Book Reviews: The Koran

Book Reviews: The Koran

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “This wretched book … I have been unable to discover in it one single idea of value.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
     
  • “So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”— William E. Gladstone
     
  • “When I have time, I must put it into German so that every man may see what a foul and shameful book it is.” — Martin Luther
     
  • “It’s a depressing book. It really is. It’s just the rantings of a schizophrenic. There is also the barrenness of the message. It has no ethical dimension.” —Sebastian Faulks
     
  • “[It] teaches fear, hatred, contempt for others. Murder as a legitimate means of spreading and maintaining this devil’s doctrine. It denigrates women, divides people into classes and demands blood and more blood.” — Voltaire (Quoted by Julius O’Malley, comment)
     
  • “He bestows praise upon such instances of treachery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, bigotry, as are utterly incompatible with civilised society.” —David Hume
     
  • An “incoherent jumble of fable and precept and declamation which seldom excites a sentiment or an idea, sometimes crawls in the dust and is sometimes lost in the clouds.” —Edward Gibbon
     
  • “…an incentive to war, and propagator of hostility…” —Dayanand Saraswati, Indian sage, 1883
     
  • “An ill-arranged collection of badly translated plagiarisms of earlier Jewish and Christian stories.” — Christopher Hitchens
     
  • “… right there in black and white, absolute encouragement — no, a divine instruction — to act atrociously towards the rest of the world. Page after page of it. Sex slaves, the lot. The thing is horrific. … and if you ask my opinion, the thing should be banned for inciting racial and religious hatred on almost every page.” —Tommy Robinson, in Enemy of the State
     
  • “…at times violent imagery of torment and punishment in hell, at other times direct commands to believers to deal mercilessly with unbelievers, conveyed in a frenzied torrent of words repeatedly revisiting the theme of hatred and vengeance…” — Mathieu Baudin, comment, Jihad Watch

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What Was the Ideology of the Synagogue Shooter in Halle?

Last week a gunman named Stephan Balliet used what was apparently a home-made firearm to shoot two people to death in the vicinity of a synagogue in the German city of Halle.

All major media outlets immediately and predictably identified the perpetrator as a “far-right” or “neo-Nazi” ideologue. Such descriptions were concocted using absolutely zero evidence — in fact, there was evidence that contradicted the Narrative on the shooter, but has since been suppressed: the gunman’s live stream of his rampage. It has understandably been removed from the social media service on which it was originally streamed. However, a version of it with the most sensitive parts either removed or blurred out could have been released to the public. The problem for the Powers That Be is that the shooter’s record of his acts does NOT support the “right-wing” Narrative about him. The only ideology on display in the video is his Jew-hatred — which these days is more often the provenance of the Left, and not the Right.

To set the record straight Vlad Tepes has made a bit-torrented version of the killer’s live stream available. Thanks to the intrepid work of Nash Montana, the footage includes translated subtitles for the portions that were intelligible.

The two embedded videos (translated by MissPiggy) show mainstream media reports that pound in the Narrative. After those, Vlad has provided the link to the bit-torrented video. Watch it yourself and see what you think.

Vlad and I refer to the killer as “Pee Wee German”. If you watch his video, you’ll see why. Vlad is certain that the guy applied lipstick before beginning his rampage.

The essay below was posted at Vlad’s place in a slightly different form. Below that I’ve appended transcripts of all three videos.

How the left uses a crisis to destroy all our rights and freedoms. Now using Halle Germany attack

(from Vlad Tepes)

After the New Zealand attack on a mosque, those of you who followed the issue may remember how quickly all evidence of the video and the manifesto was removed from the internet except for the most protected and adept at finding these sorts of things.

The next thing that happened was the socialist (read communist) PM of New Zealand used that attack, while ignoring the thousands of islamic attacks of manifest destiny, even the one that came soon after, killing hundreds of Christians in Sri Lanka, to advance her program of increased power to the state, and the right to send police out to every New Zealander that ever objected to mass immigration policies or Islam in general. (This could be an example of Marcuse’s ‘Repressive tolerance’.)

