Dutch Delight

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan sends this summary of the multiple political dramas currently unfolding in the Netherlands.

Dutch delight

by H. Numan

What’s going on behind the dikes? A lot. Most of it pretty bad. Hansje Brinkers (PM Mark Rutte) is riding a bulldozer demolishing the dikes as best as he can. I’ve got a tiny bit of good news, and mostly bad news.

Let’s start with the good news. The PVV (Geert Wilders’ party) is on the rise. For almost a month the PVV has been polling as the largest party in the country. Supposing elections were called for today, a conservative cabinet is possible, with Geert Wilders as prime minister. That’s the first time ever, at least in a decade. However, it’s not that the PVV is suddenly running far ahead in the polls. Yes, they have gained some ground, ever so slowly. At this moment a one-seat advantage over the VVD (Conservatives). It’s the other way around. VVD and D66 poll consistently lower.

Still, it is good news. Because in March of next year we have provincial elections. It’s dead certain the coalition will lose their majority in the Senate because of that. Let me explain why. We Dutch have a weird electoral system. Yes, we elect parliament directly. But not the Senate. That is too difficult and delicate for ordinary yokels and bumpkins like you and me to cast the right vote. Our Senate therefore is elected by provincial parliamentarians, after the provincial elections. The provincial elections (almost always as interesting as watching paint dry) will be in March of 2023. After March, we’ll see a reversed situation, compared with America: a cabinet majority in Parliament and a cabinet minority in the Senate. Supposing the cabinet hasn’t resigned before that, and there is good reason to look forward to national elections.

First of all, Mark Rutte, our prime minister got what he wanted. He’s the longest-ruling prime minister in Dutch history. The price he has to pay for it is small. After the next elections his party will be decimated. Which is not his problem. He’ll slither into a nice comfy job somewhere else. During an interview he explained how he went into politics: after his studies, he had to choose between joining the conservatives or the labor party. He thought he had better chances with the conservatives, so he joined them. Not exactly a man with principles. Probably good in business, but in politics, some principles are required. After 12 years, it’s showing.

Mark Rutte doesn’t rule this cabinet. His heart (or stone) isn’t into it anymore. Vice premier Sigrid Al-Qaq — Kaag is the real power behind the cabinet. She rules with an iron rod. She is quite popular within her party, but not with the electorate. D66 is dropping like a stone in the polls. Why? Because D66 — together with all other progressive parties — don’t remember 1792. She literally said we have to work harder, longer, for less pay and retirement later on. But her climate goals are sacred. D66 actually want to spend a lot less on people and much more on climate goals and refugees. Currently +100,000 very questionable refugees are expected for this year alone. There already was a housing crisis. Progressive parties have the gumption to openly say: we give refugees preference in social housing. They get social housing immediately. Ordinary Dutch have to wait twelve years. That’s what caused the French Revolution. The elites partied on, wanted more parties, and made the people bleed for it.

We are blessed with a benevolent king, his majesty William-Alexander. Who has the intellect of a common garden snail and matching empathy. His wife, the queen-consort, is a different story. She could have been the example for Megan Markle. She has as much empathy as her prey husband, but is ruthlessly ambitious. In Holland we have a constitutional monarchy. That means that king is required to keep his trap firmly shut. Given his preponderance for gaffes, he’d better. His consort don’t quite understand that principle. She very openly took a position in favor of a cashless society. That’s an absolute no-no. In fact, parliament can order her to apologize for it. If they have to guts to go that far, that is. See it like this: if my tap leaks, I call a plumber. What I don’t want is the CEO of the plumbing company giving his opinion about my house. Even less so if his wife starts to give her even more unwanted opinions. How this will play out, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Is the “Pandemic” Over? Maybe, Maybe Not

I thought the Great Corona Pandemic was so 2021. Didn’t everyone already get over it? Even President Biden said it was over!

The famous German virologist Christian Drosten, however, can’t make up his mind.

