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Italian government gives 3,700% more aid to ‘migrants’ than its own disabled citizens

Have you wondered why the Left support and ally with radical Islam, including working actively to promote and facilitate the importation of Muslim “refugees” into Europe and the U.S.?

The explanation for that strange and unholy alliance goes beyond the adage,  “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. As pointed out by Dr. Abdessamad Belhaj, a highly regarded scholar of Islam, the Left and Islam share affinities that are structural, not accidental:

  • For the Muslim migrants, the West is a source of economic goodies, including welfare.
  • For Western political elites, Muslim migrants are a means toward political power (via votes); a minimum-wage immigrant workforce with “an impulse” for consumerism, which is the opiate used by the state to control the masses; and globalization, which is why the elites denigrate and oppose nationalism, especially President Trump’s championing of America First and Make America Great Again.

See my posts, “Why the Left encourage the cancer of Muslim migrants” and “UN admits ‘refugees’ are ‘replacement migration’ for Europe and other low-fertility countries”.

Here’s yet another example and illustration of of the unholy alliance of the Left and Islam: Italy’s government gives 3,700% more welfare money to “migrants” than to its own disabled citizens.

Muslim migrants in Italy

Luca Sablone reports for il Giornale.it, January 11, 2019 (Google translation into English here), that each “migrant” is given about 20 Euros (U.S. $22.04) a day — €600 or $661.11 a month — whereas disabled Italian citizens get only 54 cents (€o.54 or $0.60) a day (€16.2o or $18 a month).

Note: By my calculation, “migrants” receive 3,700% more financial aid than disabled Italians.

There are about 3 million disabled people in Italy, 2 million of whom receive disability benefits or a pension. “In some cases, a monthly disability benefit of €1,000 does not allow us to lead a dignified life.”

According to the Jan. 11, 2019 edition of Libero, the government’s draft Budget Law included a Disability and Self-Reliance Fund, which allots €50 million for the year 2020, €200 million for 2021, and €300 million per year beginning 2022. Dividing this figure by Italy’s 3 million “non-ambulatory” disabled, that means the financial aid for every disabled person is 54 Euro-cents per day (€16.2 a month), which is insufficient to pay for even basic needs like transport or clothing.

Although Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, a Euroskeptic and member of the Northern League political party, reduced the welfare given to “migrants” from €35 to €21-22 a day, the gap between the financial aid given to “migrants” and that given to disabled Italians is still “truly absurd”.

Note: On 24 September 2018, Italy’s Council of Ministers approved the “Salvini Decree”, which contained a series of hardline measures, including the abolition of key forms of protection for migrants, making it easier for them to be deported; as well as the suspension of the refugee application process of migrants who are considered “socially dangerous” or who have been convicted of a crime. On September 5, 2019, Matteo Salvini stepped down as Deputy Prime Minister after announcing a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Political analysts see Salvini’s motion as a move to force a snap election where Salvini could become the next Prime Minister of Italy. (Wikipedia).

H/t Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News

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We have a winner!

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 211th FOTM Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and two #2 votes, totaling 12 points, is . . .

Jackie Puppet!

Here is the winning caption:

These boots aren’t as comfortable as the red pumps we used to wear!

PvtCharlieSlate and Splitfinger are in 2nd place, each with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 6 points each. Here are their captions:

PvtCharlieSlate: “For sale: Used Belgian Army rifles – never fired, only dropped once.”

Splitfinger: “Looks like the night of the living dead after they broke into an army surplus”

Edward Keesee, kjf, Paladin, and William are in 3rd place, each with 4 points. William’s caption received two #2 votes; the other each received one #1 vote. Here are their captions:

Edward Keesee: “We are the Special Farces of Belgium!!”

kjf: “Right, left, right o’left,
I don’t know my right from left.
I used to be a high school stud, now I march like Elmer Fud.
Right, left, right o’left,
I don’t know my right from left”

Paladin: “What the USA will look like after AOC is elected President”

William: “Belgian Special Forces. The enemy will die laughing”

danwdurham is in 4th place, with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here is his caption:

Tell me again – which foot is my left foot.

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, Jackie Puppet!

Here is your super-duper Award of Excellence, all ready for framing!

For all the other Caption submissions, go here.

Be here later today for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

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Madness: Trannies hound birth coach from professional organization for saying only women give birth to babies

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” –Isaiah 5:20

It is a biological FACT that only biological females can conceive and bear children.

But in the upside-down world of the Left, to say that is anathema.

Stephen Adams reports for the Daily Mail, November 2, 2019, that a birth coach in the UK named Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, 45, is ostracized by Doula UK, a national organization for birth coaches, after “transgender” activists took offense at her saying in a Facebook post that only women can have babies.

