... and so little time.
Listen to Bill Whittle instead:
Good night. Trying to prepare a post halfway decent.
"A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi:
ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken ...is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken
Which translated into English means roughly:
ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It's a preconceived plan by Zionists who want to deliberately blacken Islam's name.
Who is Yasmina Haifi? She's an official at the Dutch Ministry of Justice who serves as project leader at the Netherlands' National Cyber Security Center. And she thinks Isis is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad.
She could be right. On the other hand, maybe Yasmina Haifi is a Zionist plot to make Islam look bad - or at any rate deranged. Presumably the many Dutch Muslims out on the streets holding pro-Isis demonstrations would disagree with her - because they surely wouldn't be demonstrating in favor of a Zionist front group, would they? Unless, of course, they're also in on the Zionist plot...
Look at Yasmina Haifi in the photograph at right - she's not a burqa-wreathed crone, but a modern western career woman in a foxy red jacket with just a hint of cleavage. And yet she cannot bear the truth about her religion and what is done in its name. So she takes refuge in the laziest conspiracy of all. In the Netherlands, an "extremist" Muslim supports Isis because it's chopping the heads off infidels, but a "moderate" Muslim opposes Isis because it's a Zionist front group.
This is the human capital with which the Netherlands has chosen to build its future.
~Let us turn to Sunday's Turkish presidential election. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister and the most consequential leader since Atatürk, won big time. The heir to Atatürk - or at any rate the candidate of his old party - was a fellow called Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, who came a distant second. Bringing up the rear was the Kurdish guy. This is the electoral map: Erdoğan carried the yellow constituencies, the Kemalist opposition the blue, and the purple is the Kurdish south-east.
This map rang a vague bell with me. Seven years ago, I wrote about Turkish demography in National Review. The supposedly "moderate Islamist" Erdoğan had just canceled trade deals with Israel, and frosted out the US ambassador because he was Jewish; a new edition of Mein Kampf was prominently displayed at the airport bookstore. In 2003, I'd passed a rather boozy evening with an extremely convivial former Turkish foreign minister, who, midst brandy and cigars, professed his admiration for the "tough hombres" he'd known in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A mere four years later, the new Turkey was starting to look like any old cookie-cutter death-to-the-Great-Satan stan of the month rather than the nation that gave women the vote before France did and had been Israel's best friend in an otherwise hostile region for half-a-century. A trickle of "Who lost Turkey?" stories had begun appearing in the American conservative press, and I would have joined them - except that I knew the answer. This is from my National Review column of April 16th 2007:
Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, there have been two Turkeys — the Turks of Rumelia, or European Turkey, and the Turks of Anatolia, or Asia Minor. Kemal Atatürk was from Rumelia and so were most of his supporters, and they imposed the modern Turkish Republic on a somewhat reluctant Anatolia, where Atatürk's distinction between the state and Islam was never accepted. In its 80-year history, the population has increased from 14 million to 70 million, but the vast bulk of that population growth has come from Anatolia, whose population has migrated from the rural hinterland to overwhelm the once solidly Kemalist cities.
That map of the 2014 Turkish election is my 2007 column in one handy graphic: Eastern, Asian, Islamic Turkey has "overwhelmed" Western, European, secular Turkey. Here's another snapshot of what happened - a 2013 graphic of Turkish birth rates, showing fertility declining as you move from east to west:
The birth rates of the Kurdish south-east will eventually cause Erdoğan a few headaches, but there won't be many Kemalists around by then. The term "Young Turks" comes from the Ottoman Empire's would-be reformers at the beginning of the 20th century. The trouble is the Young Turks are now Old Turks, and youth, energy and numbers are on Erdoğan's side. As I concluded in that column seven years ago:
Atatürk's modern secular Turkey has simply been outbred by fiercely Islamic Turkey. That's a lesson in demography from an all-Muslim sample: No pasty white blokes were involved.
Even in a society dominated by one of the most forceful personalities of the 20th century, demography proved destiny. "Atatürk", the name bestowed on Kemal by the Turkish parliament, means "Father of the Turks". Alas, he wasn't father of enough of them. And the men who were had other ideas. The chances of Turkey ever electing another Kemalist government decrease with each election cycle.
