The Obama Presidency in One Tweet:
That’s the essence of political correctness — untrue beliefs that are useful for getting ahead politically.
The Obama Presidency in One Tweet:
That’s the essence of political correctness — untrue beliefs that are useful for getting ahead politically.
Comey’s FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums, by Austin Bay.
It’s time for the FBI to conduct a detailed investigation into the violence and political thuggery that continue to mar the presidential election’s aftermath. …
Director Comey must also include “elector intimidation” on his post-election investigation list. Reports that members of the Electoral College are being harassed and threatened by angry, vicious (and likely Democratic Party) malcontents require Comey’s quick and systematic attention. …
Identifying electors and then attempting to intimidate them into switching their votes is an ipso facto effort to overturn a national election. Which leads to a question a competent FBI Director would already have his agents asking: Is this elector threat scheme a coordinated operation?
Investigate the Democrat’s political thuggery:
Let me introduce you to two vicious Democratic Party operatives FBI agents should have quizzed and collared two months ago: Robert Creamer and The Hideous Scott Foval. These two creeps starred in Project Veritas’ video investigation of violent incitement during the political campaign.
Note this column called Creamer a political terrorist. The charge is legitimate. “Bottles and baseball bats are not Al Qaeda’s high explosives — but they incite fear and when they crack heads they cause casualties. People bleed. Street thuggery as an arm of politics is violent, criminalized politics on an ugly downward slope to much worse, the worse including lynchings and pogroms.”
Still waiting for the FBI to investigate the obvious. Is every government bureaucracy too left-leaning to do its job properly?
The secret of Marion Maréchal-Le Pen’s popularity, by Michael Sebastian. She is a right wing politician in France, part of the anti-establishment wave, but unfortunately for us only speaks publicly in French.
Of course, the fact that Marion is young and attractive is part of her appeal. But if her popularity was merely the result of looks, we could just run beauty queens for political office. The real secret of Marion’s appeal comes from the fact that she is bold and unapologetic about her beliefs.
In a country that is highly secular and atheistic, Marion is a devout Catholic. She is openly pro-life and against gay marriage even though we are regularly told that those positions are on the “wrong side of history.”
She is highly critical of Islam and how it relates to the French Republic. She has stated that Muslims could only be considered French if they adopt French “customs and a lifestyle” that have been shaped by 1500 years of Christianity, and if they speak French as their first language. She even opposes schools providing substitute meals to conform to Muslim’s halal rules. …
Democrats and the “cuckservative” GOP establishment are horrified by the bold language that Marion uses. Their vision of the United States is the Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina — a hodgepodge of different peoples and cultures holding nothing in common except the compulsive drive to buy more stuff. American politicians are terrified of offending any group of potential voters so they make no demands upon anyone.
Wow. Let’s go back a century, when our culture was confident and successful, not undermined by the global elite and their excessive PC:
This wasn’t always the case. There was a time when being a US citizen resulted in real benefits, but it also entailed real responsibilities. President Theodore Roosevelt wrote:
We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
The future of non-left politics:
The lesson that the popularity of people like Marion Le Pen and Donald Trump have for American politicians is that the voters are tired of being ignored. They want their governments to put citizens first and globalist and corporate concerns second. …
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen represents a refreshing trend in politics: politicians who reject political correctness and who are unabashedly nationalistic. If these politicians are elected, they may be able to roll back the globalist policies that have made their citizens feel like foreigners in their own countries.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Celebrating NYE means devil is working on you: Sydney sheik, by Geoff Chambers.
Sydney sheik Feiz Mohammed has warned Muslims they should avoid festive celebrations — including New Year’s Eve and Christmas — and has attacked women’s rights groups, telling Islamic women to wear hijabs.
Sheik Feiz, who has a large online following with almost two million YouTube views, described non-Islamic festivals as leading to a path away from Allah.
“Any festivity or celebration built on other than Islam is a negative, prohibited festivity. We are not allowed to anticipate, participate, in any shape, manner or form,” he told supporters earlier this month. “When we finish our prayers, many Muslims you see them preparing themselves for their celebrations to come … what are we going to do for New Year’s Eve tonight? Where are we going to go? Who are we going to watch? Where’s the best fireworks at?” …
The preacher, who speaks at Liverpool and Auburn Islamic centres in Sydney’s southwest and west, … said Muslims who celebrate non-Islamic festivities were “deaf, dumb and blind” for failing to stay true to Islamic teachings.
