMP a-knock-knock-knockin’ at your door…
Morten Messerschmidt is an MEP for Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party, DF). In the following op-ed from Ekstrabladet Mr. Messerschmidt discusses the ramifications of the “hate speech” conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, which was recently upheld by the European Court of Human Rights.
Many thanks to Tania Groth for the translation:
Cowardly Judges Pander To Islam
by Morten Messerschmidt
If the Muslims’ favorite prophet Muhammad was brought to trial today for his behavior in Arabia in the 6th and 7th centuries, the charges would be armed robbery and assault, gang violence, abduction, murder, camel theft, arson, extortion, bigamy, rape and pedophilia.
He would end up killing time together with Peter Lundin and Peter Madsen [two savage and psychopathic murderers currently behind bars — translator]. In the United States he would have received so many sentences that he would not be released until the end of the 22nd century.
But the same verdicts would also be levied upon Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun and the Scandinavian Viking chieftains, who for centuries plagued Europe’s Christian civilization — until they themselves became Christians.
One must be careful to judge the past by today’s moral scale.
But can it be made punishable by law to utter a reminder of the past in order to become wiser in the present? Should courts have the power to punish citizens when they point towards and recount what has actually been done in the history of humanity?
“Yes” was the conclusion by an Austrian court in 2009, and “yes” was the conclusion by a majority of the 47 judges sitting on the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg the other day.
A woman in Austria had been sentenced for blasphemy for having “violated the religious peace”. This was the verdict she laid before the Court of Human Rights with reference to the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing her the right to freedom of expression. However, the judges agreed with the Austrian court. As a result she now has to pay a symbolic fine.
In 2009 Elisabeth Wolff held a series of courses, a kind of ‘Islam for Beginners’. I do not know the quality of the course. However, she was so thorough that she included the fact that Islam’s founder Muhammad at the age of 53 married a 6-year-old girl and had sexual relations with her when she was 9. Full stop. These facts are verifiable.
The relationship is carefully and frequently described in Islamic Hadith, which, next to the Koran, is the holiest scripture of the Muslims. The Hadith contain accounts of Muhammad’s life and deeds, often in the most intimate and brutal details. Details that I will omit here in order to spare the reader. It should noted that believing Muslims are not ashamed of the Hadith; on the contrary, they considers them a recommendation for how Muslim men should live based on the exemplary behavior of Muhammad.
From rainy Blighty, Seneca III sends this missive about our Midterms, plus analogous issues from his side of the North Atlantic.
The Midterms, Brexit, Red Meat & Bacon Tax, Bonfire Night Hate Crime, Counter-reproductive Sexual Deviancy and the Madness of the End Times
by Seneca III
When it comes to the Midterm statistics I see it as a half and half result which, whilst not a total disaster, does not bode well. The House Dems are going to do everything in their power to put the brakes on Trump’s agenda, occupy his time and cut down on his room to maneuver with all sorts of claims, investigations and accusations, spurious and otherwise. Four people to watch and whose future demented ranting should go a long way towards helping Trump and the GOP in 2020 are Keith Ellison, MN; Ocasio-Cortez, NY; Nancy Pelosi, CA; and Hussein Obama now that he has been handed a free pass for the immediate future.
All in all there are a tumultuous couple of years ahead of us on both sides of the pond, and the potential for civil conflict has not gone away… in fact, it may have increased, as the result will have fired up the Dems over there and the Remainers over here. They will sooner rather than later go into overreach; the Brexit debacle continues apace and a conspiracy to bind us to the tyranny of Globalism for thirty pieces of Euros is the driving ethos of the political and monied classes. This is not going down well; those responsible are well-known and the temperature is rising.
Red Meat and Bacon Tax. Headline: “Price hike would offset cost of current meat eating to national health systems and help change public behaviour in similar way to smoking tax, research suggests
Sausages, bacon and other staples of the full English breakfast should have their prices raised by up to 80 per cent to prevent nearly 6,000 deaths a year and save the NHS more than £734m, according to a new study.
Raising taxes on red and processed meats enough to offset their cost to the health service could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers, heart attacks and strokes, University of Oxford researchers said. Globally this would mean 220,000 fewer deaths a year and savings of $40bn (£30.6bn) if every country adopted a tailored levy based on their current levels of meat eating, they added…
…Food section: The World Health Organization declared processed red meat to be a carcinogen in 2015, and unprocessed red meat such as steaks and chops to be a probable carcinogen. However, people in rich nations eat more than the recommended amount of red meat, which is also linked to heart disease, strokes and diabetes.”
(These quotes are from The Guardian but it’s pretty much the same everywhere else, and my emboldened portions in the Food section snippet above tell us where this is coming from and why — after Carbon Tax Fraud comes Food Tax and then probably a Water Tax.)
Point of order: We Homo sapiens sapiens (even though the ‘sapient’ part appears to be in rapid decline) are an omnivorous species and have been so since or even before an anthropoid ape came down from the trees, lifted its knuckles out of the red African earth and stood upright. A significant part of a mammalian omnivore’s diet is animal protein; this is an evolutionary development that has worked well for millennia, not a passing fad, and requires an adequate supply of animal protein containing essential amino acids that cannot be metabolized but must be ingested.
These essential amino acids include the aromatic amino acids (tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine) which are the biosynthetic precursors necessary for the metabolic production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Without them the human brain functions neither well nor particularly fast and may even atrophy over generations, particularly in conjunction with inbreeding, which tells you everything you need to know about Vegans.
Dr. Turley explains the phenomenon known as “the American mid-term elections”. They have their own rhythm and rationale:
Our Congressional District, Five, is the biggest in Virginia and takes in a lot of blue bubbles – e.g., Charlottesville. So I was sure the (in)famous Leslie Cockburn (Alexander Cockburn’s sister-in-law) would sweep through those urban enclaves. I was so wrong, so delightfully wrong.
I wish Denver Riggleman III the best and hope his ideas prevail. The House will shift to blue, but at least our District is still red. Just think, we have Nancy Pelosi back with the gavel again. Her looney-tunes pronouncements, her private, government-funded flights home to California and her heavily-fenced estate will continue. But the botox may be over. One can hope.