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ca. 1882, Washington, DC, USA. When President James A. Garfield was shot on July 2nd, 1881, a mere three months and 28 days after his inauguration, the nation was shocked. Image by ? Bettmann/CORBIS

President Garfield

Wounded by an Assassin, Killed by his Doctor

James Garfield was shot by a would-be assassin but killed by his doctors. His ending is a case of monumental malpractice. At his trial, Charles Guiteau, who fired the probably nonfatal gunshot, shouted, “Your honour, I admit to the shooting of the president, but not the killing.”

Guiteau was crazed, but that courtroom utterance was rational and accurate.

On July, 2, 1881, a deluded man named Charles Guiteau shot President James A. Garfield. The disabling and death of Garfield prematurely ended one of the most promising presidencies in American history. Garfield was a man of firm convictions who cooperated well with people and was widely admired. The last president born in a log cabin, Garfield rose from a more humble background than even Abraham Lincoln. Garfield distinguished himself in the Civil War, rising to the rank of Brigadier General at an earlier age that anyone else in American history. He had served nine terms in the House of Representatives, rising to Minority Leader during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Garfield had ascended to the presidency during a time of deep turmoil. Black Americans had been freed from slavery but were still in the bondage of rampant racial discrimination. Garfield was a radical for his time. Even more radical than Lincoln, Garfield was not only a stout abolitionist but a believer in racial equality.

Another issue tearing the country apart was the question of how jobs in the civil service should be awarded. The patronage system, sometimes called the spoils system, meant granting civil service jobs to those who had supported the current president and worked for his election. However, many people wanted to see the connection between the civil service and political patronage severed. The Democratic Party was largely united in wanting to see a merit system enacted while the Republican Party was deeply divided over this issue. Supporters of continuing the patronage system were called ?Stalwarts? for their stalwart defense of this status quo while Republicans favoring reform were called ?Half-Breeds? because many considered them only ?Half-Republican.?

The issue of the awarding of civil service jobs was pivotal in the assassination of President Garfield.

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The only way to stop the Muslim refugee crisis becoming our crisis is to shut the door

It is time for a pragmatic solution to what is, in reality, an unsolvable problem affecting most of the world. Daniel Greenfield who is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Centre provides a pragmatic solution. It may not make people feel good as it involves putting our country and our country’s citizens first but it is as essential as this memorable scene in Game of Thrones where Hodor gave his life, holding the door shut so that his friends could survive.

…Even without the Sunnis and Shiites competing to give each other machete haircuts every sunny morning, there would still be a permanent Muslim refugee crisis.

The vast majority of civil wars over the last ten years have taken place in Muslim countries. Muslim countries are also some of the poorest in the world. And Muslim countries also have high birth rates.

Combine violence and poverty with a population boom and you get a permanent migration crisis.

No matter what happens in Syria or Libya next year, that permanent migration crisis isn?t going away.

The Muslim world is expanding unsustainably. In the Middle East and Asia, Muslims tend to underperform their non-Muslim neighbors both educationally and economically. Oil is the only asset that gave Muslims any advantage and in the age of fracking, its value is a lot shakier than it used to be.

The Muslim world had lost its old role as the intermediary between Asia and the West. And it has no economic function in the new world except to blackmail it by spreading violence and instability.

Muslim countries with lower literacy rates, especially for women, are never going to be economic winners at any trade that doesn?t come gushing out of the ground. Nor will unstable dictatorships ever be able to provide social mobility or access to the good life…

The Muslim world has no prospects for getting any better. The Arab Spring was a Western delusion.

Growing populations divided along tribal and religious lines are competing for a limited amount of land, power and wealth. Countries without a future are set to double in size.

There are only two solutions; war or migration.

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Tick, Tick, Tick, Germany’s countdown to civil war has started


When an elected ?government recklessly endangers a country…

When the police force are no longer able to control the criminal elements…

When the general public no longer feel safe inside their own country….

People start to take the law into their own hands. Germany is at a tipping point. Police are unable to protect German women so German Biker Gangs have taken on the role of protectors. Without the rule of law they are not acting just to defend women from actual attacks but are targeting men based on their culture, race and migrant status. The innocent are being hurt along with the guilty. The rule of law is now under threat. How long before civil disobedience turns into civil war?

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France is doomed

by Pete


[French] Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Friday morning that France would?observe three days of national mourning, starting Saturday. Flags on government buildings will?fly at half-staff.

?We would like to tell the French people that we will never give in,??Mr. Valls?said outside the ?lys?e Palace, in Paris. ?We will not give in to the terrorist threat. The times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism.?


He?added: ?France, once again, has been hit in its soul, on?the 14th of July, our national day. They wanted to attack the unity of?the French nation.?

France, he added, will remain ?united and joined around its values.?

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First signs of civil war in Sweden

A gang of masked, black-clad men has rampaged through the streets of Stockholm handing out leaflets threatening to attack migrant street youths, “to make a statement”.

Police said two arrests were made.

The incident highlights the growing tensions over immigration in Sweden, a country of 10 million which received 163,000 asylum seekers last year, and comes days after a 22-year old female worker was stabbed to death in a centre for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors in southwestern Sweden.

The police said in statement one man had been arrested for punching a plainclothes officer in the face and another for carrying a brass knuckleduster, but the extent of any assaults against immigrants was not clear.

Swedish dailies said that according to witnesses a number of people had been attacked by the men who were thought to belong to “firms” of hooligans associated with local soccer teams. Read more »


?I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly: Mrs Merkel invited me.?

