“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Oh Canada, the road to hell is paved with good intentions!

Fleeing Tyranny or Bringing it with Them?

Terror attacks and other offshoots of Islamic extremism have created an atmosphere of mistrust between Europe's natives and thousands of those who entered European countries to seek shelter.

The situation is turning the Europeans against their own governments and against those advocating help for the war-torn migrants who have been arriving.
Europeans are turning hostile towards the idea of freedom and peaceful coexistence; they have apparently been seeing newcomers as seeking exceptions to the rules and culture of West.

In an unprecedented shift in policy after public fury about security, the German government decided to shut down the mosque where the terrorist who rammed a truck into a shopping market in Berlin, Anis Amri, was radicalized before hecommitted the crime.

The mosque and Islamic center at Fussilet 33 in Berlin had apparently also been radicalizing a number of other youths by convincing them to commit terror attacks in Europe and to join the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The authorities had the mosque under surveillance for a time but did not make a move before 12 innocent civilians were butchered by Amri on December 19, 2016, while leaving around 50 others injured.

The police and counter terror authorities also conducted raids in 60 different German cities and searched around 190 mosques to target kingpins of another group called "The True Religion".

Europeans appear to be seeking an alternative way to control this social disruption.

Many Muslims want to live in segregated areas where they strive to create the kind of culture they left behind before settling in the West. This preference, however, seems to lead to a rise in extremism and is proving counterproductive for the society as a whole.

The newcomers soon start demanding privileges. They ask for gender segregation at work and in educational institutions; they ask for faith schools (madrasas), and demand an end to any criticism of their extremist practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages, child marriages and inciting hatred for other religions. They call any criticism "Islamophobia". They additionally seek to establish a parallel system of justice such as sharia courts.

Hardliners have been delivering sermons across the Europe preaching hatred and intolerance of other religious groups.

Most newcomers also seem reluctant to condemn the terror attacks committed by jihadis or the inhumane activities of totalitarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran. Most newcomers are also unlikely, on different pretexts, to support any anti-terror or anti-extremism program.

These groups seem only to focus on criticizing the policies of West towards the Middle East and Muslim countries and blame the West for everything wrong with the Muslim world.

The Muslim Council of Britain -- a non-government organization claiming to represent British Muslims, and affiliated with over 500 mosques, charities and schools -- introduced its own so-called counter-terrorism campaign, instead of following the one launched by the government.

In the U.S., the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) also shocked many when its leaders demanded the district attorney of Louisiana cancel an ongoing anti-terrorism training program and accused the organizer of being a "notorious Islamophobe".

"We are not a pro-abortion march, we are a pro-women march," one of the advocates for sharia in the West, Linda Sarsour, stated while addressing a feminist event in Washington D.C.

The event was organized right after President Donald Trump's inauguration and was supposed to criticize his anti-abortion stance and seek equal rights for women.

Sarsour, however, seemed less interested in the cause of these women and sounded hungrier for attention and publicity to market her brand of sharia.
Sarsour , who appears to have been seeking imposing sharia on West – in a plan that would entail taking away most of the rights from these liberal women -- was instead standing next to them as if she were the champion of their rights.
Sarsour,known for desiring to slice off the genitals of girls, merely tweets for general Muslim across the globe.

Linda Sarsour speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Sadly, we now have in the West extremists who seem hell-bent on dragging civilization back to repression and violence in the name of sharia.

These hardliners are projecting a dogma that implies the advantages of killing and persecuting apostates, non-Muslim minorities, homosexuals, and inflicting the same brutalities on women and minors as we have been seeing in many Muslim majority countries in Middle East, Asia and Africa – as well as, unofficially but increasingly, in Europe and the West.

The British government recently announced a posthumous pardon for thousands of people who were penalized by the state for homosexual activities decades ago.
In the same Britain, however, more than half the Muslim population still believesthat in the U.K., homosexuality should be completely illegal.

The cracks between the Muslim and European cultures seem to be widening even in the most harmonious places.

In Canada, a resolution by a Muslim MP seeking special laws to condemn freedom of speech about Islam, has led to scores of Canadians taking to the streets calling on the government to avoid bending rules in favor of a specific religious group in the country.

Many newcomers to Canada and Europe are demanding similar laws to those from which they claim to be seeking refuge.
Khadija Khan is a Pakistani journalist and commentator currently based in Frankfurt, Germany.


  1. And how are things going in European, Christian Australia?

    n the last few weeks, it has been released to us, the fantastic cost to the Taxpayer to host our new 'friends' with housing, welfare and security.

    1. 80% of the asylum seeker/economic refugees/ illegal immigrants (who are majority Muslim) are still without a job and have never worked after 5 years of being in the country. Many still speak no English.

    2. Federal Police, Border Control, Security Intelligence Agencies and venue security policing groups have all astronomically ballooned in costs associated with security and monitoring Islamic terrorism.

    3. A slow and stealthy introduction of segregation of Muslim women and 'others' in normal non segregated Australia.

    4. Halal foods in all supermarkets, shops and fast food chains. Halal slaughter of meat for general consumption by all Australians. All halal foods at school canteens in some schools.