The tragedy of that attack was rapidly turned into an opportunity by the state to dramatically increase its power beyond what democracy allows for, at the expense of the individual, or any dissenting opinion. The state did so by inventing the narrative and opinions of the attacker in a way that was convenient to the state’s agenda, and by doing its best to bury any actual evidence of the real reasons the attacker did what he did.

For example they claimed he was a Trump supporter, even though his manifesto was clearly contemptuous of President Trump.

They made him a “Far right wing extremist” even though he called himself, a “National Bolshevik” in his manifesto. Which is a real thing. A merger of Nazi socialism with Soviet Socialism as far as I understand it. He also had all his weapons and materials covered in names of famous Balkan war heroes who had died fighting against Islamic manifest destiny in Central Europe and played a famous song to the cause of liberation of the Balkans from Islamic oppression.

All of that was well chronicled on this blog as it happened. The videos of the police going to people’s doors in New Zealand was especially interesting from this point of view.

So when a lone, anti-Semitic nut in Germany went to attack a synagogue in Halle, we expected something similar from the Merkel government. In this case, predictably that the far right is “Very very very very dangerous, at least as dangerous as Islamic terror.” Try to remember that when you watch the actual attack by this guy, linked at the bottom. A Jihadi could have stabbed 50 people by the time his psycho gave up his general failure.

The next thing we expected was that the Merkel government and her puppet groups, in this case a “Jewish” group that is a beard for communists to attack the AfD, and has been used before by leftist groups in Germany, would blame this dangerous “very very very very far right” extremist on the AfD as somehow responsible.

At this point we invite you to see the actual attack video the killer made when he did his little mission. In order to see it, we recommend that you are running a VPN, and have a torrent client installed like u Torrent or BitTorrent. If you have a torrent client and are protected by a VPN, then click this link and it should start the download of the file to your local machine. You may have to find the torrent file on your machine and click that to start the download of the video. Once you have it, please keep your torrent client open a day or so to help other people see what really happened, and what the German government is saying is at least equal to Islamic terror in Europe.

(Below is the description of the video. It should also be noted that he does shoot two people in this video. The faces of his victims were blurred, and what appears to be his home made black powder produces so much smoke that you do not see much of the aftermath of his shooting. So on the one hand it is graphic, but on the other hand not compared to the average TV show.)

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The New Sorrows of Young Snowflakes

Many thanks to JLH for translating this essay from Henryk Broder’s website Die Achse des Guten:

An eighteen-year-old German Gymnasium graduate gives us her view of the German snowflake generation

The New Sorrows of Young Snowflakes[1]

by Elisa David

When I was studying in gymnasium, I got into a “strings” class. That means my class had an extra two hours when we learned to play a string instrument. Today I know I will definitely not be another Anne-Sophie Mutter.[2]. Those years were not useless, however, for I learned something quite different. Since the idea of extra strings practice did not appeal to many boys, we had a rather unusual gender division, with three boys and twenty girls. So for five years in my class, a collective of puberty-driven teenage girls set the tone — for my own self at the time, it was an absolute horror. But now I know what the consequences can be when women gain the upper hand.

I am no longer amazed at any political movement. My time in school has, to a certain extent, prepared me perfectly for Fridays for Future, #MeToo, and all these trends which my generation has absorbed, because they are tailor-made for them. Generation Snowflake is sensitive, does not wish to be confronted by unfamiliar opinions, is united in “otherness”. Because that is the point — being “other” but “belonging” to it; a certain uncertainty, coupled with the habit of considering oneself important; the need to be seen and simultaneously to conform. My observation is that these completely new views, this strange, contradictory behavior — which major portions of society and above all my generation display — depend on it.

One result seems to be the inflationary increase of psychic illnesses. Not being quite right in the head seems to be the first and decisive step to welcoming otherness. In my class, it was a proven method in the constant battle for sympathy. Passing through distinct stages of puberty is normal, but many took this to a higher level. I still remember how we discussed eating disorders like anorexia in biology class, and shortly thereafter, half the class was anorexic. The imaginary ill predictably announced their new suffering loudly to the world.

The Cutting Trend

Our teacher showed us pictures of an anorexic patient and explained that it is definitely unhealthy for the rib cage and the spine to show so clearly, and that help is needed urgently. Before the very next sports hour, a bunch of girls were standing in front of the mirror, lamenting loudly that their bones were not showing, so they must be overweight and would eat nothing for the entire rest of the day.