Does he sound like someone who intends to become an Australian like the rest of us, or more like someone with a superiority complex who intends for Islam to colonize Australia? Does he improve the lives of current Australians, or might he rather see our great grandchildren dragged into the culture of seventh century Arabia?
Chances of seeing this reported on the ABC? Very low, and only if they can think of a way to put a positive spin on it.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Warmism’s Martial Plan, by Tony Thomas.
Obama declines to bomb an ISIS convoy because burning trucks will boost CO2 emissions … Australia’s defence wallahs fret about rising seas and drowning air bases … alarmist ratbaggery distorts strategy and budgets. Military effectiveness has a new enemy: the climate-scam crowd.
The US military is in flux as President-elect Trump prepares to rid it of Obama’s global-warming overlays. This switch is underway just as the Australian military is starting to adopt Obama-style environmentalism, after a decade’s passive resistance to climate politics.
The ADF has already capitulated to feminists and inclusiveness mavens … The coming capitulation is to the hyped climate “science” of the ANU Climate Institute and Tim Flannery’s crusading Climate Council. …
How crazy is this? Obama refused to really hurt ISIS when he could … because of carbon dioxide??
What happens when the military gets climate-minded played out in Syria a year ago. … Showing Russian reconnaissance footage, Putin spoke of “vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon…a living oil pipe day and night.” US reporters wondered why the Obama administration hadn’t ordered US planes to blow up the “living oil pipe”. The public explanation from former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell was that Obama did not want “to create environmental damage” or wreck infrastructure that Syrians would need in peace-time. …
Obama wouldn’t take out these easy ISIS targets because, he said, of the effect on the world’s climate. What does he think would happen to the oil in the trucks eventually? Wouldn’t it be burned and the carbon escape into the atmosphere in any case? We are led by fools.
Since 2009 he has been issuing progressively-tougher Executive Orders to government agencies, including Defence, demanding that global warming issues be raised to top-priority status. Obama has several times publicly declared climate change to be an equal or greater threat than terrorism, and the Obama/Kerry team recently moved climate change talks from the Oval Office to the “Situation Room,” for military/security discussion of active threats to the US.
Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S. Central Command planner, says the Pentagon is introducing climate change, right down to military tactics, techniques and procedures level. …
The military is seen by Australia’s social-justice set as a trophy agency – capturing it would be a PR coup. A more sinister agenda emanates from the Greens Party, with its policy for downgrading military capacity to non-offensive roles, with funding to be cut accordingly; ranks having the right to conscientiously object to what they see as illegal military actions; and closure of all foreign bases and joint facilities in Australia. By also loading up the ADF with social-justice add-ons, the Greens can effect and enjoy the force’s reduction in combat capability.
Read it all.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France.
The placement of the 65 trucks, along with 100 patrol cars, at intersections surrounding Times Square is a new element to an already heavily policed event that will include 7,000 officers, specially armed counter-terrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs.
Why? Islam of course. But if you say that, the PC crew crew call you names — because they protect the Muslims and give them comfort and assistance whilst they prey on us. Crazy.
Who is responsible for letting these people in? Who is responsible for preventing us from discussing the problem, let alone doing something about it?
hat-tip Stephen Neil
2017: Europe’s year of rage, by James Forsyth.
After the tumult of 2016, Europe could do with a year of calm. It won’t get one. Elections are to be held in four of the six founder members of the European project, and populist Eurosceptic forces are on the march in each one.
There will be at least one regime change: François Hollande has accepted that he is too unpopular to run again as French president, and it will be a surprise if he is the only European leader to go. Others might cling on but find their grip on power weakened by populist success.
The spectre of the financial crash still haunts European politics. Money was printed and banks were saved, but the recovery was marked by a great stagnation in living standards, which has led to alienation, dismay and anger. Donald Trump would not have been able to win the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency, without that rage — and the conditions that created Trump’s victory are, if anything, even stronger in Europe.
European voters who looked to the state for protection after the crash soon discovered the helplessness of governments which had ceded control over vast swathes of economic policy to the EU. The second great shock, the wave of global immigration, is also a thornier subject in the EU because nearly all of its members surrendered control over their borders when they signed the Schengen agreement. Those unhappy at this situation often have only new, populist parties to turn to. So most European elections come down to a battle between insurgents and defenders of the existing order.
