What Happened to Germany?

A year ago (well, slightly more; a year and a few weeks ago) I challenged people on Facebook.

I’m making a statement now and I’m adding it to my calendar. One year from today, I want to come back to the following statement: “These refugees aren’t causing terrorism and crime, they’re running from the people who cause it.”

I will admit I’m wrong that these people aren’t just bringing mayhem along with them and infiltrating Europe… I’ll admit that it isn’t all 18-25 year old men… I’ll admit that they’re just hard working people who want to do the right thing for their families…

But I’ll only admit that after evidence. I wonder how many of the “They’re good people running from a bad situation” will accept the challenge and do the same? I’ll admit I’m wrong and these people aren’t bad news. But would the “They’re good people” crowd be willing to do the same? Publicly?

A year should be enough time to figure out how “good” these people are. Anyone wanna take the challenge? And if so, which side would you like to be on?

Understand that at the time I wrote this, November 14th 2015, things were only just starting to really get crazy with the migrant situation in Europe.  Some people, myself included, saw this “crisis” for the sham that it is, while others accused people like myself of being bigots, not caring about people, having no humanity, and so on.  Having had about as much of that nonsense as I could stand, I challenged people to re-asses the situation one year later.

Germany was the first country to truly open up to the migrants, and openly welcomed them.  Not only that, but they begged over and over for more of them.  Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, actively called for more migrants to come, a move which many predicted would be the death of Germany, and while no other European country has taken in as many refugees as Germany, Germany, one year later is in absolute chaos.

It started in Cologne, Germany, during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.  Wikipedia summarizes the incident very simply:

During the 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations, hundreds of sexual assaults (including groping), at least five rapes, and numerous thefts were reported in Germany, mainly in Cologne city centre. Similar incidents were reported in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, and Bielefeld. The German Federal Criminal Police Office said on 9 January that the incidents were a phenomenon known in the Arab World as taharrush gamea in Arabic. Translated as “group sexual harassment in crowds,” it is comparable to criminal acts committed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.

All of the incidents involved women being surrounded and assaulted by groups of men on the street. Police estimate that 1,200 women were sexually assaulted and that at least 2,000 men were involved, acting in groups. Police reported that the perpetrators were men of “Arab or North African appearance” and said that Germany had never experienced such mass sexual assaults before. The attacks sparked an international outcry, a debate about women’s rights, the sustainability of Germany’s asylum policy, and social differences between European societies and those of North Africa and the Middle East. Taking place during the European migrant crisis (see timeline), the attacks also led to a hardening of attitudes against mass immigration.

What’s most troubling about these incidents isn’t that they happened as much as it is that Merkel, the Mayor of Cologne, and others worked feverishly to cover it up to maintain the illusion that the mass migration of thousands upon thousands of refugees had not caused this.  In April, news organizations began reporting that there had, in fact, been a concerted effort made to re-tell the story of the assaults.

The translation is rough, here, but it is from a German paper:

EXPRESS now publishes one of the confidential notices. He was written by Cologne Chief of Criminal Investigation Joachim H.

On the New Year’s Day, the policeman had been serving in the Kriminalwache in Cologne. There was a first report on the offenses in the New Year’s Eve night in a “WE message” (WE stands for “Important event”).

“Rape, sexual offense on base, thefts, committed by a larger foreign group of persons” , is about the message.

A message that was to shatter all of Germany. A “sex mob” of this extent had never existed so far.

What then happened is a process that brings the minister of the interior now in more explanation. A memorable call came in at the Kölner Kriminalwache, which, according to the Cologne police, came from the Landesleitstelle.

In a file note, Joachim H. remembers the content of the conversation.

At about 1.30 pm, as part of early morning service on late service, KHK H. made a phone call that he finished shortly after I sat next to him to continue the transfer. KHK H. told me at once that the local authority wanted a reversal of the WE report or the deletion of the formulation rape. According to the local government, this is a wish from the ministry.

The last paragraph is clear.  Either “reverse” the report (say it didn’t happen) or keep the report and remove the word “rape.”  Down the memory hole it goes.

