Nicolas Dupont-Aignan: “The Poor President Has Lost His Mind”

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan is a French politician and a member of the National Assembly. In the following video Mr. Dupont-Aignan has the temerity to criticize President Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron, and especially the president’s behavior at the recent observances of the centennial of the Armistice.

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

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Big Trouble for the AfD

JLH has trawled the German-language news and compiled this report on the latest difficulties besetting the AfD.

Big Trouble for the AfD

by JLH

Putting together a few different news stories delineates the development of a campaign by the opponents of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). For a while there was an inclination to treat the new member of the Bundestag and the EU Parliament like an unsightly blemish that has suddenly appeared on the body politic. Disapproval radiated from all points of the spectrum. There was an effort to look away from this unsightly growth and pretend it wasn’t there. Unlike their American establishment cousins, the Germans did not immediately froth at the mouth and insist that this was all some ghastly cosmic error that must be expunged by any means, fair or foul.

As referenced in an earlier article on the difficulty the established parties were having dealing with the AfD,[1] the Süddeutsche Zeitung noted:

The other parties must find a clear and sensible answer to such provocations. Thus far, their dealings with the AfD have been by simple reflex and even against the rules that mark the spirit of an exemplary parliament. That just plays into the hands of the AfD. It is time to take a course that is defined by aplomb, composure and a clear approach, instead of agitation and defensiveness. The general tendency to condemn every one of the 92 representatives of the AfD as racist or other extremist, because he belongs to this distasteful party, and should be replaced. General uproar leads nowhere, no matter how repulsive the AfD’s ideas may be. It has seldom harmed the AfD in its five years of existence and helped it greatly. A rejection must be specifically based.

As will become clear, the German establishment — apparently uninterested in this solution — has found a much more “Democratic” approach. First, there are the demonstrations in Chemnitz, precipitated by an immigrant’s stabbing a 35-year-old resident. As a friend of mine with some knowledge of the city remarked to me: “I think the government picked the wrong place to experiment.” The news media reported that Chemnitz has a certain “neo-Nazi” history, but there was no equal emphasis on the likely influence of living for decades under authoritarian decision-making in the German Democratic Republic. Those who fear the resurgence of Nazism — along with the many more who fear the emergence of the survivalist East German psyche — have the satisfaction of knowing that the “Constitutional defense” forces, a.k.a. National Security, have now decided to officially “monitor” the goings-on in Chemnitz and, consequently, the AfD. Thus supporting the voices that tie the AfD to Nazism. An article by Hans Heckel titled “AfD in a Grotesque Situation” reveals the claim that “elements of the AfD have an ‘undefined relationship’ with anti-constitutional persons or groups, or express themselves in a way that suggests such.”[2]

The second barrel of the establishment shotgun was made in Switzerland, and it is aimed directly at the party leader whose mere presence in the party is a repudiation of so many claims of misogyny, bigotry and other sins automatically laid at the feet of the AfD. Alice Weidel — Alexander Gauland’s running mate — is in a single-sex relationship. The couple has one adopted child. This paragon of progressive values is also a reliable, articulate conservative who was even willing to campaign in Thuringia with the “notorious” Björn Höcke. There could hardly be greater damage to the party than the loss of this member.

An article in stern.de entitled “The AfD and Good, Old Money — Alice Weidel Under Pressure” sarcastically lays out the situation:

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

I mentioned the other night that earlier in the day I had attended a panel discussion sponsored by the Middle East Forum entitled “De-Platforming, A New Problem”, hosted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Daniel Pipes moderated it, and in addition to Rep. Gosar, the panelists were Tommy Robinson (by video link), Anne Marie Waters, Raheem Kassam, and Ezra Levant.

The beginning of the event was interrupted for an extended period (it felt like half an hour, but was probably more like ten minutes or so) by three lefty protesters. As you can see from the screen cap above, one of them represented Code Pink, a far left peace-’n’-justice advocacy group that was co-founded and made notorious by Medea Benjamin.

I intended (and still intend) to provide an extensive write-up of the event. I was waiting for a full video of the proceedings to be released, but unfortunately there has been a glitch: the MEF is having technical problems with the video file, so the public release of footage of the panelists has been delayed.

As a result, the sole video record of the event is the one provided by RT. For reasons best known to themselves, the Russian team chose to focus mostly on the disruption of the proceedings, and omit the substantive remarks by the panelists. The clip I posted earlier has been taken down by Ruptly and replaced with this slightly longer version, which contains a little bit more of what Tommy said along with a few other odds and ends:

For those who are interested, the original two-minute Ruptly video has been mirrored here.

The bearded shouter with the kippa is named Mikey Franklin, who bills himself as a “professional troublemaker”. At one point he had a Facebook page, but sometime within the last 48 hours it has been taken down. However, as of this afternoon he still has active accounts at Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. He also has IMDb cast listings for two productions, and is listed at Netroots Nation.

Except for Facebook, all of the above links were active this afternoon (November 16). For all I know, they may disappear soon, too.