~As for the "pasty white blokes", what lessons does Turkey hold for Europe or even Australia and Canada? They too are undergoing remorseless demographic evolution: Look at, say, French natives as Rumelian Turks and French Muslims as Anatolians. In the last presidential election, the Muslim vote for M Hollande was larger than his margin of victory over Sarkozy. How large will it be in 2017?
What about Down Under? Australia is one of the least insane western polities, not to damn with faint praise. But the appalling and disgraceful reactions to the junior jihadist with the severed head suggest that for Australia's Opposition Leader and his Members of Parliament electoral viability requires tiptoeing around even the most brutal provocations. Miranda Devine runs the numbers:
The most populous Muslim electorates in the country are Labor. Blaxland, held by Jason Clare, has a Muslim population approaching 25 per cent, Watson, held by Tony Burke, has 20 per cent. Next comes the Labor seat of Calwell, in northwest Melbourne, with 16 per cent. The fourth most populous Muslim electorate is the Sydney seat of Reid, with 10 per cent, the only significant Muslim electorate held (barely) by a Liberal, Craig Laundy.
It's no surprise Laundy has been a vocal opponent of the government's now defunct free speech reforms of the Racial Discrimination Act, which were so strenuously opposed by Muslim organisations.
Will that be enough to save his seat? I would doubt it. Relatively few people want to jet off to the Sunni Triangle and decapitate someone. But a far more significant number are remarkably relaxed about decapitation as long as the head being sawn off is a Jew's, or a Christian's, or a Yazidi's. And, when it comes to entertaining even a very narrow criticism of what is done in Islam's name, a far larger number of people, invited to choose between criticizing Islam or embracing lunacy, find it easier, like Yasmina Haifi at the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to embrace lunacy. How many like-minded souls will have joined Yasmina in Dutch government service by 2020?
And there are no Kemal Atatürks in sight, only culturally craven prostration limbo-dancers like Bill Shorten. Absent any countervailing forces, continued mass Muslim immigration will lead to the death of France and the Netherlands, as those terms have any meaning. Look at it this way: There are three reactions to Isis among western Muslims - active support on the streets from the excitable young lads, deranged conspiracy theories from Yasmina Haifi, and utter deafening silence from everybody else. Suppose one of those youthful jihadists returns from Mosul and decides to decapitate a French Jew. Do you think that trio of reactions would be any different?
This is beyond "integration" or "assimilation", and closer to what William Wilberforce, in another context, called "the reformation of manners", and on a scale even he might have balked at. Without that, the numbers will, as in Turkey, prove decisive.
"Never before have the sympathizers of Islamic terror appeared so openly in Germany." — Editorial, Westfalen-Blatt.
"Anyone who thought the civil war in Syria or the barbarity of the Islamic State in Iraq does not affect us, you are wrong." — Editorial, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
"IS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Boko Haram—these four groups are the linchpins of the attempt to bomb an unstoppable modernity back into the Middle Ages." — Editorial, Westfalen-Blatt.
"The religions of the world are increasingly being misused for ideological struggles and excesses of violence between people of different faiths. Religions are never violent per se, but the market criers of violence are using them to promote their own interests." — Editorial, Neue Westfälische.
Supporters of the jihadist group "Islamic State" [IS] have clashed with Kurdish Yazidis in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany.
The violence—which comes amid threats by a German jihadist to blow up an American nuclear weapons storage facility in Germany—has counter-terrorism officials concerned that radical Muslims are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East to stir up trouble on the streets of Europe.
Police say the Muslim-Yazidi clash was triggered after six Islamists stormed a restaurant in the eastern Westphalian town of Herford at around 4 pm on August 7. The Muslims were attempting forcibly to remove a poster inviting people to join a demonstration in support of the Yazidis in Iraq.
Thousands of Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish non-Muslim minority, were forced to flee their homes in northern Iraq in early August to escape advancing Islamic State fighters, who are forcing the Yazidis to convert to Islam or be killed.
The 30-year-old owner of the restaurant in Herford and two others, all Yazidis, were injured in the brawl, which police say was fought with knives and bottles.