As shocking as this story is, it’s only one story.  People in Germany have been reporting all kinds of inconceivable injustices, not the least of which is their homes being taken so that refugees would have a place to live, and one article on Zero Hedge a few days ago listed off such a shocking list of things in the the past month alone that one has to wonder what in God’s name is going on in Germany?

History Matters

A few years ago one of my favorite comedians, Jim Norton, said that when it came to the relations between black people and white people in the United States, the sorry state that they’re in is the consequence for the poor behavior of white people in the past.  It’s easy to dismiss that as group blaming or some other SJW type thing, but his point was much more nuanced than that: the payback for the horrible treatment of black people in the past (slavery and Jim Crow) have turned somewhat, and some of what white people hate about current race relations is their “comeuppance.”

Whether or not you believe that is happening in the United States notwithstanding, it’s easy to see that that’s exactly what’s happening in Germany.  So terrified of being labeled as racists, and so gun shy after Hitler’s ascent to power in the 30’s and 40’s, Germans have come to regard racism as the worst conceivable thing they can be.  That fear has driven many Germans to extremes that can’t even be explained.

And the left-leaning loons have a cause…

One German pol, Stefanie von Berg, believes that Germany being a minority white country is a good thing (which wouldn’t be so laughable if Germany wasn’t watching the country dissolve in front of their eyes at the hands of non-white invaders).

Now I’m not for white nationalism any more than I’m for black nationalism or any other nationalism, but when you see your cities crumbling at the hands of migrants from the Middle East, can you really say “that’s a good thing?”

How delusional would you have to be?  Or more exactly, how beaten down do you have to be?

Very much so.

Beaten down enough that when you’re raped by a refugee in a camp where you’re volunteering, you keep it quiet because you’re worried about the racist backlash that reporting your rapist would get you.  Then, you write an apology letter to your rapist.

Selin, who has visited refugee camps in Iraq where she was shocked at the squalor people are living in, did not want to stoke ‘more hatred against migrants ín Germany.’

To help her cope she wrote an open letter to a fictional refugee and posted it on Facebook. It read in part: ‘I am really sorry that your sexist and line-crossing treatment of me could help fuel aggressive racism.

‘I’m going to scream… I will not stand by and watch, and it can happen that racists and concerned citizens name you as the problem. You’re not the problem. You’re usually a wonderful human being who deserves as much as any other to be safe and free.

‘I will not stand by and watch and let it happen that racists and concerned citizens name you as the problem.’

And, not to be outdone, just a few days ago, a young woman, also a volunteer at a refugee camp, was murdered, and while the path of destruction carved by the “migrants” who were “just good people” trying to “find safety for their family” have mostly gone unblocked, the German people seem to finally be starting to wake up to what’s going on over a year after the invasion began.  Of course the only people in the streets are the “far right” which means they can be easily dismissed, and dismissed they are being.

Freiburg – the ancient university city where Maria was studying before her brutal death in October – saw a demonstration yesterday by the hard-right anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

Maria – who died from drowning – was portrayed as ‘the victim of Merkel’s welcome culture’.

AfD co-chief Jörg Meuthen said: ‘We are shocked by this crime and at the same time we see that our warnings about the uncontrolled arrival of hundreds of thousands of young men from Islamic-patriarchal cultures are written off as populist.’

Social media is also burning up with hate messages directed at refugees in the wake of the arrest of a 17-year-old Afghan boy whose DNA has linked him to the murder of Maria, who was the daughter of a high ranking EU legal official.

But just when you think there’s hope…

One lone voice who pointed out Germans were equally capable of such terrible crimes was Julia Klöckner, a politician from Mrs Merkel’s CDU party, who said: ‘Such brutality is unfortunately perpetuated by natives and foreigners. This unfortunately is not a new phenomenon.’

And, even though the media has been sharing the name and face of the perpetrator, one Facebook user in Germany was banned for showing his face and the German government has been repeatedly warning citizens not to cross the line and promote hatred on Facebook or other social media outlets in the wake of the murder.

