The Peter Principle in Action

Except she doesn’t have one.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this report from PolitikStube:

Russia’s Defense Ministry confirms: AKK is as incapable as her predecessor

After the incompetent Ursula von der Leyen came the second catastrophic personnel decision and the next slap in the face for the Bundeswehr: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) was assigned the post of Federal Minister of Defense. Just like “Flinten-Uschi” [“Shotgun Ursula”] back then, AKK now shines with a lack of skills and knowledge of defense policy, but the main thing that at least the quota has been met and women are raised into office.

The incompetence of AKK extends as far as Russia, which quite a few citizens thought or suspected in secret, confirms the representative for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

RT Deutsch reports:

On Friday the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reacted to the attitude of the Federal Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, towards the dialogue with Moscow:

We did not want to rush to an answer, because we expected that sensible politicians in Germany would correct the results themselves, bearing in mind the results of following such appeals. Unfortunately, it was not like that. That is why we do not have to state for the first time that the statements made by individual politicians in the Federal Republic of Germany with regard to building up a dialogue with Russia are reminiscent of the attempts of a primary school pupil to compensate for his ignorance on the subject with the volume of articulated nonsense.

Ms. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been Germany’s Defense Minister for a relatively short time. Like her predecessor, however, she demonstrates her inability to propose anything significant for the real consolidation of security in Europe.

We have to remind Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer that of all things, the “good position of German foreign policy” that she recently proposed in the Bundestag, to conduct the dialogue “from a position of strength,” had tragic consequences for the entire world during the 20th century, several times, for Germany and the German people.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/1/2020

A man deliberately drove a car at high speed through a pedestrian zone in the German city of Trier, killing five people (some reports say four) and wounding a number of others. There is no indication of cultural enrichment so far in the incident. The driver was identified as “Berndt W.” in some media reports, while others withheld any identification, since the driver was not the registered owner of the car. The perpetrator is said to have been extremely drunk when he committed the crime.

In other news, the Michigan state senate held a hearing today on alleged election fraud in last month’s voting.

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Canaries in the Coal Mine

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from PolitikStube about the massive ongoing “refugee” crisis in the Canary Islands:

Daily costs: €300,000! Tourism association issues ultimatum: 6,000 Africans have to leave hotels!

For 6,000 illegal migrants, the paradisiacal accommodation is likely to come to an end soon. The tourism association of the Canary Islands has given the state an ultimatum: the guests have to leave the hotels and be quartered in emergency shelters before December 31st.

The daily costs for the 6,000 illegal migrants amount to €300,000, an incredible €9 million in tax money per month. The accommodation in 16 hotels, partly four-star hotels like the Waikiki, was a temporary stopgap solution, but also a great insanity. The pictures of the front of the hotels, of the well-equipped apartments and hotel rooms, the pools, the buffets, etc. were sent home and so encouraged other illegal migrants to go on the trip and pay for a place in a boat to cross over to the Canaries.

Kanarenmarkt.de reports:

The patience of the tourism industry in the Canary Islands has run out. Fears that the current migration crisis could damage the archipelago’s economic recovery prompted the tourism association and the municipalities of Mogán and San Bartolomé de Tirajana to present the state with an ultimatum: The state is requested to move the 6,000 or so migrants quartered in 16 hotels to other accommodations before December 31, and to use the daily costs of around €300,000 for the announced emergency accommodation.

Afterword from the translator:

Governments and NGOs are always virtue-signaling so quickly with other people’s money. And at the same time those same governments and NGOs push for more draconian laws to battle a “pandemic” that never was and destroy the livelihoods of the same people they force to pay, with their taxes, for the upkeep of the invaders. Something has to give, and when the damn dam breaks it will be ugly, and can be laid fair and square directly at the feet of those advocating for mass immigration, Multiculturalism and Corona measures.

I seriously hope that there will be new Nuremberg Trials, when sanity finally triumphs over the virtue-signaling and immoral preachers of morality.

Why So Many Coups?

In the midst of our great election crisis, here’s the latest news on another crisis — the one in Thailand, as reported by our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan.