    5. Child Marriages have occurred inside and outside Australia

    6. FGM is occurring with few offenders uncovered.

    7. Polygamy has been accepted within the Welfare system.

    8. Unofficial Sharia Law Courts are operating in predominately Muslim suburbs.

    9. Domestic Violence occurring and condoned in Muslim suburbs.

    10. Muslim customs are trying to be introduced as normal. (Male not shaking females hand etc)

  2. WARSAW (Sputnik) — A wave of terrorist attacks in Europe is a result of irresponsible migration policy, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Monday.
    "This is a result of irresponsible policy conducted for years, which has led to the situation when people, who have come to Europe or have lived in Europe for several generations, are left to themselves and have no prospect for their future," Szydlo said in an interview given on Polish TV.

    At the same time, the prime minister once again spoke against the relocation of refugees. "Politicians, in order to feel good about themselves, decided to simply relocate these people from one place to another and thus solve the problem. The problem will not be solved. This is why, the Polish government speaks directly and clearly that we need to help these people, but we must do it at their homes, where they live," Szydlo stressed.


    The Swedish security service SAPO says the number of people in Sweden with extremist views has grown to several thousands, and they are mostly radical Muslims.

    SAPO head Anders Thornberg says "we have never seen anything like it" and says propaganda from the Islamic State is making it worse.

    The number of extremists was only in the hundreds a few years ago.

    Thornberg told Sweden's news agency TT Friday that SAPO gets about 6,000 pieces of intelligence every month, up from 2,000 five years ago.

    Sweden's threat assessment remains three on a five-level scale. On April 7, the driver of stolen truck killed five pedestrians and injured 14 in central Stockholm.

  4. 70% of prisoners in French jails are Muslim.

  5. Belgium: 35% of prison population is Muslim, who make up only 6% of population

  6. According to Swedish government statistics, as of the end of November, 71 percent of all applicants for asylum to Sweden in 2015 were male Muslims.

  7. Canada is the one country so far that seems to think this is cause for concern. Faced with similarly skewed sex ratios among asylum-seekers, the new liberal administration of Justin Trudeau announced in late November that, starting in 2016, it would accept only women, accompanied children and families from Syria.

  8. Pay them to leave, better yet, don't let immigrate in the first place -

    Austria Tries Paying Migrants To Leave. The Results Are Mixed
    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 11:21 am on June 23, 2017

    Austria hasn’t been a nation which has been particularly welcoming to the flood of largely Muslim refugees and migrants who have been streaming into Europe. A couple of years ago when the crisis was really kicking into high gear (thanks to ISIS for the most part), Austrians responded in droves by purchasing every shotgun for sale in the country. Earlier this year, faced with camps full of people who had failed to qualify for refugee status, the government moved to give them a bit stronger hint by refusing to provide any food to them. Then, when the EU was setting up “mandatory” quotas for migrants to be accepted by member nations, Austria told them that they weren’t interested in participating.

    But even for all of those efforts, Austria still has a fair number of migrants camped out on their turf. In a rather unusual bit of strategy, they tried something new. The government offered to pay them cash if they would pack up and leave. Some took them up on the offer, but thus far the numbers have been far lower than what the government would have liked to see. (Associated Press)

    Austria’s Interior Ministry says that 427 migrants have taken advantage of a 1,000-euro ($1,160) premium if they go back to their homeland since the initiative was put into place, but the overall number of voluntary returnees has fallen.

    The ministry said 1,855 people overall returned over the first five months of the year, 64 percent less than over the same period last year.

    The cash for return offer was launched three months ago. The ministry said Friday that most of those making use of it come from Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran.

    A thousand Euros may not sound like a lot in terms of getting someone to relocate, but it’s actually a fairly hefty sum in that region. That’s about a month’s wages in Austria for most of the lower to middle class. And it’s more than three months worth of salary for the vast majority of Iraqis (which is where a lot of these migrants are from). With ISIS largely in retreat and parts of the country returning to some version of normal, you might think that the migrants in Austria who are already being made to feel decidedly unwelcome might jump at that amount of cash if it gave them a nice head start back home.

    That’s particularly true when you consider that incidents of firebombings and other attacks on migrant residence centers have been on the rise all year.

    Attacks on refugee accommodation have doubled in Austria, seeing homes firebombed, vandals spray Nazi graffiti on walls and a man threaten to “get a gun and shoot the dogs”…

    Among the incidents was a firebombing that saw two Molotov cocktails launched at a refugee home in Himberg, Lower Austria, in November. It was one of several reported arsons, including a fire in Rohrbach, Upper Austria, in June, which damaged one accommodation centre so badly it had to be evacuated and rebuilt.

    Police said refugees were put at severe risk in August when assailants broke into a storage unit and cut a gas supply hose “to cause a leak” that went unnoticed for more than a week.

    Now the Austrian government is talking about doubling the amount of the reward being offered for those who are willing to go home. It’s a considerably less “democratic” approach than you’ll generally find in the west, but it may soon turn into a deal that migrants won’t be able to refuse. It’s also one more sign of the growing schism in the European Union over what to do with all of these people.

