Sunday, November 19, 2017


I'd like it to happen more often but who am I to complain.

I'm talking about the Aha-Erlebnis of coming across unputdownables. I've always been an avid reader and as such I know that the category in question is pathetically outweighed by the rank and file in Bookland. I can sympathize with authors, mind you. There's TONS of good books out there that are a joy to behold but often a well-written book does not digest easily. I'm nearing the end of Hornfischer's The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and while it's a superb read I've advanced thru it at a leisurely pace. At age 52, I'm as clueless as I was at 12 at what exactly it is that electrifies a writer's pen in such a way that stories blossom that get you hooked like nothing else. What's their secret.

And so, unputdownables being relatively rare, on average I come across one only once a year. If memory serves, in 1983 it was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, for instance. Or in 1997, Desperation, by Stephen King. 2012, The Killer Angels by Jeff Shaara.

But 2016 was different. Dunno why, cause normally I'm more of a sci-fi, horror, or historical fiction fan, but in 2016 I gave the crime thriller Without Fail by Lee Child a shot. And boy that was the start of a rollercoaster which by the end of the year had seen me through the entire series:

The protagonist in Child's books is Jack Reacher, an ex MP who left the US Army at age 36 and who roams the continental USA on foot, by bus or hitching rides. In doing so, he comes across a kaleidoscope of criminal cases, often illustrating extreme human depravity, which require his intervention.

There's no telling how it will work out for you if after lecture of this here humble blogpost you give a Jack Reacher novel a try, but for me it was like grabbing a tiger by the tail and being unable to let go. I know I have devoured masses of Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels, the Dan Brown books were/are excellent, Mo Hayder's got some irresistible pageturners (tip: Pig Island), but Lee Child's Jack Reacher is a class of its own. There are those snobs who say Child's a commercial writer. That's bool. I don't care to what extent an author uses a trickbag to generate sales. What matters to me is do I get hooked or not? Once upon a time, as an adolescent I chewed my way through La Peste by Albert Camus. It was atrocious. Same for Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. Or Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. OK, that's perhaps a tad unfair - but reading them through to the end required a huge effort. Camus bagged a Nobel Prize for Literature. I guess Lee Child never will. But trust me, if you were to be cast on an uninhabited island you'd be MUCH better off with Gone Tomorrow than La Peste.

Okay, enough talking. You can start with this one, 61 Hours. It will lead you nicely thru to Worth Dying For. From there it's but a short step to A Wanted Man. And bingo, off you go!

If you think you have even less time than ole Outlaw and you're looking for just one title, try Make Me. The worst in the series? There's no really bad ones, but Nothing to Lose came closest to boring me.

OK. Now get started.


Thursday, November 16, 2017


The Dream Chaser is being developed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems as a reusable automated cargo or passenger spaceplane. The cargo variant is meant to resupply the International Space Station with both pressurized and unpressurized cargo. The passenger variant will carry between 2 and 7 people to the ISS (or another space station in LEO). It will launch vertically on top of an Atlas V, Falcon Heavy or Ariane V rocket.

On NOV 11, it made a successful free flight test:

Here's a video simulating the Dream Chaser carrying crew to the ISS:

With its lifting body design it looks an awful lot like the Hermes, the ESA's cancelled project of a light shuttle system (which was meant to be carried to space on top of an Ariane rocket):

The nose seems to be modelled after the nose of the MiG 105.



Last weekend it was hundreds of 'youths', read Moroccan 15-30 year olds, who ran amok in central Brussels after Morocco had been qualified for the World Soccer Championship in the Morocco-Ivory Coast match.

The riots then resulted in torched cars, busted up shops, destroyed traffic infrastructure, and 22 police officers wounded.

Yesterday there were again riots, near the Muntplein, not far from the earlier, ah, 'disturbances'. On these images, you can actually see police withdraw.

Bodes well for the future.


Sunday, November 12, 2017


I actually wanted to write about the appalling violence of our muslim friends in Brussels this weekend (22 police officers wounded, cars torched, windows smashed) and about the dhimmi Mass in Oostnieuwkerke (West Flanders) for Ann-Laure Decadt, the 31-year old mother of two who was murdered in NYC by an Uzbek muslim on 31 October.

Crucial info I learned on both events however, a.) that police was forbidden to intervene because engaging the Moroccans "would only make it worse" and b.) not one of the 1,700 participants for the funeral of Mrs. Decadt dared to use the dreaded JIM acronym ergo she died because of "senseless violence"...

... made me so sick I couldn't go on.

So it's gonna be a topic of an altogether different nature, the Leduc planes with their ramjets.

A ramjet aka athodyd for nerds (athodyd = aero thermodynamic duct), is jet engine that uses the engine's forward motion to compress incoming air, thus elminating the need for an axial compressor. It follows that at takeoff, ramjets do not produce thrust since the plane stands still, so that the plane either has to be carried in the air by a mother plane or else use booster rockets to acquire the minimum speed for the ramjet to start working. Ramjets function best at around Mach 3 (2,300 mph or 3,700 km/h), and can propel planes to speeds of up to Mach 6 (4,600 mph; 7,400 km/h).

So not only is there no compressor, but it follows there's no turbine either, because it's raison d'être is precisely to propel the compressor. In fact, theoretically you can look straight through a ramjet!

The concept is from French inventor André Lorin, who patented the design in 1913 already. Of course, lack of proper materials plus the fact that aerodynamics was a field in its infancy prevented him from building a ramjet.

But 25 years later René Leduc designed such a plane. Building started at the Breguet Aviation factory in 1938, but due to the war, during which the French were able to hide the project from the Germans, it was only completed in 1947. The Leduc 0.10 featured a double-walled fuselage, with the pilot controlling the plane from within the inner shell. The thin wings nevertheless held 1,000 litres of fuel. The carriage could only come out at landing.

Here's the Leduc 010, which had to be carried in the air first:

And this is the Leduc 0.22, which could take off under its own power:

A short video, sorry, but it's entirely in Fwench:

And yes, the Lockheed SR71 Blackbird is the best known example of a plane powered by ramjets.



Saturday, November 11, 2017


One Sunday last June, I decided to go for a walk with our son. I'm a big fan of the Ardennes, but this time for some reason I thought I'd venture westwards instead - towards Heuvelland, a hilly area in the south of the province of West Flanders.

The region is characterized by a number of low hills, of which the highest, the Kemmelberg, reaches a modest 156 meters.

During World War I it was a heavily contested feature.

This is what the Kemmelberg looks like today (view from the West):

This is what it looked like in 1918:

Near the summit, there's a Monument commemmorating the French soldiers who fell defending this hill:

When descending the road leading west from the monument, you come across an ossuary containing the remains of 5294 French soldiers, of which only 57 were ever identified:

I couldn't help but think of the contrast of our overjoyed boy, descending the sun-soaked western slopes, and the desperate troops who a hundred years ago clung to Kemmelberg in torrents of both water and steel.

After we came back in the village of Kemmel, to the east of the hill, I drove a couple of kilometers eastwards yet, where I knew there was huge man-made crater... one of those created when English mines ripped the Earth's innards out on June 7, 1917. Here, Canadians and British had for more than a year been digging a tunnel of 521m, at the end of which they placed 41314 kg of ammonal. The explosion on 7 June 1917 was one of 19 along the front in Flanders, meant to demolish the German frontlines. On this very spot, near the village of Wijtschate, was placed the largest of the mines, and the explosion caused a crater 27m deep with a diameter of 129m. It is said that the detonations of the 19 charges could be heard across the Channel. Not all exploded though...

... in total, 24 mines had been placed...

One, the Germans managed to defuse.

Another one blew up in 1955 following a lighting strike.

In 2017, three mines are still lurking underground, like apocalyptic beasts patiently waiting to roar their ugly heads.

This is what the crater, locally known as the Spanbroekmolenkrater, looks like today:

Anglosaxon literature will more often refer to it as the Pool of Peace, because in the century since it has been filling with water, creating a pool 12m deep and 76m across. It is a War Memorial, still the property of Talbot House (Toc H) in Poperinge, for which the site was purchased in the 1920s by Lord Wakefield.

While I knew about the crater, I knew not of Lone Tree Cemetery.

I noticed a sign pointing to it when we had walked around the 'Pool of Peace' in a clockwise manner.

It is easy to miss, since it is so small and behind a farm, the buildings of which obscure it partly. This is Lone Tree Cemetery:

It appeared that the dead buried here were mostly from the Royal Irish Rifles 36th Ulster Division.

