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JEFF DUNETZ: Epstein Accusers’ Attorney Makes A Very Positive Point About Trump.

Best-selling author James Patterson wrote a book about Epstein and his crimes published in 2017 called “Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal–The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein.” In the book, Patterson independently substantiated that Trump booted Epstein from his resort:

“There were some complaints about Epstein at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “I spoke to the head of the spa there. I said, ‘did you ever meet Epstein?’ She said, ‘oh yes… he was inappropriate with some of the younger women there. She said she went to Trump and he threw him out of the club.”

All of this is unfolding in the context of an Epstein case that most observers think could affect a lot of “very connected” people, from politicians to industry executives and the media.

Related: The Photo Adorning The Economist’s Article on Jeffrey Epstein Features the Billionaire Not With Bill Clinton But With Donald Trump.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: The Photo Adorning The Economist’s Article on Jeffrey Epstein Features the Billionaire Not With Bill Clinton But With Donald Trump.

NO PARASÁN: Photos from the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

QUESTION ASKED: Yes, the Notre Dame Fire Was a Tragedy; But Does It Really Warrant Comparison with 9-11 in America?

I was in Manhattan (at the Met checking email on my cell phone) when the story broke, so I can certainly sympathize with the comparison.

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! 15th Anniversary of My First Post for No Pasarán.

REPUBLICANS POUNCE: The “Far Right” Sees “Opportunity in Tragedy” and Uses a Teen’s Death as “a Political Weapon.”

STRANGE NEW RESPECT: After Displaying His Collaboration Credentials, Mitt Romney Is Urged by Liberals to Run for President.

The last time the Left got this excited about Mitt Romney, it was because he was giving cancer to dogs while strapping binders full of women to the top of his station wagon in the fancy car elevator.

THE TROUBLING PARALLELS BETWEEN TODAY AND THE WATERGATE ERA: The media was determined to “reverse the verdict of the election by non-constitutional means”; Trump 2016? No, Nixon 1972.

SOME GOOD REPORTING ON THE FRENCH RIOTS AT ¡No Pasarán! “Whether it was related or simply a coincidence, the crowds had started chanting Macron ! Démission!’ (Macron resign!) when the bombardment started.”

Plus, from a couple of days ago: How Fake News Has Misrepresented the Yellow Vest Revolt in France. “It is not wrong to say that the demonstrations were caused by the government’s decision to raise gas prices. What is missing is that this is just one of several draconian measures dating back half a year, i.e., ‘tis the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. For the past four to five months, the French government has done nothing but double down on bringing more and more gratuitous oppression and more and more unwarranted persecution measures down on the necks the nation’s drivers and motorcycle riders. In fact, the imposition of ever harsher rules has been going on for the past decade and a half or so — whether the government was on the right or on the left — and that is why the choice of les gilets jaunes (the yellow jackets) by the demonstrators is particularly ironic. . . . This year, as mentioned, Emmanuel Macron’s government has doubled down on the repressive measures.”

THE THINGS THEY THINK BUT DO NOT SAY: Don’t Democrats like Beto in Fact Agree — 100%! — with Trump that Central American Countries Are Shitholes?

NOW IT’S LITTLE MORE THAN A VIRTUE-SIGNALING HASHTAG: A French Veteran of la Résistance During WW II: “Use the word Resistance only if, by misfortune, the duty to Resist were again to arise for real.”

TWITTER AFTER DARK: While Conservatives (Alone) Are Banned From Twitter, Porn Stars’ XXX-Rated Photos Make Quite a Splash (“Anyone want to see me get blasted?”).

Note: Most of the photos in No Pasaran’s post are PG-13 rated, but you still might not want to be viewing it on a browser at work.

DISPATCHES FROM THE NEWSPEAK DICTIONARY: When Your ‘Gender Revolution’ Needs a Glossary It’s Time to Throw in the Towel.

In Orwell’s Soviet-inspired 1984, each successive edition of the Newspeak dictionary kept shrinking because the high priests of IngSoc believed that “the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought[.] In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”

But since the 21st century left’s will to power runs through victimhood, having more and more words that, if not used, will generate first “trigger warnings” and then emotional meltdowns, it helps to expand the vocabulary as much as possible.

Related: The Era of the Drama Queens: Every Crisis Is a Triumph.

THE ROAD TO SERFDOM IS PAVED WITH POSITIVE RIGHTS:  Why Leftists like Ruth Bader Ginsburg LOVE the South African Constitution.

NOT THAT ONE; THE OTHER ONE: Today is George Bush’s Birthday.

Some will protest and say, that’s not true, the president’s birthday was July 6. But we’re not talking about the same person, apparently. Nor his father. Because this George Bush turns only 15 today.

The George Bush I have in mind is not the one whose full name is George Walker Bush, nor the one whose full name is George Herbert Walker Bush, but the one whose full name is George Bush Abdul Kader Faris Abed El-Hussein (no relation to Saddam). And this George Bush was born in Baghdad on July 11, 2003.

We were welcomed as liberators — and do read the whole thing.

MICHAEL MOORE’S COMMENTS ON THE 2018 ELECTIONS ARE REVELATORY OF HIS ADMITTED DEVOTION TO MARXISM—”Dude, I am on Marx’s Tomb!”—Never Disclosed by the MSM:

In the States, mainstream media types have called Michael Moore’s Sicko his “least political film”. But in his interview with Thomas Sotinel, the Le Monde reporter states that this seems to be Michael’s coming-out as “a socialist”. To which Moore answers (retranslated from the French) that, in a scene in Sicko, “I film myself on Marx’s tomb. Nobody mentioned it. In the reviews in America, they wrote, ‘it’s his least political film.’ And I say: “Dude, I am on Marx’s Tomb!” Do I need to take out a baseball bat and hit them on the head [for them to understand]?!”