Several hours after the restaurant attack, between 300 and 500 Yazidis gathered in the Herford town center, where they clashed with a large group of hooded Salafists.
More than 100 police reinforcements from across eastern Westphalia were called in to restore order. Police, who used pepper spray to disperse the two groups, confiscated makeshift weapons and one firearm, and questioned 86 people.
In the final tally, police arrested six individuals involved in the attack on the Yazidi restaurant: Five ethnic Chechen Salafists and one German convert to Islam. According to German media, two of the individuals are leading Salafist operatives who were already being monitored by German intelligence.
A German intelligence official was quoted as saying that one of the Chechens is a trained fighter who participated in guerrilla warfare against Russian troops and who is considered to be "highly dangerous."
German authorities have long warned of the threat posed by Salafism, a radically anti-Western ideology that seeks to impose Islamic sharia law in Germany and other parts of Europe.
Membership in Islamic extremist groups in Germany rose to 43,185 in 2013, up from 42,550 in 2012, according to German intelligence estimates. The number of Salafists in Germany rose to 5,500 in 2013, up from 4,500 in 2012, and 3,800 in 2011.
Although Salafists make up only a fraction of the estimated 4.3 million Muslims in Germany, authorities are increasingly concerned that most of those attracted to Salafi ideology are impressionable young Muslims who are susceptible to perpetrating terrorist acts in the name of Islam.
North Rhine-Westphalia is home to the largest concentration (about 1,500) of Salafists in Germany. The region is also home to most of the estimated 60,000 Yazidis who live in Germany.
The area around Herford has long been a magnet for Salafists, and mosques in the town are known to convert young people to Salafism. "Even the operator of a fitness center is suspected of wanting to inspire young Germans, under the guise of sports, for Salafism," an intelligence official was quoted as saying.
More than a dozen men from the Herford area have joined IS in Syria and Iraq, and at least one, a 22-year-old German convert to Islam, is known to have been killed in the fighting.
On August 7, a German jihadist from the Westphalian city of Essen, who is believed to be fighting in Syria, threatened to bomb the American nuclear weapons storage facility situated near the city of Koblenz. The 27-year-old convert to Islam, who is known as Silvio K., also threatened to attack churches, government agencies and transport networks across Germany.
The German known as Silvio K., shown here in a jihadist recruitment video, last week threatened to bomb an American nuclear weapons storage facility located in Germany.
A German Interior Ministry spokesperson said that although "the threat is abstract, it may become real at any time." He said it proves that Germany "is still the focus of jihadist terrorism," especially from jihadists returning from Syria with combat experience and contacts to jihadist groups.
German commentators have reacted to the events in Herford with a sense of foreboding, with some saying that the war in Syria and Iraq has now arrived on Germany's doorstep.
In an editorial entitled, "The Madness Reaches Eastern Westphalia," the newspaper Westfalen-Blatt states:
"The Yazidis deserve our sympathy and support as do any other oppressed people in the world. The call for participation in a demonstration against genocide, which triggered the events in Herford, is perfectly legitimate in a democracy. It is to be hoped that many German flags will be flown at the rally to protest the misuse of religion for political purposes. Hopefully Herford is not the beginning of an escalation that could reach further levels of violence over the next few days….
"And this is frightening: Never before have the sympathizers of Islamic terror appeared so openly in Germany. These are the circles in which European fighters are recruited for jihad. This is also the milieu in which the Salafist ultra-radicals develop when they are back in Europe again. Therefore, police and secret service are required to monitor the scene closely.
"And no, we did not know that Chechen Muslims are such vehement supporters of the IS-terrorists in Iraq. The Chechens in the southern Russian Caucasus are themselves victims of repression and human rights violations.
"IS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas and Boko Haram—these four groups are the linchpins of the attempt to bomb an unstoppable modernity back into the Middle Ages. The means to this end are Sharia, hatred and glorification of a supposedly "holy" war—what madness!"
The newspaper Neue Westfälische stated:
"When—if as now in Herford—the Kurdish Yazidi religious community and the radicalized Islamist ideology of the Salafists collide, then a city in eastern Westphalia is in danger of going up in flames.
