Jun 24 2016
Jun 24 2016
BREXIT set to spread across Europe: Italy, France, Netherlands, and Denmark ALL call for referendums
POLITICIANS across Europe have called for their own referendums in the wake of Britain’s historic decision to quit the EU.
UK Express (h/t Maria J) “We entered the European Parliament to change many treaties. “The mere fact that a country like Great Britain even held a referendum on whether to leave the EU signals the failure of the European Union.”
Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement has now officially called for a referendum on whether to keep the Euro. Buoyed by big gains in local elections, Luigi Di Maio, a vice president of the lower house of parliament, said: “We want a consultative referendum on the Euro.
“The Euro as it is today does not work. We either have alternative currencies or a ‘Euro 2’.
The 5-Star movement has called for two different currencies in Europe, one for the rich northern countries another for southern nations.
While any such referendums on the EU or the Euro would be merely test public opinion because Italian law does not allow referendums to change international treaties, a victory would send a clear signal to the government, especially in the wake of Brexit.
Brexit is a huge blow to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party and was hailed by supporters of 5-Star as a possible springboard to Italian independence.
In France, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen promised voters their own referendum as she declared her support for Brexit.
She said: “I would have voted for Brexit. France has a thousand more reasons to leave than the UK because we have the euro and Schengen.
“This result shows the EU is decaying, there are cracks everywhere.”
Experts across the continent warned today that Brexit would lead to the entire break-up of Europe.
The leader of the far-right Danish People’s Party says Denmark should now follow Britain’s lead and hold a referendum on its membership.
Party leader Kristian Thulesen Dahls said if the Danish parliament cannot agree on reforms with the EU a referendum could give Denmark a new opportunity.
He said: “If a majority in parliament for some reason will not be involved in this, why not ask the Danes in a referendum decide the case?”
If Denmark goes ahead, Irene Wennemo, state secretary to SWEDEN’S minister for employment, said the anti-EU sentiment could spread through Scandinavia and raise the possibility of a vote in Sweden.
Eurosceptic feeling is also surging in the Netherlands, with two-thirds of voters rejecting a Ukraine-EU treaty on closer political and economic ties.
Anti-EU politician Geert Wilders declared the result the “beginning of the end” for the Dutch government and the EU.
HERE are some of the candidates for referendums:
Greece‘s departure, or Grexit, was long coined before Brexit. While Greece might be seen as a likely contender, it’s close financial ties to the EU make a departure much more difficult. Greece currently owes €32 billion to the IMF and €20 billion to the European Central Bank.
France is seen as the first in line for a so-called Frexit. The French National Front (FN) party, lead by the charismatic and anti-EU politician, Marie Le Pen, hailed the Brexit vote as win for nationalism and sovereignty across Europe. “Like a lot of French people, I’m very happy that the British people held on and made the right choice. What we thought was impossible yesterday has now become possible,” Le Pen Said. She [Le Pen] has vowed, if elected French President next year, an EU referendum for France will take place within six months. (See also: Frexit Referendum Possible If Le Pen Is Elected.)
Italy might have the biggest support amongst voters when it comes to a potential exit from the EU. Hours after the Brexit result, Italy’s head of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini reiterated his stance that it was time for Italy to give the people a voice. “This vote was a slap in the face for all those who say that Europe is their own business and Italians don’t have to meddle with that,” Salvini said.
The Northern League has an ally in the 5-star movement. Virginia Raggi, who was elected mayor of Rome, is a campaigner for the anti-establishment movement and has also called for an Italian referendum on its EU membership.
Jun 24 2016
Regular BNI readers who might remember my prediction several months ago that the Trump-effect would have far-reaching reverberations around the world, mostly for the good, have just seen it play out in the Brexit vote.
While far from the only reason for the historic vote to leave the EU by Britain, Donald Trump’s relentless focus on the perils of mass immigration – illegal, Muslim, and otherwise – made it acceptable to publicly address the issue, especially in the politically correct wasteland that is the UK.