I noticed this grave in particular, because there was a tag attached to it:

The final resting place, "In Flanders' Fields", of Cpl. Hugh Spence, 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.

He fell on June 7, 1917...

... the very day that the mine buried a mere 50 meters away exploded.

Now, it is known that the mine did not explode on the scheduled time. It seems there was a lapse of 15 seconds. It also seems that the British soldiers, anticipating the explosions as they were also the starting shot for an offensive meant to capture Messines Ridge, leapt to their feet, thinking the mine had been a dud. It is said that some even advanced.

And then the mine blew up anyway.

Was Cpl. Hugh Spence a victim of the explosion? Or did he perish while fighting the Germans later on that day?

I was unable to find out what happened. A quick search got me some meagre info dealing with 36th Ulster division personnel, among them Hugh Spence:

"Rifleman Hugh Spence, 12/6848, 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, Son of Hugh and Elizabeth Spence nee McCormack, Coolkenny, Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Aprox. 19 years of age, deceased is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, France [sic]. (Image No.7)"

Ballycastle is in County Antrim, on Ulster's northern coast. I remembered we had spent a glorious day there in summer 2011, when we visited the two top attractions nearby, Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. This is a photo I took then of that magnificent shore:

And I remembered how proud we were of our boy, who, aged 4 at that time, crossed the rope bridge as if he was strolling in our living room. Me, it gave me the jeevers.

A simple tag with a photo and a name pounded home how precious and yet how volatile a human life is. While life isn't easy for the grand majority of us, basically most of us today enjoy priviliges unknown to previous generations. On a fateful day somewhere in the middle of World War One a young man by the name of Hugh Spence was called upon to do his duty - liberate Western Europe from the German invaders. It does not matter whether the mine killed him or the Kaiser's troops - he died liberating my country.

And because of his sacrifice, and the sacrifice of his comrades, a century later our family was able to visit his country - in far more enjoyable circumstances.

I am grateful.

Cpl. Hugh Spence, of the 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, 36th Ulster Division... thank you. RIP. God Bless.


Saturday, November 04, 2017


Todd Rundgren with I saw the Light. From the 1972 double album Something/Anything?, which he recorded partly at home. Multi-instrumentalist Rundgren also used a Putney VCS3 synthesizer, a portable coffer-like analog device favoured by Jean-Michel Jarre, King Crimson, Klaus Schulze, Roger Waters, Brian Eno and other illustrious names.

Hat tip OutlawDaughter. Btw, she's 16. Making daddy proud!

Michael McDonald with I keep forgettin'. From his 1982 debut solo album If that's what it takes.

Just like now and then a Black band will make rock music with balls, think Living Colour, now and then a White dude will make awesome soul.

Slaap wel. Thx for staying tuned, I hope I can resume 'normal' operations in a month or so.


Friday, November 03, 2017


Once again sorry for the very light blogging. Last summer, my main supplier went bust. Or as good as. Production was erratic from June to mid-September, and after that stopped entirely. In August, I was scrambling to find alternatives, and I found them, but deliveries of the new brands will only start in earnest next week - in other words three months later. The reason is precisely the dire situation my main supplier finds itself in, because as a result the competitors had to suddenly cope with an increased demand, resulting in longer delivery times. Since early September my company basically has had no income to speak of, and it's high time we resume normal operations. Just staying somewhat afloat financially consumes all my energy.

Anyway, thought I'd share this video with you, via Dutch pundit site GeenStijl. It's about a islam-themed playground in Berlin.

There's tons of news in my own country, very little of it good. But right now I'm too f*cked up to write decent posts.

Nite. Have a nice weekend.


Saturday, October 28, 2017


The Cure with Why can't I be you? Album Kiss me, Kiss me, Kiss me (1987).

Would you believe they've been around since 1976???

Soul Asylum with Runaway Train. Album Grave Dancers Union (1992).

Alternative rock band formed in 1981, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first two years of their existence they were known as Loud Fast Rules. Frontman is Dave Pirner. SA have been called grunge precursors.

Slaap wel. Sorry for the light blogging, the company is going through an extremely difficult time and consumes almost all of my energy.


Thursday, October 26, 2017




Saturday, October 21, 2017


Japan with Quiet Life. From the 1979 album with the same name.

UK New wave band, formed in 1974 in Catford, SE London. Singer/guitarist David Sylvian and drummer Steve Jansen are actually brothers, both born Batt.

Double with The Captain of her Heart. From the 1985 album Blue.

Swiss (yeah, SWISS) pop duo consisting of Kurt Maloo (vocals, guitar) and Felix Haug (drums, keyboards).



Friday, October 20, 2017


A horrifying development in Antwerp. Via newspaper "De Morgen", which btw is a leftist rag.


Schools try to lower treshold for parents with migration background

19-10-17, 20.23 - Sara Vandekerckhove

"Gym, cooking, parties... in several schools, only the mothers are welcome. This way, the schools want to succeed in attracting mothers of foreign extraction.

In a school in Antwerp only the mothers are allowed to come to help cutting fruit. And in a school in Ghent only mothers are welcome for gym. Although the schools let it be known right away that dads shouldn't worry. "The fathers' turn will come yet."

Yet it seems strange that fathers should be shunned from the get-go. Shouldn't children learn in school that dads can just as well cut fruit. And why can't fathers and mothers simply have gym together? Do we really have to teach children that men and women should do certain things apart?


"For a number of mothers it really couldn't be mixed. They only wanted to come if the activity in question was purely for women."

Dixit Liselotte Verfaillie, Director Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege in Antwerp.

And so it goes on... and on... and on...

... Until one day you wake up in a completely islamized society.

Chronicle of a nightmare foretold. When the gruesome process is completed, no authochton will be able to say "Wir haben es nicht gewusst".

Why should we be surprised? For decades, not only Greens and Socialists but also mainstream parties have done everything in their might to make of Antwerp a gigantic multiculti lab, to the detriment of the Evil White Man.

Turns out, their famed multiculti experiment is starting to look decidedly monocultural. In 2015, a staggering 7 children in 10 of the ages between 0 and 6 was of foreign extraction...

... the grand majority of them adherents of a certain religion. Not Wicca. Not Scientology.

Death of the Flemings is occurring before our eyes. But instead of worrying about our future, us locals - with the exception of me, myself and I of course - celebrate not only multiculti madness and love of Gaia, but above all else gay sex and weird, kinky sex. Anything goes - but Allah forbid it's the kind of sex that leads to offspring.

I am completely fed up. I don't know how much longer I can take it.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Townhall has an article up by Todd Starnes re the outrageous treatment the Air Force meted out to a brave and outstanding officer, Colonel Leland Bohannon, when he refused to sign a "certificate for spouse appreciation" for a gay master sergeant's partner.

"The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate. Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted. “His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general,” First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, is representing the distinguished military officer.

“This sends a clear message - if you do not have the politically correct viewpoint, you are not welcome in the military,” Berry said. “The military is no longer a place of diversity and inclusion if you are a person who holds to a traditional belief on marriage.”

Col. Bohannon has flown combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and he is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.

Last May the colonel declined to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation for a retiring master sergeant’s same-sex spouse.

He was unable to do so because it would have caused him to affirm a definition of marriage contrary to his sincerely held religious beliefs.

Col. Bohannon sought the advice of his Command Chaplain as well as the Staff Judge Advocate. He was advised to request a religious accommodation. However, that request was returned six weeks later “without action.”

So, the colonel asked the Air Force Deputy IG to sign the certificate in his place.

“He went out of his way to make sure his Airman was accommodated,” Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

But when the master sergeant learned Col. Bohannon did not personally sign the spouse certificate, the Airman filed an Equal Opportunity complaint.

The Airman alleged the devout Christian colonel had “unlawfully discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation.”

The EO investigator determined the colonel had discriminated against the gay Airman – and went on to say that “even had the accommodation been granted, Col. Bohannon would nonetheless be guilty of unlawful discrimination.”

“You have a case where a decorated officer like Col. Bohannon demonstrates integrity and character to go out of his way to accommodate one of his Airmen and the Air Force will not do the same for him,” Berry told the Todd Starnes Show.

First Liberty Institute is urging the Air Force to reverse its decision – charging the military violated their client’s Constitutional rights."

After the graduation from West Point of godforsaken commie Spenser Rapone, the repeal of DADT, forced cultural marxist indoctrination, atrocious "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" nonsense, the Navy wasting untold billions on green fuel, and generals caring more about diversity than servicemen and -women shot dead by jihadi infiltrators, this case is the umpteenth sign that the ROT has definitely set in in the United States Military.

