Mutti Puts a Thumb on the Scales of Justice

The latest political and judicial shenanigans by German Chancellor Angela Merkel bring to mind the notorious confab between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch on the tarmac at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix during the 2016 presidential campaign. Mutti could give Slick Willie a run for his money as a consummate shady political operator.

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

Trial against Merkel because of the Thuringia election: AfD [Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany] rejects constitutional judges as biased

Angela Merkel invited the judges of the First and Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court to a joint dinner at the Chancellery, including those judges who had to adjudicate a lawsuit by the AfD against Merkel and the federal government on July 21 because of the Thuringian election in 2020. From the perspective of the AfD, both of them have violated their duty of neutrality.

Specifically, it is about Merkel’s statements on the Thuringian election, which she uttered at a state reception in South Africa: “The election of this Minister-President was a unique process that broke with a basic conviction for the CDU and for me, namely that no majorities with help from the AfD should win.” The process is “unforgivable”, the result must be reversed. “It was a bad day for democracy.”

How independent are the highest judges with their party books? To what extent does the executive or even Merkel exert influence? Can connections between the invitation to dinner and the upcoming trial be ruled out?

For the AfD, these judges have lost credibility [from RT]:

The AfD has sued Angela Merkel: The Chancellor has to answer to the Federal Constitutional Court regarding her statements about the Thuringia election.

Spicy: Merkel recently invited the constitutional judges, who are supposed to dispense justice over her, to dinner at the Chancellery.

The Federal Constitutional Court’s hearing on questionable statements by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on the Thuringian election in February 2020 will begin in two weeks. The AfD interpreted this as a violation of the “duty of neutrality”. Specifically, it is about the election of the FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich with votes from AfD, CDU and FDP as head of government in Thuringia on February 5, 2020. For the lawyers, the question is to what extent Merkel, at a state reception in South Africa on February 6, 2020, influenced the proceedings in the Kemmerich election. She described this as “unforgivable” and stressed that the result had to be “reversed”.

A transcript of the press conference was available on the website the Chancellor and the Federal Government. From the perspective of the AfD, both of them have violated their duty of neutrality. Kemmerich resigned under pressure three days after his election.

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A New Dutch Cabinet? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends an update on the interlocking political scandals in The Netherlands.

Geert Wilders tweeted: “An outing of the CDA party faction”

A new Dutch cabinet? Don’t hold your breath.

by H. Numan

I’ve reported about the Dutch elections in March. How’s the cabinet formation going? Not quite well. And it won’t, for the foreseeable future. A game changer event happened: Pieter Omtzigt resigned from his party. His resignation makes an extreme left-wing minority cabinet inevitable. A crazy left-wing cabinet, as the biggest party in it will be the “conservative” VVD party. So, what happened?

For many decades Dutch politics were ruled by religious parties. Our first real political party was the ARP or Anti Revolutionary Party. They were staunchly protestant (Calvinist). What revolution they were against? The French revolution! Yeah, I never understood why either. Vive le roi! In those days Dutch society was strongly pillared. Everything was segregated according to religion or political affiliation. I’ve told you that many times. You were born into a (in my case) Catholic family. That means an RC nurse delivered you. Your mum would visit the RC baby-care center. You’d go to an RC kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, get a job in an RC company, date and marry (in that order) an RC girl, if necessary go to an RC hospital, retire to an RC nursing home and eventually be laid to rest in an RC cemetery. You’d listen to the RC radio KRO, and vote for the Catholic KVP party. I experienced the last remnants of that society.

That changed completely in the ‘60s. The pillars disappeared, together with confessionalism. Religion was no longer a focal point in one’s life. Two protestant and one Catholic party realized they would no longer be able dominate politics. From now on, a cabinet without any religious parties was a strong possibility. They decided to merge, and formed the CDA or Christian Democrat Appèl (Appeal). That way they could still rule over Dutch politics for decades, which they did.

Like the proverbial whore of Babylon, they did it with anyone in any way. Usually with the — then — conservative VVD. A progressive cabinet was no problem for the Christian Democrats. We’ll do any trick you want, big daddy! They positioned themselves as the inevitable and unavoidable center party.