Media pundits, in their usual condescending way of talking down to the middle/working class, have already jumped on this in headlines like the one that tops this article in VOX.com
Brexit isn’t about economics. It’s about xenophobia.
When my girlfriend and I were in London last week, a drunk man accosted us at a pub. That’s pretty par for the course there, in my experience. But this one — a middle-aged, dark-haired white guy we’ll call “Bob” — was different. He didn’t want to talk about soccer, or real ale, or his feelings on Americans.
No, Bob wanted to talk about Brexit — the UK referendum which, we all now know, ended in Britain voting to leave the European Union. Bob wanted Britain to leave, and he was very open about his reason: IMMIGRATION. Muslims (and to a lesser degree Eastern Europeans), he believes, are ruining Great Britain.
“We’re letting in rapists. We’re letting in shit,” Bob told us, repeatedly. “I have four children. How are they supposed to get jobs?”
This scene wasn’t unique. It played itself out in thousands of pubs across the United Kingdom, and we’ve seen the results. Britain’s Bobs were driving force behind the successful Leave campaign. And the force that’s been driving them is xenophobia.
“Between 1993 and 2014 the foreign-born population in the UK more than doubled from 3.8 million to around 8.3 million,” Oxford researchers Cinzia Rienzo and Carlos Vargas-Silva write. “During the same period, the number of foreign citizens increased from nearly 2 million to more than 5 million.”
This can’t all be laid at the EU’s feet, but the EU played a major part, as EU rules restrict the ability of member states to bar migration from other EU member states.
Over the course of the past 20 years, the percentage of Britons ranking “immigration/race relations” as among the country’s most important issues has gone from near zero percent to about 45 percent. Seventy-seven percent of Brits today believe that immigration levels should be reduced.
As a result, anti-immigrant demagoguery has become politically potent. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), led by a Donald Trump-style populist demagogue named Nigel Farage, began life as an irrelevant anti-EU party in the early ’90s. But in the past 10 years, UKIP’s poll numbers have soared: It got 4 million votes in the 2015 election, the third-largest national vote total in the country.
UKIP has done this by focusing, obsessively, on the threat from immigrants, both from inside the EU and out. Muslims are a favorite Farage bugaboo. Since the European migrant crisis began, he has warned that EU membership will force the UK to let in large numbers of Muslim refugees.
“There is an especial problem with some of the people who’ve come here and who are of the Muslim religion who don’t want to become part of our culture,” Farage said in a 2015 interview. “People do see a fifth column living within our country, who hate us and want to kill us.”
But UKIP is also perfectly happy to target non-Muslim EU immigrants, too, particularly those from eastern Europe. UKIP treats these people essentially the way that Trump treats Mexicans: blasting them, as our new pub friend Bob had, as criminals stealing British jobs.
In 2014, for example, Farage warned of a “Romanian crime wave” in the UK. He has also proposed a law that would allow British employers to discriminate against non-Brits in hiring, calling for “British jobs for British workers.”
At the same time, the center-right Conservative Party has also grown more hostile to the EU and the increased immigration it represents, out of both genuine conviction and a sense that catering to anti-European sentiment is good politics. Perhaps the most famous “Leave” supporter, aside from Farage, is Boris Johnson, the Conservative former mayor of London.
Farage and the Johnson flank of the Conservative Party are the reason that Brexit happened. Because they believe (correctly) that Britain can’t radically reduce immigration without leaving the EU, pushing Brexit became one of their top priorities. As immigration has grown, so has their influence.
This immigration rhetoric has, without a doubt, dominated the pro-Leave side of the Brexit debate. Rhetoric from this camp’s supporters, over and over again, returns to the need to reduce immigration levels. “Many campaigners in favour of leaving the EU see immigration as their ‘trump card,'” the Financial Times writes.
“The political leverage generated by UKIP and its successful construction of a narrative that blames deteriorating living standards on an ‘open door’ immigration policy — which, it asserts, is a condition of continuing EU membership – has transformed the referendum into a proxy plebiscite on immigration.”
It means that the question at stake in Brexit isn’t “Immigration: good or bad?” It’s “Immigration: is it so scary that it’s worth risking a recession to try to curb it?”