    Ibn Warraq takes on the apologists' lies.
    June 23, 2017 Bruce Bawer

    Douglas Murray, whose book The Strange Death of Europe I applauded here the other day, has called him “one of the great heroes of our time.” I fully agree. His name – or, at least, his pen name – is Ibn Warraq, and he's the author of such important and eloquent works as Why I Am Not a Muslim (which I wrote about here eleven years ago), Why the West Is Best (which I reviewed here five years ago), and What the Koran Really Says. Born in India and educated in Britain, Warraq began criticizing Islam in print during the 1988-89 Satanic Verses controversy, when he was appalled by the failure of celebrated writers and intellectuals to defend Salman Rushdie's freedom of speech. Warraq, who was then based in France and now lives in the U.S., has been publishing books on Islam ever since, and is one of the essential contemporary authors on the subject, courageously telling ugly truths about a religion – an ideology – that has been swathed in pretty lies.

    His new book, The Islam in Islamic Terrorism: The Importance of Beliefs, Ideas, and Ideology, is (if it doesn't sound a bit odd to put it this way) a godsend – a comprehensive answer to every one of those duplicitous politicians, lily-livered journalists, and slimy professional “experts” and “consultants” who tirelessly insist that Muslim terrorists have hijacked a peaceful faith. Some of us don't need to be told that this “Religion of Peace” stuff is arrant nonsense; but innumerable apologists continue to absolve Islam itself of guilt for violent terror, and tens of millions of people in the West continue to buy their bull – some because they are themselves so pure of heart that they simply can't believe any religion would actually preach violence, and others because admitting the facts would make them feel like bigots.

    Many apologists insist that violence in the name of Islam is a relatively recent development; Warraq makes it crystal clear that it's prescribed in the Koran and has been practiced from the outset. Since 9/11, apologists have attributed Islamic terrorism to such “root causes” as poverty, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy, Western imperialism, and the Crusades – anything but Islam itself. About this determination to formulate sophisticated answers to a question that the terrorists themselves have already answered repeatedly and definitively, Warraq observes that “[t]he centrality of religion in the Islamic world is something that Western liberals fail to understand or take seriously.” This isn't just true; it's one of the tragic realities of our time.

    1. One by one, Warraq expertly shreds every one of the apologists' fake “explanations” for terror. Imperialism? Warraq reminds us that Muslims, too, have been imperialists, destroying “thousands of churches, synagogues, and a most brutal fashion” and exterminating “whole civilizations such as the Pre-Islamic cultures of Iran (Zoroastrians) and the Assyrians.” Saudi Arabia, homeland of fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers, “was never colonized by the West” but was, rather, part of an Islamic empire – namely the Ottoman Empire, governed by Turks from Constantinople. If those Saudis were spurred by a rage at empire, why not fly a plane into the Hagia Sophia?

      No, as Warraq demonstrates, there's no way around it: Islamic terrorism is jihad. And jihad is a founding Islamic concept. The apologists, of course, have their own line on this one, too: under true Islam, they say, the word jihad denotes an inner spiritual process, and has nothing to do with violence; when terrorists use the word to describe their depredations, they're distorting the word and the faith. Warraq, citing a wide range of scholarly sources – both Western and Islamic, some recent and some dating back to the eighth century – puts that fulsome falsehood firmly in its place: yes, jihad can be used to mean an inner struggle, but in the Koran and Hadith, and in key texts ever since, it always refers, above all, to the sacred obligation to advance Islam by means of armed action against unbelievers.

      Warraq also gives us a sweeping – but succinct – lesson in the history of jihad, beginning with Muhammed's own conquests, then moving on to ninth- through eleventh-century Baghdad, seventeenth-century Constantinople, eighteenth-century Saudi Arabia, and so on, right up to today's Muslim Brotherhood. Of course the apologists (Barack Obama among them) would have us believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate and non-violent; Warraq establishes that throughout its existence, to the contrary, the Brotherhood has preached Holy War, period. Then there's the Nazis. Some apologists argue that Islam was just peachy until some of its leaders got chummy with Hitler and were infected by his love of violent world conquest and Jew-hatred; Warraq establishes that if Islamic higher-ups cozied up to the Nazis, it was because their totalitarian, exterminationist doctrines were already extremely similar.......

  10. Crisis in Europe
    By: Bruce Bawer
    The Hudson Review | Tuesday, April 18, 2006

    My learning curve was steep. When I look back, it's as if one day the whole business wasn't even on my radar screen, and the next day I understood that it was the most important issue of our time.

    It happened in Amsterdam, a city I flipped for in 1997 and moved to a year later.[1] But it wasn't till 1999, when I lived briefly in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood, that I took in the fact that the city was divided into two radically different and almost entirely separate communities. One of them, composed mostly of ethnic Dutchmen, was secular, liberal, and (owing to a very low birthrate) dwindling steadily; the other, composed of immigrant Muslims, lived in tradition-bound, self-segregating enclaves whose autocratic leaders despised democracy and whose population (thanks to high birth and immigration rates) was climbing rapidly. This division, I soon realized, was replicated across Western Europe. Clearly, major social friction-and more-lay down the line.

