What’s going on at Standing Rock

The Young Turks explode the myths about the camp: No, the water protectors were not removed to “clean up debris” — a laughable excuse when it’s all about a polluting, infamous corporation’s “right” to build a polluting, infamous pipeline through indigenous land, endangering indigenous water. What’s more, they didn’t set their own camps on fire — the police and corporate hired thugs did that. And the damage they did is human:

A boy aged seven and a girl, 17, are being treated for burns following two explosions resulting from the fires.

Those fires were set by flares, NOT protesters. The rest of the Beeb’s report is condescending crap, so don’t take it to heart.

This fight isn’t over yet, and things are dire, but given that even Iowa farmers who voted for the asshole behind all this are now protesting against him, don’t be surprised if it’s the pipeline that ends up burning.

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Do immigration laws matter more than human rights? Or lives?

Michelle Rempel, not giving a shit that people are losing fingers and toes (and very nearly their lives) to get to a safe country…which the United States of Amnesia no longer is. Between her and Tony Clement, there’s more than enough there to embarrass anyone who thinks Canada stands for human rights. Never tweet, you two.

Meanwhile, from the PMO, we get this:

Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

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“One of the reasons why Canada remains an open country is Canadians trust our immigration system and the integrity of our borders and the help we provide people who are looking for safety,” Trudeau told parliament.

“We will continue to strike that balance between a rigorous system and accepting people who need help.”

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen also said Canada would continue to honor the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires it to turn back refugees if they make asylum claims at Canadian border crossings with the United States. Refugee advocates have argued this drives asylum seekers to cross illegally at isolated locations, risking their lives in frigid weather.

Amnesty International and other groups are pressuring the Canadian government to abandon the agreement, arguing the United States is not safe for refugees.

The advocates are right on this one. Turning refugee claimants back for bullshit legalistic reasons will only force them to resort to illegal crossings. And it will keep them breaking laws, too, in an effort to elude the authorities, whom they now have good cause to fear. After all, who has the power to send them back to the now-unsafe US of A, to face the Drumpfite goon squads?

When that happens, our laws are no longer protecting anyone. They are exposing innocent people to a lot of potential violence. Maybe even murder. When our laws send people back to a “safe third country” where they are in danger of getting killed by gangs of fascist thugs, our laws fucking stink. Breaking them becomes not an outlaw’s choice, but a refugee’s necessity.

Look: no one walks across the border in a remote part of freaking Manitoba in the dead of winter, risking life and limb, for no good reason. These are people who’ve fled war and famine and dire poverty overseas already. They know fear and danger all too intimately. They have fled all that before, and now they are doing so again. That should give us all pause.

Instead of saying: “Oh, they’re breaking the law, that makes them CRIMINALS!” and flying into hysterics, it’s time to sit down and consider just why they are willing to break the law, flee the authorities, and live underground. It’s time to take a harder and less sympathetic look at the deplorables to the south of our border, and interrogate their xenophobia as mercilessly as if they were the fugitives. If they are so devoid of humanity as to drive other people out of country who have already fled famines and war zones, shouldn’t we be hesitant to send anyone back to run the gauntlet that is THEM?

And shouldn’t we be re-examining our own laws, and realizing that they need revisions NOW?

PS: And on a related note, the Beaverton — yes, a satire site! — really hits this one out of the park.

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Do you pee with LGBT?

Austin, Texas does:

And to stop an inane bathroom bill from passing, the Texas ACLU got Richard Linklater to help out by making the above ad.

Pee with pride. And without prejudice.

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Drumpf voters in Iowa oppose DAPL pipeline!

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: A number of Iowa farmers who voted for Drumpf are now being given concrete cause to regret that misguided choice: their lands are being seized and stripped of topsoil under a misuse of eminent domain so that the DAPL pipeline can be run through. And they are fighting back.

Now, maybe a few little farmers in a sparsely-populated state don’t seem like much of a groundswell in the growing resistance. But as they become politically aware — and they are finding themselves forced into it as they realize who’s behind that pipeline, and how they’re connected to the fraudster these farmers voted for — there’s a good chance that these guys are going to come for Drumpf’s hide with pitchforks. At the very least, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be joining their indigenous neighbors in North Dakota, and the two currently separate streams of resistance converge.