Harsh anti-immigrant sentiment (male popular by the Trump campaign) has become normalized and routinized by the Brexit debate, making it simply a fact of British life.
And now Leave has won — proving that xenophobia not only is powerful in modern Britain, but actually has the ability to shape the course of the country’s entire future. The Bobs of Britain are in the driver’s seat now.
Jun 24 2016
MINNESOTASTAN: So, how did CAIR convince 17 churches to put up 1800 ‘Blessed Ramadan’ signs around Duluth?
Don’t these church leaders know that doing business with the likes of designated terrorist group CAIR is like selling your soul to the devil?
Jun 24 2016
CONGRATULATIONS BRITAIN! Trump-effect might have influenced the bold decision to leave the EU, leaving Clinton and Obama on the wrong side of history
British voters chose to “leave” the European Union on Thursday, defying the polls, and Barack Obama, who had urged Britain to “remain” in the EU. Hillary Clinton had also urged Britain to stay. Only Donald Trump had backed the campaign to leave.
Breitbart Obama’s advice may have pushed some voters to “leave.” In April, he warned British voters they would be at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S. if they left the EU. Some, like Andrew Roberts, took offense, writing in the Wall Street Journal:
Surely—surely—this is an issue on which the British people, and they alone, have the right to decide, without the intervention of President Obama, who adopted his haughtiest professorial manner when lecturing us to stay in the EU, before making the naked threat that we would be sent “to the back of the queue” (i.e., the back of the line) in any future trade deals if we had the temerity to vote to leave.
Was my country at the back of the line when Winston Churchill promised in 1941 that in the event of a Japanese attack on the U.S., a British declaration of war on Japan would be made within the hour?
Hillary Clinton also backed a “remain” vote in April, with a senior policy adviser issuing a statement on her behalf:
Hillary Clinton believes that transatlantic cooperation is essential, and that cooperation is strongest when Europe is united. She has always valued a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU. And she values a strong British voice in the EU.
Trump, who happens to be in Scotland to open a golf resort, promised in May that leaving the EU would not put Britain at the “back of the queue,” and said: “I think if I were from Britain I would probably want to go back to a different system.” He reiterated that support last week, telling the Sunday Times: “I would personally be more inclined to leave, for a lot of reasons like having a lot less bureaucracy. … But I am not a British citizen. This is just my opinion.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns:
Could the Brexit vote set off a domino effect for a Frexit, Nexit, Swexit, Auxit, and more?
Jun 23 2016
GERMANY: The media are reporting the unidentified movie theater gunman has no ties to terrorism, no evidence of “Islamist background,” but what about this?
It’s very suspicious that the gunman killed by police earlier today has not yet been named, even though the German Bild newspaper is reporting that a suicide belt and grenades were found by German police next to the body of the gunman, who a witness says was speaking in broken German as a foreigner would.
RT An armed man who was gunned down by the police at a cinema complex in Viernheim, western Germany, had a hand grenade and was wearing a suicide belt, German Bild newspaper reports.
According to the paper, the grenade was discovered by the police after the incident. An eyewitness told Bild that the attacker was speaking in “broken German language.”
The police said that they currently have no leads linking the man to radical Islam, and other motives are being looked into. A masked man entered the cinema at midday on Thursday. According to initial reports, he was carrying a rifle and had cartridge belt around his shoulder.
Cinema employee Guri Blakaj told Reuters the gunman, who appeared to be aged between 18 and 25, told workers to get into an office. The attacker then went into one of the cinemas from where the shots were reported.
“I realized that something had happened. I called the police and ordered the staff to leave the house immediately,” one of the managers at the cinema was cited as saying by Bild.
One of the hostages, Almir H., 16, told the paper that the gunman ordered them to lie down on the floor in the toilet, threatening to shoot if the hostages didn’t obey his command. When he ran out of the restroom “there were apparently four shots, but I do not know whether that is true,” he said.