Imagine the meltdown in the DNC-MSM if Sarah Palin joked about hitting reporters over the head with baseball bats. Speaking of which, here’s a flashback to a January 2011 Hollywood Reporter headline: “Michael Moore, Kathy Griffin, Jane Fonda Blame Sarah Palin for Arizona Shooting.”

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.

SNOWFALLS A THING OF THE PAST? EUROPE IS COLDER THAN THE NORTH POLE.

As Glenn would say, Fallen Angels is just a science fiction novel, right guys? Right? Guys?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE: Accused man who went through “mental torture”: “I feel betrayed by the system which I had believed would do the right thing.”

Liam Allan, 22, spent almost two years on bail and three days in the dock at Croydon crown court before his trial was halted yesterday.

The judge demanded a review of disclosure of evidence by the Metropolitan Police, Britain’s biggest force, and called for an inquiry at the “very highest level” of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He warned of the risks of “serious miscarriages of justice” after hearing that, to save costs, material was not always handed to defence lawyers.

Mr Allan, a criminology undergraduate at Greenwich University, had been warned that he would be jailed for at least ten years if found guilty after being charged with six rapes and six sexual assaults against a woman who told police that she does not enjoy sex. Mr Allan said the sex was consensual and that the woman was acting maliciously because he would not see her again after he started university.

His lawyers had repeatedly been refused access to records from the woman’s telephone because police insisted that there was nothing of interest for the prosecution or defence, the court was told.

When a new prosecution barrister took over the case the day before the start of the trial, he ordered police to hand over any telephone records. It was revealed that they had a computer disk containing copies of 40,000 messages.

They showed that she continued to pester Mr Allan for “casual sex”, told friends how much she enjoyed it with him and discussed her fantasies of being raped and having violent sex. . . .

Julia Smart, for the defence, said she received the details of the woman’s text messages on the evening before she was due to cross-examine her, so stayed up reading them. When she told the court what she had found, the trial was halted. She said she believed that evidence from phones was being withheld from defence lawyers to save money.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, has pushed to increase the prosecution and conviction of sexual offences.

It wasn’t about saving money, and people should be jailed for this.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON MIKE PENCE: Feminists have managed to create an employment atmosphere where men walk around on pins and needles wondering when something they say might be taken out of context or when a woman might decide to ruin a man’s career with a false accusation.

It’s funny, because all the spinoffs of the Atlantic piece on Pence seem to go on about Christianity, but if you read the comments to the Atlantic piece, they overwhelmingly sound the theme above. Here’s the top-rated one:

1. Greatly expand definition of sexual harassment.
2. Make any accusation of sexual harassment career-ending.
3. Proclaim that women should always be believed when they accuse a man.
4. Complain that men won’t have 1-on-1 meetings with women.

This article reinforces the old stereotype that women aren’t logical…

Ouch. Here’s another:

I have battled to stay awake through more of those HR lectures than I care to recall, and I am long past the point at which I can ace the computerized exams without reading any of the material, because the PC position is usually screamingly obvious. I get the impression that many of those criticizing Pence have never worked in a business, professional, or government position where an inadvertent remark in a social setting can go nuclear. Nor do they seem to realize the danger that the person with whom one is bantering today may be a disgruntled employee two years from now (a bad review, passed over for a promotion), and suddenly everything is subject to retroactive reinterpretation.

But to admit that gives away the whole feedlot. So instead we have to instruct Mike Pence on why he’s doing Christianity wrong.

UPDATE: Rape Culture!!! Rape Culture!!!

HONESTLY, I THINK YOU COULD SELL T-SHIRTS WITH THIS DESIGN IN AMERICA. TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS.

GOOD-BYE, PRINCESS: CARRIE FISHER DEAD AT 60.

GRANBURY, TX COURTHOUSE TONIGHT:

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Click to enlarge.

Taken on the way to dinner with Erik of the long-running ¡No Pasarán! blog at Christina’s Bistro, which is located just behind my vantage point. Telling the waiter that Erik flew all the way from France just to sample their cuisine really upped their game a notch…

THE 21ST CENTURY IS NOT TURNING OUT AS I’D HOPED: The Era of the Drama Queens: Every Crisis Is a Triumph.

Because on today’s college campuses (and other lefty enclaves), the Will to Power derives from victimhood.

RIP, PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY (1924-2016).

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN. Germany: If We Ban The Burqa, We’ll Have To Ban Father Christmas Too.

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a socialist Germany did so.

EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL, POST-BREXIT EDITION: How Boris Johnson was brought to his knees by the ‘cuckoo nest plot.’

SCHOOL BANS “WHISTLES” FROM PLAYGROUND FOR BEING TOO “AGGRESSIVE:”

A [British] school has banned whistles to signal the end of playtime as staff are worried the “aggressive” noise will scare children

reports the Daily Telegraph’s Elizabeth Roberts.

Staff at St Monica’s Catholic Primary School in Milton Keynes must instead raise a hand in the air to get the attention of pupils at the end of break time.

A teaching assistant at the school, Pamela Cunningham, attacked the ban in a letter to Country Life Magazine.

She said that she keeps her hand-carved whistle in her pocket ‘just in case’ children don’t spot her hand in an emergency.

Professor Alan Smithers, of Buckingham University, branded the move as “crazy” telling the Sunday Times:

“We have become extraordinarily over-sensitive. Does this mean children are not going to be able to play football and hockey because the referees use whistles?”

Get the feeling we’re just a year or two away from the British Army concluding that new recruits can’t handle any training more intense than how to defend themselves from fresh fruits?