"The conflict between the Yazidis and Salafists has arrived at our front door because it is part of a global conflict. The religions of the world are increasingly being misused for ideological struggles and excesses of violence between people of different faiths. Religions are never violent per se, but the agents of violence are using them to promote their own interests.
"We should not be surprised by the tumult of Wednesday, as German intelligence has long warned that Herford is a center of Salafism. The Islamists, among them Russian Chechens, who have nothing to lose and are mainly driven by poverty and hopelessness, are in our midst. And the citizens react in disbelief and resignation... a silent horror."
In an editorial entitled, "No Battleground for Radicals," the newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung writes:
"Herford is not Mosul and North Rhine-Westphalia is not Iraq. Germany must not become an arena for clashes that take place beyond our borders, but that nevertheless are close to home, just because many people from the different ethnic groups involved live permanently among us.
"The clashes in eastern Westphalia are a warning that radical tendencies are directed not only against 'infidels,' but also against the entire Western liberal democratic order. There are indications that the attack on a Yazidi restaurant in Herford by supporters of the Islamic State was specifically planned. Perhaps it was to serve as a blueprint for a wave of hate attacks that may soon occur elsewhere. Islamic jihadists are ready for anything. This was already proved by the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels, with four victims."
In another editorial entitled, "Looking the Other Way Will No Longer Work," the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung summed it up this way:
"Anyone who thought the civil war in Syria or the barbarity of the Islamic State in Iraq does not affect us, you are now wrong. No matter how far away Qaraqosh [Iraq's largest Christian city] and Sinjar [home to the Yazidis in Iraq] may be: What happens there also affects us here in Germany. Sympathizers of the Islamic State have attacked the Yazidi in Herford, which means that Qaraqosh, Sinjar and Herford are now inseparable.
"For far too long, Germany's political leaders, and especially the leaders of German Muslim organizations, have sat by and idly watched the proliferation of the Salafist-jihadist hatred culture, in the purported belief that it poses no danger. It is absolutely outrageous that local politicians have played down the risk of Islamism, while the capabilities of the security authorities are increasingly being overstretched by the need to deal with this threat.
"Muslim organizations should hang their heads in shame. Rather than bluntly stating that the barbarians in northern Iraq are 'not Muslims,' they whistle away to say that Islam is 'only peace.' In the future, this kind of obfuscation will no longer suffice, especially if German Muslims, who are subject to the German legal system, wish to avoid being held accountable for the killings in the name of Islam.
"The Islamic State under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may not last very long; but the propaganda from his jihad certainly will survive him. This is because the seeds of hatred that 'Caliph' Baghdadi has sown are far more toxic than those of Osama Bin Laden. For disaffected youth, the Islamic State exerts great appeal, and not only in Herford."
"In Paris, hundreds of protesters have attacked synagogues and set fire to shops in the suburb of Sarcelles, nicknamed Little Jerusalem. Posters urged anti-Israel demonstrators to join ‘a raid on the Jewish district’, saying: ‘Come equipped with hammers, fire extinguishers and batons.’
Witnesses said several hundred youths marched on a synagogue chanting ‘Death to Jews’ and were beaten back by riot police using tear gas. The protesters then targeted a shopping centre, a kosher grocery and a Jewish-owned chemist. Police said 19 people were arrested after the violence on Sunday. Eight synagogues in France were said to have been targeted in the last week. In the Netherlands, the home of the Dutch chief rabbi was attacked twice in one week."
"When the senior Labour Party Minister and 'ex'-communist Peter, now Lord, Mandelson, informed the world that the post democratic age has arrived and that local government elections are pointless, very few people paid any attention to the substance of his pronouncement.
The British people, encouraged by a titillating media, appeared to be more interested in the fact that he had a Brazilian boyfriend than the disastrous effects his governments' actions would have on their traditional freedoms.
Peter "The Post Democratic Age has arrived" Mandelson with his boyfriend Reinaldo Avila da Silva. Expose these scoundrels.
It should have been taken for granted that a Labour government, who's core ideology is based on Marxism, would work toward a dictatorship with a gradual transfer of power from the individual to the state. What was not so obvious was that this march to dictatorship would be relentlessly pursued when the Labour government was replaced by a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.