The statistics are stunning.

But it isn’t just a horror show with the smoke and mirrors the government, led by Merkel, are trying to push on the German people.  The actual numbers of what’s happening to Germany as far as crime are the true shame of post-migrant life.

Migrants in Germany have committed 142,500 crimes in just six months, police figures have revealed

This was the equivalent of 780 crimes a day – an increase of nearly 40 percent over 2015, according to data from Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office

It comes as German chancellor Angela Merkel remains under pressure over her open-door policy on immigration amid concerns over how to integrate 900,000 newcomers who arrived last year.

And there’s no reason to think it’s going to get better.

A separate report from late last year by the Federal Criminal Office found that migrants registered as living in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes over the whole of 2015 with two-thirds involving theft counterfeiting and financial crimes.

According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council, police in some parts of the country fear they are being stretched to the limit amid climbing crime figures.

Their report said: ‘During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.

‘Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as ‘asylum seekers’ or ‘refugees’ have gone missing.’

I’m really trying to find a silver lining here, and I’m failing miserably.

And, as if you need a reminder of the kind of media and governmental programming Europe is dealing with, take a look at this gem

The EU should “do its best to undermine” the “homogeneity” of its member states, the UN’s special representative for migration has said.

Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.

He also suggested the UK government’s immigration policy had no basis in international law.

 We’ve officially reached peak absurdity.  You have European officials clamoring for the death of any distinct cultural identity, and praising it as it’s begged for.

It’s not looking better for 2017.

We’ve already seen a call for “more integration” after a homeless man was set on fire in Berlin, but they don’t mean that migrants need to assimilate better; they mean that Germans need to try harder.

And, in the aftermath of a truck attack (because, in Germany, trucks act alone) on a Berlin Christmas market a few days before Christmas, Angela Merkel on New Year’s Eve 2016 implored people to treat the onslaught of Islamic terror with…

Compassion.

Angela Merkel thinks that you must just keep turning your cheek and begging your attackers to smack you because God forbid you be accused of hate.

It’s hard to see a way forward for Germany.  They’re proudly puffing out their chests as they are destroyed from within because of their own self-loathing and self-imposed guilt, and with Angela Merkel’s utter refusal to even admit there is a problem, it’s hard to see it getting any better.

Ebola Kills Journalism In Syracuse

Ebola Kills Journalism In Syracuse

In this modern world where we rely so heavily on journalism and the media and we consume it in so many different ways, we would hope to have some integrity from journalists.  Unfortunately, we’re getting less integrity and more hyperbole, and if we want to know where it starts, we can look no further than journalism schools because a shockingly uninformed thing occurred last week at Syracuse University and we can all stand to learn from it.

After spending extended time in Liberia documenting the Ebola epidemic there, Michel du Cille was invited to Syracuse University to speak about what it was like but instead of being allowed to speak, du Cille’s invitation was revoked due to the panic over Ebola.  In explaining her panicky actions, the Dean of the school said the following:

I have a responsibility to faculty, staff and most importantly, our students – and their parents. While I don’t want to contribute to the fears about the disease, I believed we needed to exercise due caution. I also knew at least one student was already worried about his visit and that those concerns would quickly spread to other students (and then their parents), as well as staff and faculty. We did not want to create a panic.

Unfortunately, Ms. Branham, that’s exactly what you did.  You’ve stoked the fears and created a panic and you’ve legitimized people’s panic over something they will most likely not be exposed to in the near future.

The problem with her argument, that she was simply exercising due caution and avoiding a panic, is that you could make that argument in basically any circumstance after making an irrational decision.  You could react, make bad decisions, or do something overtly stupid any time you want as long as you’re avoiding a panic.

Is that the kind of journalism we want to teach?  Like it or not, this attempt to avoid a panic is doing exactly that: teaching that you simply allow fear from others (Branham said she was worried about others but never expressed that fear herself) to force you into making decisions you don’t agree with.  That sounds to me like a recipe for disaster when it comes to journalists.

