Germany: Refugees to march to Brussels to protest against EU asylum policy

Member of the Bundestag Ströbele, (Green Party), with refugees

Refugees from Berlin and other European cities plan to march to Brussels to protest against restrictions on [the movement of] asylum seekers in Europe.

The spokesman for the refugee camps by the Berlin Oranienplatz announced on Wednesday that the “March for Freedom” from Strasbourg to Brussels will be on May 19.

There, from June 20-26, the participants want to make EU institutions aware of their situations.

The EU’s system, according to which refugees have to live in the first “safe country” in which they arrive in Europe, was built on a lie, said the 29-year-old Asif from Pakistan at the Brandenburg Gate [in Berlin].

Asylum seekers cannot feel their lives are safe in either Italy or Hungary, [they say].

The march will pass through the border region of Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The protesters want to cover 500 km and pass through, among other places, Sarreguemines, Saarbrücken, Schengen, Luxembourg and Charleroi.

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What a wreck. Only one word: deport. To hell with the EU.  See here,  here  and here for more background on the Oranienplatz squatters in Berlin.


McDonald's Canada freezes use of foreign worker plan

(Reuters) - The Canadian unit of McDonald's Corp has suspended all of its applications under the country's temporary foreign worker program as its undergoes a third party audit on its use, the restaurant chain said on Wednesday.

The move comes after the fast-food giant was criticized in media reports in recent weeks about its use of the Canadian government plan, which allows companies to bring in foreign workers for hard-to-fill jobs.

The restaurant chain said the freeze will not impact the temporary foreign workers it employs who already have work permits.


Saudi Arabia arrests two women trying to join al-Qaeda in Yemen

The two women had reportedly collected sums of money, as well as quantities of gold and silver in the central region of al-Qassim. (Al Arabiya)

Two Saudi women were arrested while trying to smuggle six children, including four of their own, across the southern border to join al-Qaeda in Yemen, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Wednesday.

Two Yemeni smugglers who accompanied the women and children were also arrested, as the group attempted to cross into Yemen from Jazan, in the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia.

The two women had reportedly collected sums of money, as well as quantities of gold and silver in the central region of al-Qassim, before taking the six children.

Al-Watan newspaper, quoting sources, reported Wednesday that the six children were all related...


Mali fighters say they have killed French hostage

A French foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday night that Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was feared dead after the claim from al Qaeda-linked fighters in Mali.

The MUJAO, a French acryonym which in English means “Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa,” group told the French AFP news agency earlier on Tuesday that "he is dead, because France is our enemy."

Gilberto Rodrigues Leal was kidnapped in November 2012 while travelling in Mali and Mauritania. The MUJAO spokesman, Yoro Abdoul Salam, spoke to AFP by phone. When asked for more information like a time or place of death, or evidence such as a photo, AFP reported that Salam said “in the name of Allah, he is dead,” before hanging up.

The government in Paris responded cautiously, but admitted to fearing the worst...


Tampa Terror Radio

For the past nine years, a radio show has been broadcast out of Tampa Bay, Florida every Friday representing the viewpoints of radical Islamists. The subjects on the show, ironically called ‘True Talk,’ almost always revolve around two subjects: extreme hatred of Israel and/or support for those associated with terrorism.

During the month of March, different anti-Israel and terror-related content made its way over the airwaves with the blessing of one of the show’s co-hosts, Ahmed Bedier...


Anti-Obama protesters clash with police in Manila

Protesters try to force their way closer to the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday during a rally against next week’s visit by US president Barack Obama.

Police armed with truncheons, shields and a fire hose clashed on Wednesday with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and an expected security pact that would increase the American military presence in the Philippines.

Riot policemen blocked the flag-waving activists near the heavily fortified embassy compound but the protesters slipped past them, sparking a brief scuffle in view of motorists stuck in traffic.

The police sprayed water on the protesters from a fire truck to push them away. A police officer was punched in the face in the melee but no arrests were made. Some of the protesters carried paper U.S. flags with the message - “Obama, not welcome.”

Mr. Obama arrives in Manila on Monday for an overnight stop after visiting Japan, South Korea and Malaysia on an Asian trip in which he is expected to reassure allied nations enmeshed in long-running territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China...

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Pack of leftist idiots.  Let them face China alone.


Pakistan reports 50th polio case in 2014

PESHAWAR: With a staggering increase of 800% in the number of polio cases, Pakistan reported its 50th polio case of the current year here Tuesday. It again exposed the poor performance of the highly-paid officials of the polio programme and the provincial polio monitoring and coordination cell set up to eradicate the polio virus.

According to the international website of polio eradication, Pakistan had reported six polio cases only during the corresponding period last year whereas this year the number has hit fifty...


NYT editorial whines over affirmative action setback: ‘Racial equality loses at the Court’

A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education.

In 2003, the court upheld such a policy at the University of Michigan Law School because it furthered a compelling governmental interest in educational diversity. Opponents of affirmative action moved to amend the State Constitution to ban any consideration of race or sex in public education and employment. In 2006, voters passed the amendment by a wide margin.

Affirmative action supporters sued to strike down the amendment, arguing that by changing the rules of the game in a way that uniquely burdened racial minorities, the amendment violated the equal protection clause. A closely divided federal appeals court agreed.

In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court reversed that ruling and allowed the amendment to stand. Among other things, the justices disagreed about whose rights were at issue: the minorities who would be affected by the ban or the majority of the state’s voters who passed it.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a three-member plurality, sided with the voters, who he said had undertaken “a basic exercise of their democratic power” in approving the amendment. He cautioned that the ruling took no position on the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies themselves. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it.”