Why so many coups?

by H. Numan

I’ve been reporting about Thailand for many years. This year, on the 30th of December, I celebrate 25 years of being an alien. I kind of dislike being called an alien, but there you go. That is what foreigners are called under Thai law. Thailand is not America. You can’t get a green card. Citizenship is possible, but… his majesty the king personally grants you citizenship. As kings usually have more important things to do, you can understand that acquiring Thai nationality is pretty difficult. In those 25 years I witnessed and reported about three successful coups, several failed coup attempts, a siege of Bangkok and more. When I arrived in 1994 the 24th constitution was being written. I’ve lost count, but the current one should be version 26 or 27.

We expats joke about so many constitutions: The new constitution™. Super clean! Now with more Anti-Corruptors© and extra transparency! I calculated how often a coup has been committed since the bloodless coup of 1932 that abolished the absolute monarchy. Should be around 40. On average a coup every four years. One could say, with good reason, the form of Thai government is a coup-o-cracy. We go to the ballot box every four years; Thais have a coup. Why is that?

One big reason is the capital. Bangkok is twenty-six times bigger than the next largest city. It’s quite common for capitals to be bigger than other cities in a country, but 26 times bigger is unique. The Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA) is the city of Bangkok with surrounding provinces as an administrative unit. It is the only multi-province city in the country, and that has vast consequences. Effectively Bangkok is a huge city-state with Thailand surrounding it. For Dutch readers: the size of the BMA is equal to the province of Gelderland, the largest Dutch province. With as many inhabitants as The Netherlands has. Imagine everybody living in Gelderland and nowhere else. Makes for a pretty big city, what?

All roads in Thailand lead to Bangkok. Literally and metaphorically. Most companies have their headquarters in Bangkok. If they haven’t, they are not a nationwide or international company. Same goes for education. Of course you can study somewhere else, but most — and the most prestigious — universities are in Bangkok. A civil career means finding a job in administration — which you find in Bangkok. Bangkokians talk about ‘up country’ which means anywhere outside of Bangkok. The legal minimum wage varies per province, but is highest in Bangkok, where the cost of living is the highest. Roughly speaking, about 20 million people live in Bangkok. The remaining +50 million live ‘up country’. Thais have a saying: the government is elected up country, but sent home in Bangkok.

When I arrived in 1994, Thailand had gone through a bloody coup period. Democracy was new, and thriving. Thaksin Shinawatra was a business tycoon who just went into politics. I was there on a meeting when he, as the new minister for telecommunications, announced he would solve the traffic problems of Bangkok in three months. Of course he couldn’t. I think even the mighty Heracles would prefer cleaning the stable of King Augeas rather than solve that problem. Much easier!

That period was the eye in the storm. A temporary calm period. Thaksin was a very capable politician. His traffic promise cost his party, the Palang Dharma party, everything. They disappeared. He walked away scot-free and founded a new party. He used his own marketing team to do the promotion. That’s like Mark Zuckerberg deciding he wants to become PM, and ordering his marketing team to make it happen. Of course, it happened.

Adherents of Thaksin wore red shirts. The color has nothing to do with communism. The communist party is explicitly forbidden in every Thai constitution. Red stands for the blood of the people or for the people itself. It’s a very common mistake made by left-wing intellectuals: Thaksin supporters are predominantly rural and urban poor, and wear red. So they must fight for the proletariat! Don’t laugh. They really think that. I had the experience during the Siege of Bangkok.

Which brings us to Thai nobility. We have our own nobility. They don’t have western titles, like duke or count. But they do have titles, and are hugely powerful. The system is very different from the West. Every generation inherits a lower ranking title, up to three generations. After that they are no longer noble. Though most often still recognizable: when someone has ‘na’ in the family name, they decent from nobility, like ‘von’ in German. “Somchai Na Ayutthaya” would be someone descending from the royal family of Ayutthaya. We expats often joke about that. Patpong is both the name of the famous red light district of Bangkok and a very rich and extremely powerful family. Jimmy Na Patpong would be a joke name for someone visiting the nightlife very often. Na Patpong, by the way, does not exist. The Patpong family is not noble, though they own that plot of Bangkok.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/30/2020

The First Minister of Wales has issued an order banning the sale of alcohol in pubs, as part of an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, a minister in the UK government said he will not rule out the possibility of a third lockdown in the New Year.