A good read. The EU is coming apart under the internal financial contradictions that critics always said would kill it, and there is the immigration and cultural debacle on top of that.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
AN ENTREPRENEUR from Germany has created trousers with the aim of protecting women from possible sex attacks while they are out jogging – and the first 150 were sold out immediately.
The trousers come with a lock for women’s intimate areas and an alarm, so would ensure the wearers were kept safe from any sex attacks.
Business graduate, Sandra Seilz, decided to invent the trousers after she was attacked by three drunk men when she was jogging in the woods.
Women’s intimate areas will be sealed off with a “protective shield”. …
“Should someone try to get into the trousers of the jogger the alarm will go off at a volume of 130 decibels, which is supposed to scare off the attacker.”
The trousers are made of the same material as bullet-proof vests and can only be cut by attackers.
Hi-tech yet medieval, to combat seventh century culture imported from Arabia.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Angela Merkel finally admits Islamic terrorism poses ‘greatest threat’ to Germany. In her New Year’s message.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Something About This Russia Story Stinks, by Matt Taibbi at The Rolling Stone, a notably PC magazine. If they lose Rolling Stone, the will lose the whole Russian-hacked-the-election attempt to delegitimize Trump.
Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment.
The Russian press today is even reporting that Vladimir Putin is inviting “the children of American diplomats” to “visit the Christmas tree in the Kremlin,” as characteristically loathsome/menacing/sarcastic a Putin response as you’ll find.
The media want to believe the Democrats, but are worried about having to trust shady intelligence sources again:
This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot. Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.
Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again. We all remember the WMD fiasco. …
Some news agencies seemed split on whether to unequivocally declare that Russian hacking took place, or whether to hedge bets and put it all on the government to make that declaration, using “Obama says” formulations. …
Where are the details?
At one point we learn that the code name the U.S. intelligence community has given to Russian cyber shenanigans is GRIZZLY STEPPE, a sexy enough detail.
But we don’t learn much at all about what led our government to determine a) that these hacks were directed by the Russian government, or b) they were undertaken with the aim of influencing the election, and in particular to help elect Donald Trump.
Something is deeply amiss:
The problem with this story is that, like the Iraq-WMD mess, it takes place in the middle of a highly politicized environment during which the motives of all the relevant actors are suspect. Nothing quite adds up.
If the American security agencies had smoking-gun evidence that the Russians had an organized campaign to derail the U.S. presidential election and deliver the White House to Trump, then expelling a few dozen diplomats after the election seems like an oddly weak and ill-timed response. Voices in both parties are saying this now. …
Ahh, the propaganda and spin is really aimed at Democrat voters:
Adding to the problem is that in the last months of the campaign, and also in the time since the election, we’ve seen an epidemic of factually loose, clearly politically motivated reporting about Russia. Democrat-leaning pundits have been unnervingly quick to use phrases like “Russia hacked the election.”
This has led to widespread confusion among news audiences over whether the Russians hacked the DNC emails (a story that has at least been backed by some evidence, even if it hasn’t always been great evidence), or whether Russians hacked vote tallies in critical states (a far more outlandish tale backed by no credible evidence).
As noted in The Intercept and other outlets, an Economist/YouGov poll conducted this month shows that 50 percent of all Clinton voters believe the Russians hacked vote tallies.
On one end of the spectrum, America could have just been the victim of a virtual coup d’etat engineered by a combination of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, which would be among the most serious things to ever happen to our democracy.
But this could also just be a cynical ass-covering campaign, by a Democratic Party that has seemed keen to deflect attention from its own electoral failures.
Probably the latter, and this:
Or maybe the Russians did hack the DNC, but the WikiLeaks material actually came from someone else?
UPDATE: Joke: Q: What did Russia do to influence the election? A: They helped the Democrats finally deliver on their promises of transparency.
Putin laughs off Obama and takes the high road: “We Will Not Expel Anyone; We Refuse To Sink To ‘Kitchen’ Diplomacy”, by Tyler Durden. See the story so far. Now:
Following this morning’s reports that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would recommend to Russian President Vladimir Putin a retaliation in kind, and expel 35 American diplomats, saying that “we cannot leave such acts unanswered. Reciprocity is part of diplomatic law” with Putin spokesman Peskov adding that “there is no doubt that Russia’s adequate and mirror response will make Washington officials feel very uncomfortable as well”, it was ultimately up to Putin to decide how to respond to the US.
