Hey, the Bugs Ain’t So Bad

I’ve often recommended an excellent blog called Conservative Tree House. I read the site every day, because Sundance (who does most of the political posting there) is almost invariably right in his predictions on domestic American politics. He has the knack for research and analysis that enables him to forecast the upcoming political trends in this country with uncanny accuracy.

His basic premise is that the national leadership of the Republican Party is thoroughly globalist in outlook, and is interested only in preserving its funding sources. Winning elections is of secondary importance; it’s the money that matters. And, when winning would compromise the continued flow of cash, the party will covertly make common cause with the Democrats to make sure the Republican candidate loses. That’s what happened in 2016 when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the Republican presidential nomination.

The same coalition was at work in 2020, and is currently being mobilized to stop Trump in 2024. Sundance calls it the “R.A.T. alliance” — Republicans Against Trump.

He has provided us with a useful prediction for the upcoming political season. He advises us to watch for the Republicans to start saying, in effect:

“Hey, the bugs ain’t so bad.”

Here’s a sample of what he posted today:

People were confused ten months ago when I said the 2024 DeSantis coalition will be fully laughable once they start saying, “Hey, the bugs ain’t so bad.” However, it’s the natural conclusion to this R.A.T. alliance. Those who were hiding as CONservatives in order to retain their influence and affluence, are merging into the traditional big corporate Republican Party apparatus and reflecting an attitude that says elitism isn’t so bad after all.


Another dynamic that is really interesting to watch is to remember the GOPe establishment Republicans were the support system for the 2016 Trump-Russia nonsense. In 2016, the professional Republicans joined with the leftist Democrats in their Never Trump effort to support Hillary Clinton.

Those Bush establishment Republicans are now in an alignment with the conservative pundits (Team Cruz, now Team Ron) who previously were attacking the fabrication of the Trump-Russia narrative.

This “Russiagate wasn’t so bad,” in combination with the “Bugs might not be too bad,” in combination with the “Big Tech ain’t so bad” Elon love, is buckets of funny. They hate me for pointing it out. Actually, they hate me for everything, but it’s fun to point out how easily the CONservatives compromise themselves for money.

At the end of the day, that’s what all of these alliances are about, MONEY!

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Tomio Okamura: No Support for the War in Ukraine

Tomio Okamura is the leader of the SPD party in Czechia. He is multicultural in a unique Central European way: his father was Japanese and his mother was from Moravia.

In the following video Mr. Okamura lays out his party’s position on Ukraine and NATO’s proxy war on Russia. He opposes any financial and military aid for the regime in Kiev.

Many thanks to Xanthippa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Marine Le Pen on the EU Dictatorship

In the following excerpt from an interview on French talk radio, Marine Le Pen of Rassemblement National discusses the dictates of the European Union on migration, and other pressing issues that affect the French public.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Viktor Orbán: “Progressive Foreign Policy Always Leads Us Into War”

The second annual CPAC Hungary conference concluded yesterday in Budapest. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was one of the featured speakers. Below is a video of his address, subtitled in English.

Many thanks to László for timing the official translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Santiago Abascal: A Message for CPAC Hungary

The second annual CPAC Hungary conference wrapped up yesterday in Budapest. Santiago Abascal, the leader of the conservative VOX party in Spain, was unable to attend the conference, so he sent the following video message to be played in his absence.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Giorgia Meloni: Fast-Track Ukraine Into the EU

In the following video recorded at a conference in Rome on Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni promotes the rapid assimilation of Ukraine into the European Union.

Ms. Meloni’s position puts her at odds with a substantial portion of her fellow Italians, among them Silvio Berlusconi and other members of her government. Italian public opinion is, generally speaking, pro-Russian.

One may speculate about the prime minister’s reasons for pushing Ukrainian membership in the EU and lionizing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. She’s an intelligent woman, and must surely realize that Mr. Zelensky is an American puppet. Perhaps she wants to curry favor with the USA. Or maybe there are Italian commercial interests lobbying for Ukraine — who knows?

The resistance to the globalist Left isn’t monolithic. To take another example, Donald Trump is still promoting the vax. And Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán imposed a strict lockdown during the “pandemic”. I don’t often encounter fellow dissidents whose positions are in exact alignment with mine.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from an English-language article in Remix News (hat tip Reader from Chicago) about Ms. Meloni’s remarks:

Meloni Urges EU to Speed Up Accession Talks With Ukraine

Speaking at a conference in Rome on Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni called on European allies to start accession negotiations with Ukraine as soon as possible.

In a joint statement with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmihal, the Italian prime minister underlined that Ukraine’s future must be shaped in such a way that it can increasingly adapt to European dynamics and institutions.

“The smartest way to thank the Ukrainians for what they are doing is to accelerate their chances to participate in European institutions,” the Italian leader said. “We must acknowledge the enormous efforts made by Kyiv to reform its system and bring it more in line with the European Commission’s requirements.”