 

 

 

OH, THAT EDUCATION APOCALYPSE:

Shot: Why Are Schools Abandoning Literature?

Acculturated, April 20th.

Chaser: “If words have no objective meanings then they are nothing more than tokens of power. Powerful people can change their meanings as they please—and change them back just as easily. As liberals like to whine, ‘The meanings of words can change!’ Yes, I suppose that’s true. But why do the definitions of words only change when leftists want them to? Who died and made them the final arbiter of the English language? The rest of us need to stop letting them get away with this nonsense.”

“Meeting the rainbow bullies halfway never works because they see their struggle as a new civil rights movement,” No Pasaran, yesterday.

Hangover: Berkeley students call for “an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities,” demand Marx and Foucault dropped from curriculum, along with other philosophers, not because they’re far leftists, but because they’re “white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.”

“Marx Was an Othering White Male!”, James Lileks, NRO, January 29, 2015.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): A woman at the centre of a paedophile ring setting children up as “sexual playthings” over more than a decade has been found guilty. “During the trial it emerged that police had launched an investigation into the conduct of Norfolk county council social workers involved in the case.”

A QUANTUM OF RATIONALITY: Panicked Oxford Cancels “Completely Barking” Mad Decision to Remove Rhodes Statue After Alumni Threaten to Withdraw Millions.

The governing body of Oriel College, which owns the statue, has ruled out its removal after being warned that £1.5m worth of donations have already been cancelled, and that it faces dire financial consequences if it bows to the Rhodes Must Fall student campaign.

A leaked copy of a report prepared for the governors and seen by this newspaper discloses that wealthy alumni angered by the “shame and embarrassment” brought on the 690-year-old college by its own actions have now written it out of their wills.
The college now fears a proposed £100m gift – to be left in the will of one donor – is now in jeopardy following the row.
The donors were astonished by a proposal to remove a plaque marking where Rhodes lived, and to launch a six-month consultation over whether the statue of the college’s biggest benefactor should be taken down.

College students are behaving idiotically, and administrators aren’t any better. Time for some adult supervision from outside.

UPDATE: From the comments: “Note to college students: You are not that important. For every one of you, there are 5 more just as qualified ready to take your spot. YOU.ARE.NOT.SPECIAL.”

TOO GOOD TO CHECK: Nazi Genocide Rooted in Hitler’s Belief of a Global Ecological Crisis (One Caused by the Jews).

HEY, HILLARY, HOW’S THAT “RESET” BUTTON WORKING OUT FOR YOU? Smart Diplomacy: For 1st Time, Putin Officially Names the U.S. as a Threat. If only it were true.
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Related: Moscow’s current tone is “reminiscent of Soviet days”; If anyone is stuck in the Cold War mentality, it is the Russians. Hey, Barack, the 1980s called — they want to know if we’d like to borrow their President.

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: Perhaps the most terrifying trend in today’s military is the diminution of the warrior spirit. “Only 27 percent said that officers in senior leadership positions had the rank-and-file’s best interest at heart—a clear indicator that careerism is having a corrosive effect on the military. . . . This ‘wussification’ of the US military has probably been underway for decades but it shifted into hyperdrive after the ascendency of Barack Obama. . . . This is not your father’s Army. It isn’t even the Army I joined in 1999.” (Bumped.)

BLOGGER’S CRITIQUE OF NEW YORK TIMES ON GUN CONTROL GETS REPRINTED IN NEW YORK TIMES:

It is easy to tout the success of gun control laws in the rest of the Western world and to say that “this just doesn’t happen in other countries” when you ignore : the 1996 massacre of 16 children at a Scottish primary school; the 2000 killing of eight kids in Japan; the 2002 deaths of eight people in Nanterre, France; the 2002 killing of 16 kids in Erfurt, Germany; the 2007 shootings to death of eight people in Tuusula, Finland; the killing of 10 people at a Finnish university less than a year later; the 2009 killing of 15 people in Winnenden, Germany; and, needless to say, Anders Breivik’s 2011 mass murder of 77 Norwegians, most of them teenagers.

Is it unrealistic to wonder whether the tolls would have been lesser had a few of the adults in each place — as well as in Paris’s Bataclan a couple of weeks ago — carried a weapon and tried to shoot back at the respective killers?

It’s not unrealistic at all, but it is politically unacceptable to the NYT folks, whose chief goal is ensuring that those nasty flyover people remain under control.

WHAT IF: What if the Refugees Were Blonde and Blue-Eyed Swedes?

THOUGHTS ON BOEHNER’S TENURE: What would Rahm Emanuel have done with Boehner’s job?

OUCH: If You Were a Member of the MSM, What Hillary News Would You Choose to Lead With This Week?

If you guessed Hillary Didn’t Pioneer The Pantsuit In Washington, DC, you’re a winner!

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 189.

UPDATE: The One Question to Be Asked at EVERY Round of the IRS Scandal Hearings.

BECAUSE OF THE NARRATIVE: Why Has The Media Stopped Talking About The Navy Yard Shooter? “Had the story been about a white Tea Party member as everyone in the liberal media was hoping, we’d still be bombarded with coverage of the story. Black guy? Liberal? Mentally ill? The story no longer served any purpose for the left’s agenda so it was dropped.”

Related: Another Mass Killing, Another Nutcase with Plenty of Warning Signs.

IT’S OKAY WHEN THE FRENCH DO IT: French Minister Condemns Islamo Fascism, Using the Same Expression that Brought George W Bush So Much Opprobrium a Decade Ago.

AT SOME POINT, THE PARASITES WILL RUN OUT OF HOSTS: “I am a free being, sir.”

UPDATE: Much more at No Pasaran.

