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.
It was reported recently that Queen Elizabeth II is down to her last million pounds, although in fact this is a woman who has no financial worries, nor does her family. Regardless of this, the royal family is not as wealthy as it was at one time, and the British crown seems to have been in steady decline for some years now as evidenced for example by the decommissioning in 1997 of HMY (Her Majesty’s Yacht) Britannia. Not only was it a personal loss to the royal family, but as the Britannia was also intended to serve as a bomb shelter so it also served a more serious purpose.
I do suspect that the whole purpose of the articles recently published was simply to “sell newspapers,” as the old saying goes. According to a report from the (House of) Commons Public Accounts Committee the queen’s advisers have overspent to the extent that that they have had to dip into reserves. However this report was chaired by a Labour MP, and the Labour Party has historically wanted to do away with the monarchy. ON the other had a palace spokesman has claimed that the royal household since 2007 has doubled its income.
It is virtually impossible to determine who is telling the truth as both sides have reasons to support their story. However if, it is true that royal finances are in serious trouble, there may be a solution near at hand. I have written a want ad for the perfect person/s to meet their needs. In addition there is a recommendation, although among the 63 million people in the United Kingdom there may be someone else (or several someone elses) who might be suited to undertake the effort to make a financial success of the British monarchy.
• Must have experience in creating wealth.
• Must have experience and personal knowledge of turning a small amount of money into a large amount.
• Must have a track record of successful innovation and good financial management.
• Must be a conjurer who can magnify something built on smoke and mirrors into something substantial and real.
• Must be discrete.
• Must be able to discern public expectations, yet keep above the masses.
• Must not drop ‘h’s.’ (for you Americans reading this, it is a sign of a poor education/lower class individual)
• Must have a compelling reason to want this endeavor to succeed.
Hence, my nominees for this position are Michel and/or Carole Middleton. They have the experience in all of the above. They do not drop their ‘h’s’, and also have extremely compelling reasons for this endeavor to succeed – a daughter who is slated to become queen and a royal grandson who can only benefit from the application of their ingenuity and creativity to restore the Windsor family fortunes, turn a decrepit institution into something glorious again, and make Britain great again.
Britain had Its Darkest Hour. Is this America’s Darkest Hour?
Recently there have been many comparisons between the 1938 appeasement of Germany by the Munich Pact and the signing of an agreement with Iran which is an appeasement document that resolves nothing for our side but gives the Iranians time to create a nuclear bomb. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was the British appeaser and fortunately in 1940 he was followed in office by Winston Churchill. Back in 1938 Churchill had said, “Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.” Munich was the first step towards WWII. Will the green-lighting of Iran to continue creating nuclear materials lead to WWIII?
Winston Churchill, whose birth in 1874 we celebrate today, coined the phrase “the darkest hour” to describe the period between the fall of France in June 1940 and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, a time when an invasion of Britain itself was fully expected. Had it occurred this would have been the first time since the year 1066, a period of nearly 900 years, that the island nation suffered a military invasion.
Although this period of time lasted 11 months and 28 days the darkest moment is general thought to have been May 10, 1941 when over 1,500 civilians died in Luftwaffe bombings of London. In 1938, Winston Churchill, then relegated to the opposition in Parliament, lambasted Chamberlain for the Munich deal. His words might equally have been addressed to Jean-Francoise Kerry or Barack Hussein Obama:
We are in the presence of a disaster of the first magnitude...we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road... we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when . . . the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies: "Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting." And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning.
As the late President Kennedy said upon confirming honorary American citizenship on Churchill, “Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened, he has always championed liberty. Facing firmly toward the future, he has never forgotten the past.” Churchill was a man who knew history and learned from it. At one point he advised his listeners to “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” Alas, his words have been ignored and/or rejected by the current American administration, headed by a feckless man who has not made his hatred of Churchill a secret.
Hardly perfect, as he himself would have readily admitted, Churchill understood that “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see,” and that “Our past is the key to our future, which I firmly trust and believe will be no less fertile and glorious.” Yet, today America is rejecting its past and as a result might fall, just as Britain rejected its past (and Churchill) after 1945 and today is a shadow of its former self. Britain in 1938, and America in 2013 both appeased tyranny in the name of peace, but tyrants are never appeased as Churchill understood so well.