Not so, Justice Sonia Sotomayor responded, in a stinging 58-page dissent. “Our Constitution places limits on what a majority of the people may do,” she wrote, such as when they pass laws that oppress minorities.

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Karl Marx for President!

It could be that everyone who visits that one pier in Florida is really dumb, but basically America as a whole is okay. Think positive.

h/t Chicks on the Right


D-Day veterans face bureaucracy challenge over 70-year anniversary

One of the D-Day beaches in June 1944

They were strafed by machine gun fire, showered with bombs and clambered over barbed wire as they stormed the beaches at Normandy in 1944.

However, 70 years on, D-Day veterans face their most dogged foe to date: French bureaucracy.

Nine hundred members of the British Normandy Veterans' Association plan to be among thousands returning to the former battleground for the June commemoration of the Normandy landings.

In a surprise countermove, however, pen-pushing French authorities will bar anyone without an official pass from entering the Cotentin Peninsula.

Bureaucrats will man the barricades and erect an “anti-congestion cordon” around Calvados, Manche and Orne to control traffic and meet security requirements.

The veterans – many of whom are in their 90s – were asked to fill in a two-page form at the last minute asking for personal details, rank, regiment, unit, "role" during D-Day, medals awarded, events they plan to attend, travel plans, home address, email address, place of birth, age, contact numbers, "maiden name if applicable" and whether they want to speak to the media.

Former British servicemen had until April 19 to complete the forms after an urgent memo was issued to the national Normandy Veterans' Association on March 19.

It will be the last big anniversary gathering to be officially marked by the Association, which is to disband in November...


In Britain elementary schools are under investigation for promoting Sharia law, In Ontario Wynne approves it

TDSB Beware - Schools at heart of Muslim 'Trojan Horse' plot named as investigation launched over segregation and extremist preacher claims

The names of the schools at the heart of an alleged Islamist plot to take over state institutions have been revealed.

The 18 schools, which have been inspected by Ofsted over the so-called 'Trojan Horse' plot, were named in a list released by Birmingham City Council today.

In Britain schools are investigation for promoting Sharia law, In Ontario Wynne approves the TDSB's Mosqueteria and gender segregation


PHOTO & VIDEO: Riot Police Turn Firehoses On Obama Protesters In Philippines –”Obama Not Welcome”

Obama makes friends wherever he goes...


CAIR protests textbook bill; says it’s rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry

A bill making its way through the Florida legislature requiring local school districts to review textbooks used in classrooms is now the target of the the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR.

The group contends that the bill, SB 864: Instructional Materials for K-12 Public Education, introduced by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would create an unfunded mandate posing an unnecessary burden on local school districts, according to its statement released Monday.
However, what is really at stake for the group is its claim that the bill was prompted by anti-Muslim bigotry. Hayes sponsored the bill in response to a history book that residents of Brevard County claimed in July emphasized Islam’s influence on the world while minimizing Christianity and Judaism.

“World History,” published by Prentice-Hall, “has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” Florida Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne said. “It’s remarkably one-sided.”

The dispute eventually spilled over into Volusia County, where critics said the text “whitewashes” the history of Islam.


New York Police Twitter Backlash Spreads Around the World

What began as an effort by the New York Police Department to get people to share favorable photos of city police officers on Twitterhas turned into an international social media campaign about police abuse.

As my colleague J. David Goodman reports, the Police Department’s Twitter hashtag #mynypd was quickly hijacked after @NYPDNews made its initial callout.


The Moroccans that infuriate the Dutch

Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders

Who, actually, are the Dutch Moroccans about whom Dutch MP Geert Wilders recently stated: “The fewer, the better”?

During the 1960's, the Netherlands chose to attract migrant workers to perform low-skilled manual labor. This group included Turks, Spaniards, Portuguese and Moroccans. It was never the original intent of the Dutch government permanently to settle these workers; they were expected to return to their home countries after a few years.

In most instances, they did not. Family reunification laws -- derived from the European Treaty of Human Rights article 8: Right to family life -- provided that migrant workers had the right to bring their families to the Netherlands and settle in a permanent manner...

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Do “human rights” benefit anyone but immigrants and criminals?


Pat Condell: It's good to be anti-Islam


Bad date?


Phone Follies

A North Carolina deputy confiscated two separate cell phones recording her in the midst of confronting a retired Marine combat instructor. A video provided to Photography Is Not a Crime shows the deputy losing her cool and snatching the phones, but the video directly contradicts her claim that she arrested Carlos Jaramillo for acting aggressive.


RT TV: Russia says would retaliate if citizens’ interests threatened; Ukraine’s leaders say have US backing to take on ‘aggressors’

Masked pro-Russia protesters pelt supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with eggs outside a regional government building in Donetsk. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

(Reuters) - Russia would retaliate if its citizens' interests were threatened and its territory came under attack, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying, adding the United States was behind events in Ukraine.

"If we are attacked, we would certainly respond," he told Russia Today (RT) television in an interview to be aired later on Wednesday, according to RT's website.

"If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," he said, referring to a separatist territory in Georgia into which Moscow sent troops in August 2008.

"There is no reason not to believe that the Americans are running the show," RT quoted him as saying, referring to developments in Kiev.

People hold signs reading “Don’t buy Russian vodka. Don’t pay occupiers” as they empty bottles of vodka into the sewer during a flash mob in the center of the western city of Lviv, Ukraine. (AFP/Yuriy Dyachyshyn)

See also, Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on “aggressors”: KIEV, April 23 (Reuters) - Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States.

