Sunday, 23 April 2017

French Presidential Elections 2017

Les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus (*)

The polls have opened for the first round of the 2017 French Presidential Elections which will be disputed today by the 11 candidates below. Should no candidate reach a majority (which is most likely) the top two candidates will go to a second and decisive round on May 7. 

My birthday wish list has gone to my French friends, some hailing from the Left, one even a self-proclaimed "Anarchist". It was a very short list: 

"This hear for my birthday I want YOUR VOTE FOR MARINE LE PEN". 

To say that I'm no expert is probably stating the obvious, but that has never stopped me from giving my opinion (even unsolicited) and so, here are a few random comments (incl. videos) of those who might yet beat Marine Le Pen to the post of President. 

1. The Media Darling and hot (if manufactured) favourite: Emanuel Macron, seen here with one of his very early official "supporters", the mother of Still-President Hollande's 4 children. 

Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron , a  former investment banker, was  born 21. 12. 1977 in Amiens, France. He married his English Teacher, 25 years his senior. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, he joined President Hollande as  Finance Minister. After a couple of not very glamourous years, he "suddenly" left. Simple folk, like myself, considered that rather ungrateful, not to say disloyal to President Hollande who obviously had given him such a chance. A short time later he reappeared at the head of a new "movement" calling it "En Marche" ( which I would translate as "lets go" or "forward"). The initials of "En Marche" are the same as his own: Emanual Macron.

When he announced that he would be running for president, the people who came out supporting his candidature were all the usual Suspects, possibly including Soros and Obama. The United Fake News  ran at least 3 to 4 title pages on him and his wife every day...He seemed to have a way with mature ladies (note to self: dont call them cougars), complimenting Merkel on her  destructive open borders policy, but when even Segolene Royal, the mother of President Hollande's 4 children came out in his support, I started smelling a fish.  Would all this have been a charade, and had the "coup" been planned long before?  But who is the puppet master ? Some of the people surrounding him seem to be very close to the Salafist form of Islam and other Islamists and he certainly seems to be an enthusiastic Multi-Culturalist. The "real French people" for him are this:

*Sigh* Oh Dear

Next, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, born in Tangier International Zone in 1951, whom I consider a real danger for France. He launched his new party "La France Insoumise" - Unsubmissive France - in February 2016.  But, if  his surging poll numbers are to be believed, he has a serious chance of winning this election. 

With his love for South American Dictators, someone called him "the Camenbert version of Chavez" the other day. He left the Communist Party of France, considering their direction not "left" enough. With his populist Leftism, in one of his election rallies in Marseille he called for a minute of silence in memory of the victims, not for the ones massacred by a Muslim in Nice, just a few miles up the road, not for the ones of the Bataclan, but for the victims of the people smugglers. He does not like "Whites", is certainly not fond of "Jews", approves of the thugs who are calling for the killing of cops, and asserts that ISIS, Catholics and Jews practice the same fundamentalism...

I fervently hope that the huge number of  those who apparently intend to vote for him are just as ficticious as his soi-disant "popularity" on social media: 

And while we are still on the Left  I might just mention, in passing, another far left candidate, the trade unionist, Philippe Poutou who thought it very "macho" to wear a T-shirt during one of the TV debates rather than shirt and tie.... ho-hum.  

Philippe Poutou

However, it's not his attempt at originality which rates him a mention here, but  his demand for "Coppers to be disarmed". And while hatred for Police is nothing new on the Left, the fact that he demanded this while Xavier Jugelé's body was not yet cold, made this demand obscene.  

Xavier Jugelé

Xavier Jugelé was the young police man, killed on the Champs Elysées by a Muslim just a couple of days ago. 

Last Monday the president of the Front National spoke in a meeting at the Zenith in Paris.

More than 6,000 people were at the rendezvous, having braved the gatherings of a hundred violent, extreme-left thugs, antifa style, whose violence  then set fire and blood to the district ... 

For excellent French News and News about France I recommend: 

TV Libertés:  who will bring live coverage and analyses of the results from 9 PM Paris Time zone. 

Résistance Républicaine  who are just informing their readers that there is some sabotage happening with the vote bulletins for Le Front National (Marine Le Pen's Party)

And for the non-French speakers: 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Who gassed the Children of Syria yet again ?

Yesterday, when  I first heard that  "Assad has gassed children yet again" I knew it was a lie, just like last time, see here  and  here. But when President Trump bombed Syria "in response to the photos of these poor children" I asked a friend who knows more than I, what this was really about, he skyped  me: 

"Deep state has turned Trump around. Either he does what they say or he loses the presidency all together Trump’s choice is, get to do a few things he wants, or nothing.Watch Season 6 of Homeland. SERIOUSLY . Get it, watch it."

The blackmail power of this  swampy "Deep State" must be quite powerful to make Trump buckle under its weight. I'm disappointed, of course, because I really wanted Trump to do better for longer. This episode puts him close to becoming a loser because: if he really fell for the story of "Assad has gassed the children again (when it was proven that he had not in the first place) and he must go", then he is very very very naive and this just won't do for a POTUS, however, should he know that it was not Assad and yet play along with the charade, then he is more cynical than Machiavellian and quasi complicit in the horrific death of these children and the ones that will no doubt follow.  

Paul Joseph Watson, once again, puts it well, or at least in a way that is very close to my own understanding: 

Those who want Assad out of the way are more or less the same that eliminated Saddam and Gaddafi, and they have obviously not given up the hope for a trifecta.

And yes, I think Israel is among them - but their motivation is understandable, because for the Jews the threat is existential. Iran is not even disguising  their desire to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth and yet they are the ones supporting Assad. (For easy access to Israel I wonder? because it certainly couldn't be for the religious tolerance he shows to other religions). 

I just wish that Israel, Russia, and, under Trump the US could have combined to protect Syria from this unholy trinity: the Shiite Mullahs of Iran, the Salafist wannabe World Rulers from Saudi Arabia/Qatar and Adolf Erdogan. 


And "Black Pigeon Speaks" is, despite his quaint pseudonym a serious voice, well worth listening to:

Some say: "Politics is Show business for Ugly People", others say "There is no Business like Show business".......