Winston Churchill was a man ahead of his times, a man much needed in our time, a man who wrote and spoke much about tyranny. He understood, “Tyranny is our foe whatever trappings or disguise it wears, whatever language it speaks, be it external or internal, we must forever be on our guard, ever mobilized, ever vigilant, always ready to spring at its throat.” These words were as relevant then as they are today.
Sadly, the great Churchill who had fearlessly led Britain from 1940 through the end of the Second World War was rejected in the 1946 elections in favor of the siren song of socialism, a socialism that still weighs down the British economy. Churchill said that “socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.” He also said that “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
The half-American Churchill would have wept for the Britain and the America of today. The leadership of these two countries and those who elected them seem to have learned nothing from history and are therefore doomed to repeat it. While the leadership usually escapes, it is the man in the street who will feel the full brunt of appeasing tyrants and turning their countries into illusionary “worker’s paradises.”
Churchill was not perfect, but he was a role model for us today in so many ways. Today we needed his type of leadership and courage more than ever, for we are more desperate than ever. Who would have thought five years ago, that things would get worse, that our leadership would be so lacking in the necessary courage and tenacity to think big, bold and to be uncompromising in the face of tyranny. We need another Churchill, we need someone who will not only give us fine words but will live by them. But we also need men and women who willing to do battle on all fronts on behalf of liberty. Will you join the battle? Or will you instead invest your time and energies in trivial pursuits?
What can one man do you ask? Ask that of Lech Walesa. Ask that of Ronald Reagan. Ask that of Churchill.
Churchill spoke these words in 1941 (the war began for the British in 1939) at Harrow School:
Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
This article should be titled "No Honor and Huge Betrayal" when we look at what is being done to the average taxpayers here in the United States (and the UK).
Here in the United States we have a President, Barack Hussein Obama, who issues executive orders at the drop of a hat to push his own agenda. Congress, who is supposed to represent the best interests of the people, who are this country, be damned. Congress won't pass something Obama wants, voila, executive order.
The latest, an executive order for something that doesn't exist: Obama issued a wide-ranging executive order designed to support “climate resilient” infrastructure investment in states and communities. (The Hill)
Spending more money that we don't have for a political agenda.
There is little honor in Washington, only betrayal. We send highly qualified, supposedly Conservative people to Washington to represent us, only to see them turned by the establishment.
This latest move by Obama comes on the heals of the grand experiment of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, which is destroying the greatest healthcare network on earth.
Every word out of Obama's mouth is a lie, spoken to push his agenda. You will not be able to keep your doctor, your policies will most likely not be cheaper, and certainly not $2,500 cheaper as he told us. Odds are you will not be able to see a physician, because the majority are not planning on participating in Obamcare. They could not pay their bills and survive on the few cents of reimbursement Obamcare will provide. Offices will be closed and you will be forced to see nurse practitioners with a drop in the bucket of training compared to the years and years of training your physician has.
But if you disagree with Obama, your rights to object and protests are continuously being ripped away. Take the nationwide “Overpasses for Impeachment” movement that has staged hundreds of rallies across the nation since June. This has now been banned in at least one town. We all remember how Obama closed monuments to our war veterans while opening up areas to illegals for a protest.
One of the Plain Dealer’s Pajama Diaries’ comic strips this month, October, by Terri Libenson, showed the following headings across four frames: “There is no doubt our society is kid-centric. But there seems to be a growing backlash. Taking a cue from Europe, families are trying a more laid-back approach to parenting. Still, much of Europe has certain advantages: better work hours, government-mandated childcare, and most of all, no Americans.”
In the last panel, our American mother sees a French couple enjoying a beverage at an outdoor café and asks, “Who wants to carpool to soccer? Parlez-vous anglais? Art club? Chuck E. Cheese? Bonjour?”
And the French utter, “L’Americaine stupide.”