It is first and foremost up to the servicemen and -women to wrestle control back from idiots prepared to defame the uniform if only it helps them to get higher up.

I see no difference between an officer deliberately going in harm's way on the battlefield, and Colonel Bohannon sacrificing his career on the chopping block of gay fetishism and multiculturalism. The man is a hero, plain and simple. If Mullen, Roughead, Dempsey et al had shown half the Colonel's courage, then the US Armed Forces wouldn't be in the mess they are in now.

A marriage is a union between a man and a woman. All the rest is both cultural marxist gobbledegook AND an evolutionary deadender.

Somebody's head in the United States Air Force should roll, and it isn't Colonel Bohannon's. SecDef Mattis, wake up.


Sunday, October 15, 2017


Ken Blackwell is a conservative activist and was mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio (1979–80), Ohio State Treasurer (1994–99), and Ohio Secretary of State (1999–2007). He also served as Undersecretary in the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1990. He has an excellent article up at Townhall which should be required reading for anyone doubting Columbus' standing - and in particular his legacy.

"The usual suspects have discovered that Christopher Columbus was no 21st century liberal. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone since he lived in a time of empires, slavery, monarchies, and ignorance.
But he rose above his time and literally united the world. Without him there would be no America, no us.

Today few, if any historical figures are exempt from attack. Even America’s founders are denounced as racists and misogynists. Nor do foreigners enjoy immunity from criticism. Another Columbus Day, another opportunity for angry leftists to denounce Western imperialism, colonialism, and more.

Christopher Columbus was a man of his age, like everyone else in Genoa (now Italy, his homeland) and Spain (whose monarchs financed his ocean expeditions). He mistreated indigenous peoples, kept slaves, and governed badly. Awful, but then, not many colonial officials, explorers, ship captains, and rulers behaved differently.

We don’t celebrate Columbus for his failings, including holding once common beliefs which we rightly have come to abhor. We celebrate him for his unique, even heroic, virtues.

We celebrate him for having helped make the modern world.

The 15th Century was a challenging time. The rise of Islam and fall of Constantinople severed traditional trade routes to Asia. European monarchies battled for maritime supremacy. Geographic knowledge was advancing, but still very limited.

In this world, Columbus stepped forward. He sought a shorter route to Asia than around the Horn of Africa. So, he sought support to head west. The Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand II and Isabella I, said yes.

The rest is, as they say, history. Columbus and his crew set out with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. On October 12, 1492, they landed on the island (in today’s Bahamas) which he named San Salvador. He made three subsequent trips, and spent a few years as governor of the island of Hispaniola.
We know the criticisms. For instance, the residents knew where they were and didn’t need to be “discovered.” But Europeans needed to find them. The early Americans had no maritime tradition and would never have ventured east.

The opening yielded practical benefits: such as the exchange of new crops and domesticated animals. More important, though, Europe transferred not only its knowledge but its traditions of scholarship, invention, and innovation to the new world.

An age of commerce, exploration, and colonialism followed. Of course, it would have come at some point even had Columbus never been born. Someone else eventually would have located the New World. But Columbus’s exploits were widely noted and studied.

The consequences of discovery for indigenous peoples—conquest and disease—were at times awful. But the undisturbed residents of the Americas were not living in paradise, an unspoiled Eden. They certainly were not modern liberals. Indeed, peoples like the Aztecs and Incas turned barbarity into an art form.Cruelty, slavery, human sacrifice—none of these were forms of indigenous culture worth preserving. There was little nobility in the savagery that was then the norm.

Columbus fell far short of what humanity demanded, but he set in motion a process which ultimately affirmed the importance of respecting the life and dignity of every person. The desire to be free—and the belief that liberty was possible—came too.

He didn’t intend most of the consequences of his voyage. In this Columbus was like most adventurers, as well as merchants, conquerors, clerics, monarchs, scientists, scholars, and others. Much human progress results from inadvertence, accident, even mistake. Still, we should learn from and appreciate people who achieved much even though their legacies were far from perfect.

And Columbus worked for his success. He came from a family of modest means. He first went to sea at age 10. He was an avid trader and self-taught scholar, who read widely. He learned geography and science, and knew history. He embodied the unique human commitment to apply and profit from knowledge.

Columbus also cared about things spiritual and believed his most important success was spreading Christianity. One can criticize how he practiced his faith and especially his failure to live up to Christianity’s tough demands in caring for “the least of these.” Still, he was a more complex person than the caricature promoted by the Left.

Columbus lived a full life, but was only 54 when he died. He saw only a small part of the world which he helped create.

Most of our traditional heroes are flawed. Like Christopher Columbus. But they still give us much to respect and admire. Tearing down those who came before us is no way to build up America."

While you are at it, check out Antonio de Montesinos and Bartolomé de las Casas. Unlike certain other beliefs, salvation for those who suffered under the yoke of "our" sons of bitches always came from within Christianity.


Saturday, October 14, 2017


Therapy? with Die laughing. Album Troublegum (1994).

UK metal band from Larne, Northern Ireland. Formed in 1989, still around. Andy Cairns is the only constant member.

Dave Edmunds with Girls talk. Album Repeat when Necessary (1979).

Actually an Elvis Costello song.

Goede nacht.



Via our friends at Gates of Vienna, a speech by Giorgia Meloni, Chairwoman of the Italian rightwing party Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy):

00:00 We can’t deny that a process of Islamization is currently going on in Europe.
00:06 Anyone who denies that is an accomplice.
00:09 Saudi Arabia and Qatar are spending billions to spread their fundamentalism
00:12 [in the West, in Europe, in Italy]
00:18 by funding the opening of mosques, cultural centers, and universities.
00:26 Erdogan’s Turkey explicitly tells Turks who reside in Europe
00:31 to have as many children as they can [since Europeans aren’t procreating anyway]
00:35 in order to conquer Europe demographically…
00:40 You see, I think it’s nonsense that we fought bloody wars for hundreds of years
00:49 to stop the Islamic conquest of Europe from Poitiers to Lepanto,
00:54 only to find ourselves being conquered just because we are unable to react.
01:00 I say that we have to react and defend our culture and our traditions.
01:08 Meanwhile, I’m ashamed of how our institutions react
01:14 When the Islamic Heads of State come to Italy,
01:18 we cover up classical naked statues, we remove wine from the table,
01:24 and we think we are being nice and smart by doing so.
01:31 When Mrs. Boldrini goes to meet with them, she makes sure to cover her head
01:40 out of respect. Then to meet the pope, she chooses to wear slippers!
01:45 Because all cultures should be respected except ours!
01:50 Well, we say that cultures are to be respected, but ours comes first!
01:56 OUR identity should be defended first and foremost! Theirs have got NOTHING on ours! NOTHING!

All true enough, but don't break open the champagne bottles yet. In the latest elections, the ones for the European Parliament in 2014, FdL captured a mere 3.66 per cent of the vote.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Don't miss Mark Steyn's take on the Harvey Weinstein case:

"When a decent old stiff such as Mitt Romney talks earnestly about looking for suitable female job candidates and clumsily distills the effort into the phrase "binders full of women", all the smart sophisticated types jump on it and make it a punchline for an antiquated condescension that only confirms how irredeemably misogynist the GOP is.

By contrast, when Harvey Weinstein corners a TV reporter in the corridor of his restaurant and forces her to watch as he unzips his pants, masturbates, and finally concludes the performance by ejaculating into a pot plant, all you hear, from a couple of larger leaves round the back of the plant, are drenched crickets chirping. Three decades of crickets chirping.

"Binders full of women": what an appalling sentiment!

"Stand there and shut up while I masturbate in your general direction": well, say what you like but Harvey has always supported, as Meryl Streep noted today, "good and worthy causes" - like the Hillary campaign.

Feminist twat Jessica Chastain, who by her own admission 'knew all along' but only now chose to come forward. Had her heroine Hillary won the presidency, you can bet she wouldn't open her piehole on Harvey the Hutt.

