Tuesday, August 19, 2014


So much going on, so much to write about, so much to warn against...

... and so little time.

Listen to Bill Whittle instead:

Good night. Trying to prepare a post halfway decent.


Saturday, August 16, 2014


Duffy opens with Mercy, a single from her 2008 debut album Rockferry.

Singer/songwriter from Bangor. That's Bangor in Gwynedd, Wales.

Then it's the turn of Herman Van Veen, also a singer/songwriter, Dutch this time. With Fiets. Which means bicycle. From the Year of Our Lord 1973.

I was but a small kid when I first heard this song, barely older - if - than the girl in the video. But even so, susceptible enough for its haunting quality. Forty-one years later, it still conjures up the same feelings, at the forefront of which is Man's atavistic sadness for knowing, at all levels of consciousness, that everything must go, pass, die and disappear... even what is Most Beautiful. For which Van Veen used the image of a lovely little girl - the quintessential metaphor for human innocence - enjoying the sun on her bike. Thank God there's Christianity.

Good night.


Friday, August 15, 2014


Someone alerted Mark Steyn to the appearance, in Dutch talkshow Pauw and Witteman, of a Mrs. Yasmina Haifi, who happens to be a 'project leader' at The Netherlands' Cyber Security Center. Uh-oh.

Here is the link to his post. And I quote him in full (I hope he doesn't mind), for this is interesting. Mark Steyn:

"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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

Be all that as it may, it may come as a consolation to hear that apparently, Madam Haifi has been fired...

Check out this screenshot from Omroepwest (Dutch online news source:)

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The text below says that on Wednesday top brass at the Ministry of Security and Justice, "after consultation" have fired Yasmina Haifi. This is just as well. Still, one has to wonder... how on Earth is it possible that a woman who is convinced that ISIS is a Zionist plot to blacken the name of islam has managed to become 'project leader AT THE NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTER OF THE NETHERLANDS'?????

Oh, and the last sentence visible on that screenshot? "Haifi is chairwoman of the Action Committee Restore Confidence". What's that about? Simple. There have just recently been heavy riots in Schilderswijk, that's a The Hague neighborhood where last weekend a demo took place by people protesting both ISIS radicalists and the frightening surge in antisemitism in The Netherlands.

Almost needless to say, the demo was attacked by muslim youths. Police had to intervene, and those muslim youths liked that about as much as the late Michael Brown's pals who are currently running amok in Ferguson.

Madam Haifi was quick as a lightning this week to mobilize the oufit 'Herstel van Vertrouwen' (Restore Confidence) to.... guess what? Sit around the table with the The Hague PD, smoke a waterpipe and drink tea?

Silly you. No, Haifi and Herstel van Vertrouwen have been very busy this week to gather evidence of the brutality of the The Hague police officers vis-à-vis the muslim counter-protesters, accusing them, of, you get it, Discrimination. Quite a busybody, that woman is! Dutch rightwing blog Elsevier mentions some interesting points regarding Mrs Haifi's bio. She studied 'Cultural Anthropology'. Brrrr. We all know that the parts of universities where stuff like that is taught are fertile breeding grounds for leftozoid selfhaters. It is one thing when the Low Countries' natives are processed by these insitutions. Gives us the likes of Jean-Jacques de Gucht, for instance. But if you subject an islamic supremacist to white guilt-ridden profs molesting their both their own brains, or what passes for it, and those of their students, with anti-western propaganda, what comes out makes said Mr De Gucht look like a Vlaams Belang member.

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Plus of course, how on earth could a muslim cultural anthopologist with in all likelihood a very scant technological baggage end up in a high tech environment like a national Cyber Security Center??? As a project leader no less, without doubt a posh job with a fat salary. Nice career traject huh, and Madam Haifi has been on the State payroll for... twenty years. How come all these types are invariably government employees?