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Music for a Sunday: That do-good good bullshit

That slouching bassline never gets old. And neither does the message about the insidious power of you-know-what.

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Wankers of the Week: Goin’ off the rails

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Crappy weekend, everyone! Well, how about them Blue Jays…no, wait, it’s not baseball season yet. You know it’s a bad time for politics when even a sports agnostic like me has to go fishing around for THAT topic of conversation, eh? Yeah. Look, what I’m trying to say here is that the Trump Train™ has derailed, with no sign of getting back on track ever (not that it ever was to begin with). And Ozzy Osbourne, who was planning to bite the head off another live bat, just said “fuck it” and set the little bugger free. That’s how crazy the train is. And here’s who made it so this week, in no particular order:

1. Tom Fucking McClintock. Oh, look who’s a snowflake. A tea-bag congresscritter who can’t bear to be protested by his own constituents! Well, suck it up, critter…there’s plenty more to come, and midterm elections are still just under two years away!

2. Stephen Fucking Miller. No, no, little spox. Der Drumpf is NOT the Supreme Leader. And the judicial branch still matters, because it’s still a branch of government…and its job is to check and balance the office of the president, among others. PS: Snurk. That is all.

3. Fred Fucking Maroun. Hey idiot, being anti-Zionist is not “xenophobia”, and neither is the joking reference to Nazi-punching that’s making the rounds right now. Words mean things, and you are clearly ignorant of what they mean, because they do not mean what YOU think they mean.

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4. Franklin Fucking Graham. If you ever wonder why I’m not of that stripe of so-called “radical feminists” who are really neither particularly radical NOR particularly feminist because they insist on shutting out an entire group of women from even being considered as women, just consider who they’re in league with. They’re in league with THIS GUY. If you ever want to know how close to the wrong side of history you are, just ask yourself if the Religious Reich agrees with you on a given point of your ideology. Simple, no?

5. Jay Fucking Linn. And while we’re on the subject of dudes whom actual radical feminists wouldn’t want to be in league with, how about him? Nothing like good ol’-fashioned bigotry and ignorance on a business sign to drive home the notion that some people are “evil” and “sick” for not conforming to the sex binary, eh? Oh, and nice nopology too. Know what that makes you, bub? An ASSHOLE. Something you’ll also see, maybe, if you just “pull down your pants and look”.

6. Ronald Fucking Coyne. Mama claims she didn’t raise him to burn money in front of homeless people, but it would appear that she did raise him, and he did burn a 20-pound note. Even babies raised by wolves don’t do that, lady.

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7. Scott Fucking Baio. No, Chachi, “Never Again” is not a reference to shopping at Nordstrom. Would you like to try again?

8. Joy Fucking Villa. I’m sorry, WHO? Oh, just some Scientologist wearing the ugliest dress of the year. Figures that someone from a far-right cult would do that, eh?

9. Mark Fucking Coleridge. For the thousand millionth time…NO, ABORTION IS NOT LIKE NAZI GERMANY. Abortion was ILLEGAL in Nazi Germany, and forced breeding was the order of the day. Just as it is under Roman Catholicism. Which just so happens to have been Hitler’s own religion.

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10. Christy Fucking Clark. Oh, dear me. Is someone having trouble admitting that she was wr-r-r…oh shit, that she LIED? Yup. C’mon, lady, open your mouth wider…after all, that’s how you got your foot in there in the first place!

11. Sebastian Fucking Gorka. Not only is he NOT an expert on Islamist terrorism, he’s also NOT a Hungarian knight/hero/whatever that silly trinket he keeps wearing is supposed to mean. By the way, said silly trinket was also inordinately popular with Hungarian Nazi sympathizers. Which is, in fact, all it REALLY means. PS: And look who’s accusing his critics of antisemitism. Yeah, that’ll fly, coming from a Nazi-symp medal-wearer.

