Excitement is in the air (at least for us news junkies) as Europe goes to the polls for the election of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the next few days. Although MEPs don’t have much power, they have a loud voice which is being used by the euro-sceptics to explain to the voting members of their countries the tyranny of the European Union and that the best way to fight this enemy of freedom is for their countries to reject membership in the EU. They are also using this election as a launching pad for regaining control of their individual countries, via a future national election. There are three major Euro-sceptic players, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France, and the former two are holding elections on May 22. The reasons for their skepticism are many, but primary their reasons are that the EU has destroyed national sovereignty and is tyrannical. Unelected EU officials make the decisions that influence the lives of every citizen in the countries that are members. In addition the open borders policy has allowed for vast numbers of unemployed, and unemployable, citizens of other, less prosperous, countries to leave and move to more prosperous countries where they are supported by the taxpayers of that country and are not assimilated. This has placed a tremendous burden on the more prosperous nations of Western Europe, and the taxpayers of these countries are fed up.
Ukip (the United Kingdom Independent Party) is expected to win a decisive vote in this election. The Lib/Lab/Con (Liberal, Labour, and Conservative) parties are clearly frightened and have gone to extreme lengths, calling Ukip racist, using large quantities of money to mount attack ads, and using a national press that (like the American press) is quite willing and capable of hiding the truth and lying about – well, almost anything. A big win by Ukip would finish the Liberal Party, it would put a serious dent in the Labour Party, and would probably do irreparable harm to the Conservative Party (actually a party of RINOs). The Ukip Party‘s number one priority is to remove the UK from the European Union, thereby giving decision-making back to the British. Ukip has been working inside the European Union for a number of years as the party developed and grew – now it is time to go for the jugular and may they succeed.
A public opinion poll conducted by the EU in 2009 showed support for EU membership the lowest in the United Kingdom, Latvia and Hungary, and also found that euro-scepticism is found on both the left and the right. Ukip has been drawing followers from both and it seems that they have found a platform that suits the British people.
In the Netherlands the Party for Freedom (Partij vor de Vrijheid – PVV) is also conservative and also fairly new (having been founded by Geert Wilders in 2005). The party has a conservative position on culture and immigration. It is also said to have an economic liberal position, although I fail to see how a party that seeks abolition of the minimum wage, limitations on child and other government subsidies can be called liberal. PVV wants the Netherlands to withdraw from the European Union and insist on assimilation by non-natives, who are mostly Muslims from Morocco. As the Dutch voters rejected the European Constitution by 62% in 2005 it seems that there is a very high likelihood that PVV will be successful in these elections.
In France, the Front National (FN) is expected to win big in Sunday’s election. Unlike the British Ukip and the Dutch PVV, the Front National really is a far-right party. Headed by Marine Le Pen, a lawyer and daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and retired leader of the Front National, the party is euro-sceptic and hence wants France out of the European Union, it also wants to put a stop to immigration. Economically the party holds a position that includes lower taxes, a reduction of bureaucracy, and a promotion of capitalism. While Jean-Marie had/has a reputation of being antisemitic, his daughter does not. The party, despite its background and a few fascist tendencies seems to be a fairly patriotic one, and has a platform of rejecting of the European Union and immigration, which has been largely from the Islamic world. Don’t look for Ukip, PVV, or the Tea Party to welcome the FN to their ranks, but should they win big on Sunday we can expect to hear much more from them. And who knows they might even lead the way in the much hoped for break-up of the European Union.
There will be a new order in these and any other country where the euro-sceptics win. This is a chance for political parties such as Ukip to shine and to enlarge their membership in preparation for national elections where their conservative policies are in tune with the electorate. Time will reveal more of course, but regardless of one’s position it is clear that big changes are near at hand in Europe. Put aside any plans just now to buy maps of Europe – there may soon be changes in the Old World where a New World is about to unfold.
The Washington Free Beacon has decided that Jay Leno is the 2013 Man of the Year. That is much better than the choices that GQ made. Good for the Washington Free Beacon:
The most inoffensive, milquetoast king of late night comedy has emerged as a hero willing to speak truth to power.
Jay Leno is on his way out as the host of “The Late Show” on NBC. He’s leaving with both guns blazing, and they are aimed squarely at the most powerful institutions in the United States: television executives and President Barack Obama.
Leno’s monologues, long derided by fellow comics as the “Wal-Mart” of stand-up, took a sharp turn in March when rumors began circulating that he would be replaced by Fever Pitch star Jimmy Fallon.
“It’s so bad, ‘The Biggest Loser’ isn’t just a TV show anymore … it’s our new motto,” Leno said after NBC finished last in network ratings. “It’s so bad, NBC called Manti Te’o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers.”
But his most biting commentary has come at the president’s expense.