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

What a realization: Drosten sees signs that the pandemic will end soon


One had already hoped that this worthy gentleman would finally have disappeared into the obscurity he deserved (or even better: been taken to court), and now he still speaks up and informs his audience of his superfluous wisdom:

The virologist Christian Drosten sees the rapid succession of the latest Corona waves as a sign that the pandemic will end soon. Whether next winter will be hard again depends on which Omicron variant of the virus prevails, he told the weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Two variants are about to start: BF.7 and BQ.1.1. “BF.7 would be the better case; this variant is very similar to BA.5, which a large part of the population is already immune to. Then there would be a gentle winter wave.” This wave would differ from all previous ones and would no longer be caused by a significant change in the virus: “It would then no longer be a pandemic wave,” said Drosten. “We would have arrived in the endemic state with BF.7.”

But the virologist is still hesitating, with good reason, to commit to his prognosis: “It would not be so clear with BQ.1.1, because there is additional immune escape here.” The virus can escape the immune system of those who are already infected or better, vaccinated. And, in fact, BQ.1.1 is catching up in several European countries.

“If it becomes dominant, winter could become difficult again.” In the short term, the virologist from the Berlin Charité does not believe that a significantly more dangerous variant of Sars-CoV-2 will occur. “At many points in its evolution, the virus cannot easily go back.”

However, the virologist does not want to completely rule out a possible scenario: “It would take a kind of revolution, through renewed massive spread somewhere in the world.” His current concern is China. “Immunity is distributed quite homogeneously worldwide, in industrialized countries through infection through vaccination, in poorer countries even through multiple infections of the population. In China, however, that is not the case. I wouldn’t rule out another leap happening there in terms of evolution.”

China as the source of all evil, even though they pull off the most brutal zero-Covid act. Who would have thought it?

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All the Fake News That’s Unfit to Print

The following article reminds me of the notorious Washington Post feature on Jimmy the 8-year-old heroin addict. It was written by Janet Cooke and printed in the paper in the fall of 1980. The author won a Pulitzer Prize for her work, but a few months later the story began to unravel. It eventually emerged that the account was entirely fabricated, and Ms. Cooke had to return her prize and resign. Her name became synonymous with “fraudulent journalism”.

Nothing numbs the critical faculties of newspaper editors like the tear-jerking plight of the Puir Wee Bairns.

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

Four years after the Relotius scandal*

Doubts about the death of refugee girls: Spiegel takes its own article offline

Almost four years after the Relotius scandal, Der Spiegel again has a problem with some of its articles. There are doubts about the truthfulness of Spiegel reports from last August. Specifically, it is about a refugee girl who is said to have died on an island between Turkey and Greece.

Der Spiegel has now taken four articles about the case offline. Instead, the editors have published a statement under the respective URLs. Under the headline “Death trap EU border” of the original article from August 19th, 2022 it now says: “At this point there was an article about the fate of a group of refugees on the Greek-Turkish border river Evros in the summer of 2022. There are now doubts about the previous description of what happened at that time. We have therefore temporarily removed several posts on this topic from our website. We are reviewing our reporting and, once the research is complete, will decide whether or not to republish the articles in a corrected and updated form.” [Shouldn’t professional journalists research BEFORE they publish something? Or could it be, since this story fits the narrative, this isn’t done?]

Letter to Spiegel from Greek migration minister

As Medieninsider reports, there are not just doubts about the death of the girl. It is therefore unclear whether she existed at all. In one of the articles in question, the Spiegel reporter wrote accusingly, according to Medieninsider: “Now Maria is dead. She died at the beginning of August at Europe’s external border because the Greek authorities refused her any help. She had just turned five years old.”

According to Medieninsider, Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi expressed doubts, which he also shared with Spiegel editor-in-chief Steffen Klusmann in a letter in September. According to Medieninsider, Mitarachi accused the reporter of the Hamburg news magazine of having acquired the information on the case from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) almost unfiltered. And most importantly, “From the facts and all photographic evidence, it is clear that there is no missing child, let alone a dead child.”