Its ironic that Great Britain with its Mother of Parliaments based on ancient freedoms derived from Magna Carta and The Bill of Rights, now resembles the failed Soviet Union rather than the beacon of liberty that set an example for the world to follow.
The gradual erosion of civil liberties has accelerated as the European Union strips the nation states of their sovereignty as it marches inexorably onward to its goal of a post democratic federal state.
This surrender of sovereignty, and the subsequent loss of civil liberties, has been facilitated by the replacement of the traditional politician, who was motivated by the desire to faithfully serve the public, with a generic group of agenda driven, career technocrats who are indistinguishable from each other regardless of party affiliation.
One would have thought that a Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government would live up to its name and restore some of the liberties stripped from the British people during thirteen years of unfettered Labour power, both nationally and locally, but this was not to be.
When the Equalities Act was proposed in Parliament by none other than the notorious feminazi, Harriet Harman, it was referred to as socialism in one Bill - it is now the law of the land causing misery as well as imposing job killing regulations on businesses large and small. It should have been repealed on day one but it's still there.
So are the one hundred or more new taxes imposed by the socialists. The private sector final salary pension schemes, which were wilfully and maliciously destroyed, remain destroyed.
The Con/LibDem coalition government is not only making no attempt to restore the civil liberties and individual freedoms that were removed by the Labour government, they are actively taking more away and surrendering whats left of British sovereignty to the unaccountable EU bureaucrats.
It may surprise outside observers that in Great Britain there are some fourteen hundred 'powers of entry' that allow warrentless invasion by twenty thousand officials into the private homes of its citizens. On taking power the Coalition government instigated a review of this scandal with the promise to reduce the number of legal intrusions.
Post review, the number of powers for warrentless intrusions was increased by nineteen, clearly demonstrating the total lack of commitment to civil liberties and individual freedom of British citizens by the political class.
Innocent until proven guilty is the bedrock of British law......until now. The taxman, in the form of the dictatorial Lin Homer of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is agitating for the power to remove money from private bank accounts if she believes tax is owed. This is the same Lin Homer from yesterdays article who states categorically that she will use anti-terrorists laws to hound, silence and destroy any whistleblowers who report wrongdoing in this malign state monolith.
Lin Homer, Institutionalized Thief.
Remember the Cypriot government raiding the private bank accounts of its citizens to pay for their own economic incompetence? The EU thinks this is a an excellent idea and suggest it is legitimised and adopted across their new superstate.
The Leveson inquiry report into press ethics suggested the government oversee the press that they hate so much. This has been enthusiastically adopted by all parties and the threats to investigative journalists have been increasing ever since.
Having set the censorship precedent it doesn't take a great leap of imagination to acknowledge that government censorship of the Internet and social media will not be far behind.
Spying on their own citizens is almost a mandatory activity for any self respecting dictatorship and the British government are up there with the best of them.
Under the guise of protecting the people from fraudsters, paedophiles and terrorists, the government want access to every email and phone call along with every website visit and all social media activity.
(Stories here and here)
Anyone looking at this preposterous nonsense in any detail will be struck by the sheer monumental hypocrisy of these people. If it wasn't so serious one would die laughing.
How can the people be protected from fraudsters by some of the country's most notorious fraudsters?
As the latest scandal unfolds it is confirming what has been speculation for decades: the Palace of Westminster, the BBC, the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Judiciary etc. etc. are all rife with paedophiles. Phone tapping and snooping on the public by institutions that contain such a high percentage of paedophiles is a bit rich to say the least.
As far as protection from Muslim terrorists is concerned, the government are using a crisis to further snoop on their own citizens and further erode their liberties.
The government opened the borders and allowed in terrorists and potential terrorists against the wishes of the people. The lunacy of this is that the politicians want the people to surrender their liberties and freedom to the government so that they can be protected from people they didn't want in the country in the first place.
The people would be better protected if the government stopped immigration from Muslim countries that promote jihad and stopped handing out passports, visas and work permits to people such as London bombers Muktar Said Ibrahim and Ramzi Mohammed.
The British government is currently in the process of surrendering more sovereignty from the peoples' elected representatives to the unelected bureaucrats of the EU in the form of the EU Arrest Warrant and the surrender of DNA and fingerprint databases. Databases which include the most private and personal data imaginable from people who have not been convicted of any crime.