A woman named Caroline Debnam says she was one of two young female protestors at the back of the room. It’s hard to tell from her Twitter postings, but I think she’s the one wearing the Code Pink button in the screen cap at the top of this post.

I also have my suspicions about the man with the grizzled hair and beard who sneered at the Code Pink girl and called her a “snotty little brat”. His behavior was not helpful to our side, but rather served the interests of our enemies. However, if what he did was entirely of his own volition, I apologize to him in advance.

I can’t help but wonder who footed the bill for this operation. And I’m suspicious of the fact that Ruptly had multiple stringers on site, and was able to post an edited video of the disruption very quickly, before I even returned home from the Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy.

I tend to paranoia, but I will refrain from airing all my speculations here, not only because they are just that — speculations — but also because I don’t want to post anything that might end up being actionable in the event that one or more of the speculatees were to take exception to what I say.

The fact that there is no video of the what happened except for the unsatisfactory Ruptly footage makes it imperative that private cell phone recordings of all or part of the event be uploaded to YouTube as soon as possible. If you were taking footage at the MEF gig, please get in touch with me (gatesofvienna [at] chromatism [dot] net), and I’ll help you get the footage to Vlad Tepes. Or, if you have uploaded your footage, please send a link. I haven’t been able to find anything except the Ruptly clips.

One last note: According to his social media accounts, Mikey Franklin is indeed Jewish. However, if you look through his Instagram snaps, you’ll see that neither he nor anyone among his family and friends wears a kippa, or shows any other sign of being Orthodox.

It’s plain that Mr. Franklin reserves the wearing of the kippa for those occasions when he is being a “troublemaker”. The practice would seem to serve two simultaneous purposes:

1.   It provides him with protective cover as an oppressed “minority” when he decides to make trouble; and
2.   It serves to harm the State of Israel and observant Jews in general by associating them with his troublemaking.
 

I’m not saying that purpose #2 is deliberate on his part. But it may sometimes serve the interests of those who would contract with him for his troublemaking services (if such a transaction has ever in fact occurred).

Once again, the above is pure speculation. But all of the information that was at the listed links as of 2:45pm EST is factual.

Readers are free to draw any additional conclusions they like. However, I may not approve them in the comments if I deem them potentially actionable. Circumspection is recommended.

The MEF issued this press release about what happened on Wednesday:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/15/2018

The euphoniously-named “Quebecois” Amor Ftouhi has been convicted on terrorism charges by a Flint jury for his “Allahu Akhbar” knife attack on a policeman at an airport in Michigan last year.

In other news, twelve migrants stole a fishing boat in Pas-de-Calais and crossed the English Channel to Dover, where they were caught and arrested.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to AF, Dean, Diana West, DS, Insubria, JD, MC, Reader from Chicago, Salome, Srdja Trifkovic, SS, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Ganging up on the AfD

The following video shows a brief (and antagonistic) interview by Die Welt with Jörg Meuthen, the spokesman for AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). The topic is the recent ouster of Hans-Georg Maaßen from his position as the president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, and then from his new job, all because he had the audacity to deny the reality of the purported “man-hunts” of migrants during demonstrations in Chemnitz. It is rumored that Mr. Maaßen may now join the AfD.

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

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The Church Militant

Russia has been determined to rebuild its culture after the destructive tyranny of the Soviets.

One way to do that is to restore the martial spirit of its citizens, to drill down to a uniquely Russian esprit de corps. The method chosen here – building a church based on a martial spirit – could be a strong uniting force for ethnic Russians.

Another facet to consider is the pushback against Islam that may flow from the very architecture of this cathedral. It will serve as a large thumb in the eye of every practicing Muslim who gazes upon it, recalling Erdogan’s (in)famous quote regarding Islam:“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…” Change a few words and voila!, you have Russia’s muscular Christianity.

Remember that Russia is a tertium quid: neither Occident or Orient, it goes its own way. Woebetide those who would interfere. To expect The Bear to act like China or the West is to misunderstand Russia’s worldview.

What I Did on my Winter Vacation

I’m calling it “winter” because the forecast calls for snow here tomorrow.

I arrived home earlier this evening (actually, it was yesterday evening, but I’ll refer to it as today, because I haven’t been to bed yet). Before I even talked to Vlad tonight, he had already been tipped to the RT video below, which shows the interruption of an event — which I attended — by a trio of social justice warriors. You can even see me in some of the footage because I was sitting in the front row, directly in front of the guy who started shouting at the congressman:

RT got the name of the event wrong, and included almost nothing of the real discussion (just a tiny bit from Tommy Robinson), so I’ll explain what it was: It was a panel discussion entitled “De-Platforming, A New Problem”, sponsored by the Middle East Forum and hosted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC. Daniel Pipes was the moderator, and in addition to Rep. Gosar, the panelists were Tommy Robinson (by video link), Anne Marie Waters of For Britain, Raheem Kassam of Breitbart London, and Ezra Levant of Rebel Media.

In one of the bitter ironies of our time, a group of lefty activists attempted to de-platform the panel of a discussion on de-platforming. In his remarks during the event, Mr. Levant referred to that type of action as “3D de-platforming” — physical disruption, noise, threats, and even violent attacks to prevent people from speaking.