Initial reports claimed that 20 to 50 people were injured in the incident. But police later said that all hostages were released unharmed after the perpetrator was neutralized.
Jun 23 2016
…but he has also inspired millions more first time voters to vote for Donald Trump. Be careful what you wish for CAIR.
Jun 23 2016
CRAP! Sharia-compliant NYC leftist judge reinstates Muslim police officer who refused to shave his Islamofascist beard
A Muslim police officer, who sued the New York Police Department over a policy limiting beard length allowed for religious reasons, would face irreparable harm without protection from the courts, a judge said on Thursday as he ordered the city to reinstate the officer’s pay and benefits a day after he was suspended and escorted from police headquarters.
First Post US District Judge P Kevin Castel criticised the city repeatedly before finding it was probable Officer Masood Syed would succeed and issuing a temporary restraining order that will remain in place until a 8 July hearing.
The department says it bans beards as a safety measure so gas masks fit tightly across faces but allows beards for religious reasons up to 1 millimetre in length.
The judge, who is bearded, said 1 millimetre of hair exists when a man is unshaven for a day or two. He said it seemed the policy is enforced haphazardly.
Syed said two uniformed supervisors escorted him from Manhattan NYPD headquarters where he works as a law clerk to administrative judges, sometimes preparing legal documents for the police commissioner about disciplinary issues.
“It was extremely humiliating,” Syed said. “I felt insulted, frankly.”
Syed said he has maintained a 1-inch beard for most of his 10-year career, only occasionally drawing critical comments. He said he hoped his lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, would help over 100 police employees who find the religious exception to the department’s no-beard
policy insufficient because they say the length of the beard allowed is not reasonable.
The judge became impatient as he questioned Fleming about the policy and the department’s failure to respond to a December 2015 request by 37 police officers for an exception to the no-beard policy.
“Let’s play 20 questions,” Castel said at one point. “The court is troubled by the fact it cannot get an answer,” he said at another.
City attorney Michael Fleming said the beard ban was necessary. Besides for religious reasons, exceptions exist for undercover duties and medical conditions.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial damages and a court order banning the NYPD from enforcing its beard policy until it provides reasonable religious accommodations. Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations require annual fit-testing and prohibit respirators for employees with facial hair.
Attorney Joshua Moskovitz, representing Syed, told Castel the department’s policy violates the First Amendment and threatens Syed’s job, his retirement benefits and his reputation. He said the department took Syed’s shield and weapon Tuesday before he “was escorted out in front of his friends and colleagues.”
Jun 23 2016
Designated Terrorist Group CAIR coerces police into filing ‘hate’ crime charges for alleged assault based on the allegations of two Muslim victim wannabes
MARYLAND: Kerlina Aviles, 27, was charged with two hate crime counts on the accusations (no actual proof) of two Muslim women and was later released on $5,000 bond. According to the Muslim mother and her daughter (both unidentified), Ailes sprayed a (harmless) liquid on the women and yelled: “Get the hell out of the country, you bitchass Muslims!”
CAIR Last week, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the alleged assault as a hate crime.
The family reported to CAIR that the mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both of whom wear an Islamic headbag (hijab), were allegedly attacked in Germantown, Md., June 4 while the mother was driving to a doctor’s appointment. The incident began when the mother honked at a car that failed to proceed when a red traffic light turned green. The female driver of the other vehicle allegedly became angry and followed the Muslim mother’s vehicle in an aggressive manner.
In the parking lot of the doctor’s office, the aggressive driver got out of her vehicle and approached that of the Muslim mother and daughter, and reportedly shouted, “Hell no you fucking Muslims,” while spraying an oily substance on their vehicle.
The attacker then allegedly attempted to strike the Muslim mother, who was defended by daughter. The daughter was reportedly struck in the arm and sprayed in her eye with the oily substance. Before fleeing the scene, the alleged assailant reportedly shouted, “go back to your country, you fucking Muslims.”
The victims were able to take photos of the alleged attacker’s vehicle. (Montgomery County Police Department Report #16027958) The incident is currently being investigated as a “simple assault.”