It was a smart move, but nonetheless a rearguard action. Because the trend in western Europe is secular, definitely so in Holland. For many Americans probably a rude awakening, or a refreshing shower, depending your point of view. In Dutch politics your sexual preference doesn’t matter. We’ve had plenty of gay politicians. You can be openly gay in America, but you’d never be in the running for president. Likewise, we have plenty of openly atheist politicians. When an American politician admits he is an atheist he just told you he’s not interested in a higher office. Your evolution vs creation politics are for us laughable. Or hilariously ridiculous. No European politician would be crazy enough to admit he’s a creationist. In America he’s taken seriously. In Europe, and particularly in Holland, he’d be the village (or a real) idiot. Religion does play a role, but nowhere near the way it does in America. Home schooling, for example, is not even possible.

Understandably, that had consequences for the Christian Democrat Party. They were — and are — in a sort of limbo. What to do? With the resignation of Pieter Omtzigt, the last shreds of credibility went with him. Everybody knows the CDA is now a wishy-washy party only looking for political power. CDA stands for Christenen Dienen Allah, or Christians serving Allah. Literally, as they accepted many mohammedans in the party and promote them to influential positions. When mosques want to broadcast the adhan over loudspeakers, it’s not only progressive parties that support it. The CDA also does that. Much more so than other parties. Because they want to show they are still a religious party. Yup, including that religion. Corruption scandals are standard in every political party. It’s just that the CDA top seems to think that the C stands for corruption. They eventually lost power in 2010, when premier Balkenende had to resign. He was at that time too religious and far too Calvinistic for the electorate. The CDA went into decline. Right now, that decline is terminal. Nay, they are dead. No resurrection over the weekend. Dead as a dodo.

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The Belgian Government is Shocked — Shocked! — To Discover the Diversion of Aid to the Palestinians

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from the Belgian Jewish portal Joods Actueel:

Belgium investigates channeling of development money to Palestinian terrorists

June 2, 2021

Minister for Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir confirmed in Parliament that an investigation is underway into Belgian developmental aid that has possibly been channeled to the financing of terrorist activities by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

She answered a question from N-VA Parliament Member Kathleen Depoorter: “This matter is very serious, and cannot be taken lightly. I am happy that the matter is being investigated, but also expect quick answers and appropriate steps by the minister.”

A report accuses seven Palestinian organizations of channeling developmental money from Western European donors, intended for the local people, to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization according to the European Union.

Among the suspected organizations are also found partners of Belgian developmental cooperation such as Health Work Committees (HWC), but also the organization Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), which Belgium wanted to give speaking time in the United Nations Security Council.

€3.76 million support improperly used

Minister Kitir confirms that in the past five years the concerned organizations, through their Belgian partners, received up to €3.70 million of which €660,000 through Viva Salud, €1.8 million through Oxfam, and €1.3 million through Broederlijk Delen (Brotherly Sharing). According to the Israelis, our support is improperly used. They reportedly submitted a report to our government, after which the minister opened an investigation.

Payments suspended in Netherlands, Belgian government remains silent

MP Kathleen Depoorter points out that these reports in the Netherlands caused the necessary commotion in the government, and the payments were suspended. “I note that our government, while the allegations are serious, remains much quieter. Nonetheless, I have asked the minister to look into these reports and that she bring her own investigation into the misuse to the Parliament. Everyone is innocent until the opposite is proven, and these Palestinian organizations deserve a fair chance, but we expect appropriate measures if the facts are proven.”

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Flu

Before I get into the main topic of this post, I’d like to address the issue of epistemology as it concerns the Wuhan Coronavirus, a.k.a. SARS-CoV-2, a.k.a. COVID-19.

It has become clear over the past eighteen months that something fishy is going on with the COVID-19 hysteria. The current writhings of Dr. Fauci are only the latest in a series of indicators that something massive, dishonest, and baneful is being perpetrated by our political leaders and the permanent administrative apparatus of governments (commonly known as the Deep State). However, the details of what has been done, and the motivations for doing it, remain hidden from public view.