Not so long ago, picking up a Golden Globe for her turn as Mrs Thatcher, Meryl was happy to salute Harvey Weinstein as God, notwithstanding that the previous occupant of that position was famously antipathetic to the sin of Onan, with or without attendant shrubbery. Harvey, more modestly, saw himself as the ""f**ing sheriff of this f**king lawless piece-of-s**t town". So, when he pounded the crap out of some journalist on a city sidewalk, a hundred cameras snapped, but, mysteriously, not a single photograph saw the light of day. When a junior reporter at The New York Times noticed that the head of Miramax Italy was a guy who knew nothing about movies but was paid 400 grand a year to procure broads for Weinstein, Matt Damon and (alas) Russell Crowe personally called her to talk her out of pursuing the story (subsequently gutted by an editor). As recently as this weekend's "Saturday Night Live", Lorne Michaels, head honcho of the world's most cobwebbed edgy comedy show, declined to address the Weinstein controversy, presumably in case Harvey was merely temporarily hors de combat and a week or two hence was minded to beat Lorne up, too.

Possibly Lorne, Matt and Russell have Harvey's name tattooed on their butts. Dame Judi Dench, who played Queen Victoria in another upscale Oscar-bait Weinstein production, does - and she's happy to lower her knickers and show it to you. Or she was, until Sunday. Maybe, all over town, Hollywood A-listers are frantically booking emergency removals of their Weinstein tramp-stamps..."


... Bunch of disgusting hypocrites.


Saturday, October 07, 2017


And another icon of my youth has bitten the dust. Thomas Earl Petty aka Tom Petty, from Gainesville, FLA. Rocker, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

To start with: Refugee. What else? From the 1979 album Damn the Torpedoes.

Into the Great Wide Open. From the 1991 album with the same title.

The girl, Gabrielle Anwar, played in Bodysnatchers. The 1993 remake, not the seventies version (obviously) with Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright.

Learning to fly. From the same album.

Had forgotten how HOT that swimming pool girl is. Haven't we all longed for a 1:59 moment?

Mary Jane's Last Dance. From his 1993 Greatest Hits album.

In case you wondered, yes, that's Kim Basinger. In her

days. All in all a rather morbid video. I almost didn't include it, considering the week that was.

You wreck me. From this second solo album Wildflowers (1994).

And to conlude... Tom and Stevie Nicks' duet Stop draggin' my heart around. What else? From Stevie Nicks first solo album, Bella Donna (1981).

Tom wrote it, actually. Tom Petty just proved that he is mortal, like all of us. That song ain't.

RIP Tom Petty. Thanks man, for doing your bit to make my life more pleasant.



Via BareNakedIslam:

BareNakedIslam has the goods, but I actually got there via an article by Liberty UK's Pete Parker:

"If you want your children to be educated in the ways, doctrines and dogmas of the world's most sinister ideology simply send them to public [state] school. According to a recent report published at Bare Naked Islam the US Department of Education is developing a program entitled 'Access Islam' designed to teach 5th thru 12th graders all about Islamic culture and creed.

Simply put: if you want your son to learn how to become a rabid misogynist, send him to your local public school.

According to the Access Islam curriculum, "students explore and understand the basic beliefs of Islam as well as the Five Pillars that guide Muslims in their daily life." I wonder if this also includes a crash course on the over 100 Koranic passages that command believers to engage in jihad?

Again, according to the curriculum, students will be taught and expected to recite the Five Pillars of Islam in order to pass the course. One of the pillars, zakat (charitable donations to local mosques) is used myriad times to fund terrorist operations both in the US and around the globe.

Furthermore, Access Islam will teach and explain "the guidelines for fasting during Ramadan. When is eating allowed? At what age does a Muslim begin fasting? Does fasting only occur during Ramadan? Are there other rules?"

You can sign the petition to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to demand the shelving of "Access Islam" here.

The United States Department of Education has introduced an Islamic indoctrination program for the public schools, called "Access Islam."

The program contains 10 lesson plans that have students answering such questions as:

"What do Muslim prayers sound like?" "What do the movements look like?" and "What are some of the things Muslims say during prayer?"
Classroom instructions have children learning the Five Pillars of Islam where students must "focus on learning about the core duties of Muslims" and are asked to "read about what it means to proclaim faith or belief as a Muslim."

The Education Department offers no similar learning material for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or any other major world religion. Just Islam.

This petition demands that the U.S. Department of Education dump its "Access Islam" program and acknowledge that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The program, written for Grades 5 - 12, has students learning verses from the Quran and Hadith. Students must not only learn the verses, but give the religious "meaning" of those verses and explain how they use them in their daily lives.

The program also includes a video presentation on how to perform a Muslim prayer, use a prayer rug and wash prior to praying.

Students are also shown a video of a Muslim who converted from Christianity and claims Islam "is the true worship of God." The video instructs children to "submit yourself" to Allah.

"Access Islam" is promoted to teachers through PBS LearningMedia.

Students are assigned a project to "create posters about the Five Pillars of Islam for classroom display." Doing so, the instructional material says, will "help educate their schoolmates about Islam."

"Access Islam" is nothing short of a Sunday school class on Islam and fails to meet any constitutional criteria for permissible education of religion in the public schools.

In addition to the examples above, students are told to, "Describe the process of praying in Islam" and "Understand the importance of the Quran in daily worship."

Clearly, none of these lesson plans, activities, questions or instructions would be permitted in the public schools if the subject was Christianity.

Public schools would never have students reading the Bible, asking them to interpret scripture, demanding they use biblical scripture in their daily lives, have them examine what Christians say during prayer or instruct them to understand the Christian proclamation of faith.

"Access Islam" is unconstitutional and should be dumped immediately by the U.S. Department of Education.


Friday, October 06, 2017


The following images, shot during a spacewalk outside the ISS, are the result of a cooperation between Russia Today, the Russian Space Agency, and spacecraft constructor Energia. Don't forget to use the clickwheel in the upper left corner!

Cosmonauts Sergey Ryazansky and Fedor Yurchikhin shot the video during a seven and a half hour spacewalk in August, during which they performed maintenance and launched mini satellites.

At about the 1:13 mark you see one cosmonaut launch a mini satellite byhand - it's probably safer to speak of a nanosatellite, since it doesn't look to weigh more than 10 kg. Since it looks rather long, I guess it doesn't fall under the CubeSat category, which are based on a 10 x 10 x 10cm cubic unit.


Sunday, October 01, 2017


Today, October 1 2017, the nationalist Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) party, of which I am a member, feted it's 40-year anniversary. It was founded in 1977 as the Vlaams Blok (Flemish Bloc) by Karel Dillen as a spinoff from the then sole party defending Flemish interests, the Volksunie (People's Union). The reasons for Dillen & Co. to call it quits with the Volksunie was the so called Egmont Pact, a proposed accord between Flemish and Walloon parties to organize Belgium as a federal instead of a unitary state. Dillen and his new party argued, not without reason, that the Egmont Pact was extremely disadvantageous for Flemings.

From the beginning the Vlaams Blok profiled itself as a separatist party whose primary goal was Flemish independence. Barely less important than this stance were it's unashamedly conservative viewpoints with much emphasis for rule of law, traditional (family) values and respect for Flemish language and culture. Another hallmark was its resistance against immigration from Third World countries.

It should not come as a surprise that from the get-go the Flemish Bloc was regarded and treated as a pariah in the Belgian political landscape, a condition which in 1989 found its zenith in the installation of a so-called 'cordon sanitaire', an agreement between all other parties to never work together, let alone form a coalition, with the Bloc.

Many critics will point out that the main argument for this 'cordon sanitaire' was the party's 'racist' stance vis-à-vis other ethnicities, and to be sure, in the early days there were indeed a number of unsavoury characters among the top brass, as well as in the lower ranks, who certainly held disreputable views. Personally I think however that the real reason was the Bloc's uncompromising insistence on Flemish independence. Belgium has forever been a strong force pro more European unification, a process that began in the fifties with the creation of the European Community for Coal and Steel and which has culminated in today's EU. A splitup of a key EU state, in many respects itself a mini-EU, would seriously damage the feasability of the continentwide effort to unite European nation states in one political and economical entity.

Despite the Flemish Bloc's isolation, or perhaps just because of it, it achieved a grand breakthrough in 1991, when out of the blue it conquered 12 seats in the Kamer, the lower house of Parliament. Until then it had at the most two seats, but in 1991 the party tripled its votes compared to previous elections in 1987. So shaken was Belgium's PC establishment that key leftist figures and their lackeys in the media dubbed 24 November 1991 'Black Sunday'. Then, in 1992, the Vlaams Blok by means of a young parliamentarian, Filip Dewinter, proposed its 70-point plan, a series of measures aimed at solving many of the problems inherent with unbridled immigration, problems which even then made themselves already felt in many Belgian cities. Rather prophetically, during his presentation Dewinter stated that with regards to the problems posed by limitless immigration "the West had to choose". The 70-point plan caused a hysterical fit among Belgium's traditional political parties, leading key figures to label the VB as a, you guess it, Nazi party. Which is highly ironic, since to date, some 26 years later... successive governments, neither of which have ever credited the VB for its solutions, have themselves implemented roughly one third of the plan!