    Yet nobody talked about it. Or wanted to. And when I went to the Amsterdam library in search of information about this subject (the Internet then being far less fecund a resource than it has since become), I found little other than books like The Islamic Threat (1992)-in which the American scholar John L. Esposito insisted that there was no such threat, period-and A Heart Turned East (1997), in which the British writer Adam LeBor celebrated Muslims for bringing to Europe something "intangible, but nonetheless vital," namely "God and spirituality."[2]

    To be sure, a few thoughtful observers had made public their concern about Europe's ongoing transformation-but I didn't find this out until later, after I'd moved to Oslo. In the 1996 memoir Min Tro, Din Myte (My Faith, Your Myth), Iraqi immigrant Walid al-Kubaisi depicted a Norwegian elite that not only failed to encourage integration but, motivated by a misguided, condescending romanticism about exotic foreigners, actively discouraged it to the point of chiding freethinkers (like al-Kubaisi) for whom part of the appeal of living in the West was its democracy.[3]

    Then there was Unni Wikan...........(goes on to list book after book and author after author):

    1. Notes
      [1] I have discussed my Amsterdam epiphany in an earlier essay, "Tolerating Intolerance: The Challenge of Fundamentalist Islam in Western Europe," Partisan Review, Vol. LXIX, No. 3 (Summer 2002).

      [2] John L. Esposito, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? (New York, 1992). Adam LeBor, A Heart Turned East. (New York, 1997).

      [3] Walid al-Kubaisi, Min Tro, Din Myte. Aventura. 1996.

      [4] Pim Fortuyn, Tegen de islamitisering van onze cultuur. Bruna. 1997.

      [5] Oriana Fallaci, The Rage and the Pride (Rizzoli, 2002), trans. from the Italian by Fallaci. (The original book, La Rabbia e l'Orgoglio, was published by Rizzoli in Italy in 2001.)

      [6] THE FORCE OF REASON, by Oriana Fallaci. Rizzoli. $19.95. I read this in the Norwegian edition.

      [7] Chahdortt Djavann, Bas les voiles! (Gallimard, 2003). QUE PENSE ALLAH DE LEUROPE? Gallimard. 5.50 euros, paperback.

      [8] Qui a peur de l'islam!: La dèmocratie est-elle soluble dans l'islam?, by Guy Millière. Editions Michalon. 12 euros. Theo van Gogh, Allah weet het beter. Xtra. 2003.

      [9] Islam i vesten: På koranens vei?, ed. by Helle Merete Brix (Tiderne Skrifter, 2002). Helle Merete Brix, Torben Hansen and Lars Hedegaard, I krigens hus: Islams kolonisering af Vesten (Hovedland. 2003).

      [10] Gode formål-gale følger?, ed. by Ottar Brox, Tore Lindbekk, and Sigurd Skirbekk (Cappelen, 2003). Hege Storhaug and Human Rights Service, Feminin integrering-utfordringer I et fleretnisk samfunn (Kolofon. 2003). I am the translator of the English version, Human Visas: A Report from the Front Lines of Europes Integration Crisis (Kolofon, 2003).

      [11] Unni Wikan, Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture in the New Europe. (Chicago, 2002).

      [12] Unni Wikan, For ærens skyld: Fadime til ettertanke (Universitetsforlaget, 2003).

      [13] THE CRISIS OF ISLAM, by Bernard Lewis. Random House. $19.95; $12.95.

      [14] Robert Spencer, Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest-Growing Faith. Foreword by David Pryce-Jones. (San Francisco, 2002). Spencer is also the editor of The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims (Amherst, NY, 2005), which includes several dozen short, informative selections by Ye#146or, Warraq, and others on such topics as sharia law and anti-Semitism.

      [15] Ibn Warraq, Why I Am Not a Muslim (Amherst, NY, 2003).

      [16] Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out, ed. by Ibn Warraq (Amherst, NY, 2003).

      [17] UNHOLY ALLIANCE: Radical Islam and the American Left, by David Horowitz. Regnery. $27.95.

      [18] EURABIA: The Euro-Arab Axis, by Bat Ye'or. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. $49.50; $23.95.

      [19] THE FRENCH BETRAYAL OF AMERICA, by Kenneth R. Timmerman. Three Rivers, $14.95p. Timmerman's argument is that Chiracs betrayal of America represented a break with a strong and longstanding Franco-American friendship; John J. Miller and Mark Molesky beg to differ. Their book, Our Oldest Enemy (New York, 2004), is an eye-opening catalogue raissonn of Gallic anti-American perfidy through the generations.

      [20] The present essay was written prior to the fall 2005 riots in French suburbs.

      [21] FREE WORLD: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West, by Timothy Garton Ash.

  11. The idiot Canadians have passed a law that makes it a criminal offense to use the wrong gender pronoun.

    Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using The Wrong Gender Pronouns

    Education Reporter
    12:30 PM 06/16/2017

    Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

    Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which puts “gender identity” and “gender expression” into both the country’s Human Rights Code, as well as the hate crime category of its Criminal Code by a vote of 67-11, according to LifeSiteNews. The bill now only needs royal assent from the governor general.

    “Great news,” announced Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister. “Bill C-16 has passed the Senate – making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove.”

    This is a continuation of the curtailing of freedom of speech in Canada.

  12. It is sad to see superior cultures trashed by grotesquely inferior cultures. It is even more sad that the vandals are supported by the progressive self loathing fools and elites that rule.

  13. A secretive Washington firm that commissioned the dubious intelligence dossier on Donald Trump is stonewalling congressional investigators trying to learn more about its connections to the Democratic Party.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.

    What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources says it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump agenda.