Prompted in part by the discovery of the body of a Ukrainian politician who appeared to have been tortured, officials in Kiev decided to renew what they call an "anti-terrorist operation" against separatist militias who have seized control of about a dozen public buildings in eastern Ukraine.

But it was unclear what steps, in reality, Kiev could take to restore its authority in the mainly Russian-speaking east, without wrecking an international deal, signed last week in Geneva, designed to defuse the stand-off...


Man really regrets that tattoo now: Accused murderer wants ‘murder’ neck tattoo removed before his trial

A REALLY bad idea

A man with the word ‘MURDER’ prominently tattooed on his neck has been accused of killing a man - and now he wants the inking removed before his trial.

Jeffrey Wade Chapman's lawyers have filed a motion in Barton County District Court asking that his body art not be seen or mentioned during his trial, which begins next week.

They're worried the tattoo, a mirror image of the word ‘murder’ in capital letters, will prejudice the jury.

Chapman is charged with first degree murder in the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt, whose body was found by hunters in a Kansas field...


Turkey's Erdogan offers ‘condolences’ to grandchildren of Armenians killed by Ottomans

(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottoman soldiers.

In a statement issued on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the deeply contested deaths, Erdogan described the events of 1915 as “inhumane,” using more conciliatory language than has often been the case for Turkish leaders.

A Turkish government official said it was the first time a Turkish prime minister had offered such explicit condolences.

See also here.

Reaction in Turkey: Nationalist party slams, main opposition welcomes Turkish PM Erdoğan’s 1915 message.


Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh waves outside his office in Gaza City April 21, 2014

(Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to implement a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference.

The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament.

Palestinians have long hoped for a healing of the political rift between the PLO and militant Hamas, which won a Palestinian election in 2006 and seized control of the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Western-backed Abbas in 2007.

But Arab-brokered unity pacts reached between the two sides have yet to be implemented, leaving many Palestinians skeptical about their leaders' reconciliation pledges...


Gavin Boby: Leading the fight to stop Islamization

The Islamization of the West is charging full speed ahead with over 1500 mosques in England alone. While politicians talk about curbing immigration and groups like the EDL protest, most people feel powerless as they see the former glory of their nation slip away in the sea of political correctness, multiculturalism and out-of-control Muslim immigration.

Attorney Gavin Boby, however, is doing something about it.


Greek leftists opt for ‘more suitable’ Euro Parliament candidate: a Muslim

SYRIZA flag.  They are a left-wing coalition.

SYRIZA confirmed on Tuesday, following some two weeks of deliberations, that Thrace-based Roma activist Sabiha Suleiman will not stand as a candidate with the leftist party in the May 25 European Parliament elections.

SYRIZA has opted for Oumit Mestan Osman, a member of the region’s Muslim minority, instead.

SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis described Osman as a “more suitable” candidate and acknowledged that SYRIZA had not done enough research before nominating Suleiman, only for the party’s prefectural committee in Xanthi to veto her candidacy.

Suleiman is unpopular with some of the Muslim minority because she has attempted to separate the Roma Muslims from the rest.

“It seems they wanted a candidate of Turkish conscience,” Suleiman told Skai Radio in reference to the tendency for some members of the Muslim minority to call themselves “Turkish.”

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According to the CIA World Factbook, Greece is 1.3% Muslim.


UK: Flagship borders IT scheme will not measure immigration, ministers admit

The Government’s flagship border security system cannot be used to measure immigration levels because border guards are banned from asking passengers how long they intend to stay in Britain, ministers have admitted.

The Home Office has revealed that its beleaguered eBorders project, which is expected to cost the taxpayer £1.2 billion, will provide “insufficient” data on migrant levels.

It also highlighted how European Union rules prohibit immigration officers from asking EU residents about their travel plans - making it impossible to build a full picture of net migration.

Ministers said the Government could face legal challenges if border officers ask travellers too many questions about how long they intend to stay in Britain.

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Egyptian police general killed in Cairo bombing

Egyptian policemen sit on benches on a street in the capital Cairo on April 16, 2014

An Egyptian police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb placed under his car in Cairo, security officials said.

The killing of Ahmed Zaki in the capital’s western suburb of October 6 was the latest in a spate of attacks by militants targeting the security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Zaki, killed in the fifth such attack targeting police in Cairo within a week, was a commander in Egypt’s central security forces, who have been at the forefront of a wide-ranging crackdown on Morsi supporters...


Hajj exhibit opens in Paris, displays Kabaa’s Kiswa

French President Francois Hollande (3rd L) speaks with deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (L) as they visit an exhibition on the Hajj in Paris, April 22, 2014. (AFP)

An exhibit showcasing more than 200 historical pieces reflecting the history of the Hajj has opened this week in Paris.

The show, which will run for three months, aims to broaden the visitors’ knowledge about Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

It is organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library and the Arab World Institute in Paris.

French President Francois Hollande opened the show on Tuesday and toured the gallery that showcased 230 rare artifacts, including 53 from Saudi Arabia...

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The Louvre has decided against an Eastern Christianity department, but it looks like the Saudis are picking up the tab for this display.


Violence erupts in Rio favela near Olympic venues months before World Cup

People walk through smoke from fires set by protesters following shootings in the Pavao-Pavaozinho community, just blocks from Copacabana Beach

Violence erupted in a Rio de Janeiro favela as angry residents set fires and showered a busy avenue in the city's main tourist area with homemade explosives and glass bottles following the death of a 25-year-old man.

Exchanges of gunfire could be heard after members of an elite police unit moved into the Pavao-Pavaozinho area yesterday, just two months before Brazil hosts the World Cup.