Our teacher explained the food pyramid and why a balanced diet is important for the body. My fellow female students were already planning what foods they would avoid to reach the desired weight loss through deficient nutrition. At some point, the attention they received for these actions was no longer enough. When, every hour on the hour, somebody runs out to throw up, it is no longer anything special.

Then, as if by divine will, there came a conference day on the explanation and recognition of depression. There is no denying how important it is to recognize depression. But a side effect of presentations which explain in detail what the symptoms of these illnesses are is that these symptoms are served to young attention-needy girls on a silver platter. All they have to do is write it down and act it out. And in fact, even writing it down isn’t necessary, since glossy brochures are passed out at the end.

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How Political Correctness Lowers IQ

This week’s installment of Dymphna’s greatest hits is from May of 2005. Like last week’s, it’s fairly timeless. Unfortunately, the website she originally linked to seems to no longer exist, so the link has been removed.

How Political Correctness Lowers IQ

by Dymphna
Originally published on May 5, 2005

Walter Williams doesn’t fly commercial airplanes much anymore. He used to, traveling to speaking engagements several times a month. But then along came 9/11. Or rather, along came Norman Mineta with his truly bizarre idea of “security”:

“While the security procedures are not based on the race, ethnicity, religion or gender of passengers, we also want to assure that in practice, the system does not disproportionately select members of any particular minority group.”

Never mind that the sentence itself is strange bureaucratese. We’ve become inured to the debasement of the language. Here’s what’s appalling: we may not speak about the reality that a particularly gendered ethnic group created the hell of 9/11. The elephant in the airport is the disproportionate self-selection of Muslim males on the “Most-Wanted” terrorist Lists.

The only group we avoid criticizing more than Muslim males are gay Episcopalian bishops.

This demand for political correctness has gone beyond the ridiculous into the regions of banal evil. There is an ugly strain of utopian idealism in our country, a virulent insistence on ‘fairness’ that undermines intelligence, merit and achievement. Not to mention virtue, the refuge of the uncool.

The malignant organism that rips the social fabric of American life, leveling differences while it pretends to celebrate them, PC everywhere insinuates itself into the crevices, using a cover of well-meaning to create vacuous, bizarre realities like “zero-tolerance” and unattended college sports programs for women (while men’s programs are eliminated).

It demands — and gets — bathrooms for the transgendered who cannot decide which restroom to use.

Pornography is our constitutional right but we shouldn’t be looking at images of the Twin Towers falling.

“Give Peace A Chance” means no dodgeball at recess.

“No Child Left Behind” means all will be mired in ignorance together. Even fewer will be able to point to Europe on the map, or know a quadratic equation from an interrogative sentence. A what??

No, ignorance is not the perceived problem. Unfairness is. The smallest infraction is insufficiently negligible to escape its notice. Yet PC has so blinded formerly normal people that children wander the school halls bent on murder and no one sees them until bodies are lying on the floor. “But he was such a nice boy.” More calls for gun control and therapy for bullies.

Political correctness has made us so stupid that some of us demand conversation with vaginas.

If we don’t rise up and call a halt to this social rot, terrorism will be irrelevant. We’ll be protozoa.

Orwell had no idea, absolutely none.

Read all of Walter Williams’ “The Sad, Stupid State of Airport Security.” It’s a three-parter at Human Events, beginning with the above link.

Greta’s Handlers

It’s been obvious from the beginning that the cultural frenzy surrounding the child climate warrior Greta Thunberg is not a spontaneous one. And, since a lot of people stand to make a lot of money from the “save the climate” fad, it’s no surprise that there are various moneyed interests arranging and coordinating the media feast focused on Miss Greta.

In contrast to the carefully staged appearances before the U.S. Congress and the UN, consider this press conference where the young lady is forced to speak without a script (Hat tip László).

The following video report details some of the people and organizations behind Greta, Inc. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

On a related note, here’s a report from Deutschland-Kurier (also translated by MissPiggy) on the connections between George Soros and the climate marches and strikes:

Who is actually behind the carefully planned and elaborately organised climate marches?

The Child Soldiers of Soros & Co.