Which he did on Friday morning, when in a stunning reversal, the Russian leader took the high road, rejected the Lavrov proposal, and in a statement posted by the Kremlin said that Russia won’t expel any Americans in retaliation to US moves, in a brutal demonstration of just how irrelevant Obama’s 11th hour decision is for US-Russian relations. …
In the just released statement, Putin laughed off Obama’s 11th hour temper tantrum, and said that Russia won’t cause problems to U.S. diplomats or deport anyone, adding that Russia has the right to respond in tit-for-tat manner, but it will not engage in irresponsible diplomacy.
The punchline, however, was saved for what may be Russia’s final slam of the debacle that is Obama’s administration saying that “It’s a pity that the current U.S. administration is finishing their work in such a manner” saying that Russia refuses “to sink to the level of this irresponsible “kitchen” diplomacy.”
Wow, behaving just like on the Internet.
Seriously, what is probably going on is that the whole bundle of accusations by the US Democrats that the “Russians hacked the election” is entirely a cynical exercise to taint the Trump presidency with illegitimacy, at least in the eyes of their own supporters. Expelling Russian diplomats is just to make it seem serious and official. Oooh, we are impressed now.
There are no accusations that the Russians altered votes in the US, as implied by the “Russians hacked the election” meme. The accusations are only that the Russians had a hand in allowing the world to see the Democrat’s internal emails — which no one disputes are original. The stench is due to the Democrats own words. If Podesta hadn’t fallen for a phishing scam and Hilary didn’t have an illegal sever, perhaps it wouldn’t have been different … but maybe not.
The Democrats have no evidence the Russians were involved in the emails that were leaked. Of course half the world probably hacked Hillary’s illegal server, but who leaked them to the public? All the Democrats have is a couple of left-aligned security agencies in the US, the CIA and FBI, making vague and unsubstantiated accusations — which they will not even back up by briefing members of congress on the details. This is usually the way security lies are told.
Wikileaks insist they didn’t get the emails from the Russians, but from a leaker in the DNC.
All up, a cynical ploy by the US Democrats, shamelessly using the powers of state for the own domestic political battles, and endangering the US-Russian relationship into the bargain. It is only possible because the US media breathlessly reports the Democrat’s version of events, without a shred of skepticism.
But, as everyone is now now realizing, Putin and Trump share similar cultural values — modern and traditional, as opposed to the postmodern and PC values of the Democrats, the global elite, and the EU. The pair are just laughing at the Democrats now, who look foolish to anyone not taken in by the mainstream media reporting. It so unfair that people can now find out what is happening on the Internet and the old media games don’t work so well.
Politics is going international and cultural — the global elite and their Muslim shock troops versus western native populations. Trump and Putin have worked out they are on the same team, and so are most of the Western population.
News you Can Use: Guy Discovers He Can Go Anywhere While Wearing A Hi-Vis Vest, by Design You Trust.
David Allegretti and his mate Sean conducted a little experiment, and they were shocked by the results. They bought a few hi-vis vests and then they put them to the tests. They used the vests to enter restricted areas, and they quickly discovered that no one questions people when they’re wearing one of these vests.
They decided to test their stunt at the local movie theater, and guess what? They walked right in for free.
Next they tried their luck at the local zoo, and once again they got in without paying. …
Deciding to up their game, they tried to get into a Coldplay concert in Melbourne. And guess what? It worked!
People trust uniforms.
Return of the Kings: The American presidency is degenerating into a cult. By Kevin Williamson.
The American presidency is degenerating into a cult. …
To be a republican in the 18th century was to be a radical. The American founders were deeply suspicious of pomp and circumstance … And they were even more suspicious of the claims of royalty. In the person of the English king, they found a compound of those sources of suspicion: a hereditary monarch who was head of state and church both.
The idea that a large, complex society enjoying English liberty could long endure without the guiding hand of a priest-king was, in 1776, radical. A few decades later, it became ordinary — Americans could not imagine living any other way.
The republican manner of American presidents was pronounced: There is a famous story about President Lincoln’s supposedly receiving a European ambassador who was shocked to see him shining his own shoes. The diplomat said that in Europe, a man of Lincoln’s stature would never shine his own shoes. “Whose shoes would he shine?” Lincoln asked.