Residents blame police for the killing of 25-year-old Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira whose body was found earlier in the day.

He was a well-known figure in the community, as he was a dancer on a TV show for Brazil's Globo network, the nation's largest channel. The circumstances of his death are not yet clear...


Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy

Australia's Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison

(Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations.

"I'm not surprised. They have always opposed our turn back policy, but I will tell you what Australia's national shame was when it comes to this issue: almost 1,200 people dead at sea," Morrison said in an interview with Sky News...


More Asia trouble: Pirates raid Japanese oil tanker off Malaysia, kidnap three crew

(Reuters) - Armed pirates raided a Japanese oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and abducted three crew members, Malaysian maritime police said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.

The incident in the Malacca Strait, a route for about a quarter of the world's seaborne oil trade, has fuelled fears piracy could be on the rise in the area and drive up ship insurance premiums.

Six pirates in a speedboat boarded the Naninwa Maru 1 at 1.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday off the coast of west Malaysia, Maritime Police Commander Abdul Aziz Yusof told Reuters.

The pirates pumped out more than half the 5 million liters of diesel carried by the tanker into two waiting vessels and made off with three crew members, he added. Domestic media said the abducted men were Indonesians...

Update: Marine police Deputy Commander Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the tanker was sailing to Myanmar from Singapore when it was boarded by up to 10 pirates armed with pistols and machetes early Tuesday off the port of Klang.

Mr. Abdul Rahim said two other tankers appeared and an estimated 3 million liters of the 5 million liters of diesel on board the vessel were transferred over a span of several hours.

Mr. Abdul Rahim said the ship's captain, chief engineer and a crew member were missing, along with their passports and belongings. Authorities are probing the possibility that the three were involved in the robbery.

"We are doing a thorough investigation. We have ruled out kidnapping because no ransom demand has been made," Mr. Abdul Rahim said.

The ship is now anchored at Klang port outside Kuala Lumpur.

Initial reports said it was a Japanese tanker but Mr. Abdul Rahim said the ship had been sold to a Singapore company.


Things heat up in Asia: China seizes Japanese cargo ship as payment for an unpaid compensation debt from 1936

China has seized a 119,000-tonne Japanese cargo ship in a dispute over a Second World War debt dating back 78 years.

Shanghai impounded the 1,050ft-long ore freighter Baosteel Emotion after a court ruled Japan still owed £17 million for two Chinese ships which were commandeered by the Imperial Japanese Navy and sunk.

But the seizure on Saturday has sparked a diplomatic incident and led Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to announce: “We are demanding China take appropriate measures.”

The dispute stems from the loan of two ships from the Chinese Zhongwei Shipping Company in 1936.

They were rented for a year by a firm which later became Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, the owner of the freighter which is now in dispute...

The Financial Times notes with alarm:
The seizure of a Japanese cargo ship by a Chinese court over compensation claims relating to the second world war could potentially expose Japanese companies to hundreds of millions of dollars in liability, although the lapse of time and the deaths of elderly plaintiffs would make pursuing such cases difficult.

In February, a Chinese court for the first time accepted a law suit brought by 40 former forced labourers against Mitsubishi Materials Co and Nippon Coke & Engineering Co, claiming damages of around $40m. A series of related cases marks a breakthrough for activists, forced for years to seek redress in Japan as Chinese courts refused to hear their cases.
China’s new openness to lawsuits brought by private individuals against Japanese companies comes as tension simmers between the two countries. Attitudes are hardening as Tokyo and Beijing spar over disputed gas-rich waters in the East China Sea, and as China seeks to reassert its economic and political weight throughout Asia.
Update: Obama says disputed islands within scope of US-Japan security treaty: U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Japan that tiny islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial row with China are covered by a bilateral security treaty that obligates America to come to Japan's defence.

Obama gave the assurance in remarks published by the Yomiuri newspaper on Wednesday, hours before he was due to arrive in Tokyo for a visit aimed at reaffirming strong U.S.-Japan ties in the face of rising tensions over China and North Korea.

“The policy of the United States is clear - the Senkaku islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of ... the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said, referring to the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

“And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands,” he said.

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Another “red line” for Obama?


Tony Blair urges British intervention against Islamic extremists around the world

Tony Blair will call on Britain today to back “revolution” against anti-Western interests in the Middle East and beyond to combat the growing threat of radical Islam.


What is the Beer Store?

What is the Beer Store?

The Beer Store is a small name that disguises a big multinational corporation. In reality, it’s a chain of foreign-owned beer stores that have the government monopoly in Ontario.

Known for their inconvenient hours, their don’t-give-a-damn service, and their high prices, The Beer Store is owned by foreign mega-corporations Anheuser-Busch InBev, from Belgium Molson Coors, headquartered in Colorado, and Sapporo Brewery, which is based in Japan.

Naturally, Canadian customers want more than one, expensive, unfriendly, foreign-owned place to buy beer. And hard-working small businesses in our neighbourhoods want a chance to sell beer too – like shopkeepers do in New York, Quebec and Alberta.

It’s about choice for Ontarians, and letting local businesses compete with foreign bullies.


Square off firearm sales: Gun merchants are being shunned by payment processing company Square.


Douglas Murray: Who are the Victims and Who Are the Victimizers?

The great Western disease of today -- there could be quite a competition for that one -- is probably denial. Denial now runs right through the Western way of looking at the world. It is just unfortunate for us that it does not run through the rest of the world in the same way.

Take three recent examples, one in America, one in Britain and one absolutely everywhere.

