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Be grateful to Islamic expert Andrew Bostom for doing the dirty work -- i.e., the study of Islam -- to link the perfectly foul ISIS fatwa on sex slavery to the perfectly foul canonical Islamic texts that sanction it. The media-political complex won't tell us the truth, falsely attributing the ISIS fatwa to "ISIS" or to "extremist" ideology -- and not to the teachings and traditions of Islam itself. 

Be grateful also to Breitbart News for publishing it.

Bostom writes (links in the original):

What was Muhammad’s “perfect” role model, vis-à-vis jihad slavery? Also, what do Islam’s canonical texts, especially the Koran and the hadith...

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Image by Gates of Vienna

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In his recent essay considering Donald Trump and his proposed ban on Muslim immigration published at Gates of Vienna, Jeff Nyquist cuts a diamond, exposing sparkling new ways of thinking through the murk.

What is unusual about this essay, which is here, is its explication of first things -- patriarchy, nation, posterity, Constitution, etc. -- which restores to them, for want of better languague, the essential decency, which has been perverted, for want of a better label, by the Left. It is, of course, a story of Good and Evil, and Evil is winning. The age-old struggle. As limned by Nyquist,...

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"`Reprehensible and Indefensible': Did Someone Say Clinton?"

In the summer of 2013, Democratic National Committee chief Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) called for the resignation of Democratic San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, previously a U.S. representative, after former supporters of the mayor went public with accusations of sexual harassment.  

Wasserman-Schultz:  

The misconduct Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of is reprehensible and indefensible. I am personally offended by his actions, and I firmly believe no employee should face a hostile environment or harassmentat their place of employment. There is no place for this type of conduct in the workplace and certainly not in our city halls and public offices.

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Posted below is my endorsement of Donald Trump as GOP 2016 presidential nominee which Breitbart News published today. It was about time to make such a statement, given that over the unfolding campaign season, my support for his candidacy has not wavered, but rather solidified for some of the reasons stated below. It all began with "the wall" -- the concept of border, concrete and metaphorical, that in our times is revolutionary. The voter-candidate bond was also forged in the hellaciously, noxiously fiery attacks on Trump from the mainstream Right, where I just happen to find some of my own choice antagonists, and perhaps for some similar reasons.

I had almost forgotten how bad these attacks have been, to tell the truth (probably blocked them out), so...

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Then there's Hillary Clinton and her insane, media-fired efforts to play the combatively aggrieved female, a woman affronted on behalf of all womanhood, cis to trans, for being the subject of a passive sentence improbably resuscitated by the past participle "schlonged."

As in -- for that remaining sliver of the Western world that has not heard -- Hillary "got schlonged" by Obama in the 2008 Democratic primaries. So sayeth Donald Trump, inimitably, but not, it turns out, uniquely. On the occasion of Geraldine Ferraro's death in 2011, an NPR host used this same vernacular to describe what happened in 1984 to Mondale-Ferraro on challenging Reagan-Bush. They got "schlonged," too.

Coarsening public diction (in a political season in which so many establishment voices have already covered themselves in toxic mud) aside:...

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Actually, the insanity is not possible to quantify. An abundance of social and political indicators break the meter.

The fact that there is no effective border of the United States is insane. The fact that 82 members of the Democratic Party have signed onto a House Resolution against free speech about Islam is insane. The fact that the United States still has troops risking -- and losing -- their lives in Afghanistan for the tag end of a bankrupt Bush-Obama political agenda is insane. On this eve of Christmas, with six grieving American families having just met their war dead returned from Afghanistan yesterday, it is also cruel and crying out for redress.

The insanity doesn't end in the "advisory" mission in Afghanistan now being carried out by some 10,000 Americans. Think about what the six Americans we have lost -- four of whom were members of the Air...

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US Marine marksman, Sangin district, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, June 2011

Sangin is falling or has fallen.

What is Sangin?  A 200-square-mile petri dish inside the 250,000-plus-square-mile Afghanistan laboratory of for failed nation-building/COIN experimentation in blood overseen by George W. Bush, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal and other mad political/military scientists while our own nation's borders remained, and remain, undefended.

A few notes from along the way.

December 3, 2010: "Sangin: Epicenter of US Government...