As American society grows less literate and the state of its moral education declines, the American people grow less able to engage their government as intellectually and morally prepared citizens.
We are in the process — late in the process, I’m afraid — of reverting from citizens to subjects.
It’s probably no coincidence that the average IQ in the US is dropping quickly at the moment, under the onslaughts of the welfare state, feminism, and immigration.
Australia would have voted against last week’s anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council had it been given the opportunity, the country’s foreign minister said in a statement on Thursday.
Australia is not on the Security Council and therefore could not vote on the resolution, which criticized Israeli presence in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City. But Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that “in voting at the UN, the Coalition government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel.” …
The position of the Liberal Party-led Australian government is that the status of territories that Israel captured in the 1967 war should be decided only by direct bilateral negotiations. This is consistent with the 1995 Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which deemed those lands subject to “permanent status” negotiations.
Stop the Ruthless Corruption at the UN and in the USA, by Dr. Shmuel Katz.
Currently in the Middle East, thousands of innocent Yazidis, Sunnies, Kurds, and other Arab populations are being slaughtered across Arab countries, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan and others. You’ve seen the terribly sad pictures in the media of injured, shell-shocked children being pulled from rubble.
Yet the UN chooses to focus on Israel during these horrible times for the Middle East — the one democratic, stable country in the region (which even provides healthcare to many of the victims of the above atrocities).
Worse, the United States of America, Israel’s ally, didn’t veto or vote against this resolution. On the contrary, while Egypt withdrew this resolution, President Obama and other key players pushed for this resolution to be brought to a vote, ignoring the longstanding USA policy (in place since President Lyndon B. Johnson) to let this dispute be resolved peacefully between the involved parties.
Dawn of the New World Order: 2017 will be the year EVERYTHING changes, by Henry Holloway.
A NEW World Order is set to emerge next year as huge political changes sweep across Europe including the rise of the mega-alliance under Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
Putin’s growing power and Trump’s extraordinary US Election victory are both herald’s of a growing movement against the established world governments.
Putin’s power is mainly cultural — he stands against PC.
Anti-establishment parties raging against the political class could sweep to victory in a swathes of elections next year and change the face of the West. …
The political parties are trying to unseat the “liberal order” in a campaign backed by Putin and Trump.
Hopefully the end of the move towards a single global bureaucracy who runs the world on behalf of a global elite.
Electric Cars: Still Unpopular With Buyers and Unprofitable for Sellers, by Charley Grant.
The car of the future will be electric, connected and, eventually, self-driving. But where does that leave the car industry of the future? …
A new generation of long-range, affordably priced electric cars is about to hit the market, showing that auto makers can produce alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles. What auto makers haven’t shown is that they can actually sell these vehicles and earn real profits. …
Despite the wave of new models, there are good reasons to believe the transition will be long and painful for the auto industry.
For one thing, manufacturers of electric cars must be able to make money. Tesla, which sells only electric vehicles, has posted a net loss of $550 million so far this year. The bigger problem is that, Tesla-lovers notwithstanding, few people want to buy electric cars. Instead, low gas prices have seduced them into buying pickups and sport-utility vehicles, which makes the auto industry very happy.
Electric cars are terrific apart from the batteries. Which makes them too expensive with too short-range.
The woman, who goes by the name ‘Anna Ruston’, claims she was kidnapped after her parents and grandmother died.
She says she was taken in by a taxi driver she calls ‘Malik’, who recognised she was vulnerable and didn’t have a support network who would question her whereabouts.
Describing her ordeal in newly released misery memoir Secret Slave, Ms Ruston insists she initially enjoyed Malik’s attention and was grateful to have been welcomed into his home, where she would be treated to chapatis and milky tea.
But then one day, Malik called her a “white slut” before raping her and locking her in a room where she was reportedly forced to go to the toilet in a can.
She was then raped every night for the next 13 years, according to her book reported by the Mirror. …
She claims she was overjoyed the first time she got pregnant, because: “When you feel a baby move in your stomach with you, you are not alone.” She said Malik stopped beating her when she was pregnant but took her baby away the moment it was born. Anna fears Malik then “sold them.”
The deadly combination of political correctness and Islam:
In chilling echoes of the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, Anna claims authorities failed to target Malik because they were afraid of being seen as prejudiced.