“Because of the alleged racist (What ‘race’ is Islam?) and Islamophobic slurs used by the assailant, we urge local police and the FBI to investigate this disturbing incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.
Jun 23 2016
When Donald Trump originally proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country, polling showed that nearly six-in-ten Americans were opposed to the idea. Since that time, public opinion has gradually shifted to the extent that the number of Americans in favor of the proposition now consistently exceeds the number of those opposed to it.
Daily Caller “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” said a statement from the Trump campaign on December 7, 2015.
Three days later, the Wall Street Journal released a poll that found 57 percent of Americans objected to the proposed Muslim ban. Just 25 percent of those polled supported Trump’s plan at the time. CBS released similar polling results the next day. In the CBS poll, 58 percent of Americans opposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration and 36 percent supported it.
6/22 DAILY CALLER POLL: Do you support a temporary ban on Muslim Immigration?
One December poll from YouGov found different results than the WSJ and CBS polls. The YouGov poll showed 45 percent of Americans supported a Muslim ban, with 41 percent in opposition to it.
The next polling of Americans generally (rather than just Republican primary voters) on the issue came out in late March. That poll was conducted following the Islamic terror attack in Brussels that left 35 people dead.
YouGov polled Americans again on the Muslim ban and, by that time, support for the ban had increased to 51 percent and opposition to it had dropped to 40 percent.
Another March poll — this time from Morning Consult — showed 50 percent of Americans supported temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S. Thirty-eight percent of respondents were against the idea.
Reuters has kept a rolling poll on the subject since May. On May 31, Reuters found that 54.5 percent of Americans disagreed with the Muslim ban and 40.7 percent supported it. By June 6, the same poll found that 52 percent of Americans supported the ban, while 44 percent opposed it.
The Reuters poll has remained steady after the Orlando terror attack. On June 14, fifty percent of likely voters supported a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 42 percent opposed it.
A Morning Consult poll released Wednesday had 48 percent of Americans supporting a Muslim ban and 40 percent against the proposal.
As Americans have shifted their views over time, so too has Trump. “When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats,” the presumptive Republican nominee said in a speech June 13.
The most recent Morning Consult poll found a majority of Americans support temporarily banning immigration from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Jun 23 2016
“I am Mexican and I am Muslim and I am Trump’s biggest nightmare,” said 11-year-old vlogger Andrew. (Sorry cupcake, you are not his biggest nightmare, you are an insignificant cocky little diaperhead)
TeleSurTV The fifth-grader from Texas says he feels like there are two strikes against him as a Muslim of Mexican heritage who lives in the United States.
Andrew first started his Facebook page with the help of his mother, Nahela Morales, when he was just seven years old. It started off as a way for Andrew to keep in touch with his friends back in Mexico, but now, as Andrew has become an expert at making and uploading videos himself, the 11 year old posts messages advocating for racial and religious tolerance and responding to xenophobic and racist comments in the news.
When Andrew heard about Trump’s plans to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S., he got angry. “I did not agree with any of the words he said, not one bit. He is negative and nasty,” Andrew said. “I like everything Bernie Sanders says, I like the way he he gets on his hands and knees and submits to Muslims.”
Jun 23 2016
BREAKING: TERROR ATTACK? Up to ’50 injured’ as armed man wearing mask opens fire in German movie theater
Still unanswered – is he a Muslim?
UK Express The gunman entered the complex in Viernheim, south of Frankfurt, at 3pm this afternoon Wearing a disguise and armed with a gun and cartridge belt, he fired several shots into the air before apparently taking several cinema-goers who were gathered in the multiplex hostage.
Dozens of “screaming” bystanders fled the complex with reports of between 20 and 50 injured, though the exact number of casualties has not yet been confirmed.
Police later said those injured were affected by teargas and were being treated by local medics. The shooter’s motive remains unclear, with speculation it was a botched robbery or terror attack.
UPDATE An armed and masked man has reportedly been shot dead by German special police after storming a cinema complex in Viernheim, in Germany’s Hesse region.