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12.21.15: Avi Davis passed away this morning in Los Angeles. RIP.

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I have only just heard the tragic news that Avi Davis recently suffered a massive heart attack and remains hospitalized in a coma.

Avi is a loyal friend and dear colleague, the head of the LA-based American Freedom Alliance, an organization that has in professional terms been extremely supportive of my books, The Death of the Grown-Up and American Betrayal both. 

During the sustained attacks on American Betrayal spearheaded by David Horowitz's Frontpage magazine, Avi had occasion to prove his mettle: both his independence of mind and moral compass. Declining to follow the cowardly lead of many who reacted to the smear campaign by joining it or shunning the book, Avi decided instead to stage a public event around American Betrayal and M. Stanton Evans' and Herbert Romerstein's Stalin's Secret Agents both, inviting me to Los Angeles in December 2013 to speak at the Skirball Cultural Center. There I was joined via video by both Stan Evans and Sebastian Gorka. The following evening, Avi hosted a private dinner for 20, followed by a book-signing-cum-discussion drilling down on the possibly reasons behind the controversy American Betrayal had created.

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American Betrayal: A Christmas story?

Not really. However, it is the striking case that most of the main action of the book takes place within a span of years notably bookended (see below) by two Christmases: Christmas, 1919, when Lenin ordered the Chekists, his pre-KGB secret police, to shoot anyone failing to show up for work in observance of St. Nicholas' Day, and Christmas 1991, the day the USSR officially dissolved.

The book attempts to unmask some mass of the colossal deception and fakery that have taken shape in between those two Christmas seasons as consensus-history, the nearly completely false narrative from which we take many twisted lessons that thwart us to this day.

No, it is not a Christmas story. But it is a tale of good and evil, truth and lies, and why light is losing to darkness, usually without seeing any of it coming.

From American Betrayal, Chapter...

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In the run-up to Election 2012, I asked the question whether Americans would choose to be citizens or subjects of the almighty State. In giving Barack Obama a second term, Americans very much answered the latter.

Approaching the next presidential election, the question once again presents itself -- although it is harder than ever to win one for the Citizen, given the extent to which the Republican party is the jealous guardian of the almighty collective.

From the vault:

Election 2012: Citizen or Subject

Back in 2008, during the peak illusory powers of Barack Obama as the post-partisan hopester-and-changer, the media consistently failed to report that the statist beliefs of the Democratic presidential nominee came straight...

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Listen here.





Fear makes blackguards out of bullies. It makes them behave in disgraceful ways. As they see their thuggish dominance dissipate, their thrones of lies lurch and topple, they rage, they spit, they dribble. They lash out, and always at the best of their opponents. The patriot. The one whose example inspires others. 

So it is with the vials of acid barely disguised as news stories being hurled from all around the polluted-mainstream media at national security expert Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy. Why? For Frank Gaffney's unceasing campaign to alert and inform Americans and particularly our lawmakers, whose sworn duty it is to protect our Constitution, about the totalitarian perils of the legal, political, religious system codified in Islam as sharia, or Islamic law. Why now? For his campaign's great success.  

As jihad attacks recur with greater frequency and proximity -- and predictably...

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Alger Hiss (center), Soviet GRU agent, State Department official, and the first General Secretary of the United Nations 

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Over on what we think of as the right side of the political spectrum, critiques of Donald Trump often include laments and/or teeth-gnashings over his "splitting the Republican Party," and/or his "not being a conservative."    

Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti approaches this same and, to him, alarming territory with an eye on whether Trump's candidacy portends a historic shift in the GOP as we have known it in recent decades.

He writes:

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Time magazine has chosen its "person of the year" -- Angela Merkel. For her role in triggering this late (last?) phase of the destruction of Europe, its peoples and the nation-state, she is not unworthy of the distinction; however, note the designation by which Time has recognized her: "Chancellor of the Free World."

Even Orwell would be staggered.

There is nothing "free" in Merkel's domain so much admired by Time and other media organs. In this domain she has ruled as thuggishly as a dictator, overturning treaties and customs, draining treasuries and rendering the citizens of Germany, and, as much as possible, wider Europe, into pawns, drones, to fit into an earth-sized blueprint of social engineering. What arises from Merkel's brave new plans to "redistribute" mainly male, mainly Islamic population blocs by the tens, no, the...