12. Richard Fucking DeAgazio. Is there any clearer indication of how you’d have to have way more money than brains to join Drumpf’s tacky-ass country club than this guy, who insisted on snapping a selfie with Gin Blossoms Bannon — AND the guy who totes the nuclear “football”, in clear violation of the laws governing national security? If you ever wondered what $200,000 US and a barely room-temperature IQ will buy you, wonder no longer.

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13. Chadwick Fucking Moore. Bull-fucking-SHIT you turned con after the (thoroughly deserved) backlash to your fluffy BJ piece on Milo Fucking Yeah-Nope. You and he are both just trying to win the approval of your respective abusive right-wing fathers. And you’re no doubt also trying to rationalize your respective racisms and sexisms, too. Forget it; that’ll never happen. Right-wing daddies hate gay boys, period. And racism and sexism are not rational and can never be rationalized, either.

14. David Fucking Duke. When you get pwned by one of those “dumb actors” you’re out to slam, it’s time to close your Twitter account and go hide under your hooded sheets. Or a rock. Actually, a rock would be preferable. I mean, isn’t that what you crawled out from under in the first place?

15. Felix Fucking Kjellberg. Finally, FINALLY someone gets the concept that antisemitism on YouTube shouldn’t pay. Too bad it’s not THIS guy, who still also doesn’t understand that even if you fuck a goat “ironically”, you’re still quite ironically-unironically a goat-fucker.

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16. Ella Fucking Rose. Oh, your critics can “go die in a hole”? Well, aren’t you just a peach…PIT. And of course, you’re a hasbaratchik. Figures!

17. Pat Fucking Robertson. No, Patwa, you know what’s revolting — to God and humanity both? YOU. You, running interference for a greedy, slothful, violent, adulterous walking sack of human waste, and daring to condemn his critics. Who died and gave you the right to judge? NO ONE.

18. Tom Fucking Brady. It’s a “privilege” to visit a greedy, slothful, violent, adulterous walking sack of human excrement just because that sack of shit happens to be squatting in Mar-a-Lago — oh sorry, the White House? The ultimate in white privilege is to take an inherently political act and claim it was never political, even as your black teammates are boycotting the racist squatter. Fuck your privilege, fuck your politics, and fuck YOU.

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19. Rick Fucking Wiles. No, Prick, you know who forced Michael Fucking Flynn out of his job? MICHAEL FUCKING FLYNN. By being an unstable, corruptible whackjob who isn’t to be trusted in public office, duh. No pizza-parlor pedophile network needed. Motherfucker tripped himself up, motherfucker fell down and went boom. That is all.

20. Mike Fucking Cernovich. No, Juicebro, you can’t manipulate reality with your ridiculous mind. Or your silly crayon scribblings. How about you try manipulating your mind to accept reality for a change?

21. Dana Fucking Rohrabacher. Being inaccessible to your own constitutents is “democracy”, while their demanding access (which you as a public servant are obliged to provide) is “thuggery”? Someone please hand this dinosaur a dictionary. And his marching papers too, while you’re at it.

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22. Steve Fucking Bannon. Yes, Drumpf’s Nazi-in-Chief made the cut this week, by insulting reporters and calling them “the opposition party“. I guess that means that his days with Breitbart — Bitefart, rather — can now definitively be called FAKE NEWS. Because who but a fake-newser calls real newsers the opposition?

23. Kellie Fucking Leitch. I have no idea what “severely normal people” are, but if they’re anything like the actual fucking Nazis who actually fucking Nazi-saluted this whackjob, I’m more than proud to be severely “abnormal”, by her dim lights.

24. James Fucking Wiedmann. No, “Heartiste” who is not an artiste and has no discernible heart, that’s not how Valentine’s Day works now, nor how it ever has (or ever will). I would urge you to try again, but I’m sure you’d only come up with yet another treatise that is equally cockamamie, so I’m just gonna counsel you to hang up your scrotum for good, and face the sad fact that nobody fucking wants you, and it’s no fucking wonder why.

25. Erin O’Fucking Toole. Why?

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That’s why. A little late for Flag Day, and way too early for Canada Day. What IS February 20, anyway? Not a Canadian holiday, for sure. O’Erin, you’re such a Toole.