“He’s such a good speaker, he almost believed it himself. And then his pants caught fire,” he said of Obamacare in November. It took PolitiFact another month to catch up.
June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of
heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches
of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a
crusade in which
“we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More
than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and
by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The
D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or
wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe
to defeat Hitler.
... in honor of the 150,000 troops, mainly US, British and Canadian, who
risked or gave their lives in the liberation of German-occupied western
Europe during World War II.
Too many young people have no idea what D-Day is, the sacrifices made by brave men.
During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which
lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation
of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation
Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when
some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five
beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of
France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious
military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to
D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to
mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August
1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following
spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have
been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe. (History)
Anti-terrorism investigators now say they have "high quality images"
of a "tall, athletic bearded man" aged about 30, possibly of North
African origin, praying near the spot where he attacked the 23-year-old
soldier from behind with a knife or a box-cutter on Saturday. He then fled
into a crowded train station and is still at large.
"He was filmed praying near where the attack took place. After the attack
he can be seen leaving the shopping centre of La Défense (business district),"
a source close the investigation told Le Parisien.
The soldier, Cédric Cordiez, survived the midafternoon attack and was
discharged from hospital this morning but is said to be "traumatised"
by the stabbing. It was carried out three days after a British soldier was
murdered on a busy London street by two men shouting Islamist slogans.
Manuel Valls, the French interior minister, said there are "elements that
lead us to believe it (the French attack) could be an act of terrorism"
and that police are now pursuing "serious leads". (continue reading at The Telegraph UK)
Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income
tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President
Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the
The Council ruled that the
planned 75 percent tax on annual income above 1 million euros ($1.32
million) - a flagship measure of Hollande's election campaign - was
unfair in the way it would be applied to different households.
Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the government would redraft the upper
tax rate proposal to answer the Council's concerns and resubmit it in a
new budget law, meaning Saturday's decision could only amount to a
temporary political blow.
While the tax plan was largely symbolic and would only have affected a few thousand people, it has infuriated high earners in France,
prompting some such as actor Gerard Depardieu to flee abroad. The
message it sent also shocked entrepreneurs and foreign investors, who
accuse Hollande of being anti-business. (Reuters, via Drudge)
So if the tax is largely symbolic, why do it in the first place? To make those less fotunate jealous and to make them feel like the government is doing something to level the playing field.
And you thought Sarkozy was an Islamopanderer. Not even in office for a week and Francois Hollande has banned all dishes containing pork products from all government offices, in deference to France’s demanding and perpetually offended Muslim population. How long before he unbans street prayers and burqas?
Effective immediately, the new French head of state never again will allow pork to pass his lips…or the lips of his staff, other government officials, or foreign guests.
With this decision, Hollande embraces the profound change in the French ethnic and religious population, with Christians becoming slowly extinct, replaced by the massive and permanent infestation of Muslim occupiers.
The new president’s decision is payback to the Muslim electorate, who overwhelmingly - 93% – voted for him. Formerly banned from the USA (until Obama took office) controversial Islamist Tarik Ramadan, called on France’s 700 mosques to support Hollande. (...contnue reading)
So far, François Hollande has appointed three persons with past convictions or indictments, despite his solemn promise not to hire anyone with a record. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, convicted of favoritism, Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, convicted of unethical conduct within the National Assembly, and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, indicted for voluntary manslaughter in the affair of contaminated blood in 1999 and later exonerated. More on that later.
Hollande’s win represents a groundshift in European politics; with a socialist president, France will become the only major European country moving to the left instead of to the right in response to the economic downturn. (Breitbart)
raise taxes (including a marginal tax rate for earnings above $1 million to 75%),
lower retirement age, and
boost spending levels
His winning platform? One that Barack Obama would surely love to duplicate:
Hollande promised to hire more staff to boost France’s state education system and to reduce the retirement age from 62 to 60 for people who have completed a minimum 41 years of work.
He also pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy and balance the country's budget by 2017.
And while both the far right and Sarkozy adopted an anti-immigration stance during the campaign, the Socialist candidate stood by a promise to give foreigners the right to vote in local elections. (France24)
Look for Muslims to rapidly take over France.
As always, Daniel Greenfield has his own unique take on the situation. Here's an excerpt from his "Niggas in Paris":
That hasn't stopped the press from gushing over Hollande anyway as if there were anything to gush about, or prevented the release of "48 H AVEC FH," a viral campaign video that tries to marry Hollande's sheepish campaign route with rap bravado. Set to "Niggas in Paris" a rap song by Kanye West, French voters are treated to quick cuts of mainly African and Muslim voters showing their enthusiasm for Hollande while Jay Z and Kanye West make the usual boasts and threats transplanted to Paris that, in their own way, are every bit as tired and empty as Hollande.