Today [Friday September 20] a “climate strike” has been ordered. Not nationwide — worldwide! Take a guess at who is pulling the strings in the background? Luisa Neubauer (23) has become a columnist for Stern, at least that’s what has been reported by the quasi semi-official Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) yesterday. From now on, the “climate activist” will be writing along with three other authors in the Hamburg magazine. Her column is called “Auf dem Weg nach morgen” (On our way to tomorrow).

Let’s come back to the here and now. “Fridays For Future” is back nationwide and this time even worldwide — including sit-in blockades and traffic chaos in Berlin and elsewhere. Neubauer is one of the main organisers of the school-skipping demonstrations. Of course, she only flies out of “necessity” herself — but she does so regularly.

When Neubauer isn’t flying around, she pleads for blocking bridges or airports. According to Neubauer, these are symbols for “the system of profit-based management”, which should be questioned. Apparently the geography student read Karl Marx too. People, listen to the signals!

Neubauer is calling for two crimes that can be punished with imprisonment: dangerous interference with air traffic (§ 315 StGB) and dangerous interference with road traffic (§ 315b StGB). But even if Neubauer were to be actually charged with anything, which is highly questionable today in Germany, she would probably get away with a fine (at most). As a Stern author, she won’t have a problem paying.

George Soros is not far away

Neubauer hasn’t been going to school for a while now. She doesn’t really need to work either. Neubauer almost enjoys a kind of diplomatic status. She is a “youth ambassador” for ONE, an international lobby and campaign organization. As such, it is to be assumed, Neubauer also gets paid, and not too badly. So her salary as a Stern author is just a welcome bonus.

Now you can have three guesses who the source is that keep ONE going. That’s right. The money of the organisation flows from, among other things, the pots of the Open Society Foundation of George Soros, which can be read on the ONE’s webpages.

In general, there are interesting connections in the Fridays for Future support network. Evidence suggests that George Soros and his organisation Open Society Foundation stand behind actions that take place in the immediate vicinity of Thunberg & Co. A close liaison between Soros and Greta Thunberg, according to media reports, is Luisa Neubauer.

Neubauer, who is a Green Party member, leads the battalions of children with a firm hand. The central organisational hub is the aforementioned NGO ONE, in which the Thunberg colleague Neubauer pulls the strings as “Youth Ambassador”. By the way, Neubauer, is not only involved with ONE, but also with the NGOs 350.org and The Hunger Project.

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Climate Strike: Where PC and the DDR Meet

Tomorrow is the big day: Climate Strike!

The following video features a young woman named Nicole who advises her viewers to think for themselves rather than blindly follow the climate lemmings.

Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article about the climate strike from the Berliner Zeitung, also translated by Nash:

Climate strike by hook or by crook

Students under pressure — those who won’t participate are going to have a problem

BERLIN — This coming Friday, presumably thousands will be in Berlin’s streets after “Friday for Future” has called for a climate strike. So far, so good — one would think. But the group dynamic that has developed over recent weeks around the topic of climate protection has morphed into a compulsion that frankly makes my stomach hurt. It sounds and it feels deeply unhealthy.

For instance, the 11-year-old son of a friend of mine recently asked his teacher if one really had to participate in the climate strike. Because his piano lessons are scheduled for Friday, and he’d much rather go and practice the piano.

Morally pressured

This is where the disturbing part of the story begins. Because even though officially it is a matter of free will whether the kids want to go and participate in the climate strike or not, the teacher, a woman, forced the 11-year-old to stand in front of the class, and began to lecture him.

She got in his face and said to him: “If you don’t care about your future, then of course you don’t have to go there.” And, pregnant with meaning, she added: “I, for one, care about my future.” I mean, seriously? Who does this teacher think she is, to morally pressure this young boy with such a heavy hand? And then to imply a threat in front of his classmates along the lines of “Participate in the climate strike, or you will be an outsider!”

During my time in school in Bavaria about thirty years ago, the book The Wave was a part of our curriculum. We were supposed to learn what happens when a movement takes on a life of its own — even if the intentions behind the movement are noble or harmless. Towards the end of the book the students who didn’t want to participate in the experiment that created an impressive group dynamic ended up being ridiculed, bullied, harassed and even physically attacked.