The standard criteria for any dictatorship are press censorship, phone tapping and snooping, penal taxation, warrantless intrusion into private property, raiding of bank accounts together with using state institutions to persecute individuals as per HMRC.
Where Great Britain surpasses most dictatorships is with the use of rigidly policed political correctness, or Cultural Marxism to give it its proper name.
The Orwellian Minister for Culture is proposing to deny funding for a film or production that doesn't meet his criteria for political correctness, which are, 'ethincally, sexually and socially diverse'. To be eligible for funding films must tick two out three boxes: on screen diversity, off screen diversity, creating opportunity and social mobility. At least one character must be positively reflecting diversity. How long before Shakespeare and Dickens are removed from public libraries because they are politically incorrect?
The Minister, Ed Vaizey, is nothing more than a modern day book burner.
(Read the story here.)
Ed Vaizey, "Culture" Minister: Full of Shit but just as well very dangerous.
The establishment and all of Great Britain's institutions have been politicised and stuffed to the gunwales with Common Purpose trained operatives and their army of sycophantic petty bureaucrats. It is this that is stifling freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to communicate openly.
The British people are waking up but its a slow process, the fear is that they will not wake up in time to prevent their sleepwalking into a dictatorship from which there will be no return
Posted by Daniel Thomas at 2:31 PM
"According to Tuesday's Daily Telegraph, film-makers applying for funding from the British Film Institute will in future be tested against a “Three Ticks” scheme to prove that they are ethnically, sexually and socially diverse – both on-screen and in the production team. To be eligible, films must tick at least two out of the three following boxes: on-screen diversity, off-screen diversity and creating opportunity and social mobility. At least one leading character must be “positively reflecting diversity”.
Films are more likely to receive funding if they “explicitly and predominantly explore issues of identity relating to ethnicity or national origins, a specific focus on women, people with disabilities, sexual identity, age and people from a socially disadvantaged background”.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has, according to the Telegraph, praised the scheme and declared that all television, film and performing arts companies should follow the BFI's example.
Pride and Prejudice: nice title, suggests overturning the social order. Feisty female author and heroine. But, oh dear, far too many toffs and not much social mobility, unless you count Elizabeth's audacious leap from the Bennett household (modest unearned income and small frock allowance) to Pemberley (landed estate). Fitzwilliam Darcy seems sadly unable to explore issues of identity in relation to ethnicity or national origins.
A few tweaks might be necessary to reach the target. Maybe recast Darcy as an Arab prince (better cut the wet shirt scene though). At least one of Lizzy's sisters could be in a wheelchair, and her bosom friend Charlotte Lucas might be a secret lesbian, whose marriage to Mr Collins is a sham.
Captain Wickham's background could just about pass for socially disadvantaged – he certainly resented Darcy's superior status. And maybe there were paedophile issues, as his romance with Darcy's little sister almost certainly took place before she reached the age of consent..."
"It was headlining AOL on Friday: a story about a woman stabbing a schoolteacher to death in front of a class of five and six-year-olds. The gruesome and bloody crime occurred in the southern French town of Albi; the victim was a 34-year-old mother of two.
But a certain bit of information is conspicuously missing from virtually all the reportage. We’re told the killer was under the impression that the teacher had accused her five-year-old daughter of theft. We’re told she had a history of child abuse and “severe psychiatric problems.” We’re told she’s 47. And we’re told she’s a she. But her name is nowhere to be found, and information about her background is...well, you’ll see.
This isn’t true of the victim. Every news source I checked provided her name. The International Business Times (IBD) even led with it in the title: “Deranged Mother Kills Teacher Fabienne Terral-Calmès in Front of Class.” The killer, however, is almost universally identified as “the mother.” But I was sure I knew what the big secret was. Those tow-headed Norwegians are at it again.
The AOL piece, from the AP, did the "The Mother" thing exclusively. Other sources, such as IBD, reported that the police have not released the attacker’s name but that she’s of Spanish origins. Ah, okay, a Franco supporter, no doubt. But I still thought I knew the truth.