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Evil or Stupid?

Last week, in one of our Skype groups, a non-American participant said:

I’ve seen this quote: “The US has two parties: the Evil Party and the Stupid Party.” Is it any wonder the stupid party is losing a** over teacup over and over again?

I replied:

I understand the sentiment, but it’s worse than that. The Republicans are also evil, but pretend to be stupid. They don’t need to win elections to reach their goals; they just need the system that rewards and enriches them to remain in place and stable. They get just as rich when they’re the opposition.

They have to pretend that they hold conservative principles and want to win elections, but it’s all a charade. Any Republican who intends to move up in the hierarchy has to forget all that. In the end, it’s about money and power and perks and getting laid (whether hookers, rent boys, or little kids).

All the rest of it is pretense.

It’s very demoralizing to realize what’s going on. But once you start seeing this stuff, you can’t go back to not seeing it.

It took me a long time to reach this cynical position. I wanted to believe that the Republican Party presented a viable opposition, and for many years I resisted the nagging sense that the whole thing was a charade. Even after I came to loathe Republicans, I still clung to the forlorn hope that the party could somehow overcome its deficiencies and mount a real challenge to Democrat hegemony.

The presidential elections of 2016 and 2020 were the final nails in the coffin of that hope. I meant it when I responded to my liberal friends who referred to me as a Republican:

“I’m NOT a Republican — I HATE Republicans! The only thing worse than a Republican is a Democrat!”

But now I’m not even sure that the Democrats are worse. After all, they don’t try to hide their true nature. They no longer pretend not to be Marxists. They’re fully up-front about wanting to raise taxes and increase spending. They make no bones about their intention to control our lives in minutest detail. They proudly wave the banners of racial discrimination and sexual perversion. What you see is what you get.

Republicans, on the other hand, pretend that they are conservatives, when they are just as enmeshed with the globalists and the international financiers that are ushering in the New World Order. And they pretend they want to win elections, but ever since 2016 we’ve been able to see that they really don’t. Right now the Republican establishment is simply committed to making sure that Donald Trump does not win another election, no matter what it does to their party. As long as the current power-sharing system remains intact, and they keep their places at the trough, the party that holds power is irrelevant.

It’s plain that Donald Trump is seen as the greatest threat to the existing system, and must be stopped at all costs.

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So how do the recent midterms fit into all this?

First of all, it’s completely clear that the voting systems are now fully rigged. The Democrats control the process in major urban centers, and have developed multiple interlocked strategies for generating the votes they need to put their candidates over the top in all races they deem significant.

Earnest Republican commentators are having a hard time with the results. They aren’t yet ready to see what is right in front of their eyes, so they take the midterm results at face value. This forces them to conclude that their fellow Americans are ignorant, uninformed, and unfathomably stupid. Which is depressing, so now they’re depressed (I’m thinking in particular of the gentlemen at Power Line). For some reason they aren’t able to grasp the fact that the system is rigged.

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Shivering for Thee, But Not for Me

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:

Green politician

Others can freeze: Künast complains about a cold Bundestag


“Freeze for peace” is the motto of the Greens for anyone who dares to complain about gas prices, which have increased at least sixfold in the past year. Many families do not know how they will pay their heating costs. The Bundestag is heated at the expense of taxpayers. But for the prominent Green Party politician Renate Künast, it’s so cold there that she is complaining publicly.

On Twitter, the 66-year-old laments that she “sits with a coat and a third cup of hot water — also to warm her hands — in the office”. She doubts “that’s 19°C . Next week I’ll come with a blanket, hot water bottle and hat.” All public buildings are heated to this temperature to save energy.

Instead of pity, there is criticism for Künast

The Green politician, who collects a monthly allowance of €10,323.29 and has been a member of the Bundestag for twenty years, expected sympathy from her followers, but received scorn and ridicule. One headmistress replied: “I laugh softly and can barely resist feeling sorry… We are doing this for the third winter at the schools. And who cares? Not politicians.”