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: “You’re just a gullible fool!” Conrad Black Gives Us a Lesson on How a Conservative Should Interact with the MSM.

HONEST, GUYS, I haven’t been ignoring you. At least, not on purpose. No Pasarán is a great blog. It’s just a big blogosphere and I don’t get everywhere.

NEW OBAMA SLOGAN? “Welfare Is Sexy!”

MORE SELF-BECLOWNING FROM THE HARVARD LAW FACULTY: “America Is Racist Because Americans Do NOT Join in Racist Attacks.”

POLITICS: Mitt Hitler and Double Standards: Godwin’s Law Applies to Thee, But Not to Me.

¡NO PASARAN!: What Would Hans Christian Andersen Say? Fisking Matt Taibi’s Update on His Andrew Breitbart Obituary.

VACLAV HAVEL HAS DIED.

Nick Gillespie recommends this excellent profile by Matt Welch.

LIBYA REBEL LEADER admits to Al Qaeda ties.

DON’T MESS WITH . . . TUNISIA?

NATO IN AFGHANISTAN: “Maybe your country is at war, but not mine.”

BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro’s Corruption-Fighting Blogger Is Gunned Down in Copacabana.

JOURNALISM: BBC on a Muslim’s Killing and Wounding of Five Christians in Egypt: “it is unclear whether the attack was sectarian.” We don’t want to jump to conclusions. That might promote hatred.

VIDEO: Climate Bureaucrats Gone Wild In Cancun. Party on, dudes. Reduced consumption is for the little people.

UPDATE: Britain freezes while global-warming bureaucrats party in Cancun.

FRENCH SHOCKED THAT BUSH DEFENDS POLICIES IN MEMOIRS.

Ah, that old Chirac photo never fails to amuse.

ACCORDING TO WASHINGTON POST WRITER STEVEN PEARLSTEIN ON NPR, we’re stuck in a recession because businessmen are dumb and just parrot whatever they hear in the country club locker room. It’s good to know that we have people with such penetrating insight covering our economy, and one can only wish that the business community at large had the kind of financial savvy that has made the Washington Post so profitable an enterprise.

UPDATE: Wrong link before. Fixed now. Sorry! Thanks to reader D. Greene for pointing it out. Still not sure how I managed that.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Veronique de Rugy is not impressed: “I usually enjoy reading Steve Pearlstein’s work. I always learn something, even if I don’t agree with him. This time, however, I am very confused and unconvinced.”

MORE: A reader emails:

The Washington Post business writer says “most of the economic problems we have today have been brought on by poor allocation of capital by the private sector acting by itself”? He’s never heard of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? By any chance, was he on that lefty coverage-coordinating JournoList with ex-colleague Dave Weigel?

I don’t know. Maybe someone should ask him. And reader Clifford Grout writes:

What? Those of us who own a business and do not belong to a country club (and therefore do not have a locker room the hear things to parrot) are just plain dumb? Gee, thanks.

We’re not adding staff (and will likely cut staff) this in this ‘Recovery Summer’ because 1) no one – other than government – seems to have funds to build right now, so we don’t have the workload anymore (we’re architects, not sign designers…); 2) the complete uncertainty of what our bottom line will be with all of the new government mandates and regulations (enacted or proposed); and 3) adding staff right now means adding debt, something we already have quite enough of after the last two years, thank you very much.

You don’t need to hang around the country club to figure this out, do you?

STILL MORE: John Galvin writes: “It’s interesting that this coincides with business people getting fed up with our Community Organizer in Chief. The Business Roundtable and the U.S. C of C have expressed disapproval. Even Mort Zuckerman called Obam anti-business. So now, just as the Tea Party folks are knuckle dragging racists trying to drag us back to the 19th century, business leaders are incompetent fools who cannot possibly understand the wonders that Obama intends to bestow upon them.” Obviously, a lot of people need re-education.

MORE STILL: Reader Stephen Byrd writes: “My opinion of country club locker rooms just went up … at least in comparison to ‘business columnists’.”

TAKING BILL PRESS SERIOUSLY. I never even considered doing that. . . .

OBAMA’S ELECTION: Proof that America is still racist! Well, admitting otherwise would threaten a sweet gig for a lot of people . . . .

RUBES: Europeans “Shattered” by Obama’s Indifference: “Bush Was Not the Problem, Obama Is Not the Solution.” Some of us tried to point this out at the time, amid all the fashionable Bush-hatred, but we were ignored. You know what they say: To see what is in front of one’s nose requires constant effort . . . .

UPDATE: Jim Bennett emails: “Next Le Monde headline: ‘Au moins je n’étais pas la fille d’Edwards’!'”

HEH: Janeane Garofalo on Dissent, Then and Now. Yeah, the contradiction’s obvious. But mostly, I notice how much better she looked, and sounded, back in 2003. What happened?

UPDATE: Reader James Somers writes: “Glenn, you pose the question of what happened to Janeane Garofalo between 2003 and now. I’d submit that it takes a lot of energy to be that angry: it uses you up, consumes you, wastes you. People like Garofalo spent the better part of eight years in an absolute rage, and it took an awful lot out of them. And pace the idea that it’s the right that’s now out-of-control angry: the continuing temper tantrums of people like Garofalo and Roesgen suggest that a good chunk of the left is still quite mad.”

Yeah, but that’s a cautionary note to folks on the right now, too. Don’t let the anger build up and consume you. Be a happy warrior instead.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Hate: It Does A Body Bad. Indeed. Plus a warning from Diane Duane, via Moe Lane.

MORE: Reader Stephen Eisenbies writes: “I was just looking at JG’s facebook fan page and there are lots of people criticizing her for her dumb race-baiting rant on Olbermann. In a web 2.0 world, there sure are a lot of opportunities to let these people know what we think. Perhaps this could be encouraged a little more.”