Consider this: Had the Wikileaks and Edward Snowden revelations not been made public out of fear of the panic they would create, would that have been good for society in general?  I’d argue of course not, and so should any journalist worth their salt that isn’t being bought off by a politician in some way.  That’s what real journalism is supposed to be.  Instead, what journalism seems to be becoming is two things: How to get eyeballs with sensational headlines, and how to blow people’s minds with panic over things they really don’t need to panic about.  That, to me, is not journalism.

CNN has finally scaled back its wall to wall panic coverage, and has stopped trying to turn everyone into quivering corner dwellers…

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An epic overreaction.  I wonder where that reaction was fomented, though?  If you look at the bullet point list of stories, it talks about how the fear of Ebola has put a bridal shop in chaos.  One of the people who contracted the virus in the US visited a bridal shop.  That bridal shop is now having problems with business due to her visit.  Why are people panicking?  Because for weeks and weeks up until maybe this very headline, CNN and others have been fueling the fear.  How did it reach the US?  How was this person allowed on a plane?  How many people do you incidentally come in contact with that might have had it?  Facts went out the window a long time ago in an effort to internalize the story for people watching soundbites on CNN.

It’s very similar to the way the coverage of earthquakes go when you live in New York.  Every time there’s a major quake in California, invariably a local news outlet will run a story on what would happen if there was one in New York and how much damage it could do.  The answer, of course, is tons of damage, but the reality is that New York is at a very low risk for earthquakes.  None of that matters, though.  The “journalists” at our local news outlets tend to be of the mindset that if they can’t tell you how an earthquake in California can directly affect you and your life in the immediate local sense, you aren’t smart enough to be empathetic and care for your neighbors on the left coast.

You can apply this same logic of “what if it happened here” to major hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis and so on.  It’s all interchangeable fear at this point, and it can all be justified as “we’re not trying to make you scared, we’re trying to make you aware.”  In reality, they’re “making you aware” of things that you have the most minute chances of ever having to deal with in the hopes that in your fear of it happening “here” you’ll tune them in.

“Just trying to avoid panic,” they say.

Ducille wasn’t taking this panic quietly, telling News Photographer Magazine

“I am disappointed in the level of journalism at Syracuse, and I am angry that they missed a great teaching opportunity. Instead they have decided to jump in with the mass hysteria.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Ducille, that’s their game.  Mass hysteria.  That’s what draws eyeballs.  Jeff Jarvis, who I admire greatly when it comes to journalism, said the following.

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Indeed.  Turn them off.  Expose your kids to journalism instead of hysteria.  Let them choose if they want to be at the talk or not and let their own fears be their guide, but certainly a school of journalism should not shy away from truth in the face of unsubstantiated and unnecessary panic.  Doing so will almost certainly have one victim: the truth.

The US Government Does Not Care About Vets. Period.

Adam Kokesh, on his podcast last week, repeated the mantra over and over again that the US government does not care about veterans, period.  He didn’t mince words, back down, or try to make it appear as if he meant something else by his statement, and he didn’t qualify his remarks in any way.  Upon reflection of the past few years, it’s hard to argue that Kokesh is wrong.  In fact, it’s downright impossible.

It’s a shame it took a scandal in the Veteran’s Administration to open the rest of the country’s eyes, but thankfully they’re at least trying to understand things.  The horrors of a bureaucracy so steeped in looking good on paper mistreating soldiers is so aggravating that it has made people take notice that things are a mess.  Take, for instance, this paragraph from the recent Inspector General’s report on the recent scandal.

Staff at two VA medical facilities deleted consults without full consideration of impact to patients. The first facility deleted pending consults in excess of 90 days without adequate reviews by clinical staff. Schedulers working at the second facility cancelled provider consults without review by clinical staff.

Or maybe if that doesn’t convince you, maybe this will…

Schedulers go into the scheduling program, find an open appointment, ask the veteran if that appointment would be acceptable, back out of the scheduling program, and enter the open appointment date as the veteran’s desired date of care. This makes the wait time of an established patient 0 days.

Does that sound like a government that “cares” about veterans?