Should we be taking our cue from Europe? While the intensity levels differ, the magnitude of unemployment is the thrust of their financial system, necessitating an austerity program that led to a recession. At this writing, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Luxembourg’s unemployment is below 6 percent, Denmark’s is at 7.4, the UK at 7.7, Poland at 10.6, Italy at 11.7, Lithuania at 13.3, Ireland at 14.6, Portugal at 17.6, and Spain and Greece at a whopping 26.2 and 27 percent respectively. Portugal, Spain and Greece’s unemployment match the US’s during The Great Depression, and the rule is that for every one person unemployed, three others are affected. Therefore, at 25 percent unemployment, everyone is affected. France’s rate, close to 11 percent, is concentrated at its north and south poles, giving them the “enviable” leisure time.
A former trained soldier swapped his Territorial Army beret for a veil and became Britain’s first transgender Muslim woman.
Laurens Vallender now calls himself Lucy and says he is finally ‘true
to herself’ after a sex change three years ago. He is now married to a
Muslim man he met on an online dating site, but he did not know he was
once a man when they wed.
I just bet. Look at that face. Who could possibly suspect Laurens/Lucy is a man?
But finally the UK has its transgender gay Muslim soldier. If it were
the US, the Democrats would already be encouraging him to run for
President. (continue at FrontPageMag)
The Gatestone Institute has a very interesting article on the 200% increase in Muslim inmates in prisons. However, the shocking part of the report is that the jails are run mostly by Muslims. You can only imagine how they treat the non-Muslim inmates, but no need to imagine:
"Nowadays jails are run mostly by
Muslims ... It hurts as a Muslim to have someone disrespect my
religion. If we deal with him one time, with violence, and show him what
time it is, he will never disrespect our religion again ... For
Muslims, you'd say it's good, but for non-Muslims, it's very, very bad."
— Jay, five-time former inmate, quoted by the BBC
The number of Muslim convicts in British prisons has surpassed the
11,000 mark for the first time, according to data included in a new
report produced by the British Parliament.
The statistics -- from a July 29 House of Commons research report entitled, "Prison Population Statistics"
-- show that the number of Muslim inmates in England and Wales jumped
to 11,248 in 2012, up from 3,681 in 1997. Stated another way, over the
past 15 years, the number of Muslims in British prisons has jumped by
more than 200%.
The rate of increase of Muslim inmates in British prisons is eight
times faster than that of the overall prison population, and the numbers
show a clear overrepresentation of Muslim convicts: Muslims, who make
up roughly 5% of the British population as a whole, now make up 13% of
the British prison population (compared to just 6% in 1997).
The growth in the number of Muslim inmates is fueling fears that
British prisons are becoming hotbeds for Islamic radicalization.
Although most of the Muslims in British prisons are immigrants from
Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, an increasing number of Muslim
inmates are converts to Islam.
According to a research report
recently commissioned by the British Ministry of Justice, many
non-Muslim inmates in British prisons are being bullied into conversion
or are embracing Islam in exchange for promises of protection from
The study examines the Islamic "gang culture" inside the Whitemoor
Prison in Cambridgeshire, which houses around 500 of the most dangerous
prisoners in Britain. Researchers from the Cambridge Institute of
Criminology who wrote the report found that more than one third (39%) of
the prisoners at Whitemoor are Muslims.
Prisoners told the researchers that they had felt overwhelming
pressure to convert. In some instances, they said, Muslim inmates had
left Islamic literature in their cells and ordered them to "read this."
In other instances, inmates were promised that if they converted to
Islam, they would be safe from physical assault.
The report states that if loners, including sex offenders, converted
to Islam, fellow Muslims would defend them; they could thereby gain
safety from a large and dominant group. Others used their newly acquired
faith as a tool for status in establishing influence.
Non-Muslims and prison officers inside Whitemoor described Islam as
an "organized gang" and a "protection racket," which "glorified
terrorist behavior and exploited the fear related to it."
We have similar problems with Muslim prison populations here in the United States, but not with Muslim prison guards -- yet.
J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the
prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He
also claims that 80% of the prisoners who "find faith" while in prison
convert to Islam. These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority. Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist
groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that when
radicalization does occur it has little to no connection with these
outside interests. [snip]
In a 2004 report, the Justice Department faulted the prison system
for failing to protect against “infiltration by religious extremists.”
