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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

21st Century Germanistan

This Tweet makes me so grateful for the halcyon days of my childhood, when my parents often took me to ride one of the various carousels here in the greater D.C. area, back in the day:


Mind-boggling: the latest polls show Angela Merkel in the lead.

And this: Germany Heading for Four More Years of Pro-EU, Open-Door Migration Policies, which states:
The policy positions of Merkel and Schulz on key issues are virtually identical: Both candidates are committed to strengthening the European Union, maintaining open-door immigration policies, pursuing multiculturalism and quashing dissent from the so-called far right.

Merkel and Schulz both agree that there should be no upper limit on the number of migrants entering Germany.

(hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance for the above video)

77 comments:

  1. It's not really mind-boggling. Merkel is the "conservative" in the race. Schultz of SPD is to her left. There is no viable candidate to her right.

    I don't understand what is going on in Europe. Are the people there so indoctrinated into the multi-culti that they still think muslim immigration is a great idea?

    Do the people believe muslim immigration to be a bad idea, but fear violating speech codes and being branded a rightwinger?

    Or, is the news we see here cherry-picked and sensationalized, presenting us a distorted picture?

    I'm guessing its probably some combination.

    Regardless, the face of Europe is changing, and Europeans, for better or for worse, are the ones changing it.

    This opinion essay, despite its unknown provenance, is a frank assessment:

    All European Life Died in Auschwitz

    Europe probably did begin its suicide in the first half of the 20th Century. In the second half of the 20th Century it increased the rate on the Kevorkian drip tube, by refusing to breed. Inviting in people who despised their liberal culture speeds the decline.

    Europe may still turn out ok, but it will be Turkey, Indonesia or 1950's Lebanon, not late 20th Century Europe.

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    1. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

      How hideous!

      Eurabia has arrived, IMO. There's no going back now.

      Thank you, SF, for pointing out that essay by Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez.

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    3. I don't know what "Jews' incredibly self-aggrandizing view of their victimhood" has to do with it, but I do agree this is an overcorrection, and probably cynically steered and manipulated by people on the left.

      Christianity in Europe is in its death throes, and native Europeans don't breed. Perhaps its Darwinism at work.

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    4. "I don't know what 'Jews' incredibly self-aggrandizing view of their victimhood' has to do with it ..."

      Are you kidding?

      Since Nuremberg European culture has been absolutely PARALYZED by the deadly fear of being regarded as (GASP!) anti-SEMITIC.

      This fear is the ROOT of Political correctness –– the cultural disease that has all-but destroyed Freedom of Speech, stifled Creativity, and any kind of natural, unfettered expression in the West and replaced it with soul-deadening regimented Conformity, GroupThink, and institutionalized HYPOCRISY based on the fear of either losing one's job, becoming a pariah, or –– as they do in Germany and Austria now –– being sent to PRISON for committing a "hate crime."

      Perceived crimes against Political Correctness is the modern equivalent of HERESY in the Mediaeval period. Pee-Cee is the NEW Orthodoxy –– the means by which we are rapidly losing the great gains made during The Enlightenment.

      This is the primary reason we are now in the process of rabidly destroying Civil War memorials, ETC.

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    5. Yes. That's the "overcorrection" we agree on.

      You still haven't demonstrated what "'Jews' incredibly self-aggrandizing view of their victimhood" has to do with it ...

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  2. There are close to 750 million people living in Europe; with everyone providing the government with 55% of their earnings, Europeans can well afford big government and the mindset that goes along with that. One example of the European mindset would be, “Islamization is the government’s problem; it doesn’t impact me in the least.” When innocent Spaniards are blown to bits on a train outside of Madrid, everyone else in Europe can make the argument, “Islamization is the government’s problem; it doesn’t impact me in the least.” And then everyone lived happily ever-after in the socialist utopia where the women never shave, the men carry purses, and all the children are brainwashed.

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    1. Mustang,
      And then everyone lived happily ever-after in the socialist utopia

      One helluva fairy tale.

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  3. Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez (nom de plume)September 12, 2017 at 9:10:00 AM EDT

    All European Life Died in Auschwitz

    I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz.

    We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.

    These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

    They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime.

    Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

    And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

    We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

    What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

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    1. Well put. I hadn't considered it that way before.

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  4. My German stepson just left after almost six weeks here in L.A....he told me quite a lot.
    First, many people do NOT like Merkel one bit, or the refugee (many call them rape-ugees.....or "refuse-ees" because they refuse anything that's not brand spankin' new..."I'm a guest in your country, I can't take your old bicycle"..)
    Yes, there are viable candidates running but the system there doesn't allow them much headway....If one of them actually made it through what I'd call the primaries, he'd probably win.