26. James Fucking Charles. Uh, Cover Girl? Seems to me your Cover Boy is not ready for the big time. He’s still tweeting like a dipshit high-schooler with a lot of prejudices and not much life experience. Is this who you really want to be the face of your brand?

27. Alex Fucking Jones. “Top 3 presidents of all time”? Uh, no. Aside from the extreme prematurity of that, I’d say Worst President Ever is more like it.

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28. Mike Fucking Flynn. When you get shade thrown at you by a grandma in a pantsuit, that’s bad. When that grandma is none other than Hillary Clinton, that’s fucking hilarious. And once you’re done getting over the ignominy of it all, I’d like a large deluxe with extra bacon and hot peppers, please.

29. Steven Fucking Anderson. What? He hasn’t blown an artery yet? No…but give him time, and maybe a college education. As it is, he’s sounding perilously close to the edge!

30. William Fucking Happer. So, 99.99999% of the world’s climate scientists are a Hare Krishna cult? Gee, and all this time we thought they were people who knew how to interpret and analyze data. Which, unlike this glassy-eyed cultist of non-science, they ARE.

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31. Justin Fucking Humphrey. Men are people, but women are merely “hosts” to a pregnancy, so they have to seek the real-person’s permission to get an abortion because “they invited that in”? How about a big ol’ OklaHELLNO to that legislative cowflop of yours, Little Big Man?

32. Charles Fucking Schwertner. And while we’re on the subject of Little Big Men attempting to silence women and cow them into giving up control of their own bodies, how about HIM? He even broke a glass table trying to shut up anyone who disagreed with him.

33. Jared Fucking Kushner. And still going with the Little Big Man theme: How about Drumpf’s son-in-law trying to tell CNN how to do their jobs? Yeah, dude, that’s not your job. And I’m pretty sure you know it, too.

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34. Betsy DeFucking Vos. Need more proof that she’s not qualified for the job she was appointed to? Here you go. She wants to literally destroy public education. Proof enough for ya?

35. Kayleigh Fucking McEnany. Yes, she’s still around, even after campaign’s end. After all, Drumpf needed someone to replace Kellyanne Con-Job on all those TV channels that won’t let her on anymore. And she’s just as big a weasel with the “alternative facts”, too, by the looks of things.

36. David Fucking Anderson. Islamophobia is “undefined”, all right…but not in M-103. It’s only in your dense, CONservative head, dude. Everywhere else, it’s clear as daylight.

37. Jacob Fucking Waller. Face it, Drumpfite shitferbrains…you and your cookie-cutter girlfriend are just not cute. I’m glad those “big fat lesbians” walloped your bigoted ass.

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38. Ken Fucking Ham. I’m beginning to see where the phrase “go ham” (meaning go nuts) came from. Truly!

39. James Fucking Green. Oh look, another “sorry IF you were offended” nopology. Don’t nopologize for maybe-offending-someone with your Randomly Capitalized Letter of Dumbth — apologize for being a “traditionally” sexist fucking idiot who is way out of step with the times, and learn from your mistake!

40. Jason Fucking Chaffetz. Yes, that’s right, ignore the elephant in the living room. Keep beating that dead horse, and slap lotsa lipstick on that pig! (Sorry for the clichés, but this truly begs them.

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And finally, to Der Fucking Drumpf himself. Obviously. He’s taken three vacations in as many weeks (and no, a golf resort is NOT the “winter White House”, no matter what that asshole says), costing the public at least $10 million in taxpayer dollars for all the security. And for what? So some asshole could take selfies with the unlucky soul who has to schlep the nuclear briefcase everywhere the fucking POTUS goes. And so that security could be compromised while North Korea was conducting ballistic missile tests and the Japanese prime minister was probably having a mini heart attack at every moment. So that the media could be banished to a basement room with covered windows during what was supposed to be a press junket. Why? Was Drumpf offering the Japanese PM a bribe? A prostitute? WHAT? Whatever, it was creepy as fuck. As was his dancing around the question of all the obvious antisemites he’s obviously emboldened. And that’s not even touching his latest presser, in which he childishly berated everyone and stroked his own widdle cock in full view of the world, while praising the biggest dirty joke of the media world, FUX Snooze. Just so you know, I’ll be holding him criminally responsible if Shep Smith is fired, or blows a gasket from the sheer lunacy of it all, whichever comes first.