She added that Italy wants to play a leading role in the reconstruction of Ukraine.

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The Bear and the Panda Join Forces

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Uncut News. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Beijing and Moscow form a military alliance and challenge the Pentagon

Chinese Defense Minister Li Shanfu has brought a comprehensive package of strategic agreements with him from Moscow. Beijing has openly supported Moscow in the Ukraine conflict. And in doing so, it has shamed the West, which has attempted to issue an ultimatum to the Chinese authorities.

Robert Sutter: China and Russia together can withstand any “Ukrainian Blow”.

After arriving in Moscow on Sunday, Li Shanfu was immediately received by President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was also present at the meeting. General Li also visited the General Staff Military Academy, which has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the PLA National Defense Academy.

Most of the four-day visit was classified. A spokesman for China’s defense ministry said Beijing and Moscow had “strengthened their strategic ties.”

The two countries also pledged to “jointly resist attempts by outside forces to interfere in internal affairs,” according to the spokesman. This sounds ominous to the West as Russia supports China’s territorial integrity. That is, it does not recognize Taiwan’s independence, which the West insists on.

Another blow to Western interests is Li Shanfu’s promise to exchange military technology and trade in arms. It is the first time General Li has traveled abroad since he became defense minister. And he has repeatedly made it clear that he chose Russia on purpose: this only underlines the specificity and strategic importance of the relationship between the two countries.

With his trip, Li Shanfu wants to show the world that military relations between the two countries can withstand the “Ukrainian blow”. It’s a very strong relationship! — says Robert Sutter, Professor of International Relations at George Washington University.

The West, of course, is concerned about the possibility of China providing direct military support to Russia. The Washington Post cites secret Pentagon documents showing there is an agreement in principle for such assistance. At the same time, for example, the European Union’s High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, stated that Chinese components were allegedly found in Russian weapons in Ukraine (including drone navigation systems and tank fire control systems). [After they “sold” them the technology and knowhow for decades now, what the hell did they expect?]

There was no official confirmation of this. But it is a reason for Congress and the Joe Biden administration to prepare new sanctions against Chinese dual-use technologies. Just as before, the Europeans unduly imposed sanctions on Iran for the accusation that it supplied Russia with Mohajer and Shahed drones.

Joseph Wright: China is playing the role of the world’s chief peacemaker [with a .45 caliber to the head]

Given its unprecedented foreign trade, China is interested in a predictable and stable Russia — another factor behind Beijing’s support for Moscow, says City University of New York political science professor Xia Ming. The scientist is convinced that the West is aiming for a scenario similar to that of 1991 against Russia — a change in the state system and the actual collapse of the state. [To me it looks more the other way around, the West is not just crumbling, it uses a wrecking-ball on itself through pandering to Big Tech and Central Banks.]

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Éric Zemmour: France is First of All a Soul

The following video is a segment from the French TV talk show “Les Grandes Gueules” (which translates roughly as “The Big Mouths”). It features the popular commentator and former presidential candidate Éric Zemmour in a discussion with several other panelists.

One of things I find striking about French talk shows is the way in which panelists are relatively patient in allowing others to speak without interruption. In a typical American show, participants routinely talk over one another. A speaker will utter no more than three or four words before other panelists shout him down. When there are more than two participants involved, it’s not unusual for them to scream at each other. That’s why I loathe watching videos taken from talk shows.

There is some simultaneous talking in this clip, but mostly people allow each other to speak. It’s refreshingly different from, say, Hannity. I wish I didn’t require a translator to understand what’s being said.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Does Sending “Peacekeepers” to Ukraine Guarantee World War III?

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from the Austrian outlet eXXpress. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Orbán warns of secret EU plan: peacekeepers for the front in Ukraine?

“Peacekeepers, peacekeepers from the EU nations, are to be sent to the front lines. If that happens, World War III will draw closer,” warns Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a recent interview.

According to Viktor Orbán (59), the plan for sending tens of thousands of peacekeepers to the east of Ukraine, which has already been discussed among the heads of state of the EU nations, sounds sensible on the surface: These EU troops are intended to separate the two warring parties and thus secure a ceasefire zone — it should bring a quick end to the bloody hostilities.

But the Hungarian Prime Minister sees an extremely great danger in this plan: “We are approaching World War III with it,” says Viktor Orbán in a recent interview with Kossuth Radio.

With peacekeeping troops in the Ukraine, there is a risk of a world war

And it’s pretty clear what Orbán means by this: If German, British, French, Polish and maybe also Austrian peacekeeping units are standing in the rubble fields of Bakhmut and other frontline towns, incidents may very quickly occur — the first shots could lead to firefights, then escalate to massive acts of war. This would mean that NATO and EU countries would suddenly be involved in a dramatic military conflict with the Russian Federation. [Personally, I believe that this is the name of the game — ESCALATION.]