    The huge and legitimate fear is ANCHOR BABIES, DREAMERS, etc....as soon as the election is over, it's known that merkel will welcome all the relatives of the refugees who have come in...thereby greatly increasing the numbers, to the point that it seems impossible Germany can afford it... there is NO DOUBT it's to the detriment of the German People..NO DOUBT.
    Young girls can't walk at night alone anymore because so many are raped.... I could go ON and ON.
    Am I saying all refugees are bad? Of course not, but the HUGE amount of single young men is not only a curious thing (where are the women? Who pays for the cell phones they're continually on and how do they bill them if they have no address?)
    As has been the history of immigration, most will not learn German and most will not work. You do the math.
    I am so glad I lived and loved Germany when I did. It's already not the same

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    1. Germans protested US military presence, disliked the noisy, non-conforming GIs but I don't see the same opposition to Mutti Merkel's new guests, so I can only conclude they're all cool with it.

      What do we know, sitting here so far away? We see the little no-go pockets of Muslim hatred, misery and obscurantism, but millions have also assimilated.

      One demographic fact dominates: European natives are dying out, and the folks coming in from the south are burgeoning.

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    2. "...millions have also assimilated."
      This is my direct experience. The muslim immigrants I meet are a self-selecting unrepresentative sample, but they've all been fine.
      If by the second or third generations, most or even just half of these immigrant families are thoroughly westernized, then the demographic case is irrelevant, surely?

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    3. "millions have also assimilated."

      How do you know?

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    4. JonBerg, from contemporaneous reports, the same kind that reports the bad news. I also interacted with them in England, Germany and Spain.

      In Southern Spain, the Arabs were much friendlier than the Spanish, and they ran some nice little corner bars.

      See my comments above. I'm not just laughing all this off.

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    5. It is also notable that Muslims in the US statistically mirror Christians in house of worship attendance, strict adherence to religious strictures, etc.

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    6. It is difficult to know which has assimilated and which have not.

      I have observed many Muslims who appear to have assimilated.

      But I've also observed one specific Muslim who appeared to have assimilated -- until the day he was "revived" at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque. He buddied up with Hamas and "fled" to the UAE (where he is a sheik); one of his comrades here got arrested -- a fairly high-profile case in the early 2000's. I used to see that fellow over at our neighbor's house quite often.

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    7. Z,
      Thank you for taking the time to type in that "inside" information. There seems to be some kind of media blackout on such information!

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    8. AOW,
      "It is difficult to know which has assimilated and which have not."

      Yes, that's the whole point. I've had some experience with a couple of them; different individuals at different times when appearing as friends with western values then abruptly reverting back to their 7th Century barbaric beliefs, scorning those of us who didn't share them and disappearing to where and to what we never knew. I'm glad not to be in any situation where I might have to try to trust one because that would be impossible!

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    9. Jon,
      I was placed in the situation of "once burned, twice shy." And that lesson lasted from them to now.

      I'm glad not to be in any situation where I might have to try to trust one because that would be impossible!

      I agree. But most of us are forced to trust Muslims in the banking industry. So far, mostly so good -- as far as I know.

      But in the banking industry (Equifax?), there are many opportunities to exploit identity. I was once contacted by an identity-theft investigator, and he confidentially told me that our very identities are at risk much of the time: he cited illegal aliens and Muslims.

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    10. There are a few that shop at my neighborhood Safeway store. They come in dressed, very non-western in everything but a Burka, they never smile, talk to no one and they come across as very spooky. If this is "assimilation" I guess that I don't understand the meaning of the word. Now contrast that to the Christian Arabs who run the Pay & Pump gas station near me. They are extremely friendly and really make you feel like returning. She wears a rather massive crucifix; no big surprise there.

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    11. "What do we know," SF? That's why I wrote my comment...I've heard a ton on the refugees in Germany over his 6 week visit with me and it's mostly VERY bad. He knows. He's seen attacks, he's been threatened in line at stores and other places. It is BAD> His sister can't walk the streets at night without a crowd because so many she knows have been raped.
      ASSIMILATED? Not much in Germany..no. In France, higher class Muslims have assimilated extremely well, and they're the less religious, less fundamentalist, of course. In Germany, they do NOT learn the language...just collect welfare, demand Muslim preschools, etc etc. It's BAD.