Jun 23 2016
FRANCE: Illegal alien Muslim invaders attack bus carrying terrified British schoolchildren in Calais
A coach full of British schoolchildren was attacked by Calais migrants who smashed a window and may have caused one child to suffer an epileptic fit.
UK Express The youngsters were left terrified after a gang of thugs targeted their bus as it travelled through the notorious port town in the early hours.
One child was said to have suffered an epileptic fit following the horrifying attack which marred the end of a dream school trip for the children, some of whom were as young as 12.
The harrowing incident also underlines the growing violence of migrants in Calais, who are now arming themselves and resorting to increasingly desperate methods in their attempts to reach Britain.
Terrified truckers have repeatedly warned that it is only a matter of time before someone is killed as clashes with migrants become both more heated and regular.
The coach was carrying 35 children from Portree High School, on the Isle of Skye, and nine teachers when violent migrants pelted it with rocks early this morning.
Officials said it was fortunate none of the youngsters were hurt in the horrific attack, although one child reportedly received medical treatment after suffering an epileptic seizure in the aftermath.
Drew Millar, a local councillor on Skye, said: “My information is that the bus taking the children through Calais was attacked by migrants. “There was damage done to the bus and they were able to continue on and were lucky no-one was injured.”
He added: “I have heard that the children are all safe and there were no injuries. It happened during the night while they were on the way home.
“The bus was attacked by migrants and at least one window was broken. “It was decided that, rather than stop the bus, they should carry on. “I believe they were getting another coach to take them back home.
“There was one pupil who needed treatment but that was due to a medical problem that was resolved.” The pupils had been returning from a week-long ski trip in the Italian resort of Aosta when the attack unfolded.
A Highland Council spokesman said: “There was an incident when the bus came under attack. “The good news is all of the children are fine. They are making their way north just now.”
The infamous Jungle Camp, which is home to 7,000 migrants, has effectively became a permanent settlement after the French Government opened a £20million scheme to rehouse more than 1,500 migrants in converted shipping containers.
There has also been a furious reaction to proposed plans to build a ‘Sangatte II’ camp at nearby Dunkirk, with Tory MP Tim Loughton blasting the de
Jun 23 2016
A Muslim cop is fighting the NYPD’s “discriminatory” decision to suspend him for refusing to shave his beard. Masood Syed, a 10-year NYPD veteran and lawyer who works as a law clerk for the department, was told by his bosses that he had to shave his beard, which he wears between one-half and one-inch in observance of his Sunni Muslim faith.
NY Daily News While the NYPD maintains a “no beard” policy, facial hair up to 1 millimeter (about four-hundredths of an inch) is the unofficial exception for religious purposes, Syed’s lawyers said in a civil complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.
Syed, of Whitestone, Queens, previously obtained permission to wear his beard at 1 millimeter and never had a serious problem with his facial hair exceeding that measure until fall 2015.
Since then, Syed has been working to get a religious accommodation letter allowing him to wear his beard at its present length, the lawsuit said. He also claimed many other officers wear beards exceeding 1 millimeter.
The 32-year-old was nevertheless suspended without pay for 30 days and could be fired if he continues refusing to shave his beard, says the suit.
Syed was stripped of his badge and gun and then escorted out of Police Headquarters by two supervising officers, he said. “It was extremely humiliating,” he said after the hearing. “I felt insulted.” (Good, find another job)
Fleming argued the NYPD does not allow beards to exceed a millimeter because it would prevent department-issued gas masks from sealing properly.
Syed has faced scrutiny for issues other than his beard. The city in 2010 paid a $250,000 settlement to a panhandler whose cheekbone was broken during a January 2009 altercation with Syed. The cop was also placed on modified duty and lost 20 vacation days in August 2014 for having his gun stolen out of a backpack in his car, a police source said.
MORE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD Never Hire a Muslim
Jun 23 2016
GERMANY: Filthy Muslim invaders push and shove the elderly, grabbing food that should go to the pensioners
I suppose we should be relieved that at least none of the old women were raped by Muslim thugs.
h/t Vlad Tepesblog