To get back to the core of the matter, Yasmina Haifi's outrageous tweet is, alas, nothing unusual. If you think that the nutters among our muslim co-citizens are the ones with ISIS flags in Schilderwijk, The Hague, or Sint Joost Ten Node, Brussels (where reportedly the bloke whose toddler held up the head of a slain Syrian soldier came from)... think again.

People like Haifi look indeed very western, but IT DON'T MEAN A THING. Three months ago, my wife and I attented a meeting from a commercial organization our company is a member of. That meeting took place in Francorchamps, eastern Belgium - not that that matters. What mattered is that at noon we were having dinner, that thereafter the talk among our colleagues and us began to center on the broad world affairs, read the omnipresence of a muslim side in virtually all conflicts on earth, and that suddenly a guy sitting across the table from my wife brought up 9/11 and that he was convinced it was an evil Bush government plot.

I had not been paying particular attention to that guy, for he looked like the rest of us. It was only after that insane comment that I began to study him a little better.... and he appeared to be a Turk. Yes, he was clothed in utterly western attire, better than me for sure (he had a starched designer shirt and a tie). Yes, it was only when one paid very close attention that one could discern that Flemish was not his mother's tongue. And yes, upon close scrutiny he appeared to have a slightly broader visage and a tan, like most Turks I know. Finally, I was able to read his nameplate too, until then hidden by a fold in his clothes. It was a Turkish name, all right.

But if that guy hadn't brought up the lunatic idea that Bush had ordered 9/11 only to have an excuse to attack Saddam Hussein, I might just as well have left the dinner table and gone to the afternoon meeting convinced that opposite my wife, say, a Koen De Meulemeester had been sitting.

It is truly frightening how these people can appear to be perfectly integrated, then turn out to be, on some level, just as brainwashed as their more macho co-religionists. Think of Yasmina Haifi: she looks like a western chick, walks like a western chick, and quacks like a western chick. But she ain't no western chick but an ISIS supporting ostrich.

And I have one more tidbit for you.

Yasmina Haifi is a member of the PvdA, our good friends the Dutch Socialists.

But. I suspect you suspected that already.


Thursday, August 14, 2014


I don't know when exactly the downfall of the Democratic Party began. I assume that once upon a time it harbored a still substantial number of people of whom, despite their being severely flawed in a number of crucial areas like the economy and ethical matters, one could still expect a degree of reason, accountability and decency.

It is even possible that deep in the bowels of this party there are still such people.

As a whole though, I consider the Democratic Party of 2014 as morally and intellectually bankrupt. And, in a word, lost. At the very best, it's criminally negligent with regards to the running of the country. At worst, it's a criminal enterprise tout court.

But none of this detracts from the fact that their natural 'opponents', the Republicans, have an fair amount of butter on the head too. Countless are the times that I expected from this party, which has spawned the likes of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan (after his seeing the light, anyway) could have stepped forward, so to speak in the path of the democrats' progressive juggernaut, and yelled 'STOP'.

But no.

I recall a co-blogger and once upon a time frequent reader and commenter here, Mark from Colorado, once calling the Democrats socialists and the Republicans reluctant socialists.

But these days, it seems to me that's much too kind for the GOP. And I am by no means the only one to think so:

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Well said Doctor Carson.

If you follow this link to Breitbart, where I got the embed code, you may get the impression many people think Carson would be a terrific Republican candidate for POTUS come 2016. Maybe. I hear he is for some kind of gun control, and I don't like that stance at all. Guns are not the problem. The decline of American society at the hands of the progressives is the problem.

Either way, Carson "legt de vinger op de wonde", literally "lying the finger on the wound", which is a Dutch saying for exactly pinpointing the problem. A very apt saying imho, given the man's profession. Like in Europe, in America people of the Right should STOP trying to look like somewhat to the left, thereby more or less acknowledging the subliminal, no make that very open, message of the left that 'progressive' is 'good', while 'conservative' is inherently evil.

