Anti-tank Missile Used to Attack Office Building in Amsterdam

This doesn’t appear to be getting much coverage from the mainstream media. Anywhere. Leider motorclub opgepakt voor beschieten kantoorpand met antitankwapen – OR – Leader of a motorcycle club arrested for shooting office building with antitank weapon. Could it be this story doesn’t fit the narrative?

The up-and-coming (apparently) motorcycle club Caloh Wagoh (a 1 percent group) used an anti-tank weapon to attack the building housing (among other things) the Amsterdam offices of Playboy. Seems to be some indication that the magazine Panorama was actually the target. Police have not confirmed that, but a quote from the editor of Panorama seems to support that. (Google translate doesn’t do a great job with Dutch, just so you know.)

The articles I looked at are all caught up with “Why?” But I want to know how frequently anti-tank weapons are used in crimes in The Netherlands. Or in Europe generally. RPGs were common all over Europe after the end of the Bosnian/Serbian war, but that was 10 years and more ago.

Bruning calls it very worrying that such resources are used to intimidate crime journalists. “It seems that the threats are taking on more solid forms lately.” For example, crime reporters Paul Vugts ( Het Parool ) and John van den Heuvel ( De Telegraaf ) had to go into hiding and get personal security. In the case of Van den Heuvel, the judicial authorities suspect that motor club No Surrender had put a price on his head. Vugts was transferred to a secret location in October last year on ‘very urgent advice’ from the authorities.

Given how the MSM covers journalist intimidation in other countries, why is this not blaring from the 24-hour-news cycle?

No one was hurt, and the president of Caloh Wagoh is in custody.

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The Real Story Behind the Tariffs Aimed at Canada

It is about steel coming from China. This is the story you won’t see in the US media, and it is barely in the Canadian media. LILLEY: Feds could have avoided U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

China ships steel to Canada. Canada turns around and ships it to us, and pretends it is from Canada.

The Americans have long complained about something called “transshipment.” That is the practice of Chinese steel being shipped to a country, such as Canada, and then re-exported, sometimes with little to no change in the product, to the United States.

Essentially, some companies try to pass off Chinese steel as duty-free Canadian steel. Or Mexican steel, or European steel. The Americans say this has happened from many countries as China sells at below-market rates to keep its steel plants going.

And the administration first complained to Canada over a year ago. April of 2017 to be exact. The Trudeau government didn’t do anything about it until the day before the tariffs were imposed.

Why wouldn’t we have stopped this?

It’s not like allowing it to keep going was about protecting Canadian steelworkers, it protects Chinese steelworkers.

With friends like Trudeau… (Hat tip to The Road Kill Diaries)

The Best Statement on Electric Car Subsidies

I really wanted to title this post “Make Canada Great Again,” but I resisted. Doug Ford makes a good start in Ontario

Another politician is keeping campaign promises. What is the world coming too?</sarcasm>

Oh, and those subsidies… under the heading “Pay for your own fancy car.”

Soon the subsidies for green cars will fall by the wayside. This should go for the same reason the reno program went. If you can afford to buy a Honda Clarity starting at $39,900 instead of the Civic at $16,790 or the Accord at $26,590 then you don’t need my help.

These more than pissed me off when the US .gov was handing them out to people buying Tesla Roadsters that cost more than most people make in a year. People buying those cars did NOT need a handout from someone making $60 grand a year. But that is exactly what they were getting. Still are getting.

Also going by the wayside in Ontario: reimbursements for rehabbing your house, and catered meals for the members of the parliamentary caucus. (He paid for a pizza lunch himself, told the members they would have to brown bag it, “Like normal folks,” in the future.)

The EU Seems To Be Shattering on Merkel’s Immigration Policy

There was supposed to be an “emergency” meeting on Sunday. EU ON BRINK: Italy to BOYCOTT summit and claim Germany and France are RULING Brussels. Doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.

Poland, Hungary, The Check Republic and Slovakia (The Visegrad Group) had already declined to participate. (FAZ.net has a good story, but it is in German. Google Translate can be your friend.)

The Commission’s draft paper is giving heavy attention to secondary movement of immigrants, which sees asylum seekers move from the country they arrive at to seek resettlement elsewhere, an issue which is threatening Mrs Merkel political survival in Germany.