STILL MORE: Reader Joe Ware writes: “Re: item on the cost of being angry. I was at the Alamo Tea Party and the prevailing mood was actually quite happy. People were smiling and friendly, perhaps reassured that they weren’t alone and pleased to be at the birth of something we hope will be significant.” Yeah, that seemed to be the mood where I was, too.

Plus, my vindication.

A NEW COMMON LANGUAGE FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION: Latin?

HEH: The war on terroir. (Via ¡No Pasarán!)

KOUCHNER IN BAGHDAD: France’s Foreign Minister visits Iraq and observes: “Now we have to face the reality, including the American view.” Think how much better things would be if the previous French administration had taken that view.

UPDATE: How the French media are responding.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More here:

One of the key promises that Nicolas Sarkozy had made during his presidential election campaign last spring was to “correct” foreign policy “mistakes” made by his predecessor Jacques Chirac.

Chief among these was Chirac’s desperate efforts to prevent the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussain’s regime of terror. Chirac failed to save his friend’s regime but managed to do serious damage to relations with the US, Great Britain and more than 40 other nations that joined the coalition of the willing to liberate Iraq in 2003. . . . Kouchner’s visit, full of symbolism, shatters one of the key points in Al Qaida’s analysis: that the Western powers will never find enough unity to develop a common strategy against terror.

At one point, when Chirac invited German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin to a gathering to forge an anti-American triple alliance, Al Qaida’s analysis appeared to have some basis in reality.

Now, however, both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sarkozy understand the stark fact that the perception of Western disunity may be one of the factors that prolongs the conflict in Iraq.

Saddam thought that his bought-and-paid-for support from Chirac et al. would forestall his overthrow. He was wrong, but the whole invasion might have been avoided had the French been pushing him to come clean, instead of helping him cover things up and giving him hope that he could get away with it.

PRO-JIHAD LENINISTS and other reactions to the Sarkozy victory, at No Pasaran!

SARKOZY WINS: Substantial margin, huge turnout.

UPDATE: More here:

Nicolas Sarkozy was tonight handed a decisive mandate to change France winning the presidential election by 6% after a massive turnout in one of the most divisive campaigns in recent history.

As thousands of his flag-waving supporters prepared to gather at Paris’s Place de La Concorde, where heads rolled in the first French revolution, Sarkozyites were promising a new turning point in French history from a man who has promised an “economic revolution.”

Instead of calling for the end of the monarchy, they had rallied round his cry to “liquidate the legacy of May 1968”, end the nanny state, loosen the grip of “political correctness”, lesson the power of unions and break the 35-hour week in the name of a nation that wanted to “work more to earn more”.

I wish them success.

ANOTHER UPDATE: I’m posting this photo from the Washington French Embassy protests a couple of years ago one last time. Just because. . . .

And John Wixted offers a G7 national leadership election scorecard. But I think this is a bit of an exaggeration: “They might as well have just elected George Bush.” Still, it’s an improvement.

A report from Paris:

85.5 % voter turnout is not only amazing, it is also without precedent. Even in France, 75% voter turnout only last happened 40 years ago. This was a HUGE election. Every last granny in the nursing home went to the polls. 53-47 under those circumstances is one helluva mandate and Sarkozy knows it.

Sarkozy just gave his acceptance speech, in which he uttered the somewhat astounding—-and from a political point of view, needless—-line: “…and let me say to our American friends, they can count on our friendship.”

Read the whole thing. I’m not sure about that history, though — wasn’t the turnout similarly high when Miterrand was elected?

MORE: Nidra Poller: “C’est Matin en France.”

STILL MORE: Riots. Video at No Pasaran. More here.

MORE STILL: Bill Hobbs says the West is moving rightward. Possibly; it’s at least not being overwhelmed by the blandishments of leftists. But let’s not exaggerate this: Sarkozy is very likely much better — for both America and France — than Segolene Royal would have been. And he’s likely to be an improvement over Chirac. But he’s still French — and so is France — and I don’t expect dramatic changes. We’re likely to see the benefits more in terms of damage not done than of positive improvements.

FINALLY: Roger Simon has thoughts on what it all means: “On a more social note, American tourists will now be heading back to France. Brush up your French.” En effet.

And more here: “The U.S. has now seen the leadership of both France and Germany pass to figures who believe, as a general matter, that American power is a force for good in the world, and not something that needs persistently to be constrained. Let’s hope that in 2009 the U.S. still has a leader who concurs.”

Plus a study in contrast.

CAR-BURNINGS AND RIOT POLICE: More on the French elections.

Unofficial sources are calling it for Sarkozy. More here and here.

DAVID DUKE ON HOLOCAUST DENIAL on the BBC.

WASHINGTON POST: “Soldiers in Iraq say pullout would have devastating results.”

Iraqis seem to be saying the same things.

MORE RIOTING IN FRANCE: Gateway Pundit has a roundup, and there’s more at No Pasaran! “The most spectacular incident took place at 1AM between Bagnolet and Montreuil. A gang of 10 pistol wielding hooded youths boarded the bus. One of the assailants placed his gun on the side of the bus driver’s head and ordered him to get out of his seat. The gang commandeered the bus, drove it a short distance and torched it in an neighboring suburb.”

A FREE SPEECH COUNTERPROTEST IN PARIS: “You know, right before you came, we almost had them surrounded.”

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has video.

RIOTS SPREAD FROM PARIS to other French cities:

Hundreds of young people, including teenagers as young as 13, have been detained in the past 24 hours. Although the police have been unable to stop the violence because of its apparent spontaneity and lack of clear leaders, officials say they have also begun to detect efforts to coordinate action and spread it nationally. In remarks on Europe 1 Radio, the prosecutor general in Paris, Yves Bot, said Web sites were urging youths in other cities to join the rioting. . . .