In other news, Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania state legislature have formally introduced a resolution disputing the results of the November 3 election.

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Rabbi Attacked in Vienna by Nondescript Woman

A Viennese rabbi was attacked last Thursday by a woman who threatened him with a knife. It’s frustrating to watch videos or read articles about the incident, because there is so little information about the perpetratrix. She is said to be about 5’7″ and to have worn a grey coat. OK, that narrows it down. And she shouted “inappropriate slogans”. Such as…?

Did she yell “Allahu Akhbar”? Or, perhaps, “You can take your gefilte fish and stuff it”?

Actually, the lack of a definitive description is a sign that she is probably a culture-enricher. After all, if she had been a blond blue-eyed native Austrian, we would surely have been told all the details.

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

Below is an article from Die Presse about the attack on the rabbi. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation:

Anti-Semitic attack on rabbi

During the attack, woman screamed anti-Semitic words

Vienna: An anti-Semitic attack upon a rabbi occurred on Thursday in Vienna-Landstrasse [a district in Vienna], the Interior Ministry announced Friday. A woman threatened the rabbi at a bus stop with a knife, tore his kippah from his head, and tried to kick him. At the same time, the attacker screamed, “Slaughter all Jews.” The rabbi was uninjured.

Sharp reactions

“Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism have no place in our society. My solidarity is with all Jewesses and Jews living in Austria,” tweeted Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen. Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had already reacted on Thursday night: “I condemn the anti-Semitic attack on a rabbi in Vienna in the sharpest terms. We must fight anti-Semitism with all our determination and do everything to enable Jewish life here in Austria to be safe. Because Europe without Jews is no longer Europe,” declared Kurz. Interior Minister Karl Nehammer added: “In addition to strengthened protection for synagogues, all measures will be taken to quickly clear up this attack that was obviously motivated by anti-Semitism. There is no tolerance for anti-Semitism.” The president of the Vienna Jewish Religious Community, Oskar Deutsch, described the attack as “a disturbing incident that has unsettled many.”

The attacker is about 50 years old and 170 centimeters [5’7″] tall, and wore a grey coat.

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Silvia Sardone: The European Union is Just a Pathetic Concentration of Propaganda

Silvia Sardone is an Italian MEP for the Lega. Last week I posted a translated article that referred to remarks made by Ms. Sardone in the European Parliament. The following video shows her complete two-minute speech.

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

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Soros: A Man with a Mission

The following thoughtful essay by the Hungarian writer Demeter Szilárd was immediately deleted almost everywhere it appeared. After 24 hours of publication the author was forced to delete his Facebook account.

Vadhajtasok.hu has preserved the original article. Many thanks to CrossWare for the translation:

Soros: A Man with a Mission

by Demeter Szilárd

Published on origo.hu, November 28, 2020
“Revoked” on November 29, 2020

I observe quite a few artists and intellectuals nearing to the end of their lives and looking back to their oeuvre, perceiving that they have been judged in the balance and found wanting; just moments after their deaths they would be forgotten — even by their biographers. Somehow, I can understand the frustration of these people. They have made bad choices and are now facing the consequences. Everybody is living their own lives, but — what is more important — as philosophers have said: everybody will die their own deaths.

Presumably George Soros is struggling with the same feelings. Just before the end of his life, he was hit by the truth of the commonplace wisdom: money does not bring happiness. One cannot bring his money with him to the opposite side of the river. The financial security of his family had been established long ago for several generations to come, so only one question remains for him: what will happen to George Soros once he ceases to exist? He is not talented as a writer; his philosophy is troubled and inconsistent. He is, however, smart enough to realize he is not a genius. This might be his greatest grief.