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Waffen-SS shoulder patch of Bosnian Muslim division, a brainchild of SS leader Heinrich Himmler.  

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Whether it is the New York Daily News' dead-brain invocation of Adolf Hitler to attack Trump for calling for a moratorium on Islamic immigration, or former Vice President Cheney's no more astute reliance on religious freedom as a critique, overwhelming ignorance is the underlying theme.      

Ignorance about what?

Ignorance about Islam, for starters. Ignorance also about the living, breathing and quite public expressions of fondess for Hitler in the Islamic world -- only the first monkey wrench in the NYDN's quite obscene absurdism -- also the prevalence of Holocaust denial and popularity of Mein Kampf to boot. There is ignorance, too, about Hitler's noted admiration for Islam.

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For years, I've advocated a halt to Islamic immigration as the obvious, urgent first step to take in order to halt the Islamic transformation of our laws and customs democratically through the import of pro-sharia population blocs.

Of course, such a transformation becomes evident with even a tiny Islamic demographic of 1 or 2 percent, as we have seen in many European countries; further, such peaceful -- or, better, previolent -- Islamization poses the far greater risk to national survival than acts of terror committed by individual Muslims. As Geert Wilders concisely puts it: The more Islam there is in a society, the less freedom there is. Naturally, Wilders, who leads the No. 1 party in the Netherlands, calls for a ban on Islamic immigration in Holland. He also seeks to close Salafist mosques...

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We remember December 7th for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor -- a date that has lived in infamy, just as President Franklin Roosevelt predicted on announcing the Japanese air assault on U.S. forces in 1941.

Some 2,400 U.S. servicemen lost their lives in the attack, which triggered the official entry of the U.S. into World War II.

However, key culprits -- without whom it is unlikely that the attack would have taken place -- continue to evade our judgment, having failed to enter our bank of common knowledge that informs our understanding of this attack and other, similarly cataclysmic events, as discussed in American Betrayal. 

Thus, we continue to recall the infamy of the air attack on our forces, but never take note of the essential preparations for it, as executed by Stalin's agents, secret soldiers in the USSR's unceasing intelligence war against our nation which preceded, paralleled and followed World War II -- also discussed in American Betrayal.

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Via Breitbart.



About the reaction of American Muslims to 9/11.

How about word from Akbar S. Ahmed, currently the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and formerly the first Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD?

On p. 149 of his 2003 book, Islam Under SIege: Living Dangerously in a Post-Honor World, Ahmed describes a trip he took to Cleveland, Ohio in October of 2001 to deliver the annual lecture of the Ibn Sinna Society. 

He writes:

The night before my event, my host, Dr. Zia Khan, invited about 60 professional Muslims -- Arabs, Iranians, South Asians -- to his home. ...

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This is a picture of "the Concourse" in Chichester, England. Gorgeous, isn't it? Speaks to the afluence and ease of this village of 400, obviously overflowing with tax monies and other extras. So what if there are no sidewalks or streetlights? It is here, in this garden spot, that the British government is planning to warehouse some 200 young men from the Third World, most if not all of whom are Muslim.

Will British Prime Minister Cameron, now feverishly planning to "lead" the UK into a pointless war in Syria to save the world from jihad, even as jihad at home entrenches the British sharia-state, ever see what he has wrought, even from a speeding limosine?   

This is not another story of "national suicide," the term often invoked to bemoan governmental responses to the "refugee" "crisis" in Europe.

It is another story of nation-murder by the State.

From the Chichester Observer:

It has...

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I don't know why this didn't occur to me much, much sooner.

It probably had something do with the task (repeatedly) at hand, which I will quickly review for new readers. ("Advanced" readers may want to skip.)

For more than two years, that task has been to refute lies, distortions and fabrications set forth in a score of straw-man attacks on American Betrayal as launched by a small, identifiable cabal. Such attacks are then either repeated, accepted, acquieseced to, or even enforced by a wider circle of "colleagues." A long time ago, I thought I was dispensing with it all here, but...