Note: A doula is an individual, usually a woman, who is not medically trained but who gives help and support to a woman during pregnancy and during and after child birth.

What triggered the trannies was a Facebook post by McCarthy-Calvert containing a photograph of a negligee-clad woman somersaulting underwater, and these words:

“I am not a ‘cervix owner’ I am not a ‘menstruator’ I am not a ‘feeling’. I am not defined by wearing a dress and lipstick. I am a woman: an adult human female.

Women birth all the people, make up half the population, but less than a third of the seats in the House of Commons are occupied by us.”

McCarthy-Calvert continued, saying that women are accused of transphobia more than men — that men are not “subjected to cries of bigotry and transphobia when they say they don’t want to have sex with a woman with a penis”. McCarthy-Calvert also pointed out that most so-called transgender women have not had their male genitalia removed.

A Facebook follower accused her of using “absolutely disgusting language” and  that “you seem to be forgetting that not only women birth children.”

Days later, around 20 transgender activists wrote a letter of complaint to Doula UK, claiming McCarthy-Calvert’s Facebook post contained several “trans exclusionary comments” including the description of a woman as an “adult human female”. In so doing, McCarthy-Calvert had “clearly” breached Doula UK’s policies that members “shouldn’t post anything that our colleagues, clients and affiliates would find offensive”.

Doula UK immediately withdrew McCarthy-Calvert as their spokeswoman, and launched a four-month investigation. In March, the organization’s board of directors concluded that McCarthy-Calvert’s Facebook post “does breach Doula UK’s guidelines” on equality and diversity. Doula UK threatened to suspend McCarthy-Calvert, a mother-of-four who had been a doula for six years, unless she deleted her post.

McCarthy-Calvert resigned from the organization altogether. She said:

“I am angry and sad. I was effectively ostracised for saying I am a woman and so are my clients. I have been very disappointed by Doula UK’s response. The leadership are paralysed by not wanting to upset transgender rights activists. They have fallen over themselves to acquiesce to their demands.”

Doula UK denies it had “acquiesced” to activists or that McCarthy-Calvert had been “in some way driven out of the organisation.” Its spokesperson said: “We are proud to say that we seek to listen to the lived experience of marginalised groups and make changes – including changes to the language we use – if we believe it is necessary to make the Doula UK community more welcoming and supportive.”

Daily Mail points out that the hounding of McCarthy-Calvert is the latest in a series of recent “victories” for transgender activists:

  • Flora margarine stopped advertising on Mumsnet after the website was accused of being transphobic for hosting a wide range of views on transgender issues.
  • The makers of Always sanitary pads removed the female “Venus” symbol from packaging after complaints from transgender “men”.
  • Cancer Research UK dropped the word “women” from its Pap smear  cervical-cancer screening campaign and replaced the word with “everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix”, ignoring the fact that only  biological females (“women”) have a cervix.

The Daily Wire observes:

The UK is ground zero for internecine LGBT warfare over precisely this issue, and the chasm between trans activists and more traditional leftists seems to be growing wider, particularly the division between women’s rights activists and “trans-exclusionary radical feminists” [TERFs] who claim to want to preserve the gains they’ve won for women by ensuring the gender binary doesn’t go by the wayside.

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George Soros admits he’s impeded by Trump to turn U.S. socialist

A week ago, on Oct. 26, 2019, 89-year-old billionaire George Soros, who has spent his fortune promoting open borders and leftwing politicians, media, and organizations, said he has been impeded by opponents, including President Trump, in his lifelong quest to transform the United States into socialism, which he calls “open society”.

Soros said that in an interview on Michel Martin’s  All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR). Although NPR is funded by U.S. taxpayers, Soros’ Open Society Foundations, to which he had given more than $32 billion, is a financial supporter of NPR — as much as $1.8 million in 2011.

Between the election of President Trump and Britain’s ongoing debate over Brexit, Soros recognizes that populism is on the rise and that his brand of liberal democracy is faltering. He said:

“When I got involved in what I call political philanthropy some 40 years ago, the open society idea was on the ascendant — closed societies were opening up. And now, open societies are on the defensive and dictatorships are on the rise. I have to admit that the tide has turned against me, but I don’t think that I have failed. If you really have principles that you believe in, then you have to fight for them — win or lose.”

Soros said his priority now is fighting President Trump’s reelection — that’s some “promotion of democracy”!. Stopping short of endorsing her, Soros said Sen. Fauxcohontas Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the favored candidate of the Demonrat Party elites, is “the clear-cut person to beat.”