“Sit with a coat and a 3rd cup of hot water — also to warm your hands — in the office. I doubt it’s 19°C. I’ll come next week with a blanket, hot water bottle and hat.”

— Renate Kuenast (@RenateKuenast), November 18, 2022

Another commented: “Next week wear an FFP2 mask all day long, then you’ll know firsthand what you have done to the students for many months.” And so it went on — a woman wrote to the former Federal Minister: “Dear Mrs. Künast, at home at the moment I’m still only heating the bathroom. Because I’m scared of the cost. Unfortunately, I have no sympathy for you at the moment.”

And a former mathematics professor commented: “Well, you may be cold because you are following the reason of your own greenness. But complain about it here? This is almost anti-election campaign. Yellow card!”

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Comrade, Can You Spare a Dime?

The article below describes an interesting debate in Germany about whether politicians should be required to have had previous employment outside of government, and whether their pay should be commensurate with what they received in the private sector.

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

The Greens would starve: majority for paying politicians after their previous job

A large majority of Germans are in favour of the baby babblers up there, and before they make themselves comfortable in the political hammock, having had a real, real job outside in professional life. They should then also be paid accordingly in their parliamentary life. Consequence: left-green permanent politicians would thus be on a starvation diet.

“Someone who goes into politics without having a profession I can do without. Unfortunately, I know more than enough of them!”. This statement comes from former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (SPD). This was based on the deep conviction that politicians could but return to their old jobs if necessary, to ensure their independence.

According to a current INSA survey, this is exactly what a large majority of German citizens see, just like Schmidt, who was a trained economist. 44% of those surveyed think that state and federal ministers should have both a degree and professional experience. 26% want anyone who wants to be a minister to have at least a degree, if no professional experience. For 15%, work experience outside of politics is a must for ministers. And a meager 7% don’t give a damn if a ministerial figure has neither a degree nor professional experience. [I guess that this 7% are those that have no degrees or professional experience either and just want to be lifelong parasites themselves, just like their “role models”.]

A large majority also find the proposal by Prof. Niklas Potrafke from the Ifo Institute (Institute for Economic Research) extremely interesting. He stimulates a debate about politicians’ salaries, which should be based “on the salary of the last job held outside of politics”.

Instead of a whopping Bundestag Parliamentary Allowance, currently €10,323 per month, things would look more than bleak for some politicians, especially for the hammock farts from the Left-Green spectrum. According to a statement by the Bild newspaper, for SPD boss Saskia Esken this demand would mean that the state-certified computer scientist would have to make do with €2,500 per month. The weighty, ungraduated Greens leader Ricarda Lang would, like her Greens boss and colleague Omid Nouripour, along with untrained and uneducated comrade big-mouth Kevin Kühnert, depend solely on minimal state support. In this long, long series of career failures that have made themselves comfortable like maggots in the political self-service shop, we find Claudia Roth (Greens), who dropped out of theater studies, history and German studies, or Katrin Göring-Eckardt (Greens), who studied forever [on taxpayers’ money, and has learned NOTHING of value].

Meanwhile, CDU leader Friedrich Merz — thanks to his network built up over decades, he was able to secure supervisory board positions at Cologne/Bonn Airport GmbH, at WEPA Industrieholding SE, or most recently at Blackrock, the world’s asset manager — would have to be remunerated by taxpayers with around €83,000. Justice Minister Marco Buschmann — the pseudo-liberal has the profession that the majority of political personnel in the Bundestag have studied, namely lawyer, would come to around €10,000.

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It’s Money for Nothing and Everything’s Free!

When you give away lots of free stuff with no strings attached, you can expect a flood of eager would-be recipients to show up to grab their share of something-for-nothing. Right? I mean, it’s not rocket science, is it?