Good night, Drumpf, and get fucked!

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Drumpf’s “answer” to concerns about antisemitism? “Enthusiasm”. WTF???

The only thing I can draw out of this is that Drumpf thinks that antisemitism is the “enthusiasm” that got him where he is right now, and that if it won him his very slim Electoral College margin (and not the popular vote), hey, it can’t be all bad, can it?

Also, I’m pretty sure that whatever he means by “racism”, it’s not the same thing as what that word actually means.

Not shown: Jared Kushner, trying hard not to facepalm.

PS: Oh gawd, it gets worse:

“Betanyahu” is really the least of his screw-ups here.

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The “rapefugee” myth just died.

“This is how the sex mob rages in our cities!” O RLY? Somebody’s pants are smoking here. Get the fire extinguisher!

Via the UK Independent, a shocking new development in the case of the alleged mass sexual assaults of this past New Year’s Eve. Turns out, according to the Frankfurter Rundschau, that the alleged victim of a pawing wasn’t even in country at the time, and is now facing charges for lying about it:

In conjunction with the alleged sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Frankfurt, the police are now openly charging Fressgass* [restaurant] proprietor Jan Mai and witness Irina A., over false allegations of a crime. A now-erased social media entry of Irina A’s revealed that she wasn’t even in Germany at the time.

On Tuesday morning, during a press conference, police announced: “The allegations of the named witnesses, guests and employees [of the restaurant] raised considerable doubt about the events portrayed, as one of those alleged affected by the events was, at the time, not even in the city.”

The police report is unequivocal: “On New Year’s Ever there were no massive mob-style assaults by refugees in the ‘Fressgass’. The accusations are baseless and without any foundation.”

On February 6, Irina A appeared in the local edition of the Bild newspaper as a witness to alleged sexual assaults by allegedly Arab men in Jan Mai’s “First In” bar. She was cited as having said that she had been grabbed between the legs and under her skirt. Mai, for his part, reported that guests in his bar had been robbed and harassed by a gang of about 50 men. In another of Mai’s establishments, the Garibaldi inn, there were allegedly riots. The proprietor of the “Victory-Bar” was injured in the violence that same night.

According to Bild, these occurrences took place in connection with the arrival of an alleged 900 drunken refugees from Mittelhessen. The paper’s headline read: “Sex mob raged in the Fressgass”. Frankfurt police were astonished at these reports. Until the Bild article came out, the police headquarters had seen no reports of sexual assaults in the neighborhood of the Fressgass.

In an interview with FR, Jan Mai stuck to his story about the events of that night. He says that he did not tell the Bild newspaper that a “sex mob” ran through the Fressgass. A detailed report is still to come.

Translation mine.

So it would appear that the right-wing German tabloid, the Bild (the name means “picture”, because it’s for those who can’t read much else) is responsible for spreading the false accusation that rape-gangs of hundreds of stone-drunk refugees roamed and raged through Frankfurt on the New Year’s Eve in question.

And it looks as though the owner of several different local dining and drinking establishments claims he and his employees did see the gangs roving about, robbing and harassing his customers. Convenient how the same man was allegedly in so many different places at the same time to witness all that! And the bartenders and bouncers didn’t? What about the waitstaff? Surely one of them must have…no? NO!

Incidentally: I don’t know who this “Irina A.” is, but that’s not a typically German first name. She could easily be an Eastern European immigrant, or daughter of immigrants. Polish, Ukrainian or Russian, in particular. They’re not technically refugees, but given the dire poverty in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism, they might as well be. In which case this adds an extra layer of irony onto the whole thing. The racist right-wing press, hungry for scandals about those evil foreign invaders, got taken in by a foreigner? Oh, ha ha ha…how embarrassing!

One thing is definite, though: Refugees are not responsible for the alleged gang-rape epidemic in Germany during party-hearty holidays. IS there even such an epidemic? Sure there is, and I can guarantee you that it’s a home-grown phenomenon, as German as Sauerkraut and Löwenbräu. And that white guys from all over Europe are just as guilty of such shitty behavior, in far greater numbers than any brown guys from the Middle East, Afghanistan or North Africa.

