Monday, January 14, 2008


Please bear with me. I am sorry.
There's lots of good, interesting stuff out there. Fascinating stuff. Truly fas-ci-nating!
The Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator designed to find a.o. the Higgs-boson aka the "God Particle", is scheduled to begin operation in May!
2008 will see the launch of Europes very first spacetruck, the Jules Verne. It will carry cargo to and from the ISS.
Also, Europes new spacelab Columbus is scheduled to finally begin operation this year... and a new launch missile, smaller than the Ariane V, is making its entry: the Vega.
Contrary to what you would think, there IS substantial progress in much of (black) Africa. A country like Botswana e.g. deserves far more attention than it gets.
Between 1997 and 2004, carbon dioxide emissions from countries which signed he Kyoto protocol rose on average 21.1%. Carbon dioxide emissions from the US rose 6.6% in that same period.
Al Qaeda has lost in Iraq. Harry Reid is as depressed about that as Brian de Palma over his summer 2007 earnings, but that don't change a thing.


But in spite of myself, I keep coming back to what is quickly evolving into an existential issue for Europe. The following topic is but one in a kaleidoscope of faits divers, societal trends, side effects and very visible developments, which all point in the same direction: the islamization of my continent. It is but a small topic. But it will tell you a lot.

Bert Anciaux, former Culture MinisterSpirit is a Flemish "leftist liberal" party, an offspring of the now defunct Volksunie, which once was a relatively normal Flemish nationalist party. More than thirty years ago, some unsatisfactory accord, the so-called Egmontpact, was reached between Flemings and Walloons which angered the more radical part of Volksunie's electorate enough to flock to the then brand new Vlaams Blok. Some ten years ago, what was left of Volksunie split into a "rightwing" part, NVA, and a "leftwing" part, ID21. NVA attracted the saner guys, ID21 the nutters. ID21 quickly crumbled and morphed into the even nuttier Spirit under the guidance of a certain Bert Anciaux. Leftist, progressive, ecologically responsible, pluralism, general nuttiness plus a mellow variant of Flemish nationalism were the main credos of the hodgepodge of weirdos making up Spirit. The founder, Bert Anciaux, somehow made it Minister of Culture on a Blue Monday, some five or six years back. I recall a story from those days, when there was a serious row about a school director who had sent a kid back home because he was so stitched up with piercings and earrings that he'd set off a metal detector at Zaventem International Airport by simply thinking of using a plane. Minister Bert Anciaux rushed to the defense of... the pupil, on the grounds that, fasten your seatbelts, all great cultures of humanity had worn earrings.

But we digress.

These days, the chairwoman of Spirit is Bettina Geysen. Spirit's bigshots are a bit pissed off, because their ideological brothers, the Flemish socialists from SP.a, find themselves in the opposition now that there is a government (other big losers of the June 10, 2007 elections, the Walloon socialists, hold minister portfolios though). So it was not exactly in the best of moods that Mrs. Geysen climbed the stage to give the annual New Years' speech, two weeks late.

Guess what she was wearing.

Foto: Het Laatste Nieuws

Geysen lambasted the fact that the City Council of Ghent, in a rare show of realism and not a little influenced by a VB proposal, approved in November 2007 of a decree requesting Ghent's public servants working in a visible position to not wear the veil. Before you think that is discriminatory, know that the decree also forbids the wearing of any religious symbol, be it a Christian cross around the neck or a jewish yarmulke. Also, the rule does not apply to muslim women working in some back office where they are not seen by ordinary citizens. All this to ensure strict neutrality. No protests btw from the crusaders and the world's evil machinists, only from you-know-who.

You just remember.

These are the people actively promoting abortion.

These are the people actively promoting euthanasia.

These are the people who fiercely opposed any reference to Europes judeo-christian roots in the EU Constitution.

These are the people who spit on our traditions and who mock the Catholic Church.

These are the people who would love Bush, Powell, Rummy and Cheney to be tried by the ICC.

These are the people who think America is a dictatorship (one lunatic, Geert Lambert, "observed" the 2004 Presidential elections anxious to prevent another theft of the election by Bush)

These are the people actively promoting gay marriage.

These are the people actively promoting gay adoption.

These are the "Boss In Own Belly" feminists.

These are the BOM-Mothers (Bewust Ongehuwde Moeders, "Consciously Unmarried Mothers").

These are the people who would suggest instead of a stable family transitional relationships whereby the initial biological mother and father swap partners every number of years, creating ever more complicated so-called "composed families".

And they lie in bed with a belief system that, once in power, will crush them first.