Well, in Germany it takes a special study by a federal agency to discover such an obvious truth.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:

Foreigners in particular benefit from citizen income


The number of recipients of social assistance with non-German citizenship has risen rapidly. Since 2015, the proportion has grown by 38% to 1.8 million people. 500,000 have been added in seven years. This is the result of new figures from the Federal Employment Agency.

So far, they have received Hartz IV and make up almost 40% of all people in Germany who live on “Stütze” [the crutch]. This does not include the up to one million Ukrainian refugees who immediately receive the higher basic security. As of January 1st, Hartz IV recipients should now, if the mediation committee agrees, receive citizen benefits and get significantly more. This goes back to the initiative of Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD). For a family with three children there is then up to €3776.69 net.

The dispute between the federal government consisting of SPD, FDP and Greens as well as the CDU/CSU is not the significantly higher rates, but only the six-digit allowances. These are likely to further increase the number of recipients, because so far the wealthy have been excluded from Hartz IV.

Citizens’ money accelerates immigration into social systems

In addition to the standard requirement, which has increased by 12% compared to Hartz IV, the basic income also includes the cold rent of up to €1272.60 and heating costs of €291.09 per month. These are numbers for a couple with three children. They are now entitled to an apartment of 110 square meters. But even a single person should receive €1177.31 with rent including heating.

Experts expect that the new basic income will accelerate immigration into the social systems. The economist Bernd Raffelhüschen told Bild: “The refugees are concentrated in countries with generous social benefits, mainly Germany and Scandinavia.”

The Berlin AfD boss Kristin Brinker published the new social welfare rates on Telegram, and wrote: “Asylum seekers are also entitled to the new citizen’s benefit in Germany from January. How long do you think it will take for this spreadsheet to be translated into all the languages of the world?”

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Passports!

Austria: Torn-up Turkish passports and money at the border (Andau, Burgenland)

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

Photo evidence — refugees tear up passports at the border

Asylum trick at the border: Heute reader Michael found passports, torn money and plane tickets from refugees in a meadow. The background.

While walking, the 30-year-old made an explosive discovery on Friday: Heute reader reporter Michael* (name changed by the editors) was in Andau, Burgenland, when he discovered torn documents and papers on the ground behind a windmill.

Turkish passports, banknotes and tickets

On closer inspection, he recognized: These were five Turkish passports, banknotes and plane tickets from Istanbul to Sarajevo.

The documents are likely to have been deliberately disposed of by migrants before they were apprehended, in order that they might hide their real place of origin and actual citizenship from the authorities.

Ministry knows refugees’ trick

“After we massively tightened border controls during the past few months, refugees have been resorting to a wide variety of measures to gain asylum,” says the Interior Ministry. The trick of the asylum seekers seems to be already known there. However, the owners of the travel documents have not yet been traced.

Finder threw away documents

And that despite the fact that the walker turned to the local police station immediately after finding them: “But there they told me to just throw the documents away,” which the man then did. [Sorry, but I have to say this: MORON.]

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Getting Away With Murder

A “Swede” who allegedly committed a murder in Sweden four years ago absconded to Iraq, and has now been arrested by Iraqi police. A Swedish prosecutor wants to make sure the misguided youngster isn’t tried in Iraq, because he might be executed. And also prevented from drawing his social benefits.

OK, so I made that last part up. But still…

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:

Iraqi murder suspect arrested in Iraq — Swedish prosecutor wants to bring him here

November 13, 2022

A 35-year-old man who was wanted for a suspected murder in Vivalla in Örebro in 2018 has been arrested in Iraq. The arrest reportedly occurred a year ago, and the Swedish prosecutor has attempted to get Iraq to extradite the man to Sweden.

The 35-year-old suspect is an Iraqi citizen, and therefore Iraq wants to try him itself.

But the Swedish prosecutor doesn’t think that is a good idea. If the man is convicted of the crime in Iraq, he risks the death penalty — something that the Swedish prosecutor doesn’t want to participate in.