To dictate what society looks like

Since the teacher about whom I am writing also comes from Western Germany, it’s safe to assume she has read the book as well. But obviously she didn’t get the moral of the story.

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Let Them Bite in Berlin

This is a strange case of cultural enrichment in Germany. The alleged perpetrator of the biting incident in Berlin is from Eritrea, but his first name (Daniel) is not generally used by Muslims. He is being pegged as mentally ill, and in this particular case, it may well be an accurate diagnosis, based on the descriptions of his other crimes.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from B.Z.:

Berlin: Eritrean bites five-year-old in the face in front of her mother

At the tram stop in front of Berlin’s main train station (center), he picked up a five-year-old child and bit her on the cheek. Now Daniel K. (20) stands before the Berlin Regional Court.

“The tooth marks were on my daughter’s cheek for two days,” says mother Aileen D. (40) as a witness. The biting attack took place on March 15, 2019 at about 4.55 pm.

“We had come by train from Nuremberg, just three minutes in Berlin,” the mother continued. “I waited with my two daughters for the M10. The man approached us smiling, took the little one in his arms. I had the feeling that he thought she was just cute and cuddly. I thought the lifting might be a cultural thing for him. It looked as if he wanted to kiss her. But she cried, he bit.”

This wasn’t the first time that the Eritrean man has arbitrarily attacked strangers on the street. He also attacked a Zalando employee. A month earlier, Anastasia S. (26) had an eerie encounter with the man on Marchlewskistraße in Berlin-Friedrichshain. “I went to work in the morning; he asked for a cigarette,” said the Zalando manager. “When I said I didn’t have cigarettes, he threw stones between my legs and followed me.

In Warsaw Street he picked up and threw a heavy concrete block. “He could have really done something to someone with it,” the witness said. Daniel K. was arrested on that occasion, but he was immediately released again.

Not guilty because of mental illness

He was only remanded in custody in March after the biting attack at the main station. He has been in hospital for two months. He is said not to be guilty due to mental illness.

The public prosecutor’s office is striving for his permanent accommodation in a psychiatric hospital.

An Overview of the Islamization of Europe

Regular readers will remember Jose Atento of the Brazilian blog Lei Islâmica em Ação, who has been translating material and sending reports for the past few years. Last weekend in Quebec I was interviewed by Mr. Atento, and he has translated my remarks into Portuguese for a Brazilian audience. He also translated his Portuguese introduction into English.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the recording and subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Jihad in France: Running With Scissors

It was “Allahu Akhbar” time early in the morning at a school in France, when a mostly naked culture-enricher stabbed and punched two cafeteria workers before being chased down and captured by police. The unfortunate youth evidently has mental issues.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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More on the Knife Jihad in Villeurbanne

As I reported last weekend, yet another mentally disturbed culture-enricher went on a murderous rampage while invoking the name of someone called Allah. This time it was with a knife in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon, and the alleged perpetrator (now in custody) is an Afghan.

Below is an update about the incident from the state prosecutor in Lyon. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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A Return to Normalcy

This post was a “sticky” feature, first posted last Monday, and was on top throughout fundraising week. Scroll down for more recent items, including the killing of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, a Swedish municipal bus used as a mosque, an essay on Björn Höcke and the AfD, Onan driving a Swedish bus, two reports on the sword murder in Stuttgart, the latest on Matteo Salvini, and last night’s news feed.

Summer Fundraiser 2019, Day Six

Saturday’s update

OK, folks we’ve arrived at the weekend. The Summer fundraiser is almost over, and normal programming will soon resume.

Tip jarThe theme of this week’s bleg is the return to normalcy, that is, to routine. During any given fundraising week, donations from Texas, California, Michigan, Illinois, and Australia are routine. But three of yesterday’s locations definitely are not part of the routine: Israel, New Zealand, and Newfoundland. We get a few donors here and there from the first two — just a few — but as far as I know, we only get one from up there by the Grand Banks.

So here’s to the outliers! Thank you for making the donation statistics that much more variegated and entertaining.

For those of you who are just joining us: this is how I keep this blog alive. When Dymphna was still with us, she would share posting chores with me, regaling potential donors on alternate mornings with her wit and whimsy to persuade them to hit the tip cup on the sidebar (or this link) and contribute to the upkeep of the site — and to keep its proprietors from going hungry for another quarter.