She said: “Malik dressed me in his culture’s clothes, dyed my hair black, made me wear a scarf and keep my head down. When he spoke for me they thought it was a cultural thing. And I think people are scared to be accused of discrimination.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil
BERLIN Christmas market killer Anis Amri was discussed a total of seven times among security chiefs at high level briefings before he carried out his yuletide massacre, it emerged today.
In the end they decided he did not present a clear and present danger, according to reports by Germany’s Süddeutsche newspaper and two broadcasters.
How dopey. The Germans ain’t what they used to be.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
Who is Mohammed Usman Rana? He’s a 31-year-old Norwegian doctor and newspaper columnist who … said that he personally opposed executing gays, but refused to criticize countries that punish homosexuality with death. Pressed further on the issue by his opponents, Rana pulled a slick switcheroo, charging that it was not he but they who were displaying intolerance. How dare they sit in judgment of Islamic law? …
This year saw another milestone for Rana: his first book. It was published by one of Norway’s oldest and most distinguished houses …
What is Rana’s book about? Entitled Norwegian Islam: How to Love Norway and the Koran at the Same Time, it aims to substantiate a demonstrably absurd proposition: namely, that there’s no conflict whatsoever between being a devout traditional Muslim and a responsible, patriotic citizen of Norway or any other Western democracy….
Rana’s way of resolving the tension between Islamic and democratic values is to insist, quite simply, that the latter make room for the former: to do otherwise would be “not only unrealistic, but also deeply illiberal and unreasonable.” It’s the same argument he used years ago at that student debate: not to tolerate Islam’s extreme illiberality would be illiberal.
Rana actually pointed to the tolerance of Amish communities in the U.S. as an example for Europe to follow in its treatment of Muslims, dancing around the minor detail that the Amish don’t live on welfare, don’t beat up Jews and gays, don’t commit honor killings or gang rapes, and don’t drive trucks into crowds of non-Amish men, women, and children. Ness, reviewing Norwegian Islam in Finansavisen, called it “the year’s funniest book” — the humor, of course, being entirely unintentional.
If it can happen in Norway, it can happen anywhere in the West. In 2013 Muslims made up 2.4% of the Norwegian population (Australia 2.2%, US 1%).
hat-tip Stephen Neil
A 30-year-old woman has been beheaded in a remote Afghan village for visiting a local market alone, without her husband, local media report citing officials. The people behind the beheading may have links to the Taliban. …
No one has been arrested in relation to the incident so far.
Seventh-century Arab culture strikes again.
hat-tip Stephen Neil
One of the world’s longest high-speed railways has started operating in China, linking the country’s prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwest …
The 2,264-kilometer Shanghai-Kunming rail line … cuts the travel time from Shanghai to the capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province Kunming from 34 to 11 hours. …
The trains can travel at speeds up to 330 kilometers per hour.
In 2012, China started operating another high-speed link, the 2,298-km Beijing-Guangzhou line which stretches north to south. …
Beijing is also actively developing its own high-speed train technology. In the summer it set a new speed record with a train reaching 840 km per hour on a test run. …
China is also developing a new generation of trains capable of reaching speeds of 400 kilometers per hour for Russia’s Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway. Beijing plans to provide a $6 billion loan for the route which in future may become a part of a $100 billion high-speed railway connecting the two countries.
Copy that, Mr Trump. Make American trains great again!
hat-tip Stephen Neil
[15 year old] Ahmed told me he was kidnapped along with two of his neighbors from their compound, and taken to the militants stronghold in Sambisa where he was forced to become a soldier. After just two months training with the jihadists, his recruiters brought him on the mission to Gwoza.
Well before they set off for the attack, Ahmed’s superiors told the fighters to capture as many women and children as they could, and that they would be allowed to “have fun” when they returned to their base.
“At first I didn’t understand what they meant by ‘you are going to have fun’ and nobody thought to explain,” said Ahmed. “Days before we left for Gwoza, they began to show us what they wanted us to do.”
For the next two days, the young boys, most of whom were about Ahmed’s age, watched as their commanders raped women and young girls abducted in earlier raids. The lesson for the boys was clear: They were learning to subdue a struggling victim during sexual assault.
“The girls will scream and cry for help, but [the militants] didn’t care,” Ahmed said. “Sometimes they’ll be slapped and threatened with guns if they didn’t cooperate.”