So I dug further. New York’s Daily News reported that “[a]uthorities would not comment on what spurred the horrific stabbing.” The BBC said that The Mother used a “long knife.” The Telegraph identified The Mother as a “Spanish national” (emphasis added). We’re getting closer…
I even checked the French publication L’Expresse, which, after being spit out the other end of Google Translate, told us about The Mother, “[I]t would be of Spanish nationality” (obfuscation is always a bit more interesting when processed through artificial unintelligence). The paper also tells us that the school “is located in the district Lapanouse in sensitive urban areas.”
“Sensitive urban areas.”
My, that could be the electronic translation of “scary ghettos where angry, unassimilable North African immigrants will rob you blind and beat you within an inch of your life while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and where, when you call the gendarmes, they say, ‘Are you crazy, Monsieur? We’re not setting foot in there!”
Or it could be that we’ve got nothing on the French when it comes to euphemizing.
Anyway, the “sensitive urban areas” link takes you to a demographics page that, while telling you nothing about race that I can see (I hear they can’t collect that kind of information in France), gives you all sorts of statistics relating to income, education, employment, etc. Because hey, we know that everything boils down to economics. Allahu Milton Friedman.
But now we come to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Ah, the headline-hungry Mail. It actually tells us in a subtitle that The Mother – get the digitalis and hold on to your hat – is “Moroccan-born.”
Of Spanish descent and of Catholic background, I’m sure.
Now, come on, lamestream media, you can do it. Say, “Mus…lah…” That’s it, come on, concentrate. “Musl…l…l…ugh…”
Okay, clear your throat, take a sip of water, and, you know, if at first you don’t succeed…
There ya go! Was that so hard? I know it doesn’t roll off the tongue when doing negative pieces quite like “Christian,” “conservative,” or “Tea Party” does. But no one ever said journalism would be simple and easy, especially since it is mainly practiced by the simple-minded of easy virtue.
Of course, what will now easily roll off the tongue, in reaction to my commentary here, is “racist!,” even though Islam isn’t a race. “Okay, then Duke must be a religionist. Hmm, no, that’s not it. But he’s got to be some kind of -ist.”
I’m a realist. Some will ask why any of this matters, what purpose it serves to identify the Islamic faith of criminals other than to inspire hatred toward Muslims. Well, why identify a perpetrator as a woman, mother, “youth,” or man? We could just write, “Sentient biped disrupts the function of other sentient biped with forged implement.” That is, until the National Organization for the Advancement of Sentient Bipeds gets in on the act.
It’s no doubt true that people aren’t too likely to persecute more basic groups such as men or youths, since we all usually have men and youths in our families. Racial, ethnic, or creed-oriented hatred can be dangerous. But then why was George Zimmerman quite tendentiously branded a “white Hispanic,” an approach that led to attacks on whites? Why is it that all and sundry claim to this day that mass killers are inordinately white when even just a cursory examination of the facts proves that this isn’t so? Don’t believe for a moment that the media really care about racial harmony. They care about political correctness.
The point here is that when the media steadfastly suppress the facts about crime – skewing people’s grasp of reality with respect to it – there’s a problem. And when the media consistently exercise a double standard, twisting truth to demonize whites or Christians while calling those who speak the truth demons, we have to ask: where does the prejudice really lie?
It lies with the liars."
"Concerning the column you wrote a couple of days ago about the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, I must say you are absolutely right. Jozef De Witte, head of the Centre of Equality and Fight Against Racism (one of our many Orwellian institutions) declared shortly after the shooting that it is racist to suspect the perpetrator to be a Muslim. Police officials also urged our press not to make suggestions as to the identity of the killer. But according to a newspaper, the killer had fled to "De Marollen", one of our many flourishing multicultural neighborhoods. Today, it was reported that a Brussels-born Syria-fighter is suspected to have committed the attack."
In 2012, during a visit to Morocco, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom were met by Moroccan PM Abdelilah Benkirane. While the latter heaped praise onto Reynders, he did not deem Turtelboom worth a glance. To Reynders he remarked at some point: 'You speak French fluently. You should not have come with an interpreter'. And this while he had been thoroughly informed, on several occasions, that Turtelboom was Justice Minister'.