There are certain facts that we ordinary peons may become aware of, but most of our dissident analysis — which the media routinely label “misinformation” — must remain speculation. I read a lot of assertions about the machinations of the Powers That Be concerning the Wuhan Coronavirus, but a closer examination generally reveals that those assertions are not facts, but rather conjectures. Conscientious writers identify their speculations as such, and apply Occam’s Razor to the data at hand to describe why they believe their conjectures to be true. Others simply assert their speculations as fact — the coronavirus represents an attempt by the globalists to enslave the populace, or exterminate 95% of the human race, or bring the whole of the globe under the control of the Zionists, etc. Some of those things may be true, but none has been established as a verifiable fact, not as far as I can determine.

So what facts do we actually know about the origins and purpose of the worldwide Coronamadness?

The data I will present below are simple statistics, drawn from official sources at the website of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The manipulation of the data on recorded Corona deaths is a fact: there are enough well-attested instances of bogus, exaggerated, or misattributed instances of death from COVID-19 to establish as fact the inaccuracy of the death counts. Unfortunately, we don’t know the actual, verifiable statistics on such deaths; we can simply be certain that the official statistics have been artificially inflated. The real numbers may be 25%, or 50%, or even an order of magnitude lower than what is shown in government statistics. We just don’t know.

Some dissidents assert that COVID-19 does not actually exist, that the virus described as such is a hoax. I don’t find that assertion credible. There was a large spike in deaths caused by severe respiratory symptoms in March and April of last year. That spike is attested not just by government records, but by numerous anecdotal accounts and alternate sources of data compiled by people who are dissidents and do not subscribe to the Corona hype. Furthermore, there is a large body of writing by microbiologists, virologists, and other experts in the field — many of whom are also dissidents and do not follow the WHO line on the disease — who have studied the virus and analyzed its genetic structure. Therefore, I accept as a premise that the virus commonly known as COVID-19 exists, and that it has been responsible for an undetermined number of deaths.

However, I believe that the official response to Corona is by and large a hoax. This is true not just in the United States, but across the globe. My focus is USA-centric, but as far as I know the same deductions could be applied in all countries infected by what I call the Coronamadness. The populace has been misinformed and massively lied to by political leaders and administrators entrusted with protecting public health. One hopes that someday there will be a public accounting for this gross dereliction of duty, but I’m not holding my breath.

So we know we’ve been lied to, and the truth is something different, but we don’t know exactly what it is. There are, however, official statistical indicators that something distinctly hinky is going on.

I have been wrestling with the CDC’s own data (specifically those of the National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS). There is an intractable issue with the two different datasets I investigated, but I decided to go ahead and publish my analysis after full disclosure of what the issue is.

I wanted a dataset spanning the years 2018-2021 that listed deaths caused by influenza and those caused by COVID-19. Unfortunately, I was only able to find two separate tables, one for 2014-2019 and another preliminary one for 2020-2021. The former includes a column “Influenza and pneumonia (J10-J18)”, while the latter has two columns, one for “Pneumonia Deaths” and another for “Influenza Deaths”. I tried combining the two separate numbers for flu and pneumonia, but that produced a total that was so out of line with seasonal statistics for 2014-2019 that I assumed it was not the relevant figure. I decided to use “influenza and pneumonia” as my flu figures for 2018 and 2019, while using just “influenza” for 2020-2021. I realize that the former two years are therefore probably showing higher numbers than they should be — you can see a drop in the graph from December 2019 to January 2020 — but I can’t find an alternative that would reconcile them. Any reader who is adept enough at navigating the CDC website and finds a full, comprehensive dataset for 2018-2021 is encouraged to send me a link*, after which and I will redo my calculations and post a new graphic.

I imported each dataset (in CSV format) into a Microsoft Access database, filtered out the rows and columns I didn’t need, and combined the result into a single table. I copied a query built on that table into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (which has better chart-producing capabilities) to make the following graph. The total Corona deaths are (I assume) grossly overstated, so much so that I had to magnify the flu data eight times to make the two series of comparable magnitude, so that the seasonal variations would be clearly visible:

(Click to enlarge)

The dataset used to make the graph is included at the bottom of this post in text form.