Notice the complete silence among the PC crowd in the West. No outrage from the feminists. How does this affect their access to good jobs for upper-middle class women in the West? None of the rapists were called Trump.
At least two girls who escaped from a Boko Haram camp told me they had been raped by “little boys” on separate occasions just before they made their way out of captivity.
One of them said the militant who raped her was so little she could “push him away” from her “very easily.”
“He looked like a 13-year-old having sex for the first time,” said 16-year-old Rukiyat, who was abducted by the militants in Bama and taken to the jihadists stronghold in the Sambissa forest. “The only reason he succeeded was because he had a gun.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil
From … Oct. 1 2016 through Dec. 27, a total of 25,671 refugees have been resettled in the United States — little over 290 refugees per day. During that same time period in 2015, 13,791 refugees were resettled, almost 157 per day.
Robert Spencer comments:
Yes, they are overwhelmingly Muslim, so we can be sure that many will bring with them a model of society and governance that they are convinced is superior to the one they will encounter here. And many will be determined to replace the one with the other. Obama is sowing the seeds of civil strife for decades to come.
Universities have spent the past 55 years purging moderates, rightists, and libertarians from faculty and staff. The end result is a university system that cheats students of the opportunity to learn to consider a variety of well-considered points of view. Instead of teaching students to think for themselves, modern universities are indoctrinating students into “what to think” and how to think exclusively in politically correct terms. This approach has crippled the minds of generations while putting many students in lifetime debt — and will continue down this ruinous path unless something drastic is done to reverse course.
What should be done to these monotonic mind-cripplers of entire generations of youth, who infest universities, government bureaucracies, foundations dealing with educational issues, and the media apparatus that provides a constant flow of propaganda in support of the politically correct catastrophe?
My impression is that the university system is more corrupt and universities more expensive in the US than Australia, but it’s only a matter of degree (cough) and time.
In the longer term, the Internet might change everything. Most courses can be substantially done online, so why not do them with the world’s best rather than the local university?
Video Mocks Liberals Suddenly Concerned With Reining In Executive Power
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will have less official celebration throughout the day and evening so he can focus on getting right to work on behalf of the American people, officials involved in the planning process tell Breitbart News.
The inauguration itself will be less focused on the donor class and ritzy Washington insiders as in years past and more focused on the regular working class people across the country for whom Trump has become the champion. …
Trump will only have three official inaugural balls as compared with 10 separate balls for Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. … President Bush in 2001 and 2005 I believe had nine balls each in addition to the unofficial balls that took place. …
Another change from previous inaugurations … is that the parade from the Capitol to the White House on Inauguration Day is expected to be shortened to just an hour or so. … Eisenhower’s parade was something like six hours long. You’ve had previous parades that are three or four hours long.
Also Trump is expanding the Commander-in-Chief ball to include military families, wounded warriors, veterans, and first responders for the first time, instead of just the usual active military members only. Alex Stroman, the deputy director of communications:
I think you’ve seen that [Trump’s respect for the military, police, veterans and first responders] throughout the president-elect’s campaign. Some of my favorite photos are when you see every time he made a stop at his airplane, he’d stop and take photos with the police who were protecting him. This is a president, he’s vowed to be a law and order president. He respects our police, he respects our military, he respects those who put their lives on the line whether it’s firemen or EMTs or police every day. He made that a point throughout his campaign to honor these folks, veterans, military, et cetera, who put their lives on the line for our country. It’s a way to, in one of his first acts as president, to thank those who do that.
The optics have less of an elitist, let-them-eat-cake feel. Good.
UPDATE: Trump Should Have a Celebrity-Free Inauguration, by Christian Toto.
By inviting talented unknowns to perform instead, the president-elect would send a powerful message.
Donald Trump is having a hard time lining up stars to perform at his inauguration. Is anyone shocked? Hollywood threw all its support to then-Senator Barack Obama eight years ago. This time around, it supported Hillary. It became commonplace to hear celebrities name-drop Hitler when referring to the president-elect.
TheWrap.com recently suggested Team Trump is bribing celebrities to perform during the inauguration festivities. True? Possibly. If so, it’s a big mistake.