The motivation behind the elaboration of the EU plan to send peacekeeping forces to the front lines in Ukraine is not difficult to see: not only are the Ukrainian armed forces running out of weapons systems and ammunition in the current war of attrition, they are also increasingly short of soldiers. The 1,200km-long front is impossible to hold with fewer and fewer able-bodied men.

The government in Kiev is still hiding the current casualty figures, but according to their own statements, battalions deployed near Bakhmut lost up to 80% of their soldiers. In addition, military observers in Western Europe know that a radical wave of recruitment is once again underway in Ukraine: even extremely young boys and older men are being forcibly drafted into the army. [Sounds like 1944-45 in Nazi-occupied Germany, doesn’t it?]

Orbán warns: “Our security is at risk”

The Federal Government has not communicated how Austria is reacting to these EU plans. On the one hand, there is nothing to be said against another peacekeeping mission by neutral Austria; on the other hand, the resulting high risk of being drawn into a direct conflict with the Russian Federation should be given sufficient attention.

And Viktor Orbán also said in an interview with the radio station: “In any case, the war is becoming more and more brutal and bloody. The Hungarian population is concerned; our safety is at risk. We must reach a ceasefire — if there is one, then peace talks are possible.”

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Ukrainian Nazism

Statue of Stepan Bandera

Karl-Olov Arnstberg is a Swedish writer, ethnologist, and retired university professor. His essays are posted at the blog Invandring och mörkläggning. Below is today’s edition of his “Sunday Chronicle”. Many thanks to LN for the translation:

Sunday Chronicle: Ukrainian Nazism

by Karl-Olov Arnstberg
March 19, 2023

When Putin sent troops into Ukrainian territory on February 24, 2022, it was with the stated mission of “demilitarizing and de-Nazifying” the country.

For Western media, Putin’s language was inaccurate and offensive. As in all other contexts, it was obvious that Putin was lying. Eventually I realized that the Ukrainian Nazis were not just a matter of general accusations, and decided to dig, not too deep but a little bit. What I found no MSM reporter would ever dream of writing.

As a journalist, you must not violate the moral dichotomy: if one is evil, the other is good. When the Russians invade Ukraine, they are evil. And because they are evil, the Ukrainians are good. When I write about Nazism in Ukraine, I become evil because I am attacking the good guys. If I had written about Russian Nazism instead, I would have ended up among the good guys. Yes… there are quite a few people who think that stupidly.

But not you, right?

The actor and comedian Volodomyr Zelensky won a landslide victory in Ukraine’s presidential election in April 2019. He didn’t have much of a platform, but he promised to stop the low-level civil war that had been raging for five years between Russian separatists and far-right paramilitaries in the Donbass region.

Of the latter, the openly Nazi Azov Battalion was the largest and most militarily capable unit. Since 2014, it had been part of the Ukrainian National Guard. Eight percent of those who participated in the Euromaidan belonged to Azov. That doesn’t sound like much, but another report says that they were extremely effective and without them the effectiveness of Euromaidan would have dropped by 90%.

When Zelensky took office in May 2019, Azov had de facto control of the strategic southeastern port city of Mariupol and its surrounding villages.

The majority were killed in the battle for the Azovstal steel plant, where they held out for three months against the vastly superior Russian army. When they finally surrendered, there were 500 soldiers left. I don’t think they have survived either, having taken part in the fighting in Bakhmut.

What enabled Zelensky to campaign so successfully was the support of the Ukrainian oligarch and billionaire Igor Kolomoisky. He also supported the Azov Battalion and financed private militias such as the Dnipro and Aidar Battalions.

When needed, he used them privately, to protect his financial interests. In early October 2021, the leaked so-called “Pandora” documents showed that Kolomoisky had used foreign accounts to make Zelensky and his inner circle wealthy.

On October 25, 2019, six months after his election as president, Zelensky unexpectedly appeared in Zolote, a small town in the battle zone of the Donbass region. A ceasefire was underway. Both the Russian-backed militia and the Ukrainian army would retreat, leaving a no-man’s land between them. If Zelensky achieved a ceasefire, he could start peace talks with Putin. Now he wanted to meet the Azov veterans. They had to stretch out their arms, too.

This did not go well at all. When Zelensky learned that Azov was hiding illegal weapons to continue fighting, he was furious, and scolded them. The scene was filmed and went viral on social media.

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Giorgia Meloni Cracks Down on Migrant Traffickers

Last week Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced a new initiative targeting the activities of people-smugglers outside of Italian territory.