What might we conclude from examining the two very different datasets represented by the blue and red lines in this graph?

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Being Green Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

The article below discusses the sleazy (and casual) corruption of the Green candidate for chancellor in Germany. Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this piece from PolitikStube.

The translator notes:

A party that was founded by a pedophile and former Nazi has not changed one bit when it comes to self-enrichment.

The translated article:

Brandner: “Nothing with squeaky-clean woman — Baerbock ‘forgot’ to report income to the Bundestag”

The green candidate for Chancellor, Annalena Baerbock (the Goblin), has belatedly registered additional income from the years 2018 to 2020 with the Bundestag. That came to light today. These are allegedly special payments from the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen party of between €17,500 and €37,000, which had been received but not declared. The exact amount is not known, as MPs are divided into different levels. Baerbock specifies level two special payments once (2018) and level three twice (2019, 2020).

Stephan Brandner, Deputy Federal Chairman of Alternative for Germany [AfD]:

“When the subject was raised in the Bundestag in March of this year, it suddenly occurred to Ms. Baerbock that she had completely forgotten to register her extremely generous special payments with the Bundestag. I’ll pretend I believe that… Apparently the candidate for chancellor got cold feet when the impacts on her questionable courses came closer and closer and it was foreseeable that the media would take a close look at her. However, how could it be otherwise, the media chorus remains: Baerbock is after all the darling of the standardized media. She is fond of believing that this is just another minor shortcoming, although there is a need for clarification. Of course, it can happen that you forget to report something to the President of the Bundestag. But amounts which would represent full annual incomes for ordinary citizens? That also shows how unworldly and detached the GREEN Crowd is.”

Thailand, Land of the No More Smiles

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan sends a gloomy account of the situation in Thailand as the coronavirus “pandemic” winds down.

Thailand, land of the no more smiles

by H. Numan

I’ve got bad news and I’ve got bad news. Which do you want to hear first?

Let’s start with the bad news. Thai International Airlines is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy. The airline has been very badly managed, long before the Chinese Virus struck. Countless efforts have been made to revive the company. You can read as: every executive lined his pockets. Thursday the axeman will arrive. The government stated it will not support Thai Inter. The decision of the shareholders should have been reached last Friday, but they asked for an extension.

It’s a pretty big deal here. You can see that because… everybody pretends it is not a big deal! Loss of face, you know. If KLM goes belly up, the Dutch would be up in arms. Thais are the most chauvinistic people on the planet. Their national pride goes down, and it’s not really important? Come on!

Thai International is the national carrier. A long time ago, one of the very best airlines in the world. The food was excellent and the service superb. The problem was that they didn’t make any profits. Why? Well, everybody working in Thai Inter got free flights. And their family members. And friends. And the royal family (always first class, of course). And their staff. And the friends of the royal staff. And most government officials. And their friends. You get the idea, I think. That can work in a well-managed company in a strong economic climate. It doesn’t most of the time. Thai Inter was never well managed to begin with.

That was no problem when Thai Inter was a government-run airline. After privatization this continued and became a serious problem. One of many. They did cut costs, but that took much of the shine off the airline. The last time I flew Thai, it showed. Food was not too bad — but that comes from me. In other words: from a garbage can with very low gourmet standards. If I find food mediocre, people with higher standards, beware!!! Entertainment was dated. Chairs were visibly well used. Staff was still friendly, but clearly overworked.

It’s a very big deal for Thailand, as it is the national carrier. The reason of the postponement is to put more pressure on the government to cough up something. Which they won’t do. Currently, the offices on Vipawadee Rungsit Road are for sale. The company staff works in rented space. They were able to sell off their old Boeing 747’s. However, that is not enough. Thai bought a lot of big Airbuses 340 and 380 — which nobody wants. Those planes are brand new, and can only be sold for scrap value. That really hurts.

That was the bad news. Now for some more bad news. Thailand survived the Chinese Virus pandemic relatively unscathed. The first two waves, that is. Until third wave hit us, hard. The death toll rose from under a hundred for a whole year to 614 in a matter of weeks. It’s still pretty good, compared with other countries. Thailand ranks 117, whereas The Netherlands ranks 27, with +17,000 deaths. As Thailand has four times as many citizens and is a third-world country, that’s actually pretty good.