The prosecutor tells P4 Örebro [Sweden Radio] that he has lifted the order for extradition from Iraq and now hopes the suspected man will be released and go to another country — to be arrested there instead.

The prosecutor — who was previously the preliminary investigative leader in the (Olaf) Palme investigation — would rather see the suspected murderer set free than be sentenced in his homeland of Iraq.

Putting the Wind up the Germans

The following report discusses the perverse and massive inefficiency of “sustainable” wind power systems in Germany as they are presently constituted.

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

Such is the inefficiency of Germany’s wind

Since the energy transition, Germany has relied entirely on renewable energies and has been promoting wind farms throughout the country. However, the operators do not reveal how high the utilization of their systems actually is. A media outlet calculated this and came to a depressing conclusion.

28,000 larger wind turbines are in operation in Germany. No one knows how many of these are profitable. Germany’s operators of wind farms guard their utilization “like a state secret”, writes the NZZ [Neue Zürcher Zeitung]. The Schweizer Tageszeitung therefore examined and calculated the utilization of 18,000 of these systems using a simulation. To do this, they “evaluated hourly weather data over a period of ten years”.

The result is sobering, sometimes even shocking.

All systems can survive only through subsidies

A system is not economical without a certain capacity utilization. According to the head of the Stuttgart Chair for Wind Energy, Po Wen Cheng, a capacity utilization of around 30% is required for this. According to research by the NZZ, just 15% of the systems have a capacity utilization of more than 30%. If one also considered that wind turbines are often switched off because of noise and environmental protection regulations, the proportion would be even lower.

In almost a quarter of the wind turbines examined, the capacity is less than 20%. “Such systems are only viable thanks to the German subsidy system, which also rewards bad locations.” The nationwide average utilization of the wind turbines is just 24%.

Where there is industry, there is no wind

The situation becomes even more worrying when one considers how the wind turbines are distributed geographically. Most electricity is needed where German industry is located. The problem: The wind does not orient itself to the locations of the industry. It blows mainly in the north, which is why the majority — 83% — of the well-utilized wind turbines are located there.

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However, industry is located mainly in the Ruhr area and in the southernmost federal states — Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The power gap is also the greatest in these regions. But the south in particular is extremely windless, which is why the poorly utilized wind turbines are primarily located there. While in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost federal state, the utilization of the wind turbines is an average of 31%, in Baden-Württemberg, where there is little wind, it is only 17%.

Therefore, huge power lines are now being built to transport the electricity to where it is actually needed, reports the NZZ.

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Special Class

It’s my contention that pushing Senator-elect John Fetterman across the finish line in Pennsylvania was the most important goal the Deep State set for itself in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

A Fetterman victory, even more so than the “election” of Joe Biden in 2020, would demoralize what remains of conservative opposition to the progressive ascendancy in the USA.

Those who accept Mr. Fetterman’s win at face value — which seems to mean a large majority of voters — are forced into the realization that most of their compatriots are brainwashed zombies who would vote for a slime mold if it was running as a Democrat. It’s therefore no longer possible for them to view the electorate en masse as a repository of civic virtue.

On the other hand, those who consider it obvious that the election of John Fetterman was fraudulent — and I count myself among them — are placed in an uncomfortable position. President Biden and the media set it up ahead of time so that anyone who questions an electoral result — at least one that ends in a Democrat victory — is a “danger to democracy” and quite possibly a domestic insurrectionist. If you hold elective office, or are a government employee, or are even just trying to keep your job with a major corporation, you’ll be well-advised to keep your mouth shut and pretend you believe the election was on the up-and-up. You therefore become a forced participant in the Big Lie. It’s humiliating and degrading, and it helps to further atomize any political opposition to progressive rule.