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Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster, CPUSA chairman, was first published in 1932. Later, copies of the book would be purged and almost eliminated entirely from American bookstores and libraries in what was presumably the CP response to the latest Moscow line; but surely it was also to try to put this spitting Soviet-American cat back in the bag. Interestingly, the book would be reprinted in 1961 with a foreword and commentary by the chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Rep. Francis E. Walter, who recommended that every American read it as a blueprint of Soviet intentions much like Mein Kampf was a blueprint of Hitler's. The 1932 version (sans HCUA commentary) is now available online.

For the first time, I just picked up my new 1961 copy, formerly from the library of the late, great Stanton Evans, opened...

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Scene from a fine Thanksgiving Day, 2015.

OBAMACARE

All it takes for evil to

triumph 

Is for good men to do

nothing.

Edmund Burke

loulsava@teaparty.org*

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*If I've read the e-address correctly, the website doesn't exist any more.

But by the field, in that sunshine, the sign poses the eternal challenge. 

 



Eight years ago -- two generations of college students ago -- I visted Yale to speak about my just-published first book, The Death of the Grown-Up.  

What happened back then offers a little context for what is happening today.

From October 19, 2007: "Making the West Disappear."

Earlier this week, I took a trip down memory lane to Yale, where I happily attended college almost 25 years ago in the second decade of its co-ed existence. Which meant that I was plenty old enough to be the mother of the undergraduates I was addressing in the traditionally genteel setting of a "master's tea." The tea, attended by about two dozen, was in beauteous Branford, one of Yale's 12 residential colleges, all carved stone and grassy courtyard.

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My weekly segment on The Sam Sorbo Show, with thanks to Tundra Tabloids.



One thing I could never master when I was writing a weekly newspaper column was the concept of the "evergreen," the column that was so general and non-specifically applicable to any old thing that it could be dropped in for a week's holiday.

Or so I thought.

"Burnt Offerings on the Altar of Multiculturalism," which I wrote eleven and a half years ago in the aftermath of the London Underground bombings, is a column that has appeared a few times over the years. I didn't realize it when I wrote it, but it is so general and non-specifically applicable to any old thing that it can be dropped into the aftermath of any act of jihad

So here it is, again.

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Only one faith on Earth may be more messianic than Islam: multiculturalism. Without it -- without its fanatics who believe all civilizations are the same -- the engine that projects Islam into the unprotected heart of Western civilization...

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Europe -- no doubt, the USA also -- is seeded through and through with Islamic cells.

In the aftermath of the latest activation of such a cell to engage in cowardly mass murder against defenceless innocents (i.e., Islamic jihad) in Paris, there seems to be reviving a misguided drive to recommit US forces to the Middle East -- even as the threat to the West is deep within the West, and still on the march into the West, as masses and masses of Muslims arrive to Islamize, i.e., extinguish, the indigenous cultures of the Western world.

The solution, the salavation, if there is to be any, must begin at home, first and foremost with  the reactivation of borders and strict immigration control to halt the transformation of the USA into the northern tip of Latin America, and, simultaneously, with the rejection of federal "resettlement" programs that are literally replacing the European-descended...

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From a  campus formerly thought of as Yale....

Dear President Peter Salovey, Dean Jonathan Holloway, and senior members of the Yale administration:

Next Yale, an alliance of Yale students of color and our allies, have come together to demand that Peter Salovey and the Yale administration implement immediate and lasting policies that will reduce the intolerable racism that students of color experience on campus every day.

In light of recent events, including the exclusion of black women from a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity party, a letter from a Yale administrator condoning cultural appropriation, and the debate surrounding the renaming of Calhoun College, it should now be obvious that the state of the racial climate on Yale’s campus is unconscionable. These specific incidents reflect an escalation of a long history of racism...

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"At the Cafe" by Edgar Degas

Some thoughts.

Fourteen years after 9/11, the civilized world has finally become unified, working as one in response to global jihad by ... lighting up landmarks in the colors of the latest victim-state.

This is not an effective response.

Nor are public displays of grief, including candles, teddy bears, flowers. Nor is embarking on another pointless war in the Middle East (Syria). One clear lesson of the past decade is that tying the fate of the United States of America to the fortunes of warring Islamic primitives, one indistinguishable from the next, is no way to protect the United States or the wider West. 