I live in the dark-red zone, being Bangkok. Dark-red is an euphemism for black… One of the reasons is the outbreak of the virus in Thai prisons. Especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Thai prisons are notorious all over the world. One can, with good reason, call it Auschwitz in the tropics. Cells are vastly overcrowded: 40 men to a cell with barely room to move. Prisoners are kept in their cell from 3pm until 7am. With one jar for a toilet. No air-conditioning and all the mosquitoes you want. Thai cuisine is served: the cheapest rice possible with meat (cockroaches) or vegetarian (without the roaches). Water comes from a nearby canal. The guards differ from the ones in Auschwitz in that they don’t speak German. You won’t be surprised to hear that medical care and especially hygiene are matching. Hence, 6,853 cases in just the Bangkok prisons.

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The New Improved Multicultural Germany

Hellequin GB has translated three articles from PolitikStube on migration-related news from Germany.

The first article reports on Germany’s front-runner status in the “asylum” race:

Germany leads the way in asylum applications in the first quarter

With over 26,000 asylum applications in the first quarter of this year, Germany is the front-runner in the EU. In contrast, Estonia accepted eleven and Hungary only eight asylum applications.

“The figures come from a confidential status report by the EU Commission on the current migration situation,” reports Welt am Sonntag and refers to previously unpublished figures from the EU asylum authority EASO (European Asylum Support Office).

It also emerges that, according to the document, 41% of applicants in Germany are Syrians, followed by Afghans (14%) and Iraqis (7%).

This outrage, according to which Germany receives by far the greatest number of asylum applications in Europe, must be ended immediately. In addition, incentives in the German asylum procedure — for example, excessively long procedures, access to the labor market before recognition, excessive social benefits, failed deportations — that primarily attract asylum seekers within the EU to Germany must be removed.

The second article concerns the abandonment of criminal proceedings investigating official corruption in the awarding of asylum status to applicants:

Criminal proceedings against the former head of the Bremen refugee office stopped

It all started in October 2017, when a forged (Asyl) Decision from the Bremen branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF [Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge]) in Hesse emerged. In the spring of 2018, the public prosecutor began to investigate. The suspicion: The former head of the migration authority, together with several lawyers, wrongly helped hundreds of asylum seekers to obtain positive decisions. The public prosecutor’s office was investigating violations of official secrecy, data falsification and taking advantage.

Now the Bremen regional court has ruled, and the proceedings against the former head of the Bremen BAMF branch office have been discontinued against payment of €10,000. In September 2019, the Bremen public prosecutor’s office initially listed 121 alleged crimes that the ex-head of the agency and two lawyers allegedly committed. One of the investigators’ central allegations was that they illegally prevented foreign clients of the lawyers from being deported or improved their residence status.

Uwe Witt, chairman of the AfD [Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany] parliamentary group in the Labor and Social Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag: “The Bremen example clearly shows how lawyers, senior officials and the judiciary work together to smuggle asylum seekers into our social system. The judgment of the regional court strongly reminds me of the saying “One crow does not prick the other’s eye.”

And who has to pay for it? The German taxpayer.

The final article concerns the German government’s questionable official statistics on the number of Muslims in Germany:

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Hellequin GB has translated an article about anchor babies, European style. The translator includes this note:

In a nutshell, pregnant women from outside the EU are looking for German men who are destitute or have only a low income, and induce them to recognize the paternity of the child, and thus secure the right of residence for mother and child as well as existing children. Apparently there are enough low-lifes willing who support this fraud and accept the deal of a sham fatherhood.

These unscrupulous machinations could be stopped easily, provided the WILL to change the law were present and the authorities were given more opportunities to combat the abuse. What I don’t understand is: why has no consideration been given to ordering a DNA test in cases of suspected fake paternity in order to prevent fraud — including against taxpayers?

The article from Die Welt:

Interior ministries record hundreds of suspected cases of bogus paternity

Pregnant women from countries outside the EU pay thousands of euros to mostly destitute German men so that the latter will assume paternity for the children. There are suspected cases all over Germany, but only very few can be proven.