Throughout the nineties the Bloc continued to grow through successive national, regional and municipal elections. This process was certainly helped by its underdog status, but of no less importance was the emergence of a new leader, Frank Vanhecke, who as president managed to oust unsavoury characters, streamline party structures, and transform the movement to a modern rightwing party which in many respects is undistinguishable from its counterparts in Anglosaxon countries. Indeed, if an unbiased political observer with, say, a Republican background, would have scrutinized the Bloc's programme, he would have been very hard pressed to find even one significant difference with the key goals of his own party - with the exception of the demand for independence of course. But then it can be safely assumed that many European leftist and green parties would have no qualms about placing the GOP itself in a cordon sanitaire too, if they could.

In 2003/2004 the Flemish Bloc was accused of being a racist party, essentially because of the publication of a pamphlet of a minor chapter in northern Flanders which erroneously attributed the vandalization of graves to Moroccans. Excuses from the party chairman himself did not help, nor arguments from a Turkish female (!) VB member. A conviction as a racist party would have meant termination of the party's dotations (in Belgium, political parties are financed by the state), and so the Flemish Bloc changed its name to Flemish Interest.

At first, the arrest which was clearly political actually strenghtened the Flemish nationalists. In 2004, the party won a monster score in Flemish regional elections with over 24 per cent of the vote, so that their fraction was the biggest in Flemish Parliament - Flemings do have sympathy for the underdog. But in the following years, the machine began to sputter. And the ten years after the VB's zenith saw a gradual stagnation of the party's appeal, which can be attributed to:

a.) exhaustion among its electorate. Traditional VB voters, who grew tired of voting for a party of which they knew the establishment would never give it a chance, started to vote en masse for a newly emerged Flemish nationalist party, the N-VA (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie, or New Flemish Alliance), some kind of VB Lite which strives for organizing Belgium along confederal lines.

b.) the gradual general acceptance of libertine and leftist views regarding many societal issues. In Belgium, as in other countries, the media and the cultural and educational sector have pounded the population so incessantly with typical leftist dadas that, alas, many have now become mainstream and accepted. Examples are gay marriage and adoption, the demise of the traditional family, euthanasia and abortion. To this day however, the Vlaams Belang defines e.g. 'marriage' as a union between a man and a woman, and it absolutely rejects gay adoption. It comes as no surprise then that a majority of young people, who in schools and universities have litterally been indoctrinated with leftist worldviews, regard the VB as totally out of sync with the times.

So here we are, in 2017, with a Vlaams Belang that's 40 years young, and has never held public office, neither in a government, a regional government, a province, or even a municipality. A party that is composed of people like you and me, with completely reasonable and understandable demands, worries, and preoccupations. A party that has had to endure a four decades long barrage of false accusations, dirty epithets, incessant slander, and unjustful exclusion from the political process. Any reasonable person giving so much as a cursory glance to the party's programme would scratch his or her head upon hearing the condemnations of the figureheads of Belgium's so-called 'democratic parties', which one of those regime media outlets, the incongruously named De Standaard newspaper, was so eager to publish this weekend:

* Bart De Wever (N-VA): The N-VA rejects the cordon sanitaire, but does not want to cooperate with Vlaams Belang.

* Wouter Beke (CD&V): ‘I do not negotiate with a party that is fundamentally against human rights. The presence of Filip Dewinter does not make a single difference.’

* John Crombez (SP.A): ‘You don't expect me to explain why I do not want to work together with a racist party? That speaks for itself.’

* Gwendolyn Rutten (Open VLD): ‘For us it is very clear: we are nog going to govern with Vlaams Belang. Not with extreme right and not with extreme left. Our principles are too different [for such a thing to happen - MFBB].’

* Meyrem Almaci (Groen): ‘Vlaams Belang is a racist party and has no respect for human rights. They reject our norms and values. They strive for a divided society full of hatred, we for togetherness and hope.’

I now challenge everyone who still harbors doubts about the VB's democratic content to scrutinize its key publication, Vlaams Belang Magazine, to come up with one, just one, item that proves that Vlaams Belang is the proverbial devil, as aforementioned "gentlemen" and "gentlewomen" would want you to believe. Lecture of this neat, clear magazine, which in every issue thoughtfully addresses grave issues compromising the Belgian state and society's proper functioning itself, will leave the reader shaking his or her head at the completely unfounded hyperbolic accusations.

But damage has certainly been inflicted. As a rather notorious socialist, a certain Dr. Joseph Goebbels, once said, "a lie repeated a hundredfold becomes a truth". It is no surprise then that repeating the same lies for forty years has indeed done serious damage to the way the VB is perceived among especially unwitting and uncritical voters. It has also gravely impaired the party's ability to attract electable politicans and/or capable administrators. In a similar vein we must also mention the shrewd use of language as a weapon by our moral betters, and a very effective one at that, to smear what is essentially a normal democratic party. It is no coincidence that 24 November 1991, the date of the VB's first huge electoral breakthrough, was dubbed 'Black Sunday', a phrase that over time began to lead an own life. Think about it, "Black Sunday". It has the same ominous ring as, say, "Day of Infamy" or "Bloody Sunday". To many a hitherto uninterested citizen (in politics, anyway), surely a party that made gains warranting the use of such a phrase can be up to no good, is it not? The same holds true for the term 'cordon sanitaire'. The choice of words is deliberate. A 'cordon sanitaire', why, that implies that you have to cordon off, contain something, that's... filthy, dirty. Slimy. Smelly. Not hygienic.

Words have power. Mr Goebbels would have been proud.

In 2017, the Vlaams Belang is still standing strong, in the sense that it has a core base of ardent supporters who will never quit. But it barely represents around 8 per cent of Flemish voters anymore. There's no denying that the establishment's dirty tricks haven't missed their effect, although, to be honest, the VB's own stubborn stance on the unattainable (and unpractical) goal of Flemish independence has probably played a greater role in its isolation than many of its leadership would want to admit.

Be that as it may, we normals have to go to war with the weapons we have. In the vessel that's available. As for me personally, the VB is not ideal, but it is the political movement that best suits my needs, and, in my honest opinion, it is the sole party truly grasping the enormous dangers threatening our society.

What is the alternative? Let me give you a stellar example, one of the persons quoted above, namely Wouter Beke, Chairman of the CDV, the "Flemish" "Christian" "Democratic" party. The photo below shows you this cretin during the party's New Year's reception, January 9 of this year. Mr Beke is exhorting his followers to repent, since he is of the opinion that the humanitarian crisis as posed by the colossal "refugee" influx from countries where they actually hate us and our way of life....

... is our fault. Look, just look at this jerk's body language. Look at the gigantic image of the drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi, who died because his own dad failed to provide decent life jackets and should not have attempted the crossing in the first place - let alone that apparently he was a human trafficker himself. Yet here we have Mr Beke, hurling accusations in Frans, Klaas, Barbara and Sofie's faces: "You are responsible!!! This is all your fault!!! We have to put it right!!!". What an insane point of view! The whole of the muslim world is a cesspool of all societal pathologies imaginable, essentially brought about by their gruesome belief system 'islam' itself. But somehow, somewhere, we are responsible, and thus we should welcome millions of barbarians in our midst, cater for them, and have ourselves overrun and killed.

Like all Belgian parties, the CDV has a Youth chapter. It is called, not surprisingly, Jong CDV (CDV-Youths).

It's Chairman is Sammy Mahdi. A muslim.

The screenshot is from a Het Laatste Nieuws article, March 23, 2017. It shows Mr Mahdi around the time he wrote an op-ed with the famous quote "I want the military out of my street. Not tomorrow, today". You see, since the terror attacks on Zaventem International Airport and in the Brussels metro on March 22, 2016, scores of Belgian Army soldiers were deployed in the main cities to guard against terror attacks. After one year, all that camo caused an unbearable strain on Mr Mahdi's nerves so that he publicly went on record to demand that the troops be sent back to their barracks.