In the end, it’s not a refugee problem; it’s a MALE problem. And it’s a GERMAN problem. In a land where megabrothels are legal, drinking yourself into a stupor is celebrated, sexism is rampant throughout the good old German culture, even pastors are pushing prostitution as an “answer”, and there’s no firm age of majority for drinking (although if you appear to be under 16, good luck getting served), that’s a problem that’s downright inevitable.

And it was a problem long before refugees ever started arriving in any significant number.

ADDENDUM: According to the German edition of VICE, it appears the landlord pushing the “sex mob” stories had right-wing sympathies, and this may be why they gained traction with the tabloids and the local anti-refugee partisans at the “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) party:

“Sex-mob raged in the Fressgass,” reported the Bild newspaper on February 6 about New Year’s Eve in Frankfurt. And also: “37 days after New Year’s Eve, the victims break their silence”. Frankfurt proprietor Jan M[ai] told Bild of the “masses of refugees who rioted in his “First In” bar, allegedly groping women and stealing his guests’ drinks. “They grabbed me under my skirt, between my legs, my breasts, everywhere”, a 27-year-old employee, Irina A, was quoted as saying.

Five weeks into the New Year, the right wing got another “sex-mob”, like the one from the previous year, that confirmed all their prejudices — through a Bild article over “900 mostly drunk refugees” who had travelled specially by train to Frankfurt from Mittelhessen. A second Köln, which “the media” had somehow kept quiet until now. The Frankfurt chapter of the AfD party seized on the report right away, and in a press conference, hurled accusations at the city’s security forces, speaking of a “mob of aggressive Arabs”, and naturally blaming it all on open borders.

Just one day later, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported the first doubts about the report — and even for the police, the incidents seemed completely new. This Tuesday, February 14, the Frankfurt police released their findings: the accusations were “baseless and without any grounds.” There were no charges laid, and statements by alleged witnesses “raised considerable doubts”. Deployment protocols and emergency phone logs were double-checked, with no indicators of any of the alleged crimes. That is: The “sex-mob” in the Fressgass never existed.

The Bild report spread rapidly over the Internet: the Junge Freiheit newspaper snapped up the headline, as well as Breitbark UK and other British and German media. Dozens of citizen groups and AfD fractions shared the Bild article over Facebook and Twitter. Bild had created Fake News.

Bild apparently relied without any further checking on the testimonies of the landlord and his two employees. [Mai’s] Facebook profile, which is no longer to be found, was revealed by the Allgemeine in a look at the AfD sympathies of the “First In” boss. A knock on the doors of neighboring pubs in the Frankfurt club district would also have helped, because none of the other locals could confirm the incidents. The police have since found out that one of the allegedly groped workers wasn’t even in Frankfurt on that night.

On Monday, Bild began to row back. “Did he lie to everyone?” they asked, under a picture of the 49-year-old gastronome. The police are now charging M[ai] with falsification of a crime. When the police made their press release public on Tuesday, Bild apologized a few hours later. “This report in no way represents Bild’s journalistic standards”, they said. The original article was removed from their website. A call to “First In” led nowhere; an employee told VICE that she didn’t know when Jan M[ai] would be back in.

Even the AfD in Frankfurt don’t seem to be believing in the story anymore. The local fraction told the Allgemeine: “Our impression of the case was obviously wrong.”

Translation, again, mine.

Here’s a tweet from a German reporter that really sums it all up:

“Everybody’s warning against ‘Fake News’. The so-called journalism of the Bild newspaper scares me a lot more.”

Me too, Simon…me too.

*PS: “Fressgass” is an informal name for the district and means “Pig-Out Alley” in local dialect.

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A valentine for my loyal readers…

Will you be my partners in revolution?

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Compare and Contrast: Michael Fucking Flynn, then and now

This is Michael Flynn, six months ago:

Look at the widdle snowflake, leading all those hardcore stupid deplorables in a chant that will never come true. Isn’t that just so CUTE?

And this is him, right about now:

What a difference six months makes, eh? It’s only a matter of time now before he’s the one getting locked up.

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