    “These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”

    Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democrat ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

    More, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

    1. Quirk and Comey Vouch for Authenticity of Fusion GPS Documents

      Steele contracted with Fusion GPS to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia starting in June 2016, whereupon he outlandishly claimed that Hillary campaign hackers were “paid by both Trump’s team and the Kremlin” and that the operation was run out of Putin’s office.

      He also fed Fusion GPS and its Hillary-allied clients incredulous gossip about Trump hating the Obamas so much that he hired hookers to urinate on a bed they slept in at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and that Russian intelligence recorded the pee party in case they needed to blackmail Trump.

      Never mind that none of the rumors were backed by evidence or even credible sourcing (don’t bother trying to confirm his bed-wetting yarn, Steele advised, as “all direct witnesses have been silenced”). Steele reinforced his paying customers’ worst fears about Trump, and they rewarded him for it with a whopping $250,000 in payments.

  14. “Despite outbreaks of violence, Venezuela has been at peace, facing problems with love.”

    Venezuela’s Maduro Is Rapidly Running Out Of Friends
    JAZZ SHAWPosted at 9:31 am on June 25, 2017

    It’s been clear for months that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had lost the support of most of his starving citizens, but now even some of the hard core Chavistas are abandoning him. Up until now, as long as Maduro could keep control of his executive branch forces and party leadership, along with maintaining the country’s Supreme Court (stocked with his loyal supporters), he seemed content to try to wait out the protesters. His security forces have been out in the streets beating them down and killing the occasional person who got too close the militias. But now he’s losing some of the party loyalists who seem to be sensing that the ship is sinking and it might be time to follow the rats over the side. Bloomberg has a list of some of the most recent defections.

    Friends of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are peeling away. As the nation’s chaos grinds on, former allies are joining a mounting chorus of dissent, a wave of defections unprecedented since the 1999 dawn of the nation’s socialist era. Many of the disenchanted are actively working to foil Maduro’s efforts, making his hold on power all the more tenuous…

    Luisa Ortega Diáz, Venezuela’s chief prosecutor, represents the deepest crack in Chavismo, Chávez’s self-styled socialist project. Once a fierce loyalist who brought charges against foes of the late president and Maduro, she now denounces Maduro’s crackdown as “brutal repression.”

    Germán Ferrer is a former guerrilla, lawmaker from the ruling party and husband of Ortega Diáz. Ferrer has lambasted the president for ignoring criticism, clamping down on the media and for not submitting his plans to rewrite the constitution to a vote. He has said that both he and his wife have been receiving threats and are under surveillance.

    1. Miguel Rodríguez Torres is a retired major general and former minister of interior under Maduro. A close ally of Chávez, he participated in the botched 1992 coup that launched the late president onto Venezuela’s national stage. Rodriguez Torres later rose through the ranks, serving as a spy chief until Maduro tapped him as minister. He has emerged as a key dissident voice, trying to create a middle ground in a bitterly divided country, boasting both his experience in the politically pivotal military and his loyalty to Chávez.

      There are more on the list, including Maduro’s former ombudsman and the head of a smaller political party which has been aligned with Maduro’s party to help him form his majority. These are major cracks in the socialist alliance and if the President loses too many more he may be forced to abdicate.

      All of them have to have been noticing the escalating violence in the streets. Just the other day a 22 year old student was shot dead by Venezuelan police right in the middle of the street. And in the past 24 hours, a mob broke through the fences and into a major air base before being beaten back by security forces. This came at the same time that Maduro claimed to have “broken up a United States plot” to overthrow his government. (Associated Press)

      Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela’s capital.

      Demonstrators threw stones, and some protesters were injured…President Nicolas Maduro said in an address to troops Saturday that he had managed to break up a U.S.-backed plot to oust him. Like his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro frequently accuses the U.S. of trying to topple Venezuela’s socialist administration.
      All the while the dictator is still taking to Twitter to proclaim how wonderfully everything is going.

      View image on Twitter
      teleSUR TV ✔ @teleSURtv
      #EnVivo | @NicolasMaduro: Pese a los focos de violencia, Venezuela ha estado en paz, enfrentando problemas con amor
      1:20 PM - 24 Jun 2017
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      The quick translation of that is, “Despite outbreaks of violence, Venezuela has been at peace, facing problems with love.”......


  15. Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers
    Last Updated Jun 24, 2017 6:21 PM EDT

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.

    Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe. Sanders' top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents' allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People's United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.

    According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders' office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

    Burlington attorney and Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy has reportedly been hired to represent Sen. Sanders. And high-profile Washington defense attorney Larry Robbins, who counseled I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is protecting Jane Sanders.....


    A student and her cousin have been left with "life-changing" burns after acid was thrown through the windows of their car as they celebrated her 21st birthday.

    Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar both suffered severe burns to their face and bodies in the attack on 21 June. Mr Muhktar, 37, had to be placed in an induced coma.

    The cousins had been inside a car at traffic lights in Beckton, east London, when they were attacked.

    The 21-year-old business management student had recently returned from an exchange year in Cyprus.

    She said she was "devastated" about the attack that meant she would "probably never look the same".

    Police have made no arrests and say enquiries are continuing.