At basically the same day his op-ed appeared, 23 March 2017, two troopers patrolling in Antwerp stopped a lunatic who drove his car at high speed over the city's famous shopping street 'De Meir' (this was one day after the terror attack on Westminster Bridge in London). Upon arrest, it appeared that he had weapons in his trunk as well as suspicious liquids. He carried a French passport (and camo clothing). His name? Mohamed R. Although police ultimately failed to prove an intention to carry out a terrorist attack, the madman's behaviour was so suspect that he was held for several months. Which is a scandal actually, because now and then we all drive at 55~60 miles per hour through shopping centers with guns and stuff you can use to make bombs in the back of the car, isn't it?

Anyway, after that PR disaster Mr Mahdi had the good sense to shut up for a while about the Belgian Army being ordered back to the barracks. Mr Mahdi probably figured it was better to lay low for some time.

Just imagine he's got now the attention of a couple more of those darn Flemings. Just suppose that they find out that the next in line for succession at the helm of the "Flemish" "Christian" "Democrats" is a muslim. Just suppose that they find out that before he moved to Vilvoorde last May he used to live in a quaint little commune of Brussels with the cute name of Molenbeek. Just suppose that they find out that 'Sammy' is not really what stands on Mr Mahdi's passport but that it's actually 'Samir'. Why, his country of origin is Iraq! What d'you suppose is more likely, there being a lot of Sammy Davis Jr fans between Tigris and Euphrates, or the people there now and then naming their newborn sons 'Samir' cause it's a household name in those parts?

And Allah forbid, just suppose that they find out what 'Mahdi' means.

Mr Beke, Chairman of the "Flemish" "Christian" "Democrats", does not negotiate "with a party that is fundamentally against human rights", although such an assertion is complete nonsense. But instead, he prefers to let his butt keep the seat warm for a guy named after the prophesied redeemer of islam. And that is no nonsense.

Belgium 2017.


Saturday, September 30, 2017


Simple Minds with New Gold Dream. From the 1982 album New Gold Dream.

The lyrics seem to have been written for kumbaya campfire sitters and starry eyed teenage girls holding placards with Refugees Welcome, but I recall that back in 1982, that's - unbelievable - 35 years ago, the mere sound and rhythm were so fantastically different from anything we were used to that Simple Minds was DA act, man.

The Tom Robinson Band with 2-4-6-8 Motorway. Brought it out as their debut single in 1977 and it was an instant hit.

British punk/new wave band from London. Over the top leftist loons but I guess this single is here to stay.

Slaap wel. Oogjes dicht en snaveltjes toe.



In Belgium, at least in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern half, Erik Van Looy is a household name in TV entertainment. One of his formats is the quiz show 'De Slimste Mens', litterally 'The Brightest Human'. The 15th season is upcoming shortly, and this is how it is advertized:

Nihil novi sub sole. Leftist fuckwads shitting on our Christian heritage, I have never known it different. But I, a Christian (although admittedly, not a particularly good one), and a Catholic at that, do not deny them the right to mock my church. If they like to do so, let them.

But what I DO take issue with is that they would NEVER in a million years dare to make a similar video with Mr Van Looy dressed as an ayatollah, shot in a mosque, with that whole bunch of 'progressive' hypocrites pretending they are devout followers of muhammad, may dog piss, excrement and menstruation blood be showered over him in imperial quantities.

And if, say, a Geert Wilders or Filip Dewinter type would indeed make such a video, you can bet all them eejits would come out screaming and hollering about how INSENSITIVE it would be to mock a Great World Faith.


Sunday, September 24, 2017


Via The Daily Mail, the millionth example of how the cancer of islam is metastizing through all strate of British society:

"Girls as young as four are being 'forced' to wear the hijab at state-funded Islamic schools, campaigners have warned. In eight schools in England, including three primary schools, the hijab appears to be compulsory, according to research carried out by the National Secular Society.

Critics say the headscarf encourages the sexualisation of children because it is usually worn in front of men as a sign of modesty when girls reach puberty.

A further 51 private Islamic schools of the 176 surveyed said it is compulsory for female pupils to wear the hijab, reports the Sunday Times, while 18 said wearing it was optional.

And on the website of one school it says the face must be covered outside school, not just in class.
A Bradford school also says it is compulsory. The National Secular Society has sent their findings to the education secretary, Justine Greening.

They have asked if school inspectors can do more to make sure pupils from Muslim backgrounds can have more choice in their uniform.

In a letter to Ms Greening, the Society also described the practice as 'illiberal and repressive' and said no pupil should be obliged to wear the hijab, or any religious clothing, while at school.

In a survey for the Sunday Times last month it was revealed nearly a fifth of 800 state primary schools in 11 regions of England now list the hijab as a part of their uniform, albeit mostly optional.

Ofsted are probing whether schools have come under pressure from religious leaders or parents.

The Department for Education said: 'Uniform policies are a matter for the individual school. If a school decided to allow a pupil to wear a burqa that would be up to the school.'"

Check out that last sentence. That sounds a bit like the hens agreeing with the foxes that the hens won't offer resistance if the foxes solemnly promise not to eat them.

Now that we are talking about hens, the girls produced by these so-called schools will be just that: breeding hens. With very limited reading skills, the absolute bare minimum in math, say able to calculate and comprehend the sum total of a grocery list... and allowed only to open their legs wide and have themselves injected with genetically deranged semen.

Thanks for rubbing our noses in diversity, red and green traitors. Rest assured one day we will come after you. It would only be fair that you pay your fair share for destroying our continent.


Saturday, September 23, 2017


Billy Joel with Say Goodbye to Hollywood. Album Turnstiles (1976).

After hearing of the Emmy Freakshow earlier this week I got myself thinking someone should make a cover but change the lyrics to Fuck You Hollywood.

Melanie Safka with Beautiful People. From the album Affectionately Melanie (1969). She performed that number at the Woodstock Festival, btw.

You would be tempted to think Good Ole Melanie would NOT consider Rednecks, Tea Partybeasts, guys and gals with MAGA hats, Vlaams Belang members and other specimens of The Great Unwashed 'Beautiful People'. And yet she describes herself as a libertarian, which means she's at least on our side of the fence.

Gute Nacht.



Meine Damen und Herren, morgen haben Sie eine letzte Chance Ihr Land zu retten. Wollen Sie wirklich:

Mit CDU, SPD und Gruenen wird es nur mehr davon geben. Weil AfD nicht ganz ideal ist - welche Partei ist eigentlich ganz ideal? - ist est die EINZIGE Alternative. Waehlt Alternative fuer Deutschland, fuer deine Alten, deine Kinder, deine Kindeskinder, und Sie selbst!

Herzliche Gruesse aus Belgien!


Friday, September 22, 2017


Via François Desouche. Confronted with the increasing occurence of illegal street prayers by the town's muslim community, leading to serious traffic problems as well as dangerous situations, the Clichy town council decided to put up a banner over Jean Jaurès Avenue with the inscription: "STOP ILLEGAL STREET PRAYERS - FOR THE RESPECT FOR EVERYBODY, THE RULE OF LAW, FOR ANYONE'S PEACE OF MIND" (translation from «Stop aux prières de rue illégales – Pour le respect de tous, pour l’État de droit, pour la tranquillité de chacun«).

The reaction of Clichy's sympathetic muslim community was not long in the making:

Illegal street prayers IN FRONT OF THE TOWN HALL. You can see how much respect muslims have for our laws, and in France they represent "only" ten per cent of the population - or so the authorities would like us to believe.

Imagine a France with 35 or 40 per cent muslims.

There will come a time where only hot lead and cold steel will remain as the sole means to save Europe.



Must see video dealing with life on USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine in commission since 1996.

Hat tip Theo Spark.


Thursday, September 21, 2017


Excellent article by William Kilpatrick at Crisis Magazine

"Submission. That’s what the word “Islam” means. Muslims must submit to Allah, and the rest of the world must eventually submit to Islam. Submission does not necessarily require conversion, but it does require that one acknowledge the superiority of Islam, pay the jizya tax, and, in general, keep one’s head down.

Europe is currently in the process of submitting to Islam, and America also seems destined to eventually submit. If you have young children or grandchildren, it’s likely that they will have to adapt at some point to living in a Muslim-dominated society. It won’t necessarily be a Muslim-majority society because, as history testifies, Muslims don’t need a majority in order to successfully take control of non-Muslim societies...

A book on western women converting to islam. Judging by the use of the word "gender" we can safely conlude that the author, Karin Van Nieuwkerk, is another feminist moonbat. Ah yes, pissy patoot western women converting to islam! Exactly what feeble minded, ignorant cunts who devoted their lives to make western males' lives miserable would do, after wondering where all the men have gone.