One year ago, two young male immigrants to America -- to whom America had given absolutely everything -- repaid the favor by planting bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Their victims included an eight year old boy. This atrocity was carried out because the young men had absorbed the grievance culture and violent radicalism of a form of Islam, a strain of thinking that has not gone wholly undocumented in recent years.


It's Becoming Clear That Rob Ford Will Win Again

The problem with the way Toronto politics works is that in 2010, a new phenomenon emerged: Ford Nation. The more the media "attacked" Ford with legitimate news about his past and present personal behaviour, the more his supporters dug in. Polls actually showed him increasing after each negative piece of media. Although his support waned for a brief period in 2013 and early 2014 amidst revelations that he smoked crack cocaine and other embarrassing personal videos, his support has now increased again to the point that he is poised to get re-elected as Mayor.

To the average reader of this post, likely a politically savvy individual, this seems like a ridiculous possible outcome but I am not the least bit surprised. People have become cynical of the media, especially Toronto media, and the other wannabe leading campaigns (Chow, Tory) who rely almost exclusively on media contacts and connections to spread negatives about each other, are playing right in to Ford's hands. These same people and group used these tactics against Ford in 2010.

h/t DR


Spokesmen for Front-runners in Egyptian Elections Discuss Annulment of Peace with Israel


Africa's real war on women

Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are still being held. That should be a big story, don't you think?

Few major-league journalists do. The United Nations has not been moved to rhetoric, much less action. American and European feminists haven't mobilized. As I write this, the abductions are not featured on the websites of Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. "In the News" on the Congressional Black Caucus' website features instead: "Black lawmakers appeal to Pentagon over hairstyle ban."

What's the explanation for such widespread lack of interest?


Faces of the 20th century

Mark Steyn's new book, Passing Parade, is a collection of stories about the men and women who helped shape the 20th century


Pentagon deploying troops to thwart Putin

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is sending about 600 troops to Eastern Europe in response to Russia's incursion into Ukraine, Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Tuesday.

The first contingent of 150 soldiers from the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy, will arrive in Poland on Wednesday to conduct infantry exercises. Another 450 soldiers will be deployed to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for similar duty. The American forces will be replaced to ensure a continual presence in the region.


Evening photo: Cape Town

Table Mountain and Cape Town. Samantha Reinders for The New York Times


Deutsche Welle: ‘I have to help the people of Bangladesh’

Asif Mohiuddin (left) is one of Bangladesh's most famous bloggers. As an open atheist in a mainly Islamic country, he has been attacked and thrown in jail for his beliefs. DW caught up with him after his recent move to Germany.

In addition to being an active blogger, Asif Mohiuddin co-founded the Shahbag movement in Bangladesh, which has been arguing for the strict division of state and religion in the country, as well as justice for victims of Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence.

Mohiuddin recently arrived in Germany on a one-year scholarship. He says that living in Germany now means he can walk the streets safely. But still, he says, he has to keep his location secret.

DW: What did you write on your blog that was so offensive? Can you give us examples of what it might be that Islamists found so blasphemous?

Asif Mohiuddin: I wrote a blog entry about women's rights which caused problems. In the Koran, Chapter 4, Verse 34, it says that a man can beat his wife, if she doesn't obey her husband. I criticized that because in modern civilization there is no place for hitting anybody. Also, according to Sharia law, if someone leaves Islam, then that person has to be killed. I don't think that is a good thing, so I criticized that. And that is why people got angry.

I also criticized leaders of Islamic political parties, and one of them even asked that my name be put on a list. He mentioned my name a few times and said that I should be killed, because I criticized his ideology. I also criticized the Bible and Hindu religious books, the parts that were not compatible with modern society...


Shocka! We hid information from IAEA says former Iranian Atomic Energy Organization director

Fereydoon Abbasi

In a March 17, 2014 interview with the Iranian daily Khorasan, former Atomic Energy Organization of Iran director Fereydoon Abbasi, who headed the agency under president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, revealed that over the years Iran had concealed from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) information on its nuclear program, on its activity at the heavy water reactor in Arak, and on the location and activity of its production workshops.

The Arak reactor, which operates on the plutonium track, is one of the bones of contention in the negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group...


Catholic charity Caritas: Switzerland should take 5,000 refugees from Syria

The Swiss Federal Council decided last September to take in around 500 refugees within three years. The refugees are selected from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Those most vulnerable - especially children, single women, the elderly and the sick will benefit from the so-called resettlement program.

At the UN donor conference earlier, Switzerland also promised to provide humanitarian aid worth 30 million Swiss francs ($34 million US).

But this is not enough for the Caritas Agency. In an open letter published on Tuesday to President Didier Burkhalter it wants increased funding for Syrians displaced by the war. Switzerland needs to provide 100 million francs ($113m).

This increase was necessary in view of the misery of the refugees, writes Caritas. Switzerland must stand with their “humanitarian tradition” in this responsibility. Diplomatic efforts such as the Geneva conference on Syria, where Switzerland acted as the hostess of mediation talks are not enough.

As a UN member, the country must “insist with determination that the killing of civilians cease and aid agencies have access to the needy.”

Finally Caritas is firmly of the opinion that the officials in Switzerland so far have shown little generosity when it comes to the intake of Syrian refugees. The planned intake of 500 refugees should therefore be increased to 2016 to 5,000 people.

Switzerland has taken a much higher number of Hungarian, Czech and Indochinese refugees without any major problems, the Agency claims.