Now there’s just one proprietor, but I still need your help to stay out of the bread line.

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Gates of Vienna has its own weekly rhythm, its own pattern of routine. Or, rather, it used to.

In the early years of this website I was working in Richmond. I would drive down there during the week and come home on weekends. During those few days I spent at home I had the luxury of writing posts and participating in the blog to an extent that I couldn’t match during the week.

Back in those days, I designated Saturday as either Ranting Day or Poetry Day, depending on my mood. If it was time to rant, I could include a graphic of the Ranting Man, as seen here on the left. I love the Ranting Man, and I reserve him for special occasions, not wanting to squander him gratuitously (as I have just now done).

But this Saturday is Poetry Day. And, in honor of the first fundraiser without Dymphna, I’ll feature one of her poems.

Dymphna was an accomplished poet. She only had a few published, in local newspapers and college magazines, but she left behind a rich legacy of unpublished work.

The poem below tells a true story. She wrote it almost a quarter-century ago, shortly after the events it describes. We had somehow acquired a rooster, as a favor to a friend. His harem of hens had been attritted to nothing, and we agreed to give the sorrowful fellow a home. For a while.

He turned out to be an annoyingly violent #$&#!?%! as a guest. Those spurs on his legs were vicious — one time he cut a long slash in my pants leg. So we only kept him for a while; we passed him on to an elderly country woman who had lengthy experience with roosters, and knew how to keep them in line.

I’ll let Dymphna tell the rest of the story:

Rooster Lessons

by Dymphna

He was quintessential pride:
Quick, iridescent and verbose.
His auburn head cocked to look
At me, his comb trembling,
The rumble of his song,
The macho tilt of his tail feathers—
I was enchanted.

Never trust a rooster
Who’s been deposed.
He has problems with attachment,
And the angry edginess
Gives way to bilious melancholy,
As befits a man bereft
Of his women and position.
There is no cure.

How much his chicken brain
Retained of his former life
Is hard to say.
To be unchosen is lonely enough;
To be deposed is a worse fate:
The shame of losing face, place,
With no one to crow for…
An autarch cannot live so.

Our rooster didn’t even try.
He crowed despairingly at odd hours.
He left the cat alone,
But the rest of us were targets
For his rage and loneliness.
Going outside, however stealthily,
Brought him running sideways,
Wings spread, spurs ready.
He gouged a neighbor’s dog.

Held hostage by a rooster.
We eyed each other:
Him on the porch,
Me behind the storm door.
He in rage,
Me in speculation.
How to douse this feathered fire?

Ah, modern medicine:
I waited for him to wander off
And mixed a batch of wheat germ —
His favorite grain —
With a healthy dose of Klonopin
And quickly spread it on the porch floor

Dumb bird ate it all,
Brown and pink fragments
Disappearing down his greedy beak.
Becalmed, he let himself be led
To start another life,
Penned in with guinea fowl.
I hope he finds some solace there.

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Friday’s gifts came in from:

Stateside: Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, and New Hampshire

Far Abroad: Israel, New Zealand, and the UK

Canada: Newfoundland

Australia: New South Wales

Friday’s update

The action in the tip cup (or at this link) really livened up yesterday after Western Rifle Shooters posted a link to this week’s bleg.

Tip jarA WRSA link often causes a sudden, distinct surge of donations. I can sometimes deduce what’s happening even before I see the post over there — I can tell by the fact that most of the new gifts come in from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, North Dakota, and other locations out there on the Wild Frontier.

So thank you, WRSA. And a special thank-you to WRSA readers who came over here.

The issue of the right to keep and bear arms is looming large in American culture and politics right now, due to the recent mass shootings. Such events always induce a mad rush towards gun control, even among Republicans. When that happens, devotees of the Second Amendment hurry out to buy more guns and ammo before the next anti-gun law is passed.

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The theme of this week’s fundraiser is the return to normalcy. I’ve talked about personal normalcy — that is, my finding a new routine in the midst of grieving — and I’ve talked about the lunacy that passes as the new “normal” in 21st-century politics.