... If and when Islam persuades America to submit, it most probably won’t be through force of arms. The civilizational struggle in which we are now engaged is primarily a culture war. America used to be good at cultural warfare because America once had cultural confidence. The Cold War was in large part a cultural war, and America won it because it didn’t have qualms about demonstrating the superiority of the American way to the Soviet way.

But times change. These days, may Americans would rather shred their culture than spread it. Cultural shame rather than cultural pride rules the day. And, not surprisingly, people who are ashamed of their culture can’t be counted on to defend it. Those who are anxious to pull down statues of Washington, Jefferson, and Columbus are unlikely to put up much resistance to Islam’s cultural aggression. Instead, they will be disposed to facilitate it.

Islam, on the other hand, is full of new-found cultural pride. After the defeat of the Russians in Afghanistan, the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, and the toppling of the Twin Towers, Muslims could once again believe that Allah had destined them to subjugate the world to Islam. At the same time that Americans began to doubt their own cultural heritage, Islam undertook a remarkable campaign to export its ideology to the rest of the world. Enabled by massive oil revenues, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States funded the building of mosques and madrassas all over the world. While America was investing heavily in new weapons systems, the Gulf States were placing their bets on a weaponized religious system.

And there’s the rub. Buoyed by the initial successes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans began to think of the war against jihad as primarily a military affair. In the process of defeating the enemy on the battlefield, we lost sight of the cultural side of the struggle. But Islamists stayed focused on the larger picture. While we were winning the armed battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, the cultural jihadists were winning battle after battle on the culture front.

Indeed, most of the Islamist victories came without a struggle. Key cultural institution in the West simply acquiesced to whatever it was that the Islamists wanted. Hijabs in the workplace? Diversity demands it. Prayer breaks for Muslim employees? Well, no more than five a day. Islam-friendly curriculums in K-through grad-school? Think of it as affirmative action for years of neglect. More Muslim immigrants? It would be against our values to say no."

In mid-August I went cycling with my daughter in and around Maasmechelen, in the eastern Belgian province of Limburg. We climbed one of the terrills there, huge piles of rubble, the legacy of coal mining in the region. From on top of one of the terrills there, Maasmechelen lay at our feet. And lookie look there, a bit to the left of the Saint Barbara church: the minaret of the tevhid mosque. I had looked forward to seeing this part of Limburg. The sight of that missile-like minaret more or less ruined the moment.


"One way of grasping the vulnerability of our society to Islamization is to ask “Who’s going to stop it?” Where, exactly, are the forces of resistance?

The university? American universities are bastions of political correctness and mandatory tolerance. Most of them are already quite sympathetic to the Islamic point of view. A combination of intimidation (from both Muslim and leftist groups), Saudi money, and multicultural ideology has ensured that when push comes to shove, the universities will line up with the Islamist camp. If present trends continue, American universities will fold to Islam just as German universities once folded to the Nazis.

The media? The media is still trying to find a motive for the 9-11 attack. That’s because it still won’t make the connection between Islamic terror and Islamic belief. In general, media people see it as their duty to put the best possible face on all things Islamic. Scratch the media as a source of resistance.

The Church? As with college administrators, many Church leaders are deeply mired in multicultural ideology. They are constantly on the lookout for offenses against the “other.” Accordingly, American bishops seem to think that “Islamophobia” poses a grave threat to society. Many of them seem more concerned about anti-Muslim bigotry than about the victims of Islamic terror. To prove that they themselves are not “Islamophobes,” the USCCB operates one of the largest programs for resettling refugees from Muslim countries into the U.S. Besides facilitating Muslim migration, American, as well as European bishops, have facilitated the migration of Islamic beliefs. On numerous occasions, prominent clergy have pronounced these beliefs to be benign and peaceful, and thus deserving of a warm welcome. In general, Church leaders see themselves as friends and protectors of Islam. Given their current mindset, the bishops are unlikely to recognize an Islamic cultural putsch, let alone resist it.

Big Business? Corporations also qualify as cultural institutions. Much of our understanding of what is culturally acceptable and unacceptable is picked up in the workplace. This can be a good thing and often was in the past. Unfortunately, many corporations now reflect and magnify some of the worst cultural trends: arbitrary speech codes, draconian diversity policies, transgenderism, and the like. Currently, several large corporations are using their leverage to suppress speech that is critical of Islam. Giant companies such as PayPal, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are actively trying to shut down websites and individuals that provide accurate information about Islamic cultural jihad. The media monopolies are playing the role that the Ministry of Truth played in Orwell’s 1984. All the really useful information about Islam that has been painfully accumulated in recent years is being quietly dropped down the memory hole.

Why are the counter-jihad sites being shut down? Because they supposedly are “intolerant” and “racist.” Here we come back to the “old-war” mentality. The corporations, the schools, the churches, and the media are ready to do battle with racists, sexists, homophobes, Islamophobes, and transgenderphobes, but they lack the mindset that would allow them to resist the long march through the institutions being conducted by determined and skillful cultural jihadists. In short, their energies are focused on evils that have long been in retreat or on non-existent evils (transgenderphobia, etc.). Meanwhile, the much larger threat posed by Islam draws ever closer."

Hat tip the incomparable Mark Steyn.


Saturday, September 16, 2017


Via Pressefreiheit 24:


Am 24. September geht es um die Zukunft Eurer Kinder, es geht um die Zukunft Eurer Kultur, und es geht um die Zukunft Eures Vaterlandes!

Schaltet Fernseher und Radio aus! Geht durch Eure Innenstädte, ignoriert Wahlplakate und die Stände der Parteien. Schaut Euch stattdessen Eure Stadt an, den Bahnhof, die Schulen, die Kinderspielplätze und die Strassen.

Dann überlegt wer seit Jahren regiert, benutzt Euren Verstand und entscheidet Euch für eine Zukunft, in der Unsere Kinder in Frieden aufwachsen können."


Friday, September 15, 2017


It was called Operation Chromite, and in the blink of an eye, the landings changed the fortunes of the South Koreans and their allies. Last year, the South Koreans made a movie about it:

Apparently, the West does not have the monoply on leftist moonbats, as we learn from this article by Michael Fahy over at American Thinker:

"Crackling radio reports early on September 15, 1950 picked up via staticky shortwave radio told Americans of the unexpected, unbelievably high-risk Invasion of Inchon by our armed forces, led by five-star general Douglas MacArthur. That turnaround in the Korean War was the best life-saving military news since five years past, when two A-bombs ended World War II.

In the months before Inchon, American Marines and soldiers had been electrocuted on barbwire, tortured, and pushed south to land's end by the evil forces of Communist North Korea. All but a tiny foothold of South Korea had fallen to the enemy. After winning a war fought on six continents and seven seas, America was being humiliated on that small Korean peninsula. That world in which Americans lived changed on the day of MacArthur's highly successful invasion.

The brilliantly conceived Invasion of Inchon by MacArthur 67 years ago is considered one of the greatest operations in military history. Seoul was liberated ten days after MacArthur's landing and is now among the world's leading cities. The vibrant economy built by free South Koreans would not exist if MacArthur's Inchon invasion had failed."


"Today, Douglas MacArthur's bronze statue, ten feet tall atop an 18-foot base, stands high above the invasion site in Inchon's Freedom Park. Statues of men are erected to show gratitude for accomplishments and courageous achievements. In a larger sense, we build statues to leave for posterity so that our great, great grandchildren will forever know of this man, his deed, and this time in which we have lived.

If today you are a college student, your grandfather will tell you that South Korea is free and prosperous because Douglas MacArthur, his officers, and his men saved South Korea from the malignant communism that still enslaves the people's cousins in North Korea. But your professor will tell you that the MacArthur statue at Inchon must be torn down by a mob because Douglas MacArthur was a war criminal who prevented the "peaceful" reunification of North Korea with South Korea. "His statue is a symbol of war. It must be torn down," says Lee Kwang-ho, assistant director-general of the Inchon Sociality for Peace and Participation. A police guard protects the MacArthur statue from professors and their students, organized by the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions. The most violent of several attempts to topple the tall statue failed when thousands of Inchon residents and police protected the monument in 2005."


Sunday, September 10, 2017


Hat tip Richard Pera over at CDR Salamander.


Saturday, September 09, 2017


First Wim Mertens with Struggle for Pleasure. From the soundtrack of the 1987 movie The Belly of an Architect.