As the Swiss NGO points out in its open letter, the plight of refugees in the scarred by civil war is huge. During the period of three years, 2.6 million people have fled from Syria into neighboring countries. More than 6.5 million people are displaced inside the country. Overall, half of the Syrian population is dependent on humanitarian aid.

Since the outbreak of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, the federal humanitarian aid for those displaced by war has been a total of 55 million francs ($55m). Caritas emergency relief projects in favor of the Syrian refugees in the amount of 7.9 million Swiss francs ($8.8m) have spent in the past two years.

The Swiss people have shown interest in increased funding in recent years. According to Caritas Swiss NGOs have received private donations worth some 16.5 million francs ($18.5m). (in German)

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(1 Swiss franc = $1.13 US) Just keep those Muslims from Syria coming in. They will integrate easily, just as well as Hungarians or Czechs!


The Louvre cancels projected Eastern Christianity department

Having spent a fortune building a prestigious and highly-acclaimed Islamic wing to the Louvre museum, the French ministry of Culture has now cancelled plans to build a much-needed wing dedicated to Eastern Christianity, in particular the Byzantine Empire.

This story has not received the full media coverage it deserves...


Four Saudi women accused of beating up husbands

You "marry" four frustrated ninjas, you sleep with your eyes open.


Assad’s election plan gets cold shoulder from U.N.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) talks to soldiers during his visit to the Christian town of Maaloula, northeast of Damascus April 20, 2014. (Reuters)

The United Nations harshly criticized Syria’s decision to hold a presidential election on June 3, amid the ongoing bloody war in the country, saying that the election would ruin any potential political resolution to the problem.

President of the Syrian parliament, Mohammad al-Lahham, announced on Monday that presidential elections will be held on June 3, despite the violence tearing the country. He promised the poll would be “free and fair.”

Both the U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have warned against a presidential election during the rough circumstances, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said...


"Whoever you are, your friend is so drunk... he's an alcoholic without a doubt. He is also dressed as a wolf.

...He tried to pee in a chow mein and is chatting to himself."

(Language warning, you pansies.)


MEMRI: IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani: ‘War is a grand school for love, morals, and loyalty’

Qassem Soleimani

The commander of the Qods Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently delivered several ideological speeches praising war, the Islamic Revolution, and Leader Khamenei, and attacking the U.S. and Sunni Muslim countries.

Praising the Islamic Revolution and its founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Soleimani claimed that the revolution had brought the Islamic world out of the crisis that it had been in since the fall of the Islamic regime in the Iberian Peninsula in the late 15th century.

He added that Iran continues to export the revolution successfully, even to Saudi Arabia, which is the stronghold of the Sunni world. Only Iran, he said, and not Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan, can lead the Muslim world, because it supports Islamic groups around the globe and defends Islam from attack.

Soleimani also said that the Shi'ite crescent in the Middle East was economic as well as political because it includes the oil-rich regions of eastern Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran. He added that Iran was successfully thwarting the global attack on the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.

Read excerpts from his statements...


Turkish birth rate falling, but still much higher than Europe

The proportion of Turkey’s child population was almost 30% in 2013, with more than 1 million new babies born in one year, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUİK) on April 22.
When the proportion of children in the total population is compared with the proportions of European Union member countries, Turkey’s child population rate - at 29.7% in 2013 - is the highest of all. Children make up just 16% of the aging German population, 22.2% of the French population, 21.2% of the British population, and 20.2% of the Swedish...


'I am in the process of writing a detailed refutation of The Central Park Five...'

writes Nicholas Stix:

 ...a propaganda film disguised as a documentary by Ken (Civil War) Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns and her husband David McMahon. This has attained instant classic status and is routinely shown to impressionable school children, the latter-day, non-fiction equivalent of To Kill a Mockingbird.

In the course of my research, I came across this remarkable discussion of the Central Park 5 case by legendary New York City prosecutor, defense attorney, crime fiction and true crime author Robert K. Tanenbaum, posted on his website in April 2013, but as far as I know unreported.
I strongly recommend it to readers.


Your baby is a racist—and why you can live with that

It don't come easy: bonding across racial lines requires overcoming some very old genetic programming

You always suspected babies were no good, didn’t you? They’re loud, narcissistic, spoiled, volatile and not exactly possessed of good table manners. Now it turns out that they’re racists too.

From humanity's earliest era, we had evolved to distinguish in-groups from out-groups and to assign powerful value to those differences.

Call it racism, but it helped us survive...


Palestinians: Our blood is more precious than Jewish blood

Israeli police officer Baruch Mizrahi (upper right) was shot and killed by a Palestinian terrorist near Hebron on April 14, as he drove to a family celebration with his wife and four of their children. His wife Hadas Mizrahi was shot and wounded.

A Palestinian Authority [PA] minister who equated Jewish blood with Palestinian blood has been strongly condemned by many Palestinians, including his own family.

The attacks and threats against PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash serve as a reminder of the extent to which Palestinians have been radicalized over the past few decades.

The uproar began when al-Habbash, in a meeting with Israeli journalists in Ramallah, was asked about the recent terrorist attack near Hebron that killed police officer Baruch Mizrahi on Passover eve...


Mayor resigns over support of Kansas killer’s views

Marionville, MO Mayor Dan Clevenger

The mayor of the Missouri hometown of Frazier Glenn Miller resigned after saying he agreed with some views of the suspected killer of three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Kansas.

Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger offered his resignation at a special Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night; the resignation was effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The aldermen had voted 4-1 to start impeachment proceedings against the mayor.

Residents who attended the meeting overwhelmingly called for his resignation or impeachment.

Clevenger, who was elected earlier this month, said he “kind of agreed with him [Miller] on some things, but I don’t like to express that too much...”