Standing in the doorway of death, George Soros is carving his own statue. He thinks of himself as a man with a mission. His mission: George Soros, the New Messiah. However, this mission is lacking a transcendent dimension. The god of George Soros is George Soros, incarnate and descended to our world in the form of George Soros.

He is moving his chess pieces on a global chessboard. Given that the key to his financial success is playing unfairly, no wonder he also keeps changing the rules in his assumed “world-saving” chess game to his own taste. He is the playmaker, the referee, the striker and the scoreboard clerk in one person.

We have seen enough of this type in the history of mankind. Those with enough money and power made themselves dictators; those lacking it, servants of the dictators. And all of them — without exception — wanted to reach the throne of eternity by climbing a mountain of the corpses of the victims of their own tyranny.

In today’s world, the path to the throne of Soros leads across our very bodies. Europe has became the gas chamber of George Soros. The toxic gas is flowing from the capsule of the “multicultural open society”, lethal to the European way of life, and we, the peoples of Europe are doomed to fight for the last gasps of breathable air treading and climbing over one another’s bodies.

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A Fascination With Decapitation

Below is a follow-up case related to last month’s beheading of Samuel Paty in a Parisian suburb. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Le Figaro:

Nice: Youth sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening to kill a teacher “like Samuel Paty”

A young man of 19, with no record, sentenced for threatening a teacher with death on social media

by Le Figaro with AFP
November 27, 2020

A young man of 19 has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening to kill a teacher “like Samuel Paty”, in reference to the teacher decapitated in October in Val d’Oise, the prosecutor of Nice reported Saturday.

Judged in an immediate appearance, Friday 27 November, the defendant defended himself, according to an account of the hearing published by the daily Nice-Matin, explaining that it was a “joke”, intended only to show off in front of another young high school student.

This young man, who holds a professional baccalaureate and has completed school, had gotten wind on social media of an incident that had happened in one of the teacher’s classes. The latter, a teacher for some 30 years, had asked for an explanation from certain pupils who were suspected of cheating during a “white” baccalaureate test.

The defendant then succeeded in obtaining the private account address of the teacher on other social media, in order to be able to threaten him with a similar death to that of Samuel Paty, a teacher killed by a young man after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his pupils during a course on freedom of expression.

“My client has lived through two very difficult weeks,” explains Julien Darras, lawyer for the civil part of the case, representing the victim. This teacher was forced to stop his courses and remove his name from his mailbox, while the police were identifying the author of the threats.

The defendant, with a clean record, faced up to seven years of imprisonment for public support of terrorist acts by electronic means and making a death threat. He has ten days to file an appeal of this judgment accompanied by an immediate custody warrant.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/29/2020

While they were on a fishing trip in the English Channel, Nigel Farage and a friend saved two illegal migrants from drowning. Meanwhile, French vessels rescued 64 migrants, also in the Channel.

In other news, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned the EU that there is only a week left until the UK implements an honest-to-God we-really-mean-it-this-time no-deal Brexit.

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Stabbed in Neukölln for Wearing a Cross


[Note: This is a stock photo, and does not show the suspects described in the article below.]

Two culture-enrichers accosted a man in the Muslims-only district of Neukölln in Berlin, beating and stabbing him for wearing a cross.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Politikstube:

Berlin: Man stabbed because of his Cross — perpetrators probably Afghans

Typically Berlin: After almost 11 weeks, the police published two phantom images for the search. The two wanted men attacked a man who was wearing a chain with a cross.

The attack happened on September 11, 2017 near the Neukölln S-Bahn and U-Bahn station. Neukölln, especially the north, is considered a Muslim zone, where many obviously still do not speak the German language even after many years, more headscarves than in Izmir, plus this provocative macho culture on the streets and in public transport, which signals: “We own everything here”, “What are you looking at me for?”

An adventure trip for anyone that shows up with Christian symbols.

On September 11, the 23-year-old was approached by the two men at around 10 p.m. near the Neukölln S and U-Bahn station. They noticed a cross hanging on a long chain around his neck. After they asked him why he became a Christian, one of the attackers tore the young man’s chain off his neck and threw it on the ground. Then he hit the victim in the face several times with his fist. The second man held him while the other attacker cut his upper body with a knife.