Trump would do better to simply flip the script on celebrity cameos at presidential inaugurations. How? Don’t ask any stars to perform for him. Not one. No Beyoncé, Adele, or Cher. No progressive poets reciting celebratory verses or musicians offering paeans to power.
The message Trump would send is simple yet true: He doesn’t need Hollywood flattery. …
When he twisted Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “I’m with Her,” to “I’m with You,” crowds roared. It was a political masterstroke.
Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions by mocking Obama in a tweet, by Andrew Buncombe. Internet manners and tweeting to become the new norm in international diplomacy? The White House sanctioned Russia over election hacking, giving 35 diplomats 72 hours to the leave the US with their families over its alleged hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers to influence this year’s presidential election.
The Russian response … was fast, and in some cases, rather amusing.
As officials in Moscow said that US diplomats would be ordered to leave in a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Embassy used Twitter to make its point with little panache:
An interesting comment by vikings4123:
Obama is little more than a momma’s boy, pissant, neighborhood-protected child with a shield, based on pigmentation, that nobody chose to challenge. He can now squawk all he wants. History and the world know the truth. He was a self-serving impostor.
I wonder how much of Obama’s popularity is due to his color, and that nobody wants to appear “racist” for attacking him so nobody choose to attack him hard for his entire eight years. Or maybe not. A debatable point. The media of course made it very clear early on that any criticism of Obama was “racist” in their eyes. Also, Obama’s delivery of prepared lines to a camera is very good.
Miranda Devine: Pauline Hanson + Cory Bernardi = Perfect Storm …, by Miranda Devine.
Popular One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson says she would be willing to join forces with maverick Liberal Cory Bernardi if he goes through with a suspected plan to quit in the new year and start his own conservative party.
In a stunning proposal that would send shockwaves through the Coalition, Hanson told me on 2GB radio on Monday that she would even consider ceding control of her party to Bernardi in order to lock in conservative voters disillusioned with the Coalition. …
Many of One Nation’s policies, especially its opposition to Islamic extremism, accord with views expressed by Bernardi, who was sacked from the Coalition front bench by Tony Abbott for making politically incorrect comments about same sex marriage and has remained in exile under Malcolm Turnbull.
Bernardi has hinted at forming a breakaway party named the Australian Majority, possibly as soon as February. …
She says she had hoped that Clive Palmer or Bob Katter might have been able to galvanise conservative voters unhappy with the Liberal Party’s move to the left, but both had fallen short. …
A combined Hanson-Bernardi movement would be the perfect storm for the Coalition, giving disaffected conservatives a home away from home.
When Did Feminism Become So Anti-Motherhood? by Joanna Hyatt.
Key architects of the movement like Gloria Steinam equated marriage to prostitution and Helen Gurley Brown, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, wrote in her book Sex and the Single Girl, “Hard work and sex will set you free (as long as you don’t have children).”
If you did happen to have or even want children, she had this nugget of advice, “Never waste time feeling guilt, never agonize too much, and have a lot of paid help at home, and never, ever, let them interfere with the long climb to the top.” …
When sex is stripped of its intimacy, or its possibility for future life, and becomes about what a person can get rather than give, it is no longer empowering or powerful. It has simply been reduced to another way of feeding our selfishness. Ironically, numerous studies cite that married, rather than single women, report having the best and most frequent sex. …
What started as a good — pushing for women to define themselves as women, and not merely by their relationships — has swung to the opposite extreme. Anything or anyone that makes demands on our time, our energy and our independence becomes a burden and a drain, rather than an opportunity.
As a result, today we have a brand of feminism that is only inclusive so far as you’re willing to sacrifice your children on the altar of individualism and professionalism.
Feminism was always predominately about good jobs for upper-middle class women.
Climateers Can’t Handle the Truth, by Holman Jenkins.
Donald Trump, our new president-elect, has been tagged for indiscriminately referring to climate change as a hoax.
Here’s what he actually said at a campaign rally in South Carolina one year ago about climate advocacy: “It’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.”
This statement, with its clearly framed qualifications, is true and accurate in every detail. It’s a statement of basic truth that can be embraced, and increasingly should be, by exactly those people most concerned about man-made climate change.
Yet it won’t be, for reasons demonstrated by the New York Times’ adoption of the term climate denialist, whose deliberately non-discriminating function we now take care to state precisely: It enables a kind of journalism that is unable — incapacitates itself — to stumble on truths that would be inconvenient to climate religion.