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Old Apr 26th, 2019, 11:14 AM   #921
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Have a heart! They might face violence if deported...
Tragedy, indeed...
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Old May 1st, 2019, 09:24 AM   #922
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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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244 years ago in Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, a loosely organized militia began a fight for the freedom and independence of the United States. Why? Because the status quo was unacceptable. We (and I say that with pride!) saw our lives being controlled by others, our culture being usurped by a foreign power, and we fought!

That Europe meekly accepts its bondage at the hands of a cowardly and savage political philosophy that is perfectly opposed in all ways to the glories of European enlightenment, personal freedom and cultural glory is disgusting, and an unequivocal sign of the its dissolution and failure. That it also accepts the destruction of its religions is a clear sign of its moral turpitude.
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Old May 2nd, 2019, 01:17 PM   #923
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I fail to see the problem.

Iranian economy collapsing as Trump administration tightens sanctions: report

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Iran’s economy is on the brink thanks to the Trump administration’s sanctions, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Iran is in a deep recession, with inflation at roughly 40 percent, the organization said, marking the highest such level since 1980.

The crisis is intensifying a chasm between President Hassan Rouhani’s allies and those who oppose diplomatic exchanges with the U.S. government, the Financial Times noted.

And Iran’s problems are expected only to worsen once President Trump’s promised sanctions on the leading buyers of the Islamic Republic’s oil take effect. They include Japan, South Korea, Turkey, India and China.
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Old May 3rd, 2019, 10:28 AM   #924
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This just p!$$es me off.

Assaults, drunk driving, stunt driving: Six months in the lives of foreign diplomats in Canada

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Assaults. Drunk driving. Stunt driving. Threats. It’s been another six months in the lives of foreign diplomats in Canada, as collected in the old-fashioned police blotter style of reports from Global Affairs Canada.

The most serious offences in the latest reports show that one vice-consul was recalled by his country after legal troubles here, and there are assault charges against another senior official.

The details are contained in two quarterly reports recently released by Global Affairs under an access-to-information request, covering mid- and late 2018.

These reports provide a rare public glimpse inside the veiled world of diplomacy, but Global Affairs redacts all names of countries and individuals, even where police lay charges that will result in trials in open court. The public can read summaries of what diplomats did, but not who they are or where they come from. Global Affairs insists this is essential to preserve good relations among countries.
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Old May 3rd, 2019, 10:34 AM   #925
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Saudi Arabia beheading so many prisoners it needs more executioners as Kingdom is tipped to set new slaughter record

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The Sharia law-run state has advertised for eight new executioners to handle the projected rise in brutal public beheadings.

No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is “executing a judgement of death” but also involves performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offences.

The macabre job advert was reportedly posted on the country's civil service jobs portal.
Bold mine...
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Old May 4th, 2019, 01:04 PM   #926
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https://nationalinterest.org/blog/sk...-jong-un-55682
A worthwhile read that may help explain why the Orange monster is getting nowhere in trying to get North Korea to abandon nukes.

One noteworthy segment:
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In what can only be described today as saturated bombing on steroids, the U.S. Air Force dropped more munitions on North Korea during the Korean War (635,000 tons of bombs, including 32,557 tons of napalm) than were released during the entire Pacific campaign during World War II (503,000 tons). Multiple cities were targeted indiscriminately, leading some of the very men commanding the war to question whether such intense force was appropriate or successful in weakening the enemy’s will to fight.

In his twilight years, General Curtis LeMay, head of U.S. Strategic Air Command, estimated that 20 percent of the North’s population was killed. Dean Rusk, who would later serve as Secretary of State in the Lyndon Johnson administration, commented that U.S. bombers targeted “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” The U.S. strategy as it could be best summarized was dropping enough ordinance on the other side and annihilating as much as possible to compel a surrender.
Remember Tokyo was just one of 59 Japanese cities that the US firebombed and nearly obliterated during 1945. And that LeMay led those raids.

BTW as with Japanese and German casualties of various firebombing raids, that 20% number is probably an extreme underestimate. A more reliable guess would likely be greater than 30%
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Old May 6th, 2019, 03:42 PM   #927
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Diversity!

Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams

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Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny, a secret Government report has warned.

The report claims preachers emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to the UK from Islamic countries – and may spread them to worshippers.

The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms – which can be translated as House of Knowledge – that follow a strict syllabus called Dars-E-Nizami.

It espouses the literal following of the Koran and is used by the hardline Islamic movement Deobandism, whose training schools produced the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Old May 11th, 2019, 02:42 PM   #928
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The Danish left? Not sure if The Guardian's coverage is accurate, so take it as a "what if" blog post for now.

Mette Frederiksen: the anti-migrant left leader set to win power in Denmark
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ng-immigration
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Under her leadership, the SD have called for a cap on “non-western immigrants”, for asylum seekers to be expelled to a reception centre in North Africa, and for all immigrants to be forced to work 37 hours a week in exchange for benefits.
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But it is the government policies her party has supported which have been most alarming for her allies in the left-of-centre red bloc. These include a law allowing jewellery to be stripped from refugees, a burqa and niqab ban, mandatory handshakes irrespective of religious sentiment at citizenship ceremonies, and a plan to house criminal asylum seekers on an island used for researching contagious animal diseases.
U.S. "social democrats" often ignore European tax policy while touting the social democrat model...but this would be a tough one to ignore.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 08:50 AM   #929
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No way Sharia law will ever be practiced in the west. Nope. Not a chance. Never. Uh, unh...

A Bearded Bus Driver Enforces Muslim Dress Code in Paris

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In Paris, the “affaire de la jupe” (Affair of the Skirt), reported on in French here is one of those seemingly small contretemps, involving Muslims in the West, that circumstances turn into something much bigger.
It begins with two women, North African in origin, who were waiting, at 11 p.m. for city bus #60, at the Botzargis bus stop. When the bus pulled up to the stop, the bearded driver looked them over, refused to open the doors, and took off. One of the women ran after the bus, and when it stopped at a red light, she asked the driver, through his window, why he hadn’t picked them up.. He told her that she was dressed incorrectly, in a skirt. He looked disapprovingly at her legs. By her appearance he knew she was ethnically Arab, and therefore believed she ought to have been islamically modest in her dress. No skirts. And that is why, he explained unapologetically,, he had refused to pick her up. A city bus, but a Muslim driver, enforcing an Islamic dress code.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 08:53 AM   #930
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Islamic Sex Slavery Painting Stirs International Controversy

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An American museum is vociferously calling on a German political party to stop using one of the former's paintings in the latter's campaign poster for the European elections.

Titled "Slave Market" and painted by a Frenchman in 1866, the painting "shows a black, apparently Muslim slave trader displaying a naked young woman with much lighter skin to a group of men for examination," probably in North Africa (AKA "Barbary").

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, founded in 2013 and first elected to Germany's national parliament in 2017, has been putting up posters of the painting with the slogan, "So that Europe won't become Eurabia."
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