Wim Mertens is a Belgian/Flemish composer, pianist, guitarist and musicologist, who did the soundtrack for this film drama by Peter Greenaway. In The Belly of an Architect, Brian Dennehy - who I first got to know as the ruthless sheriff in the 1982 Rambo: First Blood movie - plays Stourley Kracklite, an architect whose physical decline throughout the movie is a metaphor for the gradually diminishing stature of an 18th century visionary French architect by the name of Etienne-Louis Boullée. Very few of Boullées low-key designs have survived to this day, and none of his grandiose, even megalomaniac projects were actually built. But both in his own times and in the twentieth century, when he was rediscovered, he exerted a considerable influence.

Hans Zimmer with Supermarine, from the soundtrack of this year's blockbuster movie Dunkirk, but applied to shots from the epic 1969 movie The Battle of Britain, starring a.o. Michael Caine.

After The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar, another fruitful collaboration between two immensely gifted professionals.

Goede nacht. For those living in the area to be visited by Irma - or those living in other areas afflicted by atrocious weather, think Nepal, India, or Sierra Leone - I can only offer my prayers. Stay strong.



Easy as pie, not?

Leftism is a mental disorder.


Friday, September 08, 2017


Pat Condell's latest video:

Hat tip Gates of Vienna.


Thursday, September 07, 2017


Best read on why DACA should be repealed comes imho from, who else, Mark Steyn:

"Readers will know I strongly dislike the contemporary habit of acronymic legislation: The "DREAM Act" is, more precisely, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. The Tea Act that so excited His Majesty's subjects in British North America was, in fact, called "An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea or oil to any of his Majesty's colonies or plantations in America; to increase the deposit on bohea tea to be sold at the East India Company's sales; and to empower the Commissioners of the Treasury to grant licenses to the East India Company to export tea duty-free". If only Lord North had thought to call it the TASTY Act (Telling Americans we're Still Taxing You), the whole unpleasantness of the Boston Tea Party and subsequent events might have been avoided.

But the DREAM Act is not merely an example of fatuous aconyms. It also demonstrates the larger point I've made over the years - of how culture trumps politics. The DREAM Act bombed as politics, but the stupid name took hold in the culture - to whit:

DREAMers Like Me Have Flourished Under DACA. Trump Might Take It All Away

...and a zillion other headlines: "The Dreamers Are Ready to Fight President Trump." "This Dreamer Is Ready to Go to the Army. Will Trump Let Him?" "Congress, It's Up to You to Protect the Dreamers." Etc.

So we have gone from "illegal aliens" to "undocumented workers" to "Dreamers". And Republican voters wonder why they never win anything. Sixty years ago, the US Government was happy to call its "comprehensive immigration reform" plans "Operation Wetback", and President Eisenhower was willing to use the term in public. Now we expect jelly-spined finger-in-the-windy legislators to stand firm against "Dreamers". Yeah, right. As for Europe, if Chancellor Merkel and the EU start calling their legions of sturdy young Muslim "refugees" Dreamers, it's game over."


"Imagine one billion inhabitants [of the developing world], imagine they all move north.

I ran his math:

A billion man march, eh? The population of the developed world - North America, the European Union, Japan, Oz, NZ - is about a billion. Of the remaining six billion people around the planet, is it really so absurd to think that one-sixth of them would "move north" if they could?

As we had cause to reflect on Labor Day, no developed nation in the year 2017 needs mass immigration. To judge from the press coverage, the average DACA beneficiary is a twelve-year-old beatific moppet. In fact, Obama amnestied those aged 30 and under in 2012 - which means some of them are 36 now, which means (given that they're either undocumented or using fraudulent documents) some of these dreaming moppets are in their forties. No matter. Those who aren't telegenic infants are, we're assured, serving in the US Army or helping with Harvey relief. As Tucker Carlson scoffed last night, the proportion of Dreamers serving in the military is tiny. And as a statistic it might be more useful if we could compare it to the number of Dreamers serving in, say, MS-13...

Yet Orrin Hatch assures us that Dreamers have to be "of good character". And DACA supposedly requires that a Dreamer...

.. has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety."


"And, of course, the minute Dreamers become legal, chain migration will take care of the rest, including their parents, who broke the law in the first place - because, despite the assurances, no one will check that, either.

Nevertheless, in the eyes of the American people, and certainly their media, a Dreamer is a class valedictorian about to sign up for a tour in Afghanistan. So good luck to any Republican legislator minded to argue against that. Thus the power of a single word to frame the issue: "Illegal aliens" are lawbreakers who should face the consequences. But Dreamers are an identity group, like the transgendered or gays or African-Americans: it's as innate as biology or orientation; why blame them?

Perhaps the most depressing aspect of the last 24 hours is the way it has utterly upended the extraordinary events of summer 2015, when Donald Trump did something truly radical for a candidate of either party: He talked about the problem of immigration policy not from the perspective of the Dreamers but of those on the receiving end of their dreams. Back then, several members of the current Trump Administration were outraged by this. In an unprecedented move, Nikki Haley used the official Republican response to the State of the Union to attack not President Obama but candidate Trump and those foolish enough to "follow the siren call of the angriest voices". As I responded:

~ Unfortunately for her, this sentimentalist twaddle is not where the Republican base is. She's looking at immigration policy from the point of view of the seven billion hard-working soon-to-be-vetted Americans-in-waiting around the planet. But one of the changes this election season is that the party base is considering immigration policy from the point of view of the 300 million Americans who are already here.

That was the extraordinary transformation Donald Trump effected two summers ago. Now we're back to all the usual "sentimentalist twaddle" - "hard-working", "family values", "living in the shadows" and (from delusional Republicans) "natural conservatives".

"To be sure, Republicans are still prepared to criticize Obama for his chosen method of immigration "reform" - via executive order, or, as George III would have called it, Royal Proclamation. "We can't burn the Constitution just to do what you want," Sean Hannity told Jorge Ramos on Fox last night.

But why not? We're burning everything else, as one act of illegality leads on to another, and another: The unlawful entry of millions of unskilled immigrants has led to the unlawful corruption of state databases that implicitly accept the use of stolen Social Security numbers, and the unlawful issuance of drivers' licenses by multiple states to non-legal residents, and the unlawful creation of "sanctuary cities" premised on the nullification of US immigration law, and now even the proposed repeal by certain municipalities of the defining privilege of citizenship in free societies - by the introduction of voting rights for non-citizens. Why should the separation of powers be quaintly adhered to when nothing else is?"


"The left is quite explicit: Borders are fascist and racist, and thus the organizing principle of the world for the last four centuries - the nation state - is an illegitimate concept. The globalist establishment is not that upfront about it: they're more of the view, publicly, that the nation state is an obsolescent and increasingly irrelevant concept. This is, in fact, "burning the Constitution", and even the very concept of constitutions, and of the Peace of Westphalia - for the two most fundamental aspects of any state are borders and citizenship. If there are no borders, there are no citizens, only competing tribes of identity politics - like Dreamers. And, if , as his name surely suggests, a Dreamer trumps a citizen, and if anyone on the planet is a potential American, then American citizenship is objectively worthless."

At the end of the day, the very fact that there are such large numbers of 'DREAMers' in the country that's the vanguard of the developed world is in itself a sign that the developing countries have failed BIG TIME. I don't feel the slightest inclination to move to Nouakchott or Mogadishu or Sanaa because it SUCKS over there. I am happy to live here, in an as yet somehow democratic state and an environment that is the fruit of unfathomable blood sacrifices with an infrastructure and a heritage that are the result of an frenzied labor effort, technological excellence, and dedication. Sure enough, we have our fair share of lazybones and profiteers and it may, and I fear will, all go to bust in the foreseeable future, but for now "the centre is still somewhat holding."

Now, Europe is confronted by legions of people fleeing hellholes in Africa and the muslim world. The former have post-colonialism now had 60 years plus to get their house in order, and still there are very few hopeful signs from that continent. The latter have had 1,400 years and only those lucky enough to sit with their butts on oil function - somewhat.

The US is assailed by similar cohorts from Latin America. Take Mexico e.g., a dismally functioning country that has seen some 130,000 deaths over the past decade and still tries to pass itself off on the world stage as a 'normal' nation.

I'm sorry, but we in the developed world cannot be held responsible for other people's failures. We enjoy the fruits of our labor and the labor of untold generations before us. Civilizations who preferred to sit under trees and peel bananas have NO F*CKING RIGHT to be envious of OUR still functioning societies.

To import the Third World is to become the Third World.

It should be easy for the GOP to push DACA repeal through. But it's becoming more and more obvious that too many Republicans either simply don't want to win or else should join the democrats.