The Cologne police force has also been accused of deliberately hushing up the New Year scandal. It issued an official press release the following day describing the celebrations as ?exuberant, but mostly peaceful?. The release has since been retracted, and last night it emerged that police chief Wolfgang Albers is to resign.

Broadcaster ZDF had to apologise for a ?cover up? after it failed to report the Cologne story for three days, even though it knew about it.

And until Thursday, a week after the attacks, there had been silence from Mrs Merkel?s ministers about the backgrounds of the perpetrators. Initially, they insisted there was no evidence that new migrants were involved in the violence.

A leaked police report which emerged 48 hours ago showed this was far from the truth. It revealed that one of the Cologne attackers said: ?I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly: Mrs Merkel invited me.?

The report by a senior officer added: ?When we arrived [at the square] our vehicles were pelted with firecrackers. On the cathedral steps were a thousand people, mainly of immigrant background, who were indiscriminately throwing fireworks and bottles into the crowd.

?Women literally had to run the gauntlet through the mass of drunk men in a way you can?t describe ?.many came to officers shocked and crying to report sex assaults. We were unable to respond to all the offences. There were just too many.?

Another unnamed officer told a Cologne newspaper that 14 of those questioned on the night were from Syria and one from Afghanistan.

?That?s the truth, though it hurts to say it,? he added. ?They had definitely only been in Germany for a few days or weeks.?

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French ransack mosque – destroy Korans

It was inevitable.

A crowd vandalised a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to copies of the Quran on the French island of Corsica, police said, in an attack condemned by the government.

The violence came on Friday amid heightened security measures for the Christmas holiday, and nationwide fears after the November 13 attacks in Paris killed 130 people.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote on Twitter that the break-in in the city of Ajaccio was “an unacceptable desecration”.

Q&A: Muslim minorities are first victims of terror

Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio Friday after two firefighters and a police officer were injured overnight in a low-income neighbourhood of the city when they were “ambushed” by “several hooded youths”, authorities said.

On Friday afternoon around 150 people had gathered in front of the prefecture in a show of support for the police and firefighters, officials said in a statement.

But some in that crowd broke away and headed for the low-income housing estate where the violence took place the night before.

They shouted slogans in Corsican meaning “Arabs get out!” and “This is our home!”, an AFP correspondent reported.

Nearby, a small group smashed the glass door to the mosque, ransacked the prayer hall and partially burned books including copies of the Quran

These are the first signs of civil unrest and although they are highly counter productive, and make those responsible no better than the people they wish to leave their country, it is a sign of frustration that politicians are not doing their jobs, police aren’t doing their jobs and civil leaders are not doing their jobs.

When people native to a country feel unsafe, and when the government continues to let in more migrants that add to this feeling of fear and instability, then these are the first signs of the more radical right taking matters into their own hands.

There are warning signs for politicians and civil leaders to stop being concerned with not offending anyone or upsetting anyone and return to the basic duties for which they are paid: ?to protect the citizens against any threat, foreign or domestic.


– Al Jazeera


Europe absorbs 1,000,000 unwanted people in 2015

Via The Telegraph / the People never got to have a say

Via The Telegraph / the People never got to have a say

Around half of the people entering Europe were Syrians, 20 percent Afghans and 7 percent Iraqis.

IOM director-general William Lacy Swing says migration must be legal and safe for both the migrants and the countries that become their new homes, The Huffington Post reports.

The IOM used government records in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Malta and Cyprus, but a spokesperson says the real number of people entering Europe may be even larger with authorities struggling to keep track of everyone. Read more »

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Dan Sickles's leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it, on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Dan Sickles’s leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it, on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Dan Sickles Temporary Insanity

Dan Sickles, Congressman from New York, was married to the most beautiful woman in Washington but his other interests, including his mistresses, often kept him away from home. His lonely young wife, Teresa, found comfort in the arms of Philip Barton Key, D.C. District Attorney and son of poet Francis Scott Key. When Sickles learned of their affair he?armed himself and?confronted Key on the street. Blinded by rage he shot and killed his wife?s lover. Was it premeditated murder or temporary insanity?

You might think the temporary insanity defense was a relatively new thing.? I mean, maybe it began in the 1940s or possibly the ?30s.? What with all the psychobabble around in those times.? But, no. It was actually much earlier.

It all started with a guy named Daniel Sickles.

Sickles (1819-1914) was a U.S. Senator and later a Congressman, as well as a Union General in the Civil War and a U.S. Minister to Spain.? He was known as a major ladies? man and was censured by the New York State Assembly for escorting famed prostitute Fanny White into the Assembly?s chambers.? He also brought Fanny White, owner of a well-known New York brothel with him to England while Secretary of the U.S. delegation in London, leaving his pregnant wife at home.? And, of course, he murdered the district attorney of the District of Columbia, Phillip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key, the author of ?The Star Spangled Banner?.

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Europe to illegal immigrants: piss off, we’re full


It has reacted rather slowly, but in addition to trying to enforce border controls on the outer limits of the EU, deportations have started.


After months of tensions over the wave of nearly 600,000 people who have flooded into Europe this year, the EU is now taking a tougher stance by focusing on tightening border controls and reducing the incentive for people to come to the continent in the first place.

“Those who do not require international protection must return to their countries of origin,” Luxembourg minister Jean Asselborn, whose country holds the EU presidency, told reporters after the talks. Read more »