I, Outlaw Mike, live in the world's Biggest Open-Air Loonybin.

One day, we will come to Columbus. And Vega. And Botswana. And the ISS. And the God Particle. God willing. One day we will come to that.


Sunday, January 13, 2008


I meant to post this right after my return from Poland on January 3, but frankly, I was so sick of it all that at the moment I could not bring myself to complete the post back then. Then the Iowa caucus caught my attention. But I still owe it to you. Here's what I learned upon returning in my country:


No traditional New Year's Eve festivitities and fireworks in Brussels last time. Lots of coverage in Belgian media, but of course all in Dutch and/or French. However, FOX News had a good article in English:

Foto: Het Laatste Nieuws
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Traditional New Year's Eve fireworks in central Brussels have been canceled due to a continuing terror threat in the Belgian capital, officials said Sunday. The popular downtown Christmas market will close early, at 6 p.m., on Dec. 31 rather than staying open all night, and the adjacent skating rink will shut at 8 p.m. Authorities warned of an increased risk of attack after police last week detained 14 people suspected of plotting to help an accused Al Qaeda militant break out of jail.

The inmate, Nizar Trabelsi, 37, is a Tunisian ex-professional soccer player who is serving 10 years for plotting to drive a car bomb into the cafeteria of a Belgian air force base housing about 100 U.S. military personnel.

I got back from Poland only this evening, so I did not hear of all this firsthand, but my neigbour's wife just told me there was a terrible show of force by Police in Central Brussels, with streets cordoned off and huge police visibility. We have sadly all come to know the Brussels mayor, the infamous Freddy Thielemans, Parti Socialiste. If a scoundrel like him complied immediately with the recommendations of the Ministry of Interior's Crisis Centre, which got its information from OCAD, the Anti-Terror Cell, things must have been very serious indeed.

It is highly likely that the security measures were related to the arrest of 14 terror suspects, earlier in December, who allegedly planned to blow up bombs in the Brussels Subway system. Among he fourteen arrested was Malika El Aroud, the widow of the assassin of the Afghan warlord Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was murdered days prior to 9/11. Another was Trabelsi's girlfriend Naima. Tapped telephone conversations revealed that Naima had boasted that her daughter, who studies chemistry, was able to make explosives. When interrogated about these phone talks, Naima defended herself by saying "that she was only joking."


On the last day of the year, an arrest took place in Rotterdam whereby three suspects were rounded up who reportedly planned a terror attack. Police got its information from the Dutch Anti-Terror Service, the AIVD, and reacted immediately. The three men, aged 31, 32 and 39 years, were two Moroccans with Dutch nationality and a Sudanese without fixed domicile. So far, so good. Happens all the time these past few years.

But then, immediately after New Year, details emerged. Dutch blog GeenStijl reports:

But now it appears that the three terror suspects rounded up days ago wanted to stage a HUGE BOMB ATTACK during the New Year's Eve. Target: Veronica New Years Eve on the Erasmus Bridge. Purpose: blow everything up during Kane's live concert [note by MFBB: they probably mean the popular band Keane]. Two Moroccans and oen Sudanese almost had theor own Ground Zero. They were arrested only hours prior to 00:00. Kudos for the arrest, but the whole affair leaves us with an unpleasant feeling...

The prestigious Dutch daily De Telegraaf confirms:

Only the past few days, the muslim extremists' internet communication revealed their intention: cause a bloodbath on the busy new year's party taking place on and around the Erasmus Bridge.

Immediate action [by security services and police] in all likelihood prevented a disaster of unknown proportions. The party was attended by more than 15,000 people perched onto each other, following the concerts, a mass of people which can hardly, if at all, be protected. Yet that very evening special measures had been announced. Visitors were not allowed on the bridge. Of the Moroccan suspects is known that they have Dutch nationality. The Sudanese had been on our country for auite some time illegally, but would not have been sent to Holland with the specific purpose of staging an attack...

And in a move very likely related to the arrests of the would be bombers, another roundup took place on January 4. An alert citizen was able to shoot the whole thing, probably with a cell camera. Geenstijl again:

A spectacular arrest this afternoon near Goirle in Brabant. There, a heavily armed arrest team plucked two suspects, involved with the foiled Rotterdam attack, from the national road A58. The whole thing was filmed by a prototype GS onlooker [sorry - Geenstijl writes 'prototype GS reaguurder' but even I sometimes have trouble with Dutch slang] who coincidentally had duty as a cameraman for Brabant Broadcast. The movie of the arrests can be found here.

Jesus. Christ. W-T-F is going on lately?