However, the report made clear that the problem was not radical
chaplains, but, rather extremist inmates running worship services.
Mark S. Hamm, a criminologist at Indiana State University,
describes a phenomenon he calls "prison Islam." This consists of "small
gang-like cliques that use cut-and-paste versions of the Koran" to give
a religious patina to violent and criminal activities. Hamm has
identified five such examples since 2005, notably the 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot.
Those stastics are old, one can only imagine what the numbers are for 2013. A quick search does not reveal any recent statistics. If anyone has a link to such statistics, leave it in the comment section.
Do go read the full Gatestone Institute article here.
“Freedom is the power,
rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to
perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes
one’s own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and
goodness; it attains the perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.”
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Paragraph #1731
nation that has murdered 45+ million
innocent souls through the absolute abomination of abortion, it remains
incredulous that major television networks would send news anchors to London to
await the birth of a prince’s baby. In fact, the mere existence of royalty, in
the form of monarchies, represents the antithesis of freedom. Perhaps, for this
reason alone, the sun has long set on the British Empire and, not unexpectedly,
risen within the confines of British Hell. However, since I am neither a despot
nor a monarch – the terms, historically, retaining little distinction between
them – the presence of one more “hereditary ruler” matters very little to me. I
have avowed, for decades, to protect the dignity and integrity of innocent
human life wherever I find it and however I can accomplish this goal. And I
hostility towards royalty, basically, rests upon the fact that few kings,
queens, princes, or princes earned
their position. Worse than “old money” – where someone originally had to earn wealth through business and
investment – monarchs inherit their majesty simply through the feat of having
been born. Therefore, should we bestow such greatness upon infants simply
because their parents were not evil enough to abort their children?
Alternatively, we could lay the claim that the entire conflict within the
Middle East has very little to do with whether the Israelis or the Palestinian
Arabs have a homeland and everything
to do with whether Ishmael (forefather of Arabs) or Isaac (forefather of Jews)
represented the rightful heir to Abraham. Aside from Cain and Abel, this,
perhaps, represents humanity’s first conflict regarding inheritance.
the only thing worth possessing is
freedom – colloquially and officially American speaking, the right to “life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This gift from God represents a
universal, unending, and completely free (though not without cost) guarantee to
all human individuals. To add another quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the Church has done more to free
people from the slavery of evil than any
other institution known to man – the presence of “Freedom makes man responsible for his acts to the extent
that they are voluntary” (#1733). In other words, free will makes people responsible for their conscious actions.
Mental illness and coercion alleviate the responsibilities of man. A mentally
incapacitated individual is not responsible for any action. A person forced into compliance may, depending upon his
or her situation, experience forgiveness for their choices. That is, a person
who shouts, “kill the Jews!” because Muslim terrorists stands ready to behead
their family probably warrants more compassion than someone who seeks an
abortion simply because they feel that childbearing might lead to their
untimely death. People are more responsible for their own survival than that of
another’s, but the wanton killing of innocents simply for convenience can never be condoned.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer have been officially banned from
entering [formerly] Great Britain due to their opposition to
Islamization of the West. This makes no sense -- if you oppose hatred,
mass murder, violence and intolerance -- all of which is Islam on
steroids -- you are banned from Britain. If you are a hateful,
Jew-hating, terrorist supporting radical Imam, you are welcome.
A NEWPORT shopkeeper has been forced by police to remove a T-shirt
from his shop window because they felt it “could be seen to be inciting
Matthew Taylor, 35, the owner of Taylor’s clothes store on Emlyn Walk
in the city, printed up and displayed the T-shirt with the slogan: “Obey
our laws, respect our beliefs or get out of our country” after Drummer
Lee Rigby, 25, was killed in near Woolwich barracks in London last week.
But following a complaint from a member of the public, police came to
his store and threatened to arrest him unless he removed the Tshirt from
sight. [big snip]
Newport city councillor, Majid Rahman said: “I believe in freedom of
speech and defend his rights to say what he wants, but once it starts
offending people then it’s a police matter and it’s up to them whether
they think it’s broken any laws.”
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