Today's update on doings in Syria (hat tip Andrew Bostom) offers an object...

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This is Carolyn "Biddy" Martin. She is the "openly gay" president of Amherst College. Not to be out-Mizzou'd or over-Yaled, the privileged little totalitarians of Massachusetts' bucolic Pioneer Valley have issued a set of demands of their own, including that "Biddy" denounce free speech and threaten disciplinary action and re-education for those who exercise it.

To wit:

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Portrait  of Elihu Yale by Enoch Seeman, circa 1717

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Today's Yale Daily News carries an account headlined, "Race teach-in draws large crowd."

The "teach-in" (1960s retread phrase), we learn, was organized by "Yale's four cultural centers."  

For half a nano-second I wondered what they could possibly be. The British Art Center? The Dramat? Hah. Yale's four cultural centers are as follows: the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Native American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center and La Casa Cultural.

"Culture" as victim-politics, in other words; and victim-politics as cultural assault. Hence, Yale's four cultural centers are, namely, four barracks of disaffection with "Yale" as a whole -- with Western culture as a whole -- where...

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Among the tens of millions of victims of Mao's Cultural Revolution were professors, intellectuals and others steeped in learning, culture, and traditions of free thought. Such people were attacked, publicly humiliated, forced to wear dunce caps, forced to recant, sent to prison, tortured, and/or even killed by rampaging terrorist legions of mainly students known as Mao's Red Guard.

Fast forward a generation or two to the current stage of our own very successful (if you are a Marxist) cultural revolution. The video (below), taken at my alma mater this week, would seem to offer a shocking glimpse of the kind of viscerally frenzied student rage that must have coursed through the Cultural Revolution...

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What follows is a not-too-rough transcript of those scintillating minutes (starting @ 7:25) when Ben Carson turned the tables on the media, pressing them for answers on why they have never, ever, in a million years scrutinized Obama's past the way they are scrutinizing his.

The acoustics, crosstalk and charged atmosphere make it difficult to get the whole thing down, but I think it is helpful to have pulled together and polished most of it.  

BEN CARSON:

And let me just say one other thing. I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one President Barack Obama, when he was running. In fact, I remember just the opposite, I remember people just said: Oh, we won't really talk about that. We won't talk about that relationship; well, Frank Marshall Davis, oh, we don't want to talk about that. Bernadine Dohrne, Bill Ayers -- yeah, well, he didn't really know him. You know, all the things that Jeremiah Wright was saying -- ehh, not a big problem.  

Goes to Occidental college, doesn't...

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Ahmad Chalabi's death this week brought up bits of Iraq War narrative from the danker reaches of the Washington swamp.   

Was Chalabi "to blame" for eight disastrous years of "nation-building" in Iraq that continued on into Afghanistan? Was he the agent, or (less-loaded word) vector of Iranian influence in the halls of Washington power that mobilized to eliminate Saddam Hussein, Iran's main enemy?

A quick survey follows.

At Salon there is consternation that Chalabi's "manipulating" of the most powerful officials of the Bush administration into war is being exagerated into a master role of "orchestrating," as some have described it. 

Pointing out that the W. Bush administration was staffed...

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I regularly read Washington's free weekly, The Northwest Current, which often covers notable local news completely missed by the Post and the Times.

Sometimes there even appears an item of much wider import.

Such as this week's story headlined: "Confucius grant lets Hardy offer new Chinese program."

Patricia Pride, principal of Hardy Middle School, has long wanted to bring a Chinese language program to her students.

That goal is now on track to become reality in the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to a new partnership with George Mason University's Confucius Institute, a program that funds Chinese language and culture programs at schools across the country.

Let's pause for a moment to decode.

Hardy is a D.C. public school on the northern edge of Georgetown. It is surrounded by affluent families who mainly do not send...

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Some names of note in the news.

DEATHS: Ahmad Chalabi, "the man who pushed America to war," as the title of Aram Roston's intriguing biography calls him, has died of a heart attack, age 71.

I read Roston's book several years ago. It makes a strong case that Chalabi was all along conning toute Washington on behalf of masters or confederates or co-religionists in Iran.