“The republican integration model, on which France has for decades based its self-perception, is in flames,” the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung declared. An editorial in Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung called the violence around Paris an “intifada at the city gates,” a reference to the anti-Israeli uprising by Palestinians.

I hope that I’m wrong, but I’m afraid that this will get worse before it gets better.

UPDATE: More evidence for the “getting worse” analysis, from ¡No Pasarán!

Michael Lotus, meanwhile, offers some big-picture analysis.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a troubling report from The Telegraph:

Police last night found a petrol bomb factory in a southern suburb of Paris, on France’s tenth and worst consecutive night of violence.

Jean-Marie Huet, the Justice Ministry’s director of criminal affairs and pardons, said the Police found: “150 bottles prepared for use as Molotov cocktails, of which 50 were ready to be used,” and “tens of litres of gasoline and hoods”.

Saturday night’s rioting was the most destructive so far as 1,300 vehicles were set alight and 349 people arrested, despite an enhanced police presence. . . .

Cars were burned out in the historic centre of Paris for the first time on Saturday night. In the normally quiet Normandy town of Evreux, a shopping mall, 50 vehicles, a post office and two schools went up in flames.

An extra 2,300 police officers have been drafted in across the country but the unrest has shown no sign of abating. Authorities have struggled address a problem with complex social, economic and racial causes.

Austin Bay has more on this, including this observation:

Shops, gyms, nursery schools, and cars. That’s a broad target list. In Torcy a police station and a youth center suffered attacks. Attacks have also been reported in Cannes and Nice– so tourists, beware.

Poverty exacerbates all problems, but poverty in and of itself does not produce violence. Migrants from France’s former Muslim colonies initially came for jobs, not to assimilate or “become French.” But the migrants stayed. Now France’s “Muslim neighborhoods” are permanent “cultural islands.” The French government’s own duplicitous policy towards Salafist/Islamist terror has backfired.

Read the whole thing. I think this is also support for Mickey Kaus’s welfare-causes-terrorism theory.

MORE: Roger Simon has another sad email from Paris:

I am absolutely astounded at the failure of this government to attack the problem of the riots. I don’t see it as being primarily an issue of religion, but a turf war by drug criminals, who happen to be of muslim extraction. But the failure of the government to nip this in the bud has now opened the door for players who do have a religious agenda. Mid-week I was cautiously optimistic about the situation. Now I’m very pessimistic.

Ugh. If you missed it before, be sure to read this report from Joel Shepherd in Paris.

MORE: Further thoughts from Clive Davis, who warns against making too much of these riots, and from Brussels Journal, who thinks the riots stem not from anger, but contempt: “It is not anger that is driving the insurgents to take it out on the secularised welfare states of Old Europe. It is hatred. Hatred caused not by injustice suffered, but stemming from a sense of superiority. The ‘youths’ do not blame the French, they despise them.”

ShrinkWrapped says that commentators misunderstand the rioters’ grievances: “Finally, even if quiet can be restored to the ghettos, it will be a mere interregnum; nothing will have been settled and the unsustainable quasi-stability will be, necessarily, short-lived.” Well, that’s cheerful.

Mark Steyn:

For half a decade, French Arabs have been carrying on a low-level intifada against synagogues, kosher butchers, Jewish schools, etc. The concern of the political class has been to prevent the spread of these attacks to targets of more, ah, general interest. They seem to have lost that battle. Unlike America’s Europhiles, France’s Arab street correctly identified Chirac’s opposition to the Iraq war for what it was: a sign of weakness.

Read the whole, rather pessimistic, thing.

Pieter Dorsmann: “The bitter irony is that rather than having his troops deployed in the Middle East, the French president may now need them at home.”

The E.U. Referendum blog, meanwhile, reports that “things are stirring across the Continent.”

PARIS-AREA RIOTS GAIN DANGEROUS MOMENTUM:

A week of riots in poor neighborhoods outside Paris gained dangerous new momentum Thursday, with youths shooting at police and firefighters and attacking trains and symbols of the French state.

Facing mounting criticism, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin vowed to restore order as the violence that erupted Oct. 27 spread to at least 20 towns, highlighting the frustration simmering in housing projects that are home to many North African immigrants.

As Ed Cone notes this has been a long time coming. Similar to Ed’s story, when Helen and I went to visit her sister in the 20th Arrondissement, the cab driver gave us a long diatribe on how that neighborhood was no good because of all the blacks and Arabs. I actually thought it was rather pleasant. By all accounts, however, the suburban housing projects where the riots are taking place are not.

UPDATE: Meanwhile some people are noting that the BBC is covering the riots far less vigorously than it would cover similar riots in the United States. The Economist comes in for criticism, too.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Much more from Amir Taheri:

When the police arrive on the scene, the rioters attack them with stones, knives and baseball bats.

The police respond by firing tear-gas grenades and, on occasions, blank shots in the air. Sometimes the youths fire back — with real bullets.

These scenes are not from the West Bank but from 20 French cities, mostly close to Paris, that have been plunged into a European version of the intifada that at the time of writing appears beyond control.

The troubles first began in Clichy-sous-Bois, an underprivileged suburb east of Paris, a week ago. France’s bombastic interior minister, Nicholas Sarkozy, responded by sending over 400 heavily armed policemen to “impose the laws of the republic,” and promised to crush “the louts and hooligans” within the day. Within a few days, however, it had dawned on anyone who wanted to know that this was no “outburst by criminal elements” that could be handled with a mixture of braggadocio and batons.