I’m OK — I’m old and insignificant, and I don’t have an employer. I can say what I like. But there are plenty of people who don’t have that luxury. They have mortgages and families to support. They have to face the possibility that their kids may be taken away by CPS. As a result, they do triage when considering their potential actions. For public consumption they’re going to have to smile and accept the election result as legitimate, whether they believe it or not. And that really sucks.

When traditional totalitarian states hold “elections”, the dictator and his party customarily receive 99% of the vote. The puppeteers in the Modern Multicultural West, however, are more shrewd and savvy about such matters. They realize that their selected candidate only needs 51% of the vote to win.

And pushing him through at that level means that the lumpenvoters will believe the result is real. In the Soviet Union everyone knew the election result was a lie. They had to pretend to believe it, but they knew it was a lie.

But in the USA most people believe that the progressive apparatchik who wins an election with 51% of the vote really did win it, and they will tend to disregard any accusations of large-scale systematic election fraud.

It becomes even more demoralizing when you realize that even without all the fraud, Mr. Fetterman would still have come close to winning the election. Even without all the dead people voting, without the bused-in winos voting several times in multiple precincts, without all those conveniently discovered boxes of mail-in ballots, the brain-damaged Democrat candidate would probably have gotten — what? maybe 47%, 48% of the vote?

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Trolling for the Teeny-Bopper Vote

There’s a new trend in local politics in Germany, where various states are lowering the voting age to 16. Not surprisingly, the factions pushing for the change are all on the Left, from extreme to center, because foolish young people can be reliably manipulated to vote for more free stuff and increased behavioral license.

A few years ago I would have been appalled by such matters, but since 2020 it has become obvious that elections no longer really matter. The system is rigged to guarantee the continued ascendancy of the current power structure, so throwing a few teeny-bopper votes into the mix seems quite appropriate, under the circumstances. And it saves the ballot harvesters from having to collect so many extra mail-in votes.

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

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania lowers the minimum age for state elections to 16

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the sixth federal state to pave the way for lowering the voting age in state elections to 16. The proposal passed Parliament with a large majority, with only two parties voting against it.

In the next state elections planned for 2026 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, young people aged 16 and 17 can also take part for the first time. On Wednesday the state parliament in Schwerin decided by a large majority to lower the voting age. This makes Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania the sixth federal state to lower the age limit for state elections from 18 to 16 years of age. In addition to the government factions of the SPD and Die Linke [Left], the Greens and FDP in the opposition also voted in favor, while the AfD and CDU voted against.

Interior Minister Christian Pegel (SPD) spoke of one of the shortest draft laws in this legislative period, as only one number will be changed. “But the social impact is significant. Because the intention is to give 16 and 17-year-olds the strongest democratic basic right that we know: the right to vote, in this case for state elections,” he said.

Several MPs spoke of a long-overdue step. “Finally, today’s younger generation is involved in setting the course for tomorrow,” said Constanze Oehlrich from the Green Party. The new law brings “more participation, more co-determination and more democracy,” said SPD MP Nadine Julitz. FDP parliamentary group leader René Domke also welcomed the change in the law.

Jan-Phillip Tadzen from the AfD parliamentary group, on the other hand, expressed fundamental concerns about it. Although the age for voting will be lowered, you will still only be eligible for election at the age of 18, when you have reached the age of majority. [As if an 18-year-old has any knowledge of politics. I was utterly clueless at that age.]

The CDU MP Marc Reinhardt made a similar statement. In addition, setting the limit at 16 years is arbitrary. Reinhardt also referred to the harmony of rights and duties and asked whether the age of criminal responsibility should not be lowered at the same time. [Spot on! But I assume they wouldn’t like and do that, because all of those culture-enriching “youths” could then be prosecuted instead of mollycoddled for rape and murder.]

After years of discussions, the red-red state government in Schwerin, which had been in power for a year, initiated the change in the law. Voting at 16 in state elections was previously the case in Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg. There are plans for this in North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Lower Saxony. For local elections in the north-east — as in ten other federal states — the minimum voting age has long been at 16.

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