Will any obituaries mention, as Andrew Bostom reminded me this morning, that it was Chalabi who accompanied Pied Piper of Nation-Building, Bernard "Bring Them Freedom or They Destroy Us" Lewis, to address the U.S. Defense Policy Board just eight days after...

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Here we see a "refugee" "solidarity" march in Spielfeld, Austria  (h/t Vlad Tepes), but not the besieged, beleaguered, overrun town itself, which lies at the Austrian border with Slovenia. (See this report on the catastrophic situation in the town -- which professional superstructure media, with financial and logistical resources, do not, do not, do not cover -- at Gates of Vienna.)

Aside from the humanitarian crisis afflicting Spielfeld's citizens, whose businesses have closed, who stand guard in front of their homes, whose "residents don't even recognize their own town anymore," the other European crisis going unreported is the ideological edge of this assault on Europe, on sovereignty, on the nation-state, on self-government itself that hundreds of thousands of illegal...

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I was very happy today to return to "Update Brazil," now in its 8th week, with Jeff Nyquist and Allan L. Santos, for an extended conversation about "Who Are the Enemies of Civilization?"  

Don't miss the unexpected mystery guest. With so many enemies to contend with, it doesn't hurt to hear once in a while from a four-legged friend.  

 

 

Today's De Telegraaf features an extensive interview with Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, leader of anti-Islamization, anti-EU PVV, now polling as the No. 1 political party in the Netherlands.

In a process alarmingly remininscent of old Soviet show trials, Wilders once again must stand trial for exercising his freedom of speech -- the subject of this interview. Backgrounder here.   

NB: I have lightly edited the following English translation. 

'The verdict seems to be ready'

by Wouter de Winther and Ruud Mikkers

PVV leader Wilders feels provoked. He says he will not get a fair chance to defend himself in the trial in which he is being sued for "group insult" and "incitement to hatred and discrimination." Almost all of his requests to hear experts or to examine...

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In this interview, Rep. Louie Gohmert explains that some conservatives were persuaded to support Paul Ryan for Speaker after phone calls with GOP Bigfeet Gingrich and Demint.

It sounds like two-dimensional thriller-stuff, but I guess that's how it's done.   

As Gohmert notes, it is Demint's role that is most shocking. That is, here we see a leader of a flagship conservative think tank pressuring conservatives to abandon conservative principles to support pro-amnesty Ryan.

Why the surrender on core conservative issues -- issues, I am assuming, Heritage itself has advanced and defended? Is this more donor-mania? To be sure, the process is perverted.

The conservative House members on the other end of the telephone line, of course, didn't have to be persuaded. But (sigh) precious few take their conservative principles as seriously as Louie Gohmert.

It is a difficult thing to expose the machinations of the powerful. There are undoubtedly unpleasant consequences. But it is...

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Young Communist Angela Merkel

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Robert Strauss sent in the AFP story headlined, "Merkel says migrant influx a fallout from globalisation," adding: "If Mark can sound like Walter, Angela can sound like Angela."

He's right. That is, just as Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, and Walter Luebcke, a German regional council president, speak as if from the same talking points when lecturing their constituents (if you don't like the massive waves of Third World immmigration waving over your state/region, leave), there are echoes to be heard in what longtime Communist revolutionary Angela Davis and long ago Communist nomenklatura member Angela Merkel are saying about same.

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Writing at Vdare.com, Paul Kersey makes an important link between two recent sets of political remarks -- political lectures, more accurately.

One was given in St Cloud, Minnesota by Governor Mark Dayton (Target heir, 1960s radical); the other was given in the central German town of Lohfelden by a local official named Walter Luebcke. As Kersey points out, the messages are interchangeable -- and, I would add, interchangeably Leftist.

And what is that message? In Montana and in Germany, citizens are being told by their elected officials that if they do not like the masses of immigrants from the Third World transforming their state or city respectively, they should leave.

Leave? It is hard to know which is more shocking: the animus or the synergy. 

Here are...

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Earlier this year, I watched a video  via Refugee Resettlement Watch of Angela Davis meeting with "refugees" in Berlin. Listening to their grievances -- they had not received housing, access to good healthcare, etc. -- she thanked the "refugees," and went on to frame their "struggle" as "The Movement of the 21st century."  