  17. **** BREAKING: California Gov. Jerry Brown Bans All Fossil-Fuel Vehicles In Sacramento
    Posted at 1:30 pm on June 25, 2017 by Ernie Mannix

    Richard Hertz reporting. (Special to The New York Review)

    In an effort to curb fossil fuel pollution, yesterday morning, California Governor Jerry Brown banned most cars and ordered the use of animals for all transportation in and through the state’s capital city.

    “I hereby ban all vehicles that use any petroleum products in and throughout the city of Sacramento. I order that only horses and mules are to be used for any type of transportation.”

    The ‘Mister Ed Law’ as it is now being called, is being tested in Sacramento only, however insiders believe this is just the first step before the governor rolls out a permanent state-wide ban......

    1. Now that get to manage piles of manure.

    2. Democrat Party Officials are exempt from The 'Mister Ed' Law.


    3. It is commonplace to contrast gas-powered cars with “electric cars,” but the electricity in an “electric car” must come from somewhere--and that somewhere is usually fossil FOSL +3.12% fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas, which produce a combined 67% of electricity around the globe, because they are so cheap, plentiful, and reliable. And the role of fossil fuels is increasing, not decreasing; in the developing world, 80% of new power plants use low-cost coal.

      To his credit, the salesperson at Tesla knew that the electricity had to come from somewhere--but not to his credit, he didn’t want to acknowledge how often that means fossil fuels. He awkwardly responded that, well, theoretically the Tesla can run on fossil fuels, but actually it’s designed to run on “something else”--namely, solar and wind. Here, he is repeating the gospel of Tesla founder Elon Musk, a vocal supporter of fossil fuels restrictions who says the Tesla will "help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy.”

      Unlikely. How much of the world’s electricity do solar and wind produce? After decades of subsidies, less than 1%. The reasons for this have been well understood for decades. Because sunlight and wind are low-density energy, they require vast land and material resources to capture. And worse, because sunlight and wind are unreliable energy, they always need a backup, which is almost always fossil fuels.

    4. Then there's the Tesla's pesky $ 30,000 rare earth filled limited lifetime battery to deal with making and handling after death.

      Tesla's Evolving Cobalt Nightmare

  18. Trump Looks Forward to ‘Strategic’ Talks With ‘True Friend’ Modi
    By Iain Marlow and Nc Bipindra
    June 22, 2017, 4:00 PM PDT June 24, 2017, 2:40 PM PDT

    Rapport building will be key; few expect policy breakthroughs
    Modi, Trump both pushing agendas of economic nationalism, jobs

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photographer: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday in a White House visit that will allow the leaders to build personal rapport but is less certain to produce significant progress on issues such as immigration.

    “Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday,” Trump said Saturday on his presidential Twitter account. “Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!”

    President Trump ✔ @POTUS
    Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!
    12:27 PM - 24 Jun 2017
    16,169 16,169 Retweets 49,209 49,209 likes

    Modi is likely to lobby Trump on visas for technology workers. He’s also expected to seek assurances on the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that facilitates U.S. arms technology transfers to India.

    The Indian leader will attempt to advance discussions on buying 100 armed Predator drones made by California-based General Atomics, and getting U.S. help with India’s plans for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, according to Indian defense ministry sources. Separately, a sale of unarmed patrol drones has been approved ahead of Modi’s arrival, a General Atomics official said.

    The two leaders may pledge deeper defense cooperation, while also discussing a harder line on Pakistan, terrorism in South Asia, and China’s role in the region. A White House official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity said that the U.S. seeks to treat India as a major defense partner, like other close allies.

    Deeper Understanding

    Trump and Modi have spoken twice on the phone, the official said, insisting that the new president has not ignored India. Monday’s meeting will help deepen Trump’s strategic understanding of the country, the official said.

    However, there are fundamental differences between them on issues including the H-1B visas, used by many Indian IT companies, and the Paris climate accord, which India supports and Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from.

    “I would expect a brief, friendly meeting that sets the right tone, but without a lot of detail or substance,” said Dhruva Jaishankar, a foreign policy fellow at Brookings India......

    1. Ugh!

      Indian speak with Tandoori Tongue.

    2. You need to go on a Hindu diet -

      Tongue Ticklers

      Why ‘Vegan’

      Tandoori Gobi

      It will lower your blood pressure and strengthen your prostate gland.

      Worked for me.

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    4. You will never suffer erectile dysfunction again, even with your lowered blood pressure.

      Your teeth will be cavity free.

      Eagle eyesight.

      Your hearing will be like that of a deer....

    5. The Speed of a Cheetah

    6. You've undoubtedly heard that cheetahs can do over 65 miles per hour. But maybe you don't realize how quickly they can get there:

      A cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in an absurd three seconds flat, making it faster than a Ferrari Enzo, a McLaren F1 and a Lamborghini Gallardo

    7. Cuter Speedster w/racing stripes:

    8. You will run like a cheetah....

      Sleep like a baby.....

  19. Never fear:

    Drudge has a bad link to Melania article, but Doug is here to save the day:

  20. Unbelievable:
    Pilot tells passengers to pray INSTEAD OF TURNING OFF THE FREAKING ENGINE.

    Video shows plane and passengers being shaken to pieces for TWO HOURS!

    Air Asia: “Sum Ting Wong”

    1. While it's not yet clear what caused the issue with the jet's Rolls-Royce engines, any imbalance inside a rapidly-spinning jet engine can cause violent vibrations that are felt throughout the aircraft.