Penny Starr of Breitbart points out that NPR portrays Soros as a benign philanthropist who only wants to “promote democracy” in some 120 countries across the world. That “promotion of democracy” included a $25,100 donation to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Suggesting that any criticism of Soros is motivated by rank anti-Semitism, never mind the fact that Soros had admitted helping Nazis to confiscate property from Jews, NPR states that “Soros, who is Jewish and a survivor of the Nazi occupation of Hungary, has also been a frequent target of conspiracy theorists, white nationalists and neo-Nazis.”

Here is the 1998 60 Minutes interview that YouTube repeatedly took down, in which Soros admitted he had helped Nazis against Jews. Below is my transcription:

Steve Croft (“60 Minutes” interviewer: “My understanding is that you went out with this [Nazi] protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson…and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.”

Soros, knodding his head in the affirmative: “Yes.”

Croft: “That sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?”

Soros, shaking his head: “No. Not at all, not at all.”

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Wall Street Journal wades in on Meghan Markle controversy

The toxin that is Meghan Markle (and her thoroughly- and willingly-emasculated husband, Prince Harry) is no longer confined to the British Isles. Even Wall Street Journal is weighing in on the unending controversies she deliberately has fomented.

Gerard Baker is the Editor at Large of The Wall Street Journal. A former Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal (2014-2018) and former U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London, Baker covered economics for the BBC and worked as an economist at the Bank of England and Lloyds. He  holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

Below is Gerard Baker’s “An American Duchess Takes to the Barricades,” Wall Street Journal, November 1, 2019, which is behind a paywall. Fortunately, The Charlatan Duchess took screenshots of the article.

Meghan and her enabler Prince Harry blame her negative press on racism — the Left’s default catch-all excuse.

But it should be noted that before she snatched the British royal, Markle had never identified as biracial. Instead, her actress bio/resume identifies her as “Caucasian” (white).

Now she wears her half-black racial identity as a badge of honor and wields it as a bludgeon against her critics, including the UK taxpayers whom she no longer fools. Just read the overwhelmingly negative readers’ comments on any article about her and Harry in the Daily Mail, such as here. See also “Brits sign petition to stop taxpayer funding of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry“.

Little known is the fact that Meghan is so proud of her black ancestry that she had cosmetic surgery to shave her bulbous negroid nose. Below are pics of her when she was a student at Immaculate Heart Middle School, a private school for girls in Los Angeles, California.

Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., had paid for her private school tuition at the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse and Immaculate Heart Middle School. Markle also paid for Meghan’s considerable tuition and expenses at another private institution, Northwestern University.

During a speech at the University of South Pacific in Fiji in October 2019, Meghan said she had paid for her Northwestern University tuition through scholarships, financial aid, and her campus job. That was a lie, one of many from the pathological liar.

In September 2019, Thomas Markle Sr. set the record straight. He told the Mail on Sunday (which Meghan and Harry are suing) what Meghan claims is “completely untrue” and that “I paid every penny of her tuition [at Northwestern] and I have the bank statements to prove it.”

Mr. Markle also paid for Meghan’s internship at the US embassy in Buenos Aires when she was a junior at Northwestern:

“I paid for her trips to Spain and England. I paid for her internship in Argentina. I always upheld my responsibilities as a father. Meghan’s comments about paying her way through college are offensive to me. I don’t want anything from Meghan or Harry but I’m not going to shut up until the whole truth is out there. I will continue to contradict anything said about me that isn’t true.”

Meghan’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, divorced when she was six. She was brought up entirely by her father, whom she has “ghosted” and didn’t invite to her London wedding. Although “climate-change activist” Harry doesn’t hesitate to fly on gas-guzzling carbon-spewing private jets, he had never bothered to meet his 75-year-old father-in-law, who is bankrupt, in poor health, and lives alone in Rosarito, Mexico.

Doria was the only member of Meghan’s biological family who was invited to the wedding. Meghan has “ghosted” not just her father, but also her paternal half-sister and half-brother, both of whom have warned the British royalty and the world about how destructive Meghan is.

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The ‘March of the Belgians’ Caption Contest

This Caption Contest is now closed.

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This is the 211th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the video:

About the video: In July 2019, a group of cadets of the Belgian Defence Forces “marched” in a parade. See my post, “Sunday Funny: March of the Belgian Cadets“.

Belgium is a founding member of both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance of which the United States is also a member. In fact, NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. That means America is obliged by treaty to defend Belgium. No wonder the Belgian Defense Forces are so lackadaisical.

Belgium is one of the NATO members (the others are Canada, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Spain) who are not spending their “fair share” of 2% of their GDP on defense. In 2016, Belgium’s share was less than 1%.