By Monday, everyone in Paris was speaking of “an unprecedented crisis.” Both Sarkozy and his boss, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, had to cancel foreign trips to deal with the riots.

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, here’s more on the subject from the New York Sun:

Back in the 1990s, the French sneered at America for the Los Angeles riots. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported in 1992: “the consensus of French pundits is that something on the scale of the Los Angeles riots could not happen here, mainly because France is a more humane, less racist place with a much stronger commitment to social welfare programs.” President Mitterrand, the Washington Post reported in 1992, blamed the riots on the “conservative society” that Presidents Reagan and Bush had created and said France is different because it “is the country where the level of social protection is the highest in the world.”

How the times have changed. Muslims in Paris’s suburbs are out shooting at police and firefighters, burning cars and buildings, and throwing rocks at commuter trains. Even children are out on the streets – it was reported that a 10-year-old was arrested. The trigger for the riots was the electrocution of two teenagers last Thursday, which the rioters say came following a police chase, a charge the police deny. But even if the charge by the rioters is true, that the police are culpable in the deaths of the two youths, the fact that such an incident would spark a riot is a sign of something deeper at work – no doubt France’s failure to integrate its immigrant Muslim community.

It turns out that France’s Muslim community lives in areas rampant with crime, poverty, and unemployment, much the fault of France’s prized welfare system.

Read the whole thing here, too. Worrisomely, the riots are spreading beyond Paris.

Lots more coverage at ¡No Pasarán! Just keep scrolling. And Johnathan Pearce has some thoughts.

The Belmont Club looks at what’s next and observes:

The riots have already reached 20 suburbs of Paris. The Reuters story suggests they may now be spreading to other cities. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is hinting darkly of conspiracies. Should one conclude even more serious developments are in the offing? I don’t know. I think that neither Sarkozy nor the conspirators he refers to understand the exact potential of this thing, which is behaving like a chaotic system whose trajectory is difficult to predict except in the very short term.

Ideally, Sarkozy would be looking to simplify the situation by fixing some variables so that the remainder of the system will behave in a more linear manner; gradually damping it down until it can be controlled. But splits within the French cabinet have done the opposite: they have added more variables to the mix and now it’s shake, rattle and roll.

In these situations, as most rabble-rousers know, there is typically a race on the ground to see who can ‘harness’ the energies unleashed to best advantage. My own guess, without any special knowledge, is that ‘community moderates’, ideological radicals and even gangsters are in a derby to see who can control events. The French government by contrast, seems tied up in knots and is casting around for leverage, a way to get a handle on the events of the past week. Things could stop tomorrow or zoom off in some unexpected direction.

I’m hoping for “stop,” as I think this could get really ugly if it doesn’t.

Could Australia be next?

GERHARD SCHROEDER will be in America on June 27. Medienkritik is planning a protest against his anti-Americanism. (Via co-sponsor No Pasaran!).

“NON!”

French voters were said tonight to have resoundingly rejected the EU Constitution, sending a defiant message to France’s political establishment and dealing a blow to plans for further European integration.
As polls closed around the country, the three major French polling organisations all reported a “no” vote of around 55-56 per cent, in line with opinion polls before today’s vote.

The rejection of the treaty, drafted by a panel headed by Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the former French president, leaves the Constitution effectively dead in the water and the 25-nation European Union in crisis. It also means that Tony Blair may no longer need to argue the case for a Constitution in a UK referendum that had been due next year.

“It’s a massive ‘no’, a heavy rejection of the Constitution and a huge humiliation for President Chirac,” said Charles Bremner, Times correspondent in Paris. “It’s also a huge repudiation of the political establishment – all the major parties were in favour of this document.”

It’s possible that this is a mere bump in the road, although it’s a big one. On the other hand, it’s possible that this is the beginning of a significant political shift in Europe, which I suspect will be a good thing if it happens.

Certainly some folks are battening down the hatches.

UPDATE: Perhaps this response: “Your votes say no no no, but your better classes say yes, yes, yes!”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Jonathan Smith emails: “I have yet to see an american blogger that has recognized that a lot of people that voted Non want France to be a MORE socialist state. It’s a fear that the EU will be more capitalist.”

Well, that’s been a theme of a lot of the coverage I’ve linked to, and it certainly seems to be true. In fact, though I can’t find a working link to the story now, I seem to recall that French free-market activist Sabine Herold supported the EU because she thought that only an external institution could break the power of the French unions.

As for the defeat on two grounds, it seems an obvious consequence of the EU’s general strategy of obfuscation — this works well in a bureaucratic environment, but in the context of referenda, where people tend to vote their fears more than their hopes, it’s been self-defeating. Transparency tends to work better under such circumstances, and transparency has not been the Eurocrats’ forte.

And some people are paying the price:

PARIS – French voters rejected the European Union’s first constitution Sunday, President Jacques Chirac said — a stinging repudiation of his leadership and the ambitious, decades-long effort to further unite the continent.

Ouch. Meanwhile, Daniel Drezner has thoughts — presciently ahead of the vote — on the consequences of a French no.

MORE: Over at ChicagoBoyz, these comments:

This is almost as good as the purple fingers in Iraq. It is a step in the right direction. . . .

The fact that anti-Americanism drove much of the vote doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t want people to like us nearly as much as I want them to be able to govern themselves the way they see fit, have real elections with real consequences, and get the benefits and bear the consequences of those decisions. If the French don’t want capitalisme sauvage or anglo-saxonisme or hyper-liberalisme, OK by me. They are free to have as much socialism as they can get away with.