Such loaded ideological language belies the "humanitarian" narrative that Leftist European Union officials (and US officials) are using to cloak a political agenda as fanatical, as unhinged as that of any Hitler, Stalin or Mao. No, they are not carting off Jews or dissidents by the million. This is "soft" totalitarianism (so far). But their schemes are no less grandiose. These...

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A new round of lush profiles re-examines the 14-ct mystique of Tom Wolfe now that his papers, which he sold to the New York Public Library for $2.15 million, are available for research.

That is, I think he sold them in exchange for that goodly fortune. Vanity Fair's Michael Lewis reports the transaction more tastefully: "Back in November 2013, the New York Public Library announced that it would pay $2.15 million to acquire Wolfe's papers...."    

Lewis then samples the trove for Vanity Fair. The results are Vanity Fair to a vanity-fair-thee-well, as when Lewis, taking his reluctant young daughter along on his reportorial travels, writes: "So I try all over again to explain why, to travel quickly from Martha’s Vineyard to Long Island, you can’t fly in a normal...

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Speaking of 9/11 and who was responsible, when Jeb Bush was asked at a New Hampshire townhall in August about whether he would try to help release the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 report, he said he didn't know what they are.

From the website 28pages.org.

There are two potential explanations for Bush’s answer, and neither is flattering to the former Florida governor. Bush is either so poorly informed on national security matters that he is truly unaware of a well-documented and intriguing 13-year old controversy surrounding his brother’s decision to classify a full chapter in the report of a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into September 11, or he was feigning ignorance to dodge discussion of yet another sensitive Bush family topic.



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A report from the cultural death spiral shows there limits live. Lines of behavior, too. Too bad they are meaningless. Kardashian Inc., having pioneered new frontiers of exhibitionism, eradicating what tatters of private life and public decorum might have remained in common code, has, in a moment of family grief (see below), agreed to pause the "app" windows on their joint existence.

Not that I consider the K-clan to be evil geniuses, or anything. They are one entrepreneurial family.

They are also a mirror.

From the Daily Mail (of course):

The Kardashians have suspended all activity on their paid-for apps while they focus on the recovery of Lamar Odom.

Khloe, Kim, Kendall, Kylie and Kourtney...

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France24 reports on a popular French TV weatherman who is off the air after committing the thoughtcrime of publishing a book criticizing the so-called climate change "war machine aimed to keep us in fear."

As reported below -- but too far below for such a sensational fact -- weatherman Phillipe Verdier says he was inspired to write his book "after France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius met with TV meteorologists and asked them to highlight climate change issues in their broadcasts."

France's Foreign Minister met with TV weathermen? Local weather reports as a tool of state and diplomatic propaganda?

How do you say "you betcha" in French?

“I was horrified by this speech,” said Verdier -- a bona fide free-thinker,...

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In my in-box today from the Lepanto Foundation, an important elucidation of high-level Catholic discussions about the end of ... sin.

This internal religious debate over moral absolutes mirrors that in the secular world.

Why, if I didn't know better, I would suspect that the Catholic Church, too, had been subverted by Marxism from within  ... 

From Rorate Caeli

Roberto de Mattei

Corrispondenza Romana

October 14, 2015

The work at the Synod is confirming the existence of a strong clash between two minorities inside the Catholic Church. On the one side we have a maniple...

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The most striking thing about Bernie Sanders'  socialist agenda is the dictatorial strain. "It is immoral and wrong," he says (yells), that there is more wealth in the hands of some Americans than in most others, and he is the man to redistribute it.

The next most striking thing about it is how how closely this confiscatory and redistributionist agenda meshes with that of every other Democrat on the stage. That includes James Webb, who indicated support for amnesty and Obamacare for illegals, two of the most powerful engines of confiscatory, redistributionst and, bonus, globalist change. Webb rather naively tells Sanders his  "revolution" isn't going to come, but, gosh, hate to tell you, it already did, and with a bang, 80-odd years ago in FDR's New Socialist Deal. Ever since, and with few exceptions, the Democrat and Republican Parties both have driven the socialist agenda forward,...

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