The interior ministries of the federal states record hundreds of suspected cases of so-called bogus paternity. According to a query from Welt am Sonntag, there have recently been criminal investigations into such cases in all countries. Pregnant women from countries outside the EU travel to Germany and pay several thousand euros to mostly destitute German men who take on the paternity of the unborn children. In this way, the mothers, children and siblings obtain a right of residence in Germany. According to the query, most suspected cases were in Baden-Württemberg (189 cases), Bavaria (120), Bremen (97) and Hamburg (78).

The police and the public prosecutor assume that these suspected cases represent only a small part of the actual scope of these crimes. According to the research, both dubious recruitment agencies who bring mothers and fathers together and dubious notaries who certify such alleged paternity to the authorities make money from this illegal business. In a current case in Berlin, investigative authorities from the police and the public prosecutor suspect links to a gang of organized criminals who are also said to have engaged in human trafficking.

Investigators report that such pseudo-fatherhoods can put a strain on public budgets. The responsible youth welfare offices cannot call upon the often destitute fathers to make maintenance payments for the children if necessary. However, only very few suspected cases can ultimately be proven beyond doubt as pseudo-paternity during criminal investigations. Some federal states are calling for the legal situation to be tightened in order to prevent fraudulent recognition of paternity. The North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Justice is planning a bill according to which, among other things, only immigration authorities should be able to certify paternity, no longer notaries.

The Pharmaceutical Fox is Guarding the Vaccine Henhouse

In the following video, a member of the Austrian Parliament for the FPÖ (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, Austrian Freedom Party) calls out a woman named Emer Cooke, a former lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry who is now on the board of the EU agency that regulates medicines — including the notorious AstraZeneca “vaccine”, which is currently the epicenter of a major controversy.

Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Happy Easter From the Netherlands!

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan reports on the latest labyrinthine twists and turns on the political scene since the recent parliamentary elections in The Netherlands.

Happy Easter!

by H. Numan

The continuing saga of the Dutch electoral farce: I reported about the elections, and later the gaffe made by the prime minister. It’s becoming a real Easter parody now: the PM had to explain himself before the Sanhedrin (Parliament) on White Thursday. He was crucified on Good Friday, but: verily, the Lord has risen! He survived a motion of no confidence by the skin of his teeth. He was saved by his coalition partner CU (Christian Union; Calvinist Marxists) who didn’t support the motion.

I’m not too fond of the CU, to put it mildly. For three reasons: I don’t like hypocrites, very strict Calvinists and I don’t like Marxists. Gert Jan Seegers is all of that. That makes him a pharisee par excellence in my book. A pharisee is someone who goes through the motions, without any real conviction. Others must see how devout or dedicated he or she is. Progressives excel here. Others must abide by rules they don’t abide themselves. Woe betide you if you don’t!

Well, Gert Jan Seegers (leader of the CU) voted to support the PM, but after the motion was passed, he said he doesn’t want govern with the VVD again. Good boy, that’s my hypocrite! If you feel that way, you should have supported the motion.

It’s difficult to say what is going to happen now, but it will make a new cabinet a LOT more difficult. I told you Dutch PMs usually don’t last more than 12 years. We don’t have a limit. A US president can be elected twice, on very rare occasions three times. A Dutch PM can be elected as often as he wants. However, about three terms seems to be the practical limit. No PM has ever served four terms.

Right now, Mark Rutte has a problem. He did survive the motion of no confidence, but not as the victor. His position is now seriously damaged. How much? A poll showed the electorate of all parties (except for VVD voters, of course) don’t want him to be the next prime minister. The percentages vary from 45 to 85%. Ouch. That hurts!

The problem dear leaders have is that they usually don’t have a spare on hand. Dear leaders don’t want to share their love of the people with anyone. Dear Mark is no exception. He did have a few successors, but had to toss them out for political reasons. For example, Halbe Zijlstra bragged he met Putin in his dacha. Pretty soon it was discovered he wasn’t even in Russia at the time. He was unceremoniously dumped and is working for a construction company now.