These days, it's actually the other way round, and while this post is not the place to explain why, I have truckloads of arguments to make my case. The parting word is for Dr Carson:

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014


It was bingo in Belgium just as well as about everywhere. Over the past three years, we have heard ZILCH from the do-gooders despite a body count of around 70,000 in Syria as a result of Assad butchering his own people and the jihadist scumbags who battle him and are actually worse.

Then Israel strikes back at Hamas cowards using cvilians for shields and they are up in arms, with as sad 'watermarks' the diatribes of virologist Marc Van Ranst of the 'Catholic' University of Louvain, calling the IDF's conduct of the war a 'Gazacaust', and 'famous' (in Belgium at least) dance troup leader Alain Platel lambasting Michael Borremans, a painter about to exhibit in Tel Aviv. But there are so many, many others you can basically count those who stand with Israel on the fingers of one hand. In Belgium's 'progressive' scene, anyaway. Not that politics is much better.

Who better than Pat Condell to denounce these leftozoid scumbags?

Leftism is a disease of the mind.


Sunday, August 10, 2014


Let's start with a Gatestone Institute article by Soeren Kern, titled "Holy War Arrives in Germany". Only, of course, Mr Soeren in wrong on one count: Holy War is arriving in all of Europe, as we will see further on.

"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."

One caveat though, although I don't hold it against Mr Kern personalyy. In the beginning he's quoting the German newspaper Neue Westfalische, which states a.o. 'that religions are never violent per se'. This is bogus of course. There is at least one religion that is in-he-rent-ly violent, it thrives on violence. Violence is the essence of that 'religion'. And it is called islam.

But like I said, Holy War is coming to all of Europe. I think we can even omit the distinction Hamas/IS, since in the end it all boils down to the same. While on vacation in Austria two weeks ago, an article in a local newspaper described how Turkish jihadists (note the swords on the backside of that fucker's sweater, photo below) stormed a soccer field in an Austrian town where a friendly match was held between French club Lille and Israeli club Maccabi Haifa:

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Turkish scum interrupts a French-Israeli soccer match in Austria, attacking the Jewish players from Maccabi-Haifa.

And in France? The Daily Mail reports:

"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."

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Those famous 'youths' expressing their grievances following a pro-Palestinian rally in Sarcelles, near Paris, France, two weeks ago.

If there is any justice left in the world, then the red and green scoundrels who deliberately let the muslim beasts in by the millions will pay the price one day.


Saturday, August 09, 2014


First Matt and Kim with Daylight. From the 2009 album Grand.

Indiepop duo from Brooklyn, NY.

When I was a kid, in 1687 (or so it seems), my parents and us (me, myself and I plus my three sisters) used to watch, on Saturday evenings, Cade's County. The theme thereof, composed by the famous Enrico Nicola Mancini, has forever stuck with me:

It was an early seventies police series (24 episodes) with Glenn Ford in the role of Sam Cade, the sheriff of Madrid County, a fictional county somewhere in the American southwest. I guess I bring it up because that character personified decent law enforcement so much better than today's incompetent robocops.

Good night, and Long Live the IDF!


Sunday, August 03, 2014


Klangkarussel opens with Netzwerk. Klangkarussel is German for sound carousel, FYI. Austrian electronic dance band around Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held, blokes from Salzburg. Formed in 2011.

This hit was released last May. It's nice to have good poppy things/brand new sounds coming out of the German-speaking world for a change. If memory serves, the last time we noticed - that's me, myself and I anyway - was over thirty years ago, at the time of the Neue Welle.

Then it's Cat Stevens, that lousy idiot, with some decent material from the time when he still had brains: Matthew and Son.

That's it. Good night. Sorry for the hiatus, been in the Austrian Alps and the Berghuette had no wifi. Can you imagine?

Oh well. Twas a digital D-Tox, for a change.


Saturday, July 19, 2014


First Magnus, a Belgian dance band around C.J. Bolland and Tom Barman.

Singing Man (released June 2014) is their latest single.

Then it's the turn of London Grammar with the single Strong. From their 2013 debut album If you wait.