      AOW, we hear very little of this because the media doesn't want us to know what's coming.
      It's as silly as the 'joke' of "Germans get free healthcare"...they never HAVE and they never will..unless you think $1000 a month that my stepdaughter pays is 'free'.
      Our media keeps that quiet, too...can't have Americans thinking it isn't free when you're pushing for free healthcare, right?!

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    12. SF, by 'his' I mean my German stepson who lives in Munich....sorry, I'd typed a comment and it disappeared so this is the second round and I left that out.

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    13. JonBerg: I probably don't look very friendly while I'm shopping for groceries either.

      Z: My un-scientific assessment is that there's a pretty good background rate of assimilation that applies across most countries in Europe, but there are some cities which are exceptions. Some of those cities are very major, eg. I would implicate Paris. I don't know where your stepson lives (and I wouldn't recommend you tell me, as it might be too identifying) but might it be one of those exceptional places?

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    14. Jez,
      The people of whom Z spoke live in Germany.

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    15. Z,
      The media are the Enemy!

      Is $1000/month the norm everyone there?

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    16. Ah yes I see, Munich. Never been (except in transit), but I'd love to visit.

      As of 2015, health is 7.5% income with a euro 50k ($60k) annual ceiling. At the average salary in Munich (euro 57k), health is about $5k per year, or $10k including employers' contribution.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxation_in_Germany#Social_Security_Contributions

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    17. Z: I do not doubt anything you are saying. What I do observe is, Germans seem OK with it. Where's the clamor? The rise of a new political party? Strikes?

      If they're going to the slaughter, they are going quietly.

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    18. Silver: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_for_Germany ?

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    19. Jez, I knew about them. Their extremely poor showing is one indicator that the situation must not be as bad as some think.

      I've angered and dismayed some friends here, but I am sick of being propagandized from ALL sides.

      I don't trust any media to bring us an accurate picture. It's all advocacy and propaganda.

      Politics has metastasized and spread to every corner of our lives, while politics has simultaneously devolved into a war of lies, sloganeering and propaganda.

      I am sick of it.

      My position has always been clear: We should never have let in people from incompatible or highly-dissimilar cultures, especially those with a long history of cultural chauvinism and inability/unwillingness to assimilate.

      Having said that, I will now say that is a useless statement. It's too late, the gates are smashed off the hinges, we will never deport tens of millions of people, so our only hope is that somehow we defy all previous history and somehow assimilate the hordes.

      As for Germany and Europe, I don't care. It's none of my business what people in other countries do, and the Europe-US relationship was always a marriage of convenience. Other than some lofty, gauzy UN-speak aspirations, we don't really have much in common.

      There has always been more resentment and disdain on the continent for the US, and the feeling from here in the US has been mutual.

      To the average US citizen, Europe was the place where those wars were fought, and you've got some wonderful old buildings, people who dress and talk funny, and funny and quirky customs. Nice beaches, interesting food and exotic women...

      ...but as all that becomes globalized, homogenized and infiltrated with jarring pockets of the third world, why go?

      I can get tapas, British ale, and everything else Europe has to offer right here in the US, including, increasingly, preachy, self-righteous progressive politics and street fascists attacking Nazis.

      The world is changing, as it always has. We will always have romantic dreams of yesterday, but time moves on.

      I pray Europe will defy the odds and become the first place ever in the history of the world to become more enlightened, more classically liberal and more free after Muslims gain a plurality.

      History is full of fascinating twists and turns; it could happen.

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    20. Jez,
      You mentioned:

      At the average salary in Munich (euro 57k), health is about $5k per year, or $10k including employers' contribution.

      What about the self-employed (long my situation here in the U.S)? $10k?

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    21. SF,
      What I do observe is, Germans seem OK with it. Where's the clamor?

      Could the media combined with the government squelch the clamor -- by various means? To my knowledge, Germany doesn't have First Amendment rights.

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    22. Either buy a private insurance policy (depends on your individual risk profile, and don't forget any dependents) or participate in the public scheme by paying the full employee plus employer contribution (15% of income up to the ceiling).

      Germany's freedom of speech is protected by the "basic law for the fed. republic of Germany", but is limited by a few criminal codes, including insult, hate speech and of course holocaust denial. Some political parties are banned.

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    23. That's part of it. A strong tendency to conformity another. The strongest check on such protests is the certainty that anyone to the right of Merkel will be labeled a rightwing neonazi.

      Eastern Europeans, still stinging from the lash of totalitarianism, won't be falsely shamed so easily.