Muslims must accept Britain's Christian values, says former Labour Home Secretary

Former Labour home secretary Jack Straw

Muslims must accept that Britain is built on Christian values, a former Home Secretary has said, in the wake of mounting evidence that a group of schools have been taken over in a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot by radical Islamists.

It is “inevitable” that many Muslim communities will not integrate with the rest of British society but it must be made clear that attempts to isolate Muslim pupils from the rest of society are unacceptable, Jack Straw said.

The alleged plot by Islamic radicals to take control of a series of schools in Birmingham is the product of a little-understood power struggle between Muslim denominations, Mr Straw, the MP for Blackburn said.

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Greenfield: Islam’s religious war with everyone

Few divides are as impossible to bridge as those of religion. You either believe or you don’t.

When it comes to Islam, non-Muslims are expected to take its goodwill on faith. If you believe your eyes and ears, Islam and violence go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you believe Muslims and their spin doctors with academic degrees, Muslims are the victims of other religions...


Supreme Court Gives Racial Preferences a Death Blow - Justices approve state bans on affirmative action

The Supreme Court has issued its ruling today in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The ruling could signal that the days of race-based affirmative action preferences in college admissions are numbered.

It was a 6-2 ruling, with the majority upholding a state-wide ban on racial preferences passed by Michigan voters in 2006. That ban was narrowly overturned by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012. The ruling today represents yet another reversal.

Via Memeorandum


Slow death of free speech - Free speech is increasingly under attack from politically correct mobs.


Obama gives Canada cold shoulder

Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care.

He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela.

Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House's bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president.


Just sleeve now: British woman deported from Sri Lanka because her Buddha tattoo insults local religion

A British woman has been arrested and is facing deportation in Sri Lanka over a Buddha tattoo on her arm.

Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was taken into custody at the airport in Colombo, after she arrived from India.

Ms Coleman, who has a tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower on her right arm, was arrested for ‘hurting others' religious feelings,’ a police spokesman said.


First distress call from sinking South Korean ferry was from ‘boy with a shaking voice’

Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea

A boy with a shaking voice made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry, three minutes after the vessel made its final turn, it has been revealed.

The boy was put through to the fire service after calling the emergency 119 number, before being forwarded to the coastguard two minutes later.

His call was followed by about 20 others from children on board the ship, a fire service officer has told Reuters...


The SS Doctor Who Converted to Islam and Escaped the Nazi Hunters

The Holocaust, as you’ll probably know, produced some of history’s worst human beings. The thing is, though, besides those who made it into your textbooks—the Hitlers, Görings and Himmlers—many escaped unscathed, free to live out the rest of their days pretending to be mild-mannered expats who’d moved to Argentina simply because they preferred empanadas and polo to bratwurst and car manufacturing.

One SS member to ultimately escape prosecution was an Austrian concentration camp doctor called Aribert Heim, who later became known as “Doctor Death.” The atrocities committed in the Nazi camps have their very own scale of horror, and Heim sits somewhere near the top (his trademark was injecting gasoline into healthy people’s hearts and keeping their skulls as trophies). Despite his horrific crimes, he managed to mostly evade the authorities, and when they did finally catch up with him, in the early 60s, he had already fled Germany.


Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.


South Korea: North appears close to nuclear test

North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, in 2012

Seoul, SOUTH KOREA — North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama.

“Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing.

Kim stressed that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program was at a stage where it could conduct a test “at any moment” once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.

North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests — in 2006, 2009 and 2013 — all at the Punggye-ri site in the northeast of the country...


Dirty Bustard!

Arab Prince accused of killing thousands of internationally-protected houbara bustards

h/t TON


Humanist group sues school district over ‘Under God’ phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.”

The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution.

According to the suit, the humanist group complained to school officials in February, but the district would not change the pledge...


'Neil deGrasse Tyson is quickly going from the cutest astrophysicist in the universe to a colossal bore'

Gavin McInnes pens a must-read about "racism" and the culture of complaint:

You can’t talk about the possibility that black people did anything to deserve these stereotypes. Actually, you can’t even talk about black people. So, we’ll do what they do in Texas and the military. We’ll call them “Canadians.” It’s a lot easier this way.

If you’re "Canadian" and you’re being looked at suspiciously, how about you get mad at the Canadians who created this real life possibility? If a woman grabs her purse on the elevator because you’re Canadian, get mad at the disproportionate number of Canadians who steal purses.
Did you get stopped in your fancy car because you’re Canadian? How about you take it up with the Canadian drug dealers who taught the cops it’s a good bet to pull them over.

Jay Z bitches about cops pulling him over but he also brags about his life as a crack dealer. I guess his beef is that the cops pulled him over too late? (...)

As Patton Oswalt was recently attacked for saying, “Political correctness is a war on noticing.”


Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs

This file photo released on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 by the anti-government activist group Shaam News Network SNN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a man looks at destroyed buildings from Syrian forces shelling in Khaldiyeh, Homs, Syria

Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution.

Some among the hundreds of rebels remaining in the city talk of surrender, according to opposition activists there. Others have lashed back against the siege with suicide car bombings in districts under government control. Some fighters are turning on comrades they suspect want to desert, pushing them into battle.

"We expect Homs to fall," said an activist who uses the name Thaer Khalidiya in an online interview with The Associated Press. "In the next few days, it could be under the regime's control..."