London Grammar is a British triphop trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dominic 'Dot' Major and Dan Rothman.

Slaap wel en braaf zijn hee.


Sunday, July 13, 2014


I've been following Daniel Thomas at Cambrian Dissenters for some time now, and though he doesn't post often, his pieces are top-notch:


"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.

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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.
(Story here)

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.
(Story here)

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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.
(Story here)

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.)

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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

You really shouldn't miss how The Conservative Woman rips that ball-less creep Vaizey in her article, link see above:

"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..."

Some 6 or 7 years ago, my wife and I watched Pride & Prejudice on DVD at home and I must say we both enjoyed this brilliantly made, romantic costume film enormously:

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It is amazing that in so short a time political correctness has deteriorated so badly that, if it depended on the UK government, a movie like that wouldn't be made anymore.

The news coming out of Britain lately is so utterly depressing that I need to end on a positive note, and now that we're talking about Pride and Prejudice, why not with this exerpt (okay, not all the shots are from the movie we're talking about - see it as a Jane Austen tribute. Still...):

The living sculptures of Pemberley, composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Immensely Beautiful...

... but if Bag Full of Shit Ed Vaizey had his way, you wouldn't be able to watch or hear it, since there's no gay sex in it, the characters are all despicably white, and it's choke full of Upper upper class people.


Saturday, July 12, 2014


Muse opens with Bliss. From the 2001 album Origin of Symmetry.

Like 'em or like 'em not.

REM with So. Central Rain.

From the album Reckoning (1984).



Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Over at American Thinker, Selwyn Duke has a sad and sobering article on the recent murder of a French teacher, a Mme. Fabienne Calmes, in the southern French town of Albi. In my country's written and televized news, the perpetrator was described as a "mother", and it looks like this was basically the same everywhere in the politically correct, erm, enlightened parts of the globe.

Before we proceed to Dukes story, let us recap how Belgium's "prime" "newspaper" De Standaard covered the story:

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So... this morning a French teacher in grade school was stabbed to death in front of her pupils...

... it happened in Albi, in the south of France...

... the perpetrator, the MOTHER of one of the pupils, could right away be arrested...

... it is a woman known to have PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS...

I must admit that upon reading it, I somehow knew right away something was fishy. But I had so much other stuff on my head - I still have - and it seemed to me there was about a gazillion other topics to write about, that it slipped away from my conscience.

Until half an hour ago I was reminded of it again. By the American Thinker article.

Selwyn Duke:

"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."

There's another line of the Mail Online article which struck me:

"François Hollande described the killing as a 'horrific tragedy'."

But oh yes!!!! Certainly a 'horrific tragedy'!!! You know what, when at the end of May a gunman murdered four people in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the crême de la crême of our political sophisticates tripped over each other to let the world know via their twitter accounts that that too, was a horrific tragedy!!!

Just look at their twitter messages, people! How compassionate they all are!

Didier Reynders, Minister of Finance, Walloon Liberals; Paul Magnette, coming man of the Parti Socialiste; Wouter Van Besien, chairman of the Flemish Greens; Kris Peeters, Flanders' Minister President (of the Flemish "Christian" "Democrats"):

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Elio Di Rupo, Belgian PM, of the Parti Socialiste; Charles Michel, chairman of the Walloon Liberals (MR); Gwendolyn Rutten, chairwoman of the Flemish Liberals; Annemie Turtelboom, a liberal minister in the federal government:

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Brigitte Grouwels, top "christian" "democrate female politician for Flemings in Brussels; Freya Vandenbossche, leading lady of the Flemish Socialists; Geert Bourgeois, NVA-minister in the Flemish Government:

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Wow. All of those people are shocked, shocked, SHOCKED!!!!! But curiously, they all seem to be completely ignorant of the nature of the attack, of the motives of the perpetrator. Now, killing JEWS, of all people, on a sunny afternoon in a JEWISH museum in Brussels, who could possibly DO such a thing?? Members of the Saint Andrews Golf Club? The Scouts? The National Bank of Finland? Papa Smurf?