      I support their right to determine who may and may not enter their sovereign nations, but they are probably fighting against the tide.

      I don't discount anything, but I do know for certain we are being propagandized from all sides.

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    24. Gregory Trevellyan said

      There is NO FREEDOM of SPEECH in GERMANY. PERIOD! Any assertion to the contrary is either a batant LIE or an overt expression of profound STUPIDITY.

      There is no such thing as "HATE SPEECH." There is only a broad spectrum of differing OPINIONS.

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    25. "I don't trust any media to bring us an accurate picture. It's all advocacy and propaganda."

      I don't trust them either, but I don't think much news is crafted to advance an agenda so much as to titillate audiences with panicked sensationalism. I don't see politics as much as I see business, which would be OK if public tastes were better. But they're not, and they won't be as long as we're pandered to rather than edified; I'm sick of it too.

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    26. Gregory: that is your judgement, and I'm sure it is every bit as reasonable and deliberate as we've come to expect from you, but free speech is literally written into Germany's constitution. It isn't absolute, but it neither is it in America. The fact that hate speech occupies a region on a broad spectrum of expressed opinion does not belie it as a notion any more than the optical spectrum belies the notion of green.

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    27. Jez,
      Banning "hate speech" is a slippery slope, IMO. Much of the time, the definition of "hate speech" is in the eye of the beholder -- as is the concept of "offensive speech.

      15% is a good chunk of one's income, isn't it? Is purchasing insurance coverage mandatory for the self-employed? And is there any deductible?

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    28. I don't know German law well, but I know that the concept of incitement is involved. America has fewer restrictions on speech than Germany, but even you are somewhere along that slope too. This is why drafting legislation is hard.

      "15% is a good chunk of one's income, isn't it?"
      Sure is. (I think it pays out prior to other taxes though). How much does your insurance cost?

      Yes, insurance is mandatory for the self-employed (fairly recent change in the law IIRC), although you don't have to use the public scheme if you'd rather choose a private one (it must satisfy certain conditions). I don't think there's a deductible.

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  5. Poland, et al are taking colonization by these filthy, vile Moslem vermin very seriously by trying to prevent their entry. It's my understanding that the European Union (EU) is against that. I ask: Just what good is the EU anyway if it encourages policies that can only lead to the further downfall of the very Europe for which it is supposed to help? I would advise any nation that wishes to maintain sovereignty to get out of the EU ASAP, while they can. Obviously Germany and France don't care. That is unless and until it's too late whereupon real French and real Germans wake-up and become refugees, themselves, vying for shelter in the nations that took heed of the Moslem scourge. Perhaps EU would better stand for EUROPE'S UNDOING!
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    1. "That is unless and until it's too late"

      "Too late" was decades ago.

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    2. No one ever accused Moslems of being stupid. They first divide, and then they conquer. It is their plan, and from what I am standing, it is a plan well-underway. Just look at the Moslem enclaves throughout Western Europe, beginning with Paris ... Meanwhile, the west stands around with their thumbs up their ass gawking and deceiving themselves about the peaceful intent of Islam. Sure, Islam is peaceful, but with one important caveat: surrender to the will of Allah or die. Islam reminds me of the alien in the film Fourth of July.

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    3. "No one ever accused Moslems of being stupid."

      Indeed. The most effective invasion tactic of liberal democratic western nations is not military.

      The most effective invasion force is composed of the poor, innocuous cow-faced refugees, doe-eyed children, and families, all harboring not one shred of intent to harm, but also dangerously manipulable.

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    4. Gregory is right...There is no problem with FREE SPEECH in Germany....NOT AT ALL. We have become the country whose Left can't hear that Ben Shapiro's appearing at Berkeley without getting counselors in.
      Germany and France are countries of ADULTS and you can say what you want.
      Off Topic, sort of; While living in Paris I passed a big hole in the sidewalk...no yellow tape around it...I thought "I guess they just figure we're adults enough to walk AROUND the hole!" The metaphor works, I believe.

      Silverfiddle said "Their extremely poor showing is one indicator that the situation must not be as bad as some think."
      I WISH that were true...I asked my stepson SO many times "If people can't walk the streets at night anymore, and have to worry of attacks on the underground trains, etc etc., why don't they DO MORE?"

      It's astonishing...but to say it's not so bad is not quite truthful...I SO WISH IT WERE.

      EVeryone complains....they still don't organize enough to get Merkel OUT.