Long before that, Rutte eliminated all opposition within his party. The party does what Dear Mark wants. If you don’t, out you go. The last one to try was Rita Verdonk. She lost the internal elections for party leadership to Mark. Then she resigned from the party, and set up her own party TON. TON stands for Trots Op Nederland, or Proud About the Netherlands. Ton also means barrel. This proved to be a empty one. It got nowhere. The party quickly collapsed and doesn’t exist anymore.

Where Mark represents the most progressive wing within the VVD, Rita represented the conservative wing. When she resigned, many conservatives moved with her. The remaining conservatives got the message: be quiet. Be very very quiet!

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Gaffe in The Hague

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this follow-up to his previous report on the recent elections in The Netherlands.

Gaffe in The Hague

by H. Numan

We had elections; I reported that last week. Now all we need is a new cabinet. That means a lot of negotiating before anything can happen. We’re off to a very good start. You’re not going to believe this. A blunder of national proportions occurred last week!

A pair of scouts (‘verkenners’; not an official title) were appointed to test the waters. The team was Mrs. Ollongren (D66) and Mrs. Jorritsma (VVD). They finished a meeting with Premier Rutte in ‘The Tower’ (‘het torentje’; the office of the PM next to the Parliament), and walked in the courtyard. There they were interviewed by journalists. So far, nothing unusual. Here it comes!

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Dutch Elections 2021: Not Good — Not (Too) Bad

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this report on last week’s elections in The Netherlands.

Dutch elections 2021: not good — not (too) bad

by H. Numan

Last week the Dutch national elections were held. As I expected, the conservative VVD won. What I didn’t expect, and what came to most as a surprise, is the big win for the progressive D66 party. Dutch politics follows the trend in Western nations: the electorate wants a stable more conservative government, politics (being the Powers That Be) wants a politically correct 100% halal government. Let’s have a look at the electoral results:

  • VVD: 35 (now) — 33 (last elections in 2017)
  • D66: 23 — 19
  • CDA (Christian Democrats): 15 — 19
  • CU (Calvinist Communists): 5 — 5

The above parties formed the government. Given the results, they can continue governing, with more D66 and less CDA input. I expect a very brief formation period.

  • PVV: 17— 20
  • FvD (Thierry Baudet’s party): 8 — 2
  • PvdA (Labor): 9 — 9
  • SP (Maoists) 9 — 14
  • GL (Communists) 8 — 14
  • PvdD (Animal party) 6 — 5
  • SGP (Calvinists) 3 — 3
  • DENK (Turkish AK Party) 3 — 3
  • 50 Plus (Elderly Party) 4 — 1
  • JA21 (splinter from FvD) 3 — 0
  • Volt (Euro communists) 3 — 0
  • Bij1 (black racist anarchists) 1 — 0
  • BBB (farmers’ party) 1 — 0

The Left is the big loser. All left-wing parties did pretty badly. Labor remained tiny; GL and SP both lost massively. The VVD remains the strongest party, and won slightly. Which is pretty weird, if you think about it. The main reason the cabinet resigned was a massive tax scandal, for which the VVD was responsible. On top of that, other possibly even bigger tax scandals emerged just before the elections. The resignation of the cabinet, as I wrote in a previous essay, was a form of controlled demolition. Rutte expected that scandal not to influence his re-election, and he was right.

The really big winner was Forum for Democracy. The party almost collapsed weeks before the elections due to internal dissent. The splitters formed JA21, and gained 3 seats. FvD got 8 seats, which means that the electorate doesn’t believe a word of Thierry Baudet’s being an open or closet Nazi.

The PVV didn’t do well. They lost 3 seats. Which is just as surprising as the big win for D66. I’m not going to call this voter fraud, but both are really surprising. The PVV polled consistently at 25-30 seats. All of a sudden they’re stuck at 17 seats? Weird. Likewise, D66 gained 4 seats. Again, nobody expected that. They were polled roughly equal to what they had or less. Certainly not a lot more.