I used to be a rabid right-wing warhawk who cheered when soldiers were sent to fight in another country for the red white and blue, but over time I soured on it as I realized that they were simply being sent somewhere with no clear goal in the interest of spreading “democracy” to countries that didn’t want it as we spent billions of dollars rebuilding a country after we destroyed it with weapons whose aftermath made the environment of those countries nearly uninhabitable.  Afghanistan and Iraq have simply become money pits and cess pools of political back scratching and favor-granting.  There is no blooming of freedom or democracy in either country and all we’ve done is create a situation where we repeatedly admit that once we leave these countries, they’re probably going to return to what they were before we got there so the only way to stop that is to stay there.

Just like all those pesky anti-war folks said.

But this goes deeper than sending people off to a crap lie of a war with no clear goal in sight, then mistreating them when we get home.  This is even bigger than that, and the implications are far more profound.  Let’s talk about the “shutdown” of the government that happened.  Surely you remember it, right?  Chaos reigned supreme in the United States and we wandered through apocalyptic streets and begged for the return of our overlords.

Oh, we didn’t?  Oh.

Well, during that panicked time for federal government employees, a large portion of whom have no meaningful function (non-essential employees is the most amusing term ever; why are we hiring anyone who is non-essential?), we had every Senator and Representative (and the President) grabbing whatever camera crew they could find to tell us that if the shutdown didn’t end soon, veterans wouldn’t get health care and military paychecks would be delayed.  Never once did the President say he would cut the benefits for people who get federal funding for their healthcare, housing, or any other number of handouts.  No, when given the chance to talk about things that wouldn’t happen in the event of a shutdown, the first thing to talk about (and in some cases, the only one) was the inevitable decline in care given to men and women who were sent abroad in the name of our country.

Does that seem right to you?

If we cared about veterans at all, their care would be untouchable, and instead we played political chicken with it as welfare kings and queens around the country continued in their handout hoarding as if nothing had changed at all.  Does it strike you as fair that people we send abroad to fight for this country would have to take a backseat to someone whose sole purpose in life is to receive handouts?  Because it certainly doesn’t sit well with me at all.

Finally, there is the cause celebre of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Remember when we read, way back in 2007 before our country was set to be saved by The Great One and how our evil President wasn’t doing enough to make sure veterans were getting the proper level of care there?  I sure do.  You couldn’t escape the story in any fashion and now, how we are standing on the precipice of an even worse scandal (specifically the fact that not only does the treatment suck, but that it takes forever and employees of the VA are actively covering up their failures systematically) and here we are again “surprised by it.”

Walter Reed Army Medical Center is the largest facility of its type in this country and yet we know that it has, essentially, failed those it was chartered to take care of.  Are we outraged as a country?  Not particularly, because we stopped talking about it a mere few months after it happened aside from a spattering of stories that have cropped up since and occasionally in the context of the current scandal.

Kokesh’s point is absolutely right when you look at it in context of recent events and recent-past events.  If this was a country that cared about its veterans, firstly we wouldn’t send soldiers off to aimless foreign wars and keep them abroad for years without a defined purpose and a timeline for returning them back home to their family and their community.  Of course, we don’t send them abroad with a plan, and we often do that with the wrong motivations.

Secondly, we would make sure that when these folks do come home, the treatment they need for being forced at gunpoint to go to another country and be paid killers would be available in abundance.  We don’t do that, either.

Finally, we would talk more about it as something other than a way to score political points.  In 2007, the revelations were used as a political hammer with which to bludgeon President Bush.  Today, the VA scandal is being used to bludgeon President Obama.  In the end, once the political capital to be gained runs out, the next scandal will be the story of the day and this one will be forgotten.  Real reforms may never happen, and things may still be broken going forward but imagine if the welfare system was broken and we couldn’t give SNAP, AFDC, or Section 8 vouchers to people.  Imagine the outrage that would create amongst the recipient class?

That alone demonstrates the difference between how we handle those that have earned some fair level of care and those who simply collect a benefit for existing.  Do you know why?

Because Adam Kokesh is 100% right.  The United States simply does not care about its veterans.


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