'When lawmen break the law, there is no law'

Guy Somerset writes:

The obscenity of roughing up a retiree in the sacred search for lost arrowheads reminded me very much of a similar atrocity that was committed in Kentucky during the early 1990s. 
Descendants of naturalist painter John James Audubon owned several heirlooms which had been leased for a nominal amount to a museum in his name, one being an original oil rendition of the American Bald Eagle.


Yet rather than being assessed the pennies’ cost of paint and cloth which might be justifiably totaled, Audubon’s great-great-great granddaughters faced a tax bill of over $750,000.

Needless to say, for ordinary people of middle-class means this sum was outrageous, and the collection and canvas were forfeited to the state. In frontier vernacular, some say the granddaughters’ birthright was simply stolen.


Barbara Kay loves Kathy Shaidle's new book!

She writes via email:
Kathy, I just read your hilarious and insightful e-book. Brilliantly funny! And informative! (Who knew about "dino-porn"?) 
I loved its laugh-a-minute pace and punch.

I see now that you are a kind of "otherkin" yourself -- Mark Steyn's lost twin trapped inside a short woman's body. Seriously, it's no secret why we're all fans of Mark; now I see why Mark is such a devoted fan of yours. I am too.

You're a treasure. xx Barb


Another one down: ‘German’ rapper-turned-jihadist reported dead in Syria

Messages posted on jihadist Internet forums announced his death

A ‘German’ former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday.

Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha al-Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack Sunday in an eastern province.

He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al-Nusra Front, a rival jihadist group that is Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate.

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He was thoroughly repulsive.


'Zach Braff says something liberal in 4 words, then deletes tweets'

Hilarious catch by Twitchy:


Supreme Court says states may end affirmative action without violating Constitution

WASHINGTON—A splintered Supreme Court on Tuesday voted 6-2 that states may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution.

The case came from Michigan, which in 2006 passed a voter initiative ending racial preferences. A federal appeals court had struck down the measure, finding that it served to disadvantage minorities in the political process.

That decision was widely expected to fall, and it did on Tuesday without a single rationale from the Supreme Court.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for a plurality including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, said the case wasn't about resolving the debate over affirmative action, but rather "who may resolve it." He wrote the Constitution doesn't forbid voters from ending the practice, which was instituted by officials at the University of Michigan and other state agencies.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, filed a 58-page dissent. Justice Elena Kagan was recused from the case.

The University of Michigan has been a frequent battleground over affirmative action. In 2003, a narrowly divided court upheld the practice at the flagship university's law school but struck down the method it employed for undergraduate admissions for making race too dominant a factor.


Libyan jihadi group parades sobbing hostage, more Libya news (none of it good)

A hostage kidnapped from the Tunisian embassy in Libya was seen sobbing in a video released on Monday by a jihadist group claiming his capture.

The hostage, Mohammad ben Sheikh, is seen calling on Tunisia’s president to help rescue him from his plight as he cries the five minute video posted to social networking sites. Sheikh is being held by a largely unknown group calling themselves Shabab al-Tawhid, according to Agence France-Presse.

“Mr. President, why do you want to deprive me of life?.. There are no negotiations, they will not release me,” he says.

“Mr. President, negotiate with them. I want to return to Tunisia. They can kill me at any time.”

At the end of the video, the captors, in a message to the Tunisian government, claim: “As you imprison ours, we imprison yours. As you kill ours, we kill yours.”

Authorities in Tunis are demanding the release of Libyans sentenced for their role in a 2011 “terrorist operation” in which two police officers died...

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Happy Earth Day from Mark Steyn


April 22nd is the day when President Obama and the rest of the gang demonstrate their commitment to saving the planet by flying in to plant a tree somewhere.

And say what you like but, when you're looking for fellows who know how to dig a huge hole, Obama and Harry Reid are pretty much at the top of the list.

My township in New Hampshire is 90 per cent forested, but you can never have too many trees, so on Earth Day I always like to plant a couple more, get the tree cover in my town up to 97, 98 per cent, whatever it takes to send climate change into reverse.

Of course, it's always a big pain in the neck the morning after Earth Day, when the holiday's over, and it's time to take down the trees. So these days I generally just plant artificial trees with the nice silvery tinselly branches, and then you can just take them down and put 'em in the attic till next year's Earth Day.


White House hosts ‘next generation’ young and rich

Ian Simmons and Liesel Pritzker Simmons, at left, supporters of impact investing, at the next-generation conference at the White House last month. Credit Perry Bindelglass

On a crisp morning in late March, an elite group of 100 young philanthropists and heirs to billionaire family fortunes filed into a cozy auditorium at the White House.

Their name tags read like a catalog of the country’s wealthiest and most influential clans: Rockefeller, Pritzker, Marriott. They were there for a discreet, invitation-only summit hosted by the Obama administration to find common ground between the public sector and the so-called next-generation philanthropists, many of whom stand to inherit billions in private wealth.

Patrick Gage, 19, an heir to the Carlson hospitality fortune, at the session “Combating Human Trafficking,” a cause that is important to the company. Credit Perry Bindelglass

“Moon shots!” one administration official said, kicking off the day on an inspirational note to embrace the White House as a partner and catalyst for putting their personal idealism into practice.

The well-heeled group seemed receptive. “I think it’s fantastic,” said Patrick Gage, a 19-year-old heir to the multibillion-dollar Carlson hotel and hospitality fortune. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” Mr. Gage, physically boyish with naturally swooping Bieber bangs, wore a conservative pinstripe suit and a white oxford shirt. His family’s Carlson company, which owns Radisson hotels, Country Inns and Suites, T.G.I. Friday’s and other brands, is an industry leader in enforcing measures to combat trafficking and involuntary prostitution.

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