Indeed. Greg Djerejian has more thoughts, including these:

And it’s certainly not a great day for Jacques Chirac, is it? One might say that he’s now completely damaged goods. Pity. Meantime, let’s now keep an even closer eye on Sarkozy as ’07 looms. Truth be told, it’s silly and sophomoric to emptily cheer-lead this historical repudiation of the EU constitution solely because it’s such tremendously poor news for Jacques. . . .

There will doubtless be yet another referendum a few years hence on the issue. Giscard d’Estaing, for instance, is already on the record stating there will have to be a re-vote going forward. But this is a tremendous setback indeed to the entire process of European integration, of course, and it also showcases a massive failure of leadership by the Chirac Administration. They simply were not able to convince their country on the merits of their vision of Europe’s future. And carping on about “multipolarity” and the big, bad Anglo-Saxon meanies didn’t do the trick, it seems.

Interesting times ahead for French politics. Read this post by Djerejian, too, for some additional background.

STILL MORE: TM Lutas wonders how the French Muslims voted. And the Eclectic Econoclast doesn’t expect the pro-EU forces to take no for an answer, in spite of their prior statements.

MORE STILL: Mark Steyn joins the list of skeptics who doubt that the Euro-establishment will give up:

So, a couple of days before the first referendum, Jean-Claude Juncker, the “president” of the European Union, let French and Dutch voters know how much he values their opinion:

“If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said No, would have to ask themselves the question again,” “President” Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

Got that? You have the right to vote, but only if you give the answer your rulers want you to give. But don’t worry, if you don’t, we’ll treat you like a particularly backward nursery school and keep asking the question until you get the answer right.

A pretty safe bet. On the other hand, The New York Times calls this a “crushing defeat” for the E.U. Constitution. We’ll see. I suspect that a lot depends on whether the politicians who pushed it have a political future, or get hammered. In the meantime, I note that both Chirac and Schroeder have tried to prop up their political fortunes by playing the anti-Americanism card, and both have found that gambit insufficient to the task.

David Carr, meanwhile, is offering heartfelt thanks to the responsible parties. And Jeff Jarvis observes: “It’s about trying to turn Europe in to a faux nation. It’s about protectionism. It’s about Europe thinking it is a world player when it is no longer. And it’s about a bad constitution that made up for in bureaucracy what it lacked in vision.”

AND EVEN MORE: Austin Bay observes:

It’s clear that a disgruntled and discombobulated French electorate expressed various types of outrage and enrage (an odd construction but given France’s constant straddling act, strikes me as appropirate). However, if the Communist Redshirts and Le Pen’s fascist Brownshirts are politically determinative in France –and that’s an argument one can make based on this plebiscite– then let’s recognize France as the politically sick society it truly is. If “sick” is a push word and too therapeutic for the pragmatic set, then call it the “lost” society. In some ways the news that the Cold War really is over has finally reached Paris.

He has some thoughts on what ought to come next, too:

So let’s offer NAFTA membership to Holland and the United Kingdom. If you’re Dutch or British, why be stuck in the floundering lost cause of a Franco-centric Greater Europe? We’ll call it the North Atlantic Free Trade Association. Heck, we don’t even have to change the acronym.

Read the whole thing. And read this column by George Will, too.

FINALLY, I think that this comment is really the last word:

The French people decided to look out for their own individual financial interests and also to demonstrate their independence of other countries. How can Chirac be suprised when this is exactly what led him to oppose the U.S. attempt to enforce UN resolutions on Iraq? People criticize Chirac’s leadership on the issue of the referendum but actually the French are following his lead precisely.

Heh. Indeed.

NEW EUROPE:

At last President George W Bush found some European fans yesterday. After three days of muted receptions, Mr Bush received a far cheerier welcome behind the old Iron Curtain as enthusiastic Slovaks applauded him for visiting them on the last stop of his tour across the continent.

Thousands of Slovaks defied swirling snow and a bitter wind to wait for several hours to hear Mr Bush speak in the heart of their capital, Bratislava.

The Slovak prime minister, Mikulas Dzurinda, set the tone when he introduced Mr Bush to the crowd with an implicit comparison to the late Ronald Reagan, who devoted much of his presidency to combating and denouncing the Soviet Union. For the White House, it was a reassuring reminder that Mr Bush’s stock remains high in New Europe, as Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, famously described the more recent East European members of the EU and Nato.

(Via No Pasaran, which observes that this didn’t get much coverage in Old Europe.)

UPDATE: Reader Chris Buchholz emails: “It didn’t get much coverage here either. All day all I’ve seen on TV is how Bush wore his gloves.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Austin Bay thinks that this proves Mark Steyn wrong.

MORE: Reader Mark Hessey emails: “Hmm, I guess I read Steyn’s closing sentence wrong: ‘This week we’re toasting the end of an idea: the death of “the West”.’ I thought he meant that the idea of the death of the West was what died; that Bush was glad-handing Chirac because anything else was futile, but smiling internally in his confidence that his initiatives are going forward, almost on auto-pilot at this point.” Hmm. I never thought of it that way.

IT’S ALL ABOUT BUSH: Heh. And read the Walt Whitman quotation in this post for more.

LE MONDE ON INSTAPUNDIT: “Glenn Reynolds is part of the (imagined) world-wide popular wave trying to stand up to (and only to) the Bush administration, its ‘lies,’ and its ‘illegal’ war (as well as Yankee capitalism and imperialism).”

UPDATE: As should have been obvious to anyone who followed the link (or, judging by the parentheticals, anyone who didn’t) the above isn’t a quote from Le Monde, but a quote about Le Monde’s coverage.

THE PROTEST WARRIOR APPROACH has spread to France. Heh.

FRANCE reportedly faces an African quagmire in which it has lost the trust of, well, everyone.

MERDE IN FRANCE HAS MOVED: Note the new location.