donderdag 14 december 2017

Why Glenn Greenwald Deserves a Pulitzer Prize

For his poignant and intrepid rebuke of the American media's obsession with a false narrative.

There’s only one American journalist who truly merits a Pulitzer Prize this year: Glenn Greenwald. He’s been on the biggest story of the year from day one. No, I don’t mean Russiagate, the main stage for the media’s preening self-advertisements of its heroic “resistance,” like “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” In fact, the narrative holding that Donald Trump colluded with Russia is the chief piece of evidence that Greenwald has used to nail the year’s real top story—how the American press became a woozy facsimile of Pravda.

Last week, Greenwald called out the press for its latest blunder: “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time,” wrote Greenwald. “The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.”

The question of why everyone got the same big scoop on the same day—only to find that the story was totally wrong—is a thread that leads to some very interesting places. So let’s follow it.


dinsdag 12 december 2017

One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many

Stacking the deck with anti-Trump staffers is proving to be a really bad idea. Special prosecutors, investigators, and counsels are usually a bad idea. 

They are admissions that constitutionally mandated institutions don’t work — and can be rescued only by supposed superhuman moralists, who are without the innate biases inherent in human nature.

The record from Lawrence Walsh to Ken Starr to Patrick Fitzgerald suggests otherwise. Originally narrow mandates inevitably expand — on the cynical theory that everyone has something embarrassing to hide. Promised “short” timelines and limited budgets are quickly forgotten. Prosecutors search for ever new crimes to justify the expense and public expectations of the special-counsel appointment.

Soon the investigators need to be investigated for their own conflicts of interest, as if we need special-special or really, really special prosecutors. Special investigations often quickly turn Soviet, in the sense of “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has led what seems to be an exemplary life of public service. No doubt he believes that as a disinterested investigator he can get to the bottom of the once contentious charge of “Russian collusion” in the 2016 election. But can he?


maandag 11 december 2017

Bonusquote – Amsterdamse dominee: ‘Moslims bedreigen mijn gemeenteleden’

'Christenen durven onvoldoende donkere kant islam te benoemen, worden in hoek extreem-rechts gezet'

“Christenen durven onvoldoende de donkere kant van de islam te benoemen. Onlangs is weer een gemeentelid bedreigd door mensen met een islamitische achtergrond. En dat is niet de eerste keer. De stilte die hierover heerst moet worden doorbroken. Wie dit durft te benoemen wordt helaas direct in de hoek van extreemrechts geplaatst.

Tijdens doopdiensten [van tot het christendom bekerde moslims] verzoeken we gasten bijvoorbeeld om geen foto’s te maken en vanwege de veiligheid moeten dopelingen sommige details in hun levensverhaal achterwege laten. Voordat we foto’s op Facebook delen wordt gecheckt of onze broeders en zusters met een moslimachtergrond daar niet op staan. Als zij in de publiciteit zouden komen, is hun leven in gevaar. Ik vind het zorgelijk dat het zo werkt in een vrij land als Nederland. Eigenlijk is dat bizar.

Verder lezen>>>

zondag 10 december 2017

EU is niet genoeg: Martin Schulz wil de “Verenigde Staten van Europa”

(Vertaling: E.J. Bron)
SPD-chef wil Europese vereniging tot 2025
SPD-grootheid Schulz vindt de EU niet voldoende. Hij wil de “Verenigde Staten van Europa”. Daarmee danst hij naar de pijpen van Jean-Claude Juncker. Het concert van de Brusselse EU-centralisten wordt steeds luider.
Die Freie Welt
De EU volstaat niet. Het moet meer worden. Meer centralisme. Meer bureaucratie. Meer betutteling van bovenaf. De Brusselse politici en bureaucraten dromen van de “Verenigde Staten van Europa. Of het nu de CDU is, de SPD, de FDP of de Groenen: allemaal zingen en dansen ze op de EU-centralisme melodie alsof er geen morgen zou bestaan.

Trump tijdens rally in Pensacola, Florida

We zullen geen mensen in ons land binnenlaten die ons land gaan vernietigen. En dat mag dan wel of niet politiek correct zijn, maar eerlijk gezegd kan me dat niets schelen."

President Donald Trump

donderdag 7 december 2017

London Calling

[Editor’s note: You may not agree with everything in this Londoner’s personal account, but there his glimpse into how drastically London has changed and continues to change ought to give even the most hardened multiculturalist pause.]

The problem with London is that it has too much Islam. Vast areas of London are now cultural wastelands, thanks to Islam. London as a city is shrinking in terms of where one can go for fun things to do. Wherever Islam settles, fun things cease to exist. Pubs close down, nightclubs close, cinemas close. Walk through any Muslim-majority area in any part of the UK, and their high streets look like Third World bazaars. There are shops, but they are mainly market-stalls from which to do business. These clutter up the streets, and there are empty boxes lying everywhere. The produce on offer is of a very poor grade, and what the typical Muslim high-street has to offer is shops or stalls that sell rotting fruit and vegetables, hijabs or burqas. There are Islamic bookstores, and invariably there will be a mosque and a halal butcher shop — not much else. Oh, yes, there will also be some shops selling refurbished phones and SIM cards. These shops are filled with sun-bleached items that have lain in the windows for years. A lot of the shop-owners have been done for money-laundering, which would explain the rank odours upon entering and the worthless junk and outdated merchandise on display.



woensdag 6 december 2017

Did the FBI retaliate against Michael Flynn by launching a Russia probe?

The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.

The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.

dinsdag 5 december 2017

How Islamisation has set Amsterdam 50 years back in time

A former inhabitant describes how Islamisation changed his Amsterdam neighbourhood. According to him socialist politicians are responsible for the dissapearance of Dutch culture and the rise of Islam in the area.

In 1990, I moved in to the “Bos en Lommer” area of West Amsterdam (in Dutch: “Amsterdam West”) to be with my lover at the time. Bos en Lommer is part of the second major expansion of Amsterdam from the city’s original canal centre outwards. It was built during the 1920s and 30s. Originally home to a mostly middle-class population, it has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last three decades, with the most rapid change happening since 2000.