And the reaction of Jozef De Witte, CGKR President? Hint: 'CGKR' stands for Centrum voor Gelijke Kansen en Racismebestrijding, or 'Centre for Equal Opportunities and Combating Racism'. Well, I myself must have missed it, but over at Steynonline I discovered in mark Steyn's mailbox a message from a compatriot of mine living in Antwerp, a certain Garben Boey:

"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."

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DowneastBlog readers may be acquainted with Jozef De Witte, a notorious leftist shmuck and very, very anti-Israel. "to suggest that the Jewish Museum Killer is muslim is racist". Yes indeed.

Alas for mr De Witte, time and again Reality smashes his utopian pipedreams to cinders, and this was no different. A couple of days later, conveniently AFTER the elections, the perpetrator was arrested in Marseille. Many, many news outlets described this fella as a 'Frenchman':

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But people with their heads screwed on right know what they see. This is not Jean-Claude Dupont, but Mehdi Nemmouche, a muslim of north african origin. Who coincidentally had also had some field training in Syria.

That squad of fucking hyporcites above are exactly the kind of people who cheerfully opened the sluices to let types like Nemmouche in. If Brussels, Europes "Capital" is right now at least 25 per cent muslim, we have people like Elio Di Rupo, our openly gay PM, to thank for it - a decade ago, they just couldn't wait to get the Quick Citizenship Bill passed, which gave at least 600,000 foreigners who don't give a jolt about integrating into our society a Belgian ID.

We have people like Geert Bourgeois to thank for it, who, as a Flemish Interior Minister is hellbent on recognizing mosques and providing taxpayer money for it.

We have Annemie Turtelboom to thank for it, oh so brave when lambasting the Vlaams Belang and priding herself on her 'feminism' - then staying mute when she was OPENLY ridiculed, in April 2012, by the Moroccan PM who continued to pretend she was an interpreter:

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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'.

The above personages are heartbreakingly typical for the kind of spineless, principle-less, and ultimately ball-less creeps who make up our establishment political class and who bear a murderous responsibility for comfortably installing ISLAM in our lands.

Neither of them are pro-Israel. The only pro-Israel party in Belgium is the Vlaams Belang.

I do not share PM Netanyahu's point of view that the anti-Israel attitude cultivated in Europe by our moral betters is responsible for the murders in the Jewish Museum and other sinister deeds of terror. Their hostility vis-à-vis Israel has certainly led to a degree of resentment amongst the broad population against the Jewish State and Jews in general. But that will not lead to Jan Van Steenbergen in some run of the mill Flemish town deciding 'I've had enough of those pesky Jews, I'm gonna fry some Jewish ass today'.

But responsible for flooding our originally Christian lands with MILLIONS of followers of the 'prophet'? YES.

And in that sense, the likes of Hollande and the likes of Di Rupo... certainly have the blood of Fabienne Calmes on their hands:

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These girls will have to grow up without their mother. Courtesy a muslim savage. And courtesy our insane political class which is hellbent on importing islam in Europe. Jozef de Witte, that scoundrel who stated that suggesting that the Jewish Museum killer was a muslim would be 'racist', famously remarked a couple of years ago that he did not see the difference between churchbells ringing and the sound of a muezzin calling to prayer. And François Hollande, who just as Elio Di Rupo, Paul Magnette, Annemie Turtelboom, Geert Bourgeois, Gwendolyn Rutten et al was 'shocked', and who would not admit in a million years that a molecule of islam was somehow involved in this 'horrific tragedy', was elected by the muslim vote and is presiding over the European country par excellence that will inevitably turn into the first muslim country in our continent.

We will have to deplore many more Fabienne Calmes, and at each occasion have to endure even a lot more crocodile tears from our perpetually 'shocked' hypocrite political class, before enough people realize how we have been BETRAYED by those swines.