      AND, when they DO organize, they're called NEO NAZIs and SKINHEADS and, sadly, those types DO organize and they humiliate the Germans who hold similar but nonviolent, unhateful feelings toward refugees into feeling like they're racists....

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    5. Z,
      There is no problem with FREE SPEECH in Germany....NOT AT ALL.

      Really?

      I think that I read somewhere that the government of Germany has "asked" the media (The newspapers?) not to report anything negative about the refugees.

      Let me ask you this....

      Can Germans speak freely without losing their jobs?

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    6. Z,
      AND, when they DO organize, they're called NEO NAZIs and SKINHEADS and, sadly, those types DO organize and they humiliate the Germans who hold similar but nonviolent, unhateful feelings toward refugees into feeling like they're racists.

      The race card over there, too?

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    7. SORRY, AOW>>..ABSOLUTELY YES, the media has been asked by the gov't to go easy on refugees...and police, too (I know this from a cop friend of my stepson..) ..
      I thought you guys meant the man on the street...HE can pretty much say what he wants.
      And does.

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    8. Z,
      the media has been asked by the gov't to go easy on refugees...and police, too

      Yes, that's what I meant.

      I tend to blur the lines between freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Sorry for the lack of clarity.

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  6. I too have fond memories of amusement parks and automatic weapons....

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  7. Germany has been in bed with Islam since the late 1800s ... through two world wars. On the one hand, one could say that Germany is reaping what Germany hath sowed. On the other hand, given this close association between these two groups of fascists, one wonders what is actually going on within Merkel's inner circle.

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  8. It is a curious thing that of all people, the Germans are in the for front of seeing the demise of Western culture. To know what is going on with their thinking would be worth the price of gold.
    Yes, the 1950's were a wonderful time to live. The worse thing of the time was Elvis Presley and his hips on the Ed Sullivan show.

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    1. Bunk...please pay me the 'price of gold' for this response! :-) You are so right.."why GERMANY?" Answer: They're scared to death to criticize, refuse entry to minorities, etc etc, because they immediately get called NAZIS again....it's largely that, believe me.

      Re Elvis; I often think certain moments in our history screwed America irreparably....Woodstock? Kent State? Elvis? Fascinating subject...

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  9. Meanwhile, in Sweden, according to Voice of Europe, citing Zero Hedge:

    Swedish Police "Cannot Cope" With Huge Numbers Of Rapes Since Migrants Arrived.

    I realize that Germany is not Sweden, but nevertheless....

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  10. Harold Hardwicke said

    "The muslim immigrants I meet are a self-selecting unrepresentative sample, but they've all been fine."

    More proof that Phineas T. Barnum's assertion ("There's a sucker born every minute") is correct.

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  11. We are in dept up to our eyeballs,Obama wanted to make this country
    into a Socialist Nation,and thats why I'm now paying other people's
    mortgages? Is that why I'm now paying for the Nationalization of
    banking. Is that why I'm now staring in the face of paying for
    everybody's health care - you know, the ones who don't give a rip about
    providing for their own families (while we bust our you-know-whats to
    provide for ours)? You know the ones - who have 15 children b/c they can
    waltz in & out of a maternity ward, knowing that "the government"
    (that would be MY TAX dollars) will pay for their medical bills, child
    care & even now (if Obama has his way) COLLEGE!!! You don't call
    that Socialism!! Give me a break! Obama did this to America, and lets
    never forget it.
    Lets hope that Mr. Trump can change that,
    Thats the "Hope and Change" that I want!

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  12. Silverfiddle typed in the following:

    I do know for certain we are being propagandized from all sides.

    I agree.

    Sorting out what is the truth is impossible if one has full-time employment.

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    1. Addendum: there are only so many hours in the day.

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  13. It seems to me that there are just two kinds of people in the world: winners, and losers. From every account, it would appear that Western societies have opted for the latter, which leaves the Moslems of the world in the former category. This really does speak volumes about western society, who may no longer deserve the free societies so many have died to preserve. We should bow our heads in shame.

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    1. We've squandered everything bequeathed to us.

      We're the spoiled scion of a rich, hardworking family who wastes his life blowing it all on booze and broads.

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    2. Hi, Sam!! Hope you're well!
      And terrific comment...you are so right..

      And so is SF....we have squandered SO MUCH...SO very much

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    3. Is it necessary to see the world as zero sum?

      Not very imaginative.

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    4. Sam!

      It's wonderful to see you here.

      And your comment? Top notch!

      It maybe that it all does come down to two types: winners and losers.