This morning I’ll cover normalcy as it applies to Gates of Vienna. Long-time readers have already heard about the routine workflow at this website, so they can skip this overview if they wish. But newcomers may be interested.

Besides the news feed, there are three principal functions that I strive to perform here: (1) Posting original articles and essays on Counterjihad matters and other topics of interest; (2) Posting translated articles and essays that might otherwise not be available in English; and (3) Creating translated and subtitled videos.

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We Were Socialists Once… and Young

The Deplorable Wing of the Internet — which is where I usually hang out — has been convulsing itself with mirth for the past couple of days over the shenanigans at the Democratic Socialists of America convention that was held last weekend in Atlanta.

If you watch enough footage from the event, it becomes clear that there is only one commandment in the Socialist catechism: “Thou shalt not trigger a comrade.” All other policies are simply elaborations on, extensions of, and footnotes to this woke mantra. Social justice stuff is what doesn’t trigger them, so that’s what they do. Anything that runs counter to it triggers the comrades to varying degrees, making them hightail it to their safe spaces to recover their composure.

It’s not surprising that the non-canonical use of gendered pronouns was a central preoccupation of the convention. See this Fox News report for more on this important topic.

Below are three videos with highlights and commentary on last weekend’s events in Atlanta. The first includes a selection of brief excerpts that provide an overview of what the policy wonks at the DSA consider really, really important:

The second clip contains an exhortation by a moderator about triggering, and how not to do it. Notice that just before the end he inadvertently uses the word “trump”, and then realizes the gravity of his error. That must have been a Category 5 triggering event for his audience:

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So Do You Have to Be Crazy to Convert to Islam?

Over and over again we learn that Muslims who commit atrocities in the name of their faith suffer from psychological problems. But what about converts to Islam? Are they also lunatics?

So do you have to be crazy to convert to Islam?

by SF

Historically, before Muhammad, the countries of Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco were 100% Christian, while Iran was 100% Zoroastrian. Now, after Muhammad, they are all nearly 100% Muslim. So what happened?

If you ask a Muslim (or a Muslim-enabler in the EU or the Democrat Party), he will gladly tell you that this is “proof” of how Islam is “superior and preferable” to Christianity.

But how does history itself answer that question?

Well, clearly, if Islam conquers your non-Muslim country, then you are inevitably (sooner or later) totally screwed. Islam is a supremacist “religion”. Only Muslims, as the beloved of Allah, are true human beings, while all non-Muslims are less than fully human. When Muslims conquer your non-Muslim country, you lose all your wealth, property, and possessions to the Muslims (unless they first choose to enslave you or kill you outright). You and your children then become permanent second-class people, despised, degraded, humiliated, impoverished, and marginalized. Islam is like a boa constrictor: it starts squeezing you and never stops.

But there is a way out: convert! Islam is indeed supremacist, but it welcomes all comers, and by converting, you regain your rights and status.

Clearly, this “carrot and stick” method was incredibly successful in the countries that Islam conquered. One technique they used was to first approach the non-Muslim peasants, and tell them that they could become the new masters if they converted. Then they approached the defeated ruling class, and told them that if they did not convert, then their former slaves would become their new masters. This was quite effective. It is hypothesized that most Hindu converts to Islam came from the “untouchable” caste.

But, as they say, that was then and this is now. Who converts to Islam nowadays in a Western country, where Muslims cannot force you? Hardly anyone. The men who do so are all unsuccessful, resentful losers, many with a prison background. They convert because they believe that they can acquire a new sense of self-worth; and that even better, they now become justified by Allah in seeking revenge on their non-Muslim former oppressors. (So if someone proudly tells you that he just converted to Islam, then run away, because otherwise the next thing you know he might be holding your severed head in his hand, while recording it for the internet!)

It is more surprising that even some women convert to Islam. They turn out to be ones who feel lost, have little self-respect and self-worth, and want to be “owned” (like when they were children living with their parents), so that Islam (like any good cult) provides them with meaning, importance, identity, community, and a rigid, secure social structure.

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Watch all the way to the end of this video (and read all the way to the end of the article) to get to the punch line.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this news clip:

This is one of those cases where a psychotic fruitcake was drawn to Islam and converted. Or possibly it was Islam that made him psychotic — who knows?

Below are excerpts from the accompanying Fox43 article:

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