      Twin-engine aircraft like the A330 are designed to fly and land safely with only one engine operating.

    2. Turning off the engine is a really good idea, better than praying.

      I'd think there would be a lot less chance of a fire.

      You don't want to turn off both engines, though.

    3. More video: "Our survival depends on you co-operating"

    4. Surprising the engine didn't have a catastrophic failure after 90 Minutes!

      ...or "simply" fallen off, taking half the wing with it.


    6. Obviously Captain "Sum Ting Wong" should have paid attention to co-pilot "Wee Tu Lo"

    7. Seoul has changed since my visit in '66 / '67:

      Better teeth, too.

      ...still, no US airline would leisurely cruise into a breakwater.

    8. My girl, back in the days:

  21. ISIS blows up 800 year old phallus


  22. "massive, massive fuck up and people will be disciplined."

    CNN didn't immediately return a request for comment and a question about what the previous workflow was.

    The deleted and retracted a story that claimed Senate investigators were looking into a Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Trump’s transition team.

    The now-deleted story was published Thursday and cited a single, unnamed source who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a "$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration."

    A source close to the network, who requested anonymity to discuss the matter, told BuzzFeed News earlier that the story was a
    "massive, massive fuck up and people will be disciplined."

    The person said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker and the head of the company's human resources department are "directly involved" in an internal investigation examining how the story was handled.

  23. TSA considers banning jock straps from wearing ons:

    TSA considers forcing airline passengers to remove books from carry-ons

  24. Trump just ended a long tradition of celebrating Ramadan at the White House

    Ramadan, which falls on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, started on May 27 this year and ends at sundown Saturday. Muslims around the world will mark the end of the holy month by celebrating the holiday Eid al-Fitr, the "feast of breaking of the fast."

    For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.

    In recent weeks, several former White House staff members told The Post they would usually begin planning an iftar "months in advance" and didn't anticipate the Trump White House could pull something off before the end of Ramadan.

    Tillerson's and Trump's brief remarks were in stark contrast to Obama, who released a lengthy statement for the holiday last year, as well as to ceremonies hosted at the White House for the last 20 years.

    1. Good, seeing that Ramadan is the best month for the moslems to commit violence, with the highest reward.

      Why should we be celebrating that, for heaven's sake ?

  25. Dick Destroyed

    Group to re-erect ‘Trollpikken’
    June 25, 2017

    An appalled but enthusiastic group of activists is determined that their local landmark, a stone formation called “Trollpikken” that resembled an erect penis, will rise again. Police are searching, meanwhile, for whoever literally cut it off over the weekend, with the culprits facing six years in prison for environmental vandalism if caught....

    1. Pictures before and after pecker pirates destroyed the dick.

    2. Probably a bunch of lesbians that did it.

  26. BEATINGS, rape and starvation.

    Many detainees are tortured into confessing crimes they didn’t even commit.


    A DPRK foreign ministry official denied that Mr Warmbier was abused while in custody, condemning “groundless public opinion now circulating in the US that he died of torture and beating during his reform through labour.”

    He said that North Korean medics had “brought him back alive” after his “heart was nearly stopped” but did not give any further details as to why he fell ill.

    Human Rights Watch said Mr Warmbier’s death and his unexplained injuries showed the true face of the North Korean regime.

    Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said Mr Warmbier was sentenced in a North Korean kangaroo court and his case should never have gone to trial.

  27. Air Asia Sucks

    1. I'm not gonna fly Air Asia.

      I still value my life.

    2. The woods are lovely, dark and deep
      But I have promises to keep
      And miles to go before I sleep
      And miles to go before I sleep

    3. Plane crashes on street, torches cars, pilot and passenger walk away.


  28. ** Germany: Woman fights off sexual attack by migrant, is thrown off high bridge -

    Chancellor Merkel continues to import these savages into a once stable and peaceful

    ** Sweden CIVIL WAR: National Police Chief, “HELP US, HELP US!” -

    The desperate cry of a conquered nation.

    ** Muslims in Bosnia preparing for jihad, expect to destroy Bosnian Christians in
    10-15 days -

    How can Israel ever have peace with her Muslim neighbors when experience shows that
    in any instance in which a non-Muslim state is bordering on a Muslim state, the
    likelihood of war is high -- because Muslim aggression cannot be contained by

    ** Robert Spencer: Muslim Brotherhood-linked Rep. Keith Ellison falsely claims 35
    mosques attacked under Trump -

    Ellison was, as will come as a surprise to no one familiar with his career, lying.

  29. The Q Society of Australia, the admirable Australian group of which I am Vice President for Islamic Scripture and Ideology, has just released a new documentary looking into halal certification schemes.

    New documentary video: Halal Certification — The Unpalatable Facts

    JUNE 25, 2017 2:18 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER


    HALAL CERTIFICATION – The Unpalatable Facts from Q Society of Australia Inc on Vimeo.

    The Q Society of Australia, the admirable Australian group of which I am Vice President for Islamic Scripture and Ideology, has just released a new documentary looking into halal certification schemes.

    Entitled HALAL CERTIFICATION – The Unpalatable Facts, the new production is published by Q Society of Australia Inc and HalalChoices, and exposes the unregulated mess that is the halal certification industry in Australia.