The men then fled, leaving the 23-year-old injured.

This is how the suspects are described: The first suspect (photo on the left), presumably an Afghan, is between 27 and 30 years old, around 177 cm tall, has dark hair and a full beard. The second perpetrator (photo on the right) is also between 27 and 30 years old, about 173 cm tall and has a beard. He’s probably Afghan too.

The police can receive information on the following telephone number: 4664-953315, or on this telephone number: 4664-950130 or at any police station. […] Source: bz-berlin.de/24.11.2017

Shoot the Mask-Rejecters!

The video below shows excerpts from an entertaining piece of Corona street theater in Germany. Oz-Rita, who translated the clip for subtitles, includes these introductory notes:

This is a “Wake-Up Flash Mob” in the German city of Cottbus. The conceit is that the players are addressing prayers of supplication to the German Core Totalitarian team.

“Söder” refers to Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder, whose party (the CSU) is the Bavarian Siamese twin of Angela Merkel’s CDU. Mr. Söder is rumored to have ambitions to become the next Chancellor. His totalitarian COVID measures are the worst in Germany — he wants to out-Nazi the Nazis.

Jens Spahn (CDU) is the gay Federal Health Minister. The recent Ermächtigungsgesetz hustled through the Bundestag the other day faster than they used to drive wild pigs through the villages — a law very like the 1933 Hitler law —gives unlimited powers over the people (including the right to enter homes) to Merkel and those whom she designates — e.g. Spahn. (He and his husband just bought a residence worth several million euros, while people are losing their jobs.)

Christian Drosten is the Chief Virologist who had his hands in the PCR test that is now considered discredited by everyone of even mild intelligence. He was the Angela Merkel’s Poster Boy (having previously been involved in the scandal surrounding the Swine Flu) and his “prestige” is fast disappearing.

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

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/28/2020

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters marched through London today, and more than 150 of them were arrested. Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters are planning multiple rallies in Alberta this weekend.

In other news, in a bid to circumvent new coronavirus lockdown rules, the owner of a bar in New York City has issued a public announcement declaring his business to be an “autonomous zone”.

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Mujahid Targeted Catholic Youth Group in Vienna

The article below provides an interesting follow-up to the November 2 Islamic terror attack in Vienna. According to the latest news from the investigation, Kujtim Fejzulai, the Islamic State mujahid who carried out the attack, intended (but failed) to cause carnage during the prayer service of a youth group in a Catholic church.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Kronen Zeitung:

Terrorist had Catholic Youth Group in Sights

The background of attack warnings on local churches is frightening: Because the ISIS-killer wanted to cause a bloodbath during an evening prayer of the Catholic Youth group in the Ruprecht Church on the night of terror in Vienna. The Islamist failed to get through the closed door, however, due to a timer lock…

As reported, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) in connection with Advent and the Christmas season, strengthened the protection of local churches. The details behind the security alarm are — despite the silence of the prosecutor’s office — shocking: Because, according to Krone’s investigation, 17 children specifically the Catholic Youth Group, escaped catastrophe by a hair!

Terrorist wanted to cause a massacre in the church

While they were holding a non-public prayer hour in the Ruprecht Church in the heart of Vienna, the ISIS killer wanted to break in with an assault rifle and pistols. However, he failed— due to a time-locked entrance. Seconds later, the attacker was “taken out” with one shot by WEGA agents in front of the oldest church in the city. The “Investigative Group 2 November” interviewed the shocked women and children.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that the interim report of the Commission on the possible breakdowns investigated by anti-terror forces will be made public before Christmas.

Archdiocese spokesman: “You reacted with presence of mind”

The spokesman of the Vienna Archdiocese, Michael Prüller, on Friday afternoon, described the situation on the evening of the terror attack. The 17 youths escaped the attacker by turning off the lights when the first shots were fired. “You reacted with presence of mind and hid,” Prüller further reported. The youths stayed hidden in the darkness until 2:30 am on Tuesday. Then the police gave the all-clear so that the 17 girls and boys could go home.