      BTW, my class and I recently watched the first several minutes of the film Patton. I could see that the NeverTrumpers in the class were uncomfortable during Patton's speech. Quite a phenomenon to watch those students -- who really have signed onto kumbaya. I've shown the opening part of Patton several times, but not in the past four years, and this week was the first time that I saw students discomfited by what Patton said: "America will not tolerate a loser."

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    5. "America will not tolerate a loser."
      Ya, well America better get used to it because there isn't much else left.

      Ducky...not sure it's zero sum, but it's black and white...good and bad, and yes, there IS good and there IS bad...when good and bad were suddenly up for negotiation, America began to falter in the name of 'kind' and 'tolerant'...bad mistake, and devastating to any society

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    6. PATTON,

      BTW I saw a recruit in Navy Basic Training, doing extra duty, drop his PIECE and fall forward, nearly passed-out when a brave Officer, Ensign Hamm, took charge and kicked that guy until he hemorrhaged out of his mouth. An ambulance picked him up and we never heard anything more about it. Later I ran into that son-of-a-bitch, Officer, in Chicago, who had advanced to a higher rank. I don't believe that I've ever wanted to kill anyone so much. What he did makes Patton's mild (by comparison) reprimands almost funny! That's just one thing I experienced. Thank God we had Patton!

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    7. Ducky, My daughter was walking around Boston Commons today, but she didn't run into any weirdos...

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    8. Jon,
      I've heard a few stories like the one you related above.

      The ensign you mentioned will stand before Almighty God in account for what he did.

      General Patton believed that he would indeed stand before Almighty God to account for his deeds. BTW, there was a lot more to General Patton than what was in the film.

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  14. @Sam,

    SPOT ON! Hey, it's good to see you back.

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  15. @ AOW

    The movie, while based on Martin Blumenson’s book, is still a Hollywood production. In the future, you might want to reproduce extracts from several passages of Patton: The man behind the legend, and let your students compare or contrast him with earlier/later generals. One interesting exercise, given the almost insufferable egos of both men, might be to compare Patton to MacArthur. One has to remember the purpose of Patton’s speech, which in addressing men about ready to go into combat, was entirely motivational. Personally, I thought was far below a 3 or 4-star responsibility. Patton commanded an army, which consists of 3 infantry corps, 9 divisions, 27 regiments, 81 battalions, and a plethora of additional supporting arms. If General Patton made this speech to so many men, then he must not have had much confidence in his subordinate commanders down to the battalion level. All this aside, the speech was quite motivational (albeit delivered in the film by George C. Scott ... important to know because Patton actually had a high, somewhat squeaky voice).

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    1. Mustang,
      I very much enjoy teaching the course History through Film. And I constantly caution students not to believe everything they see and hear.

      That said, I'm hoping that the course will inspire students to do research beyond that which I'm requiring. I dare not require too much, you know. This new generation of parents fears having their children "work too hard." Sheesh.

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  16. Z,
    You might want to take a look at this Tweet:

    7am in Germanistan! Face it, It's not your country anymore... Thousands of M*slims occupy German Land, Light Fireworks & Scream for Allah!

    There is video footage at the Tweet.

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  17. Mustang,
    I have a library copy of Patton: The man behind the legend and plan to cover some of the material with my students.

    In the History through Film course I'm teaching, I hope to make students understand that all of the films are indeed Hollywood productions and, therefore, not completely factual.

    One has to remember the purpose of Patton’s speech, which in addressing men about ready to go into combat, was entirely motivational.

    I made a point of stating so on Tuesday.

    But, still, that one student -- a staunch NeverTrumper because her parents are NeverTrumpers -- had a meltdown after viewing the film's opening speech. All of the "military brats" in the class understood, as did the one student who plans to enlist.

    And those same students knew that the real General George S. Patton, Jr., was a petite man with a squeaky voice. Nothing like actor George C. Scott (who was, nonetheless, perfect for the film role)! I note that YouTube offers some audios of the real Patton.

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  18. @ AOW

    Gregory Peck starred in a 1977 film about MacArthur; I think Hollywood treated Douglas too kindly, but it was a well-done film. I do admit that it would be difficult for young students to compare or contrast an army commander with a theater commander ... unless they focused almost exclusively on personality traits. If your "never-trumpet" student didn't enjoy Patton, perhaps she would enjoy watching Jihadis setting a man on fire while confined inside a cage just so they could watch him die. That would seem to fit more closely with the HRC/Benghazi fiasco.

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    1. Mustang,
      I had forgotten about the film MacArthur! Maybe I'll work in that one sometime during the year.

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