The results are a mixed bag. We’ll get Rutte 4, no doubt. And pretty fast, as the election gave the green light for a continuation of the Rutte Saga. Dear Mark shouldn’t be overly happy, though. It’s rare a PM who rules 12 years. So far we haven’t had one that ruled for 16 years. He wasn’t elected because people like him so much, rather for the want of anything better.

Who is really worrisome? Sigrid Kaag, the chairwoman of D66. She wanted to become the first female PM of The Netherlands. “Because we haven’t had one, and it’s about time.” People didn’t buy that slogan, but she did pretty well anyway. However, what few people know or realized is that Sigrid Kaag is married to Anis al-Qaq. He is a high-ranking officer in the PLO government of Yasser Arafat.

Kaag kept that marriage a secret for as long as possible, as she considers that ‘something personal’. I beg to differ. That marriage is something that will affect The Netherlands profoundly. After all, she is married to a strict sharia mohammedan. Such a marriage has consequences.

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German Politicians Cash in on the Corona Hijab

Never let a pandemic go to waste! It seems that German politicians in Angela Merkel’s party have been caught making money from the Corona mask business. Obviously, it’s just a coincidence that Mrs. Merkel’s government made masks mandatory…

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

Alice Weidel: Unreservedly and completely clear up mask scandals

Another member of the Union (CDU/CSU), this time from Baden-Württemberg, has received six-figure commissions for brokering purchases of corona masks, according to media reports. The group leader of the AfD in the German Bundestag Alice Weidel explains:

“Every new mask scandal is another blow to the credibility of the corona policy of this federal government. The damage is not repaired with unctuous circular letters and appeals. Now it must be fully clarified who in the governing parties has benefited from these and similar deals.

“In view of the lobbying work of a CSU team around MEP Monika Hohlmeier, who, according to media research, had campaigned for government contracts for questionable mask suppliers, the non-transparent procurement policy of the Federal Ministry of Health and the role of the responsible minister himself must also be examined.

“It is unacceptable for citizens to be harassed with barely comprehensible mask obligations, hunted down by law enforcement officers and subjected to stiff fines, while a few are enriched by the politically generated demand for masks. In German Corona policy, the return to honesty, reason and a sense of proportion is long overdue.”

Party Time With Hunter Biden in the House of Sweden

The House of Sweden in Washington D. C. is an office building owned by Sweden that contains the Swedish and Icelandic embassies. As it happens, until recently Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, had his offices in the same building. The younger Biden has just generated a scandal in Scandinavian media after details were leaked about his sordid shenanigans in the House of Sweden.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Hunter Biden smuggled strippers into House of Sweden premises

February 23, 2021

[Photo caption: Stripper Lundin Roberts was one of the guests that Biden smuggled into the premises without permission]

Hunter Biden, the scandal-ridden son of the American president, accused the National Property Board of racism. This after the Swedish Board threatened to evict him after he smuggled a stripper and a homeless black woman into the House of Sweden in Washington.

Dagens Nyheter [newspaper] has published an email from the National Property Board. The Board administers the exclusive office building House of Sweden, in Washington DC, where among others, the Swedish embassy is located.

Hunter Biden, the son of the current president of the USA, rented suite 507 in the House of Sweden in 2017, but quickly found himself in conflict with the National Property Board.

The crack-smoking son of the president had specifically smuggled people into the building through a back entrance despite the fact that all visitors must go through the main entrance and pass through a metal detector.

Among these guests there was a stripper, with whom Hunter Biden one year later had a child, whom the stripper forced Biden to acknowledge as his. He also invited in a homeless black woman.

When the House of Sweden contacted Biden about this and asked him to stop the behavior, he responded with an accusation of racism.

“If NN has a problem with my guests’ race or clothing, I think we should all sit down and talk about it with a lawyer present,” wrote Hunter Biden in an email, according to DN.

Biden announced a few weeks later that he wanted to terminate the lease in advance. But after that, he stopped answering emails from the National Property Board, which eventually threatened him with eviction.

In the end, the rent was paid through the outstanding security deposit, and Biden moved out.

Hunter Biden, who is under investigation for his business contacts with China, had also asked House of Sweden for an extra key to his suite for a Chinese businessman accused of corruption.