The United States continues to spend the most on defense — 3.61% of our GDP ($650 billion) in 2015, more than double the amount spent by all the other 27 NATO countries, even though their combined GDP tops that of the U.S. (Source)

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Why should we bother? America the sucker will fight our battles.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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The Democrats’ Existential Imperative for (at least theoretical) Impeachment

Cross-linked from TrevorLoudon.com

Impeach President Trump for Russian collusion; for emoluments; for obstruction of justice. Now for Ukraine (and Australia and China and then (?). Adam Schiff and his fellow Democrats and Deep Staters’ impeachment jihad could be viewed as obsessed, crazy – perhaps even comedic, as they (and Adam Schiff in particular) increasingly resemble Wile E. Coyote futilely chasing the Road Runner.

But even crazy and obsessed people can be rational in their machinations. What if the Deep State swamp crocodiles fully recognize that it is unlikely that they’ll succeed in removing President Trump from office through impeachment, yet still persist? Is there a method to their madness? Yes.

True, they desperately want to take out President Trump, and dare not rely upon the electoral process plus whatever voter fraud they can muster to accomplish that for them. So impeachment is their offensive element, and remains their best-case scenario. Still, after Mueller belly-flopped, they must have finally realized (if not before) that a successful impeachment and removal from office is highly unlikely, if not impossible.

But there is also a defensive element. They have to surmise that Trump’s declassifications, and (let us pray) DOJ indictments will occur between the release of the Inspector General’s report and the 2020 election. So they also require a defensive strategy well before the election. The Democrats can, and are, simultaneously playing both offense and defense.

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The ‘Bam! Smack! Pow!’ Caption Contest

THIS CAPTION CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED (Oct. 1, 2019)

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This is the 209th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the GIF (h/t Dave):

About the GIF: At a demonstration for climate in Paris, France, on Sept. 21, 2019, this is what happened when a climate-change protester tried to grab the rifle of a French cop.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

The feel-good GIF of the year!

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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BBC teaches school-children there are more than 100 genders

Yesterday, our DCG posted about UK children as young as three getting “help” from the National Health Service (NHS) to change their gender via a simple Skype call.

The madness continues.

The state-owned and -operated British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently released a series of educational videos designed “in consultation with a PSHE education expert” for teachers to use with children aged 9-12.

Note: Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a school curriculum subject in England which focusses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work.

The BBC educational videos tell children there are more than 100 “gender identities,” and that people who disagree “just don’t know any better yet” and can be arrested and imprisoned for disagreeing.

Joseph Curl reports for the Daily Wire, Sept. 16, 2019, that the videos feature young children asking questions to teachers on a variety of subjects, including human sexuality, gender, and relationships:

  • In one episode titled “Understanding Sexual and Gender Identities,” the BBC says gender is not a biological assignment, but rather reflects “who you are inside.” One teacher tells the children: “There are so many gender identities. So we know we’ve got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now. You’ve got some people who might call themselves gender queer, who are just like, ‘I don’t really want to be anything in particular, I’m just going to be me.'”
  • In an episode called “The Big Talk,” a teacher tells children that they can be jailed if they are found to be “disrespecting or being hateful to people because of a difference that person perceives.”
  • The video includes Leo Lardie, a female-to-male transgender activist, telling the children about its “transition” and genitalia, and that the only way to happiness is to be “true about who I was, and let other people in on this.”
  • Another episode features a head teacher married to someone of the same sex, who suggests to the children that you “might be gay” if you like someone of the same sex “in a slightly different way than you do normally to your friends.”

The BBC “educational” video series has caused a stir in Britain:

  • Stephanie Davies-Arai, founder of Transgender Trend representing parents concerned about children and transgenderism, told the Sunday Times: “This is made-up nonsense. People are free to identify as anything they like, but this does not change the reality that there are only two sexes.
  • In a heated exchange with “gay” journalist Benjamin Butterworth who defends the BBC videos, Piers Morgan, former CNN host and nhe host of “Good Morning Britain,” asked, “Can I identify as a penguin at the Sealife Aquarium in London, that is currently being reared as gender-neutral, apparently has gay parents. Let me just say this, can I under this new world of self-identification, can I identify as a two-spirit, neutrois penguin?” Butterworth said, “Well, you’re not a penguin, use some common sense. That’s not a thing that happens.” But Morgan shot back: “How dare you tell me I can’t identify as that! How dare you offend me!” 

About the penguins, see DCG’s “Aquarium to raise ‘genderless’ penguin“.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan gets heckled by Brexit protesters outside Parliament

Look who gets armed body guards while the subjects in his city have no right to self defense.

The comments on the YouTube video indicate that Londoners are completely fed up with him. Maybe next time when they vote they’ll remember that elections have consequences.

And man, I didn’t realize what a short man Sadiq is. Looks like he’s not even 5 feet tall.

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