Many thanks to HeHa for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from a Remix News report (hat tip Reader from Chicago) about Prime Minister Meloni’s announcement:

Italian Government Announces Strict New Immigration Rules, Up to 30 Years in Prison for People Smugglers

The Italian government has decided to introduce prison sentences ranging from 20 to 30 years for traffickers who cause the deaths of migrants as a part of new regulations aimed at tackling illegal immigration.

The new law was announced at a special meeting on Thursday in Cutro, which was the scene of the Feb. 26 boat disaster in Calabria.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced the new regulations at a press conference after the cabinet meeting in the town of just over 10,000 inhabitants.

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Viktor Orbán: “That is Their War, Not Ours”

The following video features excerpts from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s recent annual “state of the nation” speech.

Many thanks to László for adjusting and timing the official translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

The translator includes this context for Mr. Orbán’s remarks just before the end of his speech:

This is Prime Minister Orbán’s reaction to a recent huge national scandal that broke out after a 40-year-old homosexual paedophile assistant schoolteacher performed a public pedo “coming out” in videos, smugly claiming that he could not be punished because his young male “partners” (some of them probably his students) were over 14 and thus were legal targets for him, and therefore he is not even a paedophile but an “ephebophile”. And he threatened everyone in Hungary that he was being protected by Soros’ NGOs, which are defending him free of charge in any legal battle, and therefore anyone who dared to disparage or challenge him would lose a fortune in the lawfare that he would wage.

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The European Commission Funds Islamic Zealots in Turkey

Jordan Bardella is the president of Rassemblement National (National Rally, formerly Front National) in France, the successor in that position to Marine Le Pen. He currently serves as a member of the European Parliament.

In the following speech from the floor of the EP, Mr. Bardella speaks out against the financial support given by the European Commission to a Turkish organization espousing Islamic zealotry. The article below the video provides more detail on the topic.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

The following article from TheWorldNews.net platform, also translated by Gary Fouse, discusses the “Islamo-nationalist brotherhood” mentioned by Jordan Bardella:

[Investigation FDS] — The EU Commission finances an Islamo-nationalist brotherhood in Turkey that is misogynistic and hostile to European civilization. Update: Jordan Bardella to the Commission: “How can you tolerate, at this point, those who want our destruction?”

February 15, 2023

How can an Islamist organization, which makes violent remarks about women, which justifies attacks against France, be able to receive one cent of public money?

I ask the European Commission about the “Yavuz Sultan Selim” scandal

Jordan Bardella, February 14, 2023

February 9, 2023

Investigation (FDS) When the EU finances a Turkish Islamo-nationalist brotherhood hostile to European civilization and implicated in a marriage scandal involving a little 6-year-old girl… to fight against Islamophobia (Update: Reactions from the national right)

February 3, 2023

[Investigation FDS] The EU has given support for a project to fight Islamophobia to a Turkish Islamist brotherhood that justifies attacks against “European infidels”. Update: Our investigation moves to Italy.

[In Italian]

The EU finances a Turkish association

that justifies the killing of “infidels”. Among its ranks a father of a girl given in marriage at the age of 6.

Francesca Totolo, February 2, 2023

Brussels gives more than €30,000 for a project against “Islamophobia”, to a brotherhood that winks at anti-West attacks. And among its ranks is also a father of a girl given in marriage at 6 years of age.

La Verita February 2, 2023

[In French]

January 31, 2023

[Investigation FDS] When the EU finances a Turkish Islamo-nationalist brotherhood hostile to European civilization and implicated in a marriage scandal involving a little 6-year-old girl… to fight against Islamophobia

1.   The European Commission, through Erasmus+, has financed a new project on Islamophobia. This time, Islamophobia on social media after the Covid-19 pandemic.
2.   The project commences on 6 February 2023 in Istanbul.
3.   Those in charge of the project are: The Turkish Islamic-nationalist association Yavuz Sultan Selim, from the name of the Ottoman sultan Selim the First, who died in 1520.
4.   This association and its founder, Abdulhalik Ustaosmanoglu, the grandson of the founder of the Islamist brotherhood Ismailaga, has disseminated hateful statements which should have alerted the European Commission during the course of its validation of the project.
5.   For those nostalgic for the Ottoman Empire, European civilization is a “toothless monster”, made up of “infidels”, “enemies of Islam and the Prophet”.

Note: “One-tooth monster” or “toothless monster” makes reference to the Turkish anthem which targets Western Civilization and principally European [civilization]:

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Silvio Berlusconi Departs From the Narrative on Ukraine

Silvio Berlusconi is a former Italian prime minister and current Italian senator whose party is one of the three that make up the right-wing coalition under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. Mr. Berlusconi is 86 years old, and has had a long and entertaining political career. He has been on trial on multiple occasions, and has been convicted at least once, but he still hasn’t fled the field.

In the following video Mr. Berlusconi answers questions from the press about the war in Ukraine. His responses run counter to the Narrative, and are at considerable variance with the policies of his prime minister.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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