Merkel (Bundeskanzlerin of Germany) and Macron (Prime Minister of France) are the only 2 players in the EU still trying to support asylum and immigration in line with what Merkel ushered in a few years back. Which was why the Visegrad Group basically said, “We have already rejected this proposal.”

Merkel’s CDU party is in coalition in the Bundestag with the CSU. The head of the CSU, Horst Seehofer, has given 2 weeks notice, on the subject of immigration. This could lead to a no-confidence vote, or at least a dissolution of the coalition in Germany. It took months to form a government after the last election, and that process would have to start again.

The meeting scheduled for the weekend was basically an appeal to the rest of the EU to interfere in the internal politics of Germany, over the immigration dispute. Seems that only France is up for that. But then Macron is far enough to the Left only his opinion matters. (Not say the population of Italy or half of Germany.)

ITALY’S new leadership has accused the European Union of ignoring Mediterranean nations bearing the burden of refugees to instead help Angela Merkel keep the German leadership.

There is a brief snip of video at that first link of Nigel Farage on the subject of Germany (Merkel) versus Italy (Salvatini).

Indigenous Cultures Versus the Social Justice Warriors

This isn’t an issue of baking cakes, but of killing children who don’t conform to the norm. Brazil faces an ethical and cultural dilemma in dealing with Amazon tribes

So when 2 groups of “oppressed” people are at odds, how do you make a judgement, if you don’t have hard and fast ideas of Right and Wrong? I guess Brazil is about to find out.

“Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?” is the subtitle of a recent article in Foreign Policy. It describes traditional but still-existent customs of many Amazon tribes in Brazil that dictate killing handicapped children and even those one might define as transgendered.

I’m not up on the conditions that prevailed in traditional societies in Brazil, but it isn’t uncommon for traditional societies, that can come up against famine regularly, to do similar things. Even Europeans would abandon some infants to exposure in the Middle Ages. When resources are limited, people make decisions that would upset modern Americans.

Of course the question is what do you do now that there are more resources? Now that these tribes are no longer without options. You can thank that green revolution from the 1930s thru 1950s. (That “revolution” saw the introduction of diesel tractors, combines, and all the other trappings of modern agriculture. Including pesticides.) Do you let them continue with their traditions, or do you force them to join us in the 21st Century?

There are academics – if you click all the way thru to the FP article – who are arguing that the tribes should be permitted to do what they want. It is their culture etc. Arguing in favor of the killing of children.

Brazil will probably pass a law. Not that they will be in a position to enforce that law. That the law should be passed isn’t what is interesting to me. What is interesting is that we have reached a point where there are the SJWs who are actually debating whether Brazil should stop the tribes from killing twins (they are considered a “bad omen” by at least one tribe) and other live infants and children.

Photos of Illegal Alien Detention Centers from 2014

Remind me, who was in the White House in 2014? Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You

I have tried to stay away from this topic, because like so much else, the discussion is insane.

Photos of border detention facilities from the Obama-era, taken during 2014, look nearly identical to the ones taken during the Trump era.

You never see them, however. Here they are, taken in 2014 during a media tour of Obama-era detention facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona.

We don’t see the stories from the Obama administration, because the current kerfuffle is the answer to “What do we do, now that the Russia probe is imploding?” Which is a stupid question on its own.

Just click thru for the photos.

The Left Will Blame the Gun, But He Was On Early Release for a Murder Conviction

And surprise, surprise. He remains a violent criminal. Revealed: Gunman who opened fire on festival-goers before cops shot him dead was a gang member on early release from prison having been convicted of MURDER

A shooting in Trenton that left 22 injured on Sunday may have been prevented if one of the suspects wasn’t granted an early prison release for murder, and an additional sentence for racketeering during his incarceration.

In 2004 he was sentenced to 18 years for his role in a murder. (He was 17 in 2004.) He got an extra 6 years for racketeering while in prison, related to gang activity. But he was reformed (or something) and so was on the street.

But what we need are more gun laws, to make it even more illegal for a felon to possess a weapon or attempt mass murder. Or that’s what New Jersey’s governor thinks.

Because keeping violent criminals in prison would be socially unjust. Or something.