    Produced by Debbie Robinson and presented by Kirralie Smith, with contributions from Senator Cory Bernardi, George Christenson MP, Bernard Gaynor, Debbie Robinson and members of the Assyrian Community, the video is essential viewing for anyone who wishes to understand how the stealth jihad operates.

    I'd been wondering what The "Q"ster had been up to these days.

  30. Sweden on the Brink of CIVIL WAR, National Police Chief: “HELP US, HELP US!”


    Sweden is being torn to pieces by Muslim immigrants and refugees. Law enforcement is crying out for help, and it is only a question of time before the country will need military intervention from abroad in order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe.

    (Photo: Sweden’s National police chief, Dan Eliasson)

    A leaked report concludes that the number of lawless areas (commonly referred to as “no-go zones”) in Sweden now totals 61. That is up from 55 in just one year’s time. This increase includes not only the total number, but also the geographical size of these areas.

    Sweden’s National Police Commissioner, Dan Eliasson, spoke on national television and pleaded for assistance: “Help us, help us!,” he said, while warning that Swedish police forces no longer can uphold the law and therefore must ask all good powers in the country to support them.

    A research expert regarding destabilized countries and 2011 recipient of Sweden’s Order of the Seraphim medal, Johan Patrik Engellau, has been working with organizations such as the UN and others that operate in crisis areas. He warns:

    “I’m afraid it is the end for the well-organized, decent and egalitarian Sweden we have known up to now. Personally, I would not be surprised if a form of civil war occurs. In some places, the civil war has probably already begun.”

    10News recently reported how the Swedish state has lost large areas to armed, religious groups best described as Islamist militias. Police chief Lars Alversjø says that, “There is lawlessness in parts of Stockholm (Sweden’s capital) now.” He also observed how, “The legal system, which is a pillar in every democratic society, is collapsing in Sweden.” Per Magnus Ranstorp, a researcher into terrorism and radicalization at the Swedish National Defense College, notes: “In the worst areas, extremists have taken over. The whole sense of justice and peace are threatened by the fact that the police is breaking down and it’s only getting worse. Sweden is in a disastrous situation.”

    The Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen – abbreviated as Säpo), recently warned that the country is crawling with “thousands of Islamists” sharing Islamic State’s ideology. In many places, public servants (i.e., non-Islamic authorities) require police escort or protection.

    In related news: Sweden Changing: 150,000 Women Undergo FGM, Authorities Admit Large Areas UNDER ISLAMIST RULE

    1. The word that Swedish authorities and media use for the country’s “no-go zones” is utenforskap. The word means something like “excluded area.” In these areas, Swedish law has been replaced with a mixture of the law of the jungle and the Islamic legal code, sharia. Armed Muslim gangs and Islamic radicals are simply carving out big pieces of Sweden for themselves. The only reason why it has not evolved into large-scale armed conflicts — in this formerly peaceful and safe country — probably relates to how Sweden’s feminist-liberal government is not putting up any real resistance against the Islamists.

      Even if the Swedish feminist government chose to fight back tomorrow, Sweden has nothing close to the paramilitary capacity needed to reverse this situation. That 80 percent of the country’s law enforcement officers are considering quitting their jobs is a clear sign of a police force that is completely demoralized. The military in this traditionally pacifist country is cut down to almost nothing, and there is no money to fix it.

      As Johan Patrik Engellau puts it: “The government does not seem to understand that it has lost control. There is a point where you can no longer stop a situation’s development. I do not know if Sweden has reached this point when it comes to [the consequences of] immigration, but I fear we are drawing close. If we right here and now take and clear and powerful action – including stopping immigration and the political promotion of multiculturalism – we might with some difficulty be able to save Sweden.”

      The fact remains that Sweden’s political elite is nowhere near taking such decisive action, as it has not even started to openly speak out about these problems.

      Therefore Sweden will very soon need help from abroad. Police chief Dan Eliasson’s prayer for help only included potential partners inside Sweden, but very soon the international community will have to intervene if a humanitarian catastrophe is to be avoided.


  31. CNN Fake Headline:

    'Trumpcare' would send her to Mexico for birth control

    Yep, not a birth control pill will be found in the Imperial Valley after Trumpcare comes to town.

  32. Nebraska Democrat fired for saying he was ‘glad’ Rep. Scalise was shot

    A member of the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday morning after an audio recording of him surfaced on YouTube saying he was “glad” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a congressional baseball game practice and wished the Louisiana Republican was dead.

    In the expletive-laced recording, Phil Montag, then the volunteer co-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s technology committee, blamed Scalise for seeking to take away people’s health care coverage through the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

    “This motherf***er, like, his whole job is like to get people [to] convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off f***ing health care,” Montag can be heard saying in the recording in reference to Scalise.

    When he made the remarks, Montag was speaking to Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party’s Black Caucus, and her friend, Destin Madison, according to the Omaha World-Herald and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

    It’s unclear how the conversation began, but the recording on YouTube starts with Madison asking, “So what is it you want to do?”

    Gentry-Tipton responds to Montag’s complaints by saying, “We know all of this.” Madison later is audible telling Montag that he has been recording him and plans to release the audio of their conversation.


    1. Nebraska man fired for insensitive comments against Steve Scalise