Hollande hardly appears in "48 H AVEC FH" which is a smart decision. It's easier to sell him as a revolutionary candidate if you don't have to look at him or listen to him. It makes it easy to forget that, in this race, Marine Le Pen was the revolutionary candidate. Hollande isn't revolutionary, he's as much a figure of the reactionary left as Bo Xilai, the corrupt Chinese Communist leader and former Red Guard who tried to revive the Cultural Revolution with his Red Culture Movement. A clueless apparatchik of an old regime promising the old socialist virtues that no one can afford anymore.
"Niggas in Paris", a song inspired by Kanye West's trip to Paris, where he ...
Hollande, the likely beneficiary of the French public's dissatisfaction with Sarkozy, is a placeholder for the long fall of the republic into night. The Qataris are buying up France and the banlieues are swelling because of the malaise leading to the fall. They are the phlegm and sputum that show the presence of the illness, but the illness is there in the body of the nation. The short term debates over economic growth will define the election, but the long term future will be defined not by elections, and not even by demographics alone, but by the soul of a nation.
France, like the rest of Europe, like America, is falling into its own dark night and only a revival of its national values can save it. (continue reading at Sultan Knish)
IT IS half of the Franco-German motor that drives the European Union. It has been the swing country in the euro crisis, poised between a prudent north and spendthrift south, and between creditors and debtors. And it is big. If France were the next euro-zone country to get into trouble, the single currency’s very survival would be in doubt.
That is why the likely victory of the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, in France’s presidential election matters so much. In the first round on April 22nd Mr Hollande came only just ahead of the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy. Yet he should win the second round on May 6th, because he will hoover up all of the far-left vote that went to Jean-Luc Mélenchon and others and also win a sizeable chunk from the National Front’s Marine Le Pen and the centrist François Bayrou. (continue reading at The Economist, hat tip Marcus Wilder)
A week after a follower of the Religion of Peace, Mohammed Merah, killed seven people including three soldiers, a 30-year-old teacher at a Jewish school, his sons aged five and four, and a seven-year-old girl French President Nicolas Sarkozy will ban certain Imams from entering France. The headlines were misleading, stating that Sarkozy would 'ban Imams from France'. Yesterday nineteen people were arrested in a series of police raids on suspected Islamists
According to the Daily Mail, French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to ban Imams from entering France next month for an Islamic conference organised by the Union of French Islamic Organisations. Sarkozy made his plans known in a radio interview, stating that,
“I have clearly indicated that there are certain people who have been invited to this congress who are not welcome on French soil.”
In France, the Union of French Islamic Organisations is regarded as having close ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. [snip]
Although French President Nicolas Sarkozy plans to ban imams from entering France is not necessarily unwarranted, it comes at a time where anti-Islam sentiments are at an all time high. Along with this latest development, President Sarkozy also supported the ruling of banning of any face-concealing veil such as the niqab or burka that some Muslim women regard as religious wear last year. According to the Daily Mail, President Sarkozy also mentioned his intentions to punish those viewing websites advocating Islamic extremism and going abroad for indoctrination or terrorist training. (AmericanLiveWire)
One of those barred, the Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, says he refuses to come to France.
The ban also includes other high-profile Muslim clerics of Palestinian, Egyptian and Saudi origin.
The foreign ministry said in a statement that "these people call for hatred and violence and seriously violate the principles of the Republic, and in the current context, seriously risk disrupting public order."
Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian descent, recorded his killing spree and the video was posted at Al-Jazeera. Marah's brother praised the killing spree while his father may sue France, claiming his son was murdered. However:
When police surrounded Merah's Toulouse apartment last week, the gunman fought off an initial assault and then, in a conversation with a police negotiator, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
He said he shot dead three soldiers in two separate attacks in Toulouse and nearby Montauban on March 11 and 15, then last Monday opened fire at a Jewish school in Toulouse, killing a 30-year-old teacher, his sons aged five and four, and a seven-year-old girl.
The killer's father told AFP he had noticed a change in his son's behaviour the last time he returned to see his family in Algeria.
"He didn't appear to want to go out and stayed in his room to recite the Koran and read books. As soon as he'd hear the muezzin (calling for prayer), he would run to the mosque," he said.
Why did he execute seven innocent people? It has been alleged that Merah traveled to Afghanistan in 2011.
He was described being driven to kill his seven victims in a shooting rampage that terrorized this city by his resentment over the fate of the Palestinians, and France’s military presence in Afghanistan and ban on the full Muslim veil. (Telegraph)
All freedom loving countries should get serious about immigration from Islamic countries. Was this guy on the French radar prior to his killing spree? We don't have any indication of that. Good for Sarkozy in his efforts.
While NATO countries send troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban, these same countries are exporting a significant number of jihadists -- like the Toulouse gunman -- to the Afghan-Pakistan border for terrorist training. "So many people arrive every month that there are problems finding places for them to stay," a suspected al Qaeda member recently told German investigators. (continue)
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