Tommy couldn’t be there in person because his visa didn’t come through in time. I must emphasize that he was not denied a visa; the process simply wasn’t completed in time. The fact that Monday was a federal holiday helped make sure of that. But he and the MEF assure everyone that he will get here eventually (if the Home Secretary allows him to leave, that is).

I’ll have a lot more to say about today’s event and its interruption as soon as I get the time to write it up.

I arrived home too late to do a news feed, so there will just have to be a really big news feed tomorrow (later today).

Going Mobile

I’m taking a little road trip. I’ll be gone overnight, and will be back sometime late tomorrow.

There will be no news feed tonight, but there will probably be one tomorrow night, if I get back early enough.

The weather is ugly — cold and rainy. But the car heater works well, and I have plenty of tunes for the road.

Beep beep… Over 50…

Gates of Vienna News Feed 11/12/2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing serious criticism over the revelation that there was no legal objection to closing the borders during the Great Migration Crisis of 2015. The leader of the FDP party said that the leaked document exposes Mrs. Merkel’s duplicitous behavior.

In other news, Pope Francis said that the greatest dangers confronting the world are climate change and nuclear war.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to JD, Reader from Chicago, Srdja Trifkovic, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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The Crap Is Out Of The Bag

The latest op-ed from the popular German columnist Hans Heckel concerns the growing ranks of countries that are refusing to sign the UN’s migration pact (Bulgaria declared against it today, if I’m not mistaken).

Many thanks to JLH for translating this piece from Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung:

The Crap Is Out Of The Bag

How the Austrians are messing up Berlin’s plans; Why foreigners are racists; And why the Italians need to be knocked for a loop.

The Week in Review, with Hans Heckel

November 10, 2018

It’s really annoying. The plan was to be quiet and secret, under the radar: sneak the “Global Pact for a Secure and Regular Immigration” into position with no attention paid publicly. No debating! That would answer questions that can only be answered evasively, if the cat is to be kept in the bag.

Now this plan is in tatters. Is anyone surprised that that it was those devious Austrians again? They pulled the plug, and a flood of unpleasant questions spewed into German public attention.

To be sure, the USA and Australia had already rejected the “Immigration Pact” that was to be signed on December 10th in Marrakesh. Hungary followed suit, and doubts grew in Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Switzerland. But who are they really? All rightist populists!

Austria is more complicated. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is considered a fellow party member of the German CDU/CSU. As is Hungary’s Viktor Orbán — at least officially.

Only when Kurz formally rejected the pact did Berlin really get nervous. Then, the first CDU politicians found things a little too hot. The Interior Affairs expert Marian Wendt does not want the federal government to sign the pact. Instead, he asks for a “factual debate.” A “factual debate” — that would be something new. He offers the best of reasons for this daring stroke. Because otherwise the rightist populists would set the tone of the debate. The title of this situation should be: If the “rightists” hadn’t created the opportunity, no one would be asking about it at all.

The Foreign Office under Heiko Maas intends to take the field against “false claims” about the pact. One such false claim is that the pact contains obligations. Well, sure, some persnickety analysts searched the text and turned up the words “obligate” or “obligation” used 87 times. Which, however, in no way obliges Heiko Maas to admit such obligations. And in a sense, he is right. Rather than an obligation, the UN Immigration Pact is more a kind of chute on which the countries of Europe and North America will slowly slide into accepting anyone at all, en masse.

What is the great objective? The late Immigration Commissioner Peter Sutherland divulged it years ago: The national cultures of Europe are to be overcome — that is, semi-hollowed out and flattened (as PAZ reported). Since not everyone wants to hear that, the slide path has been chosen for the Immigration Pact.

It will be crucial to keep the “factual debate” free of critical objections. That’s the way to go. According to the AfD’s constitutional expert Dietrich Murswiek even using the expression “overwhelmed by immigrants” could lead to being accused of anti-constitutional actions. So be careful of what you think out loud, when you have not heard a single German word on the march through your own city district.

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We Love the European Lifestyle! We Want the Borders Open!

The following video features interviews with some of the culture-enrichers who have gathered in Bosnia and are attempting to get into Croatia, and thus the EU. From there they hope to make it to (where else?) Germany.

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

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Beaned by a Culture-Enricher in Hedehusene

Rasmus Paludan is a Danish lawyer and anti-sharia activist whose videos have been featured here a number of times in the past.

In the video below we can see Mr. Paludan talking to people in the town of Hedehusene, west of Copenhagen. A culture-enricher then confronts the lawyer, and when the former is prevented from launching a physical attack, he throws a lighter at Mr. Paludan’s head.

Many thanks to Rasmus P. for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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The Resurrection of Poland Began in 1918

Dr. Turley’s editorial today is about Poland’s celebration of its (initial) freedom after World War I. Through the very black time that would follow in World War II Polish patriots held on for a dawn they knew would come eventually. Now the attempts by the EU to paint patriots as “Nazis” (just as is done here by Hillary followers and Antifa) is being eclipsed by Poland’s reality.

Congratulations to Poland!