News of the Week
From Germany and the USA. 6th calender week 2024.
Could there be more exciting news than Tucker Carlson interviewing Russian president Wladimir Putin? Read and see. LOL
Special police unit for illegal migrant intensive offenders
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The Bavarian city of Regensburg with 160,000 inhabitants recently set up a special department for station crime. 34 multiple and intensive offenders are making this area unsafe. 30 of the prolific offenders come from Tunisia, the other four from Syria, Iraq, Algeria and the Czech Republic. None have been deported yet - the reason is "missing documents". The Bavarian State Office for Asylum and Returns is unable to examine the cases more closely. Just a few days ago, the principal of a nearby school wrote a warning letter to parents: "Your daughters should ideally walk to school in groups."
Focus, February 8, 2024 (German)
Child pornography as a therapeutic tool for self-discovery?
He was still a man at the time of the crime. In court, a woman. When his home was searched in 2021, law enforcement officers found 70 child and youth pornography image files. The images, s/he claimed in court, were "part of her transsexual history". The public prosecutor acknowledged that the pornographic media probably served more to "find an identity" than to satisfy paedophile interests. The judge sentenced her to one year and two months - suspended on probation. According to the German Criminal Code, anyone who accesses or possesses child pornography that "depicts a realistic event" is punished with a prison sentence of between one and five years.
reitschuster, February 8, 2024 (German)
No punishment for Berlin firefighter for siding with protesting farmers
In mid-January, a firefighter at a fire station greeted passing farmers on their tractors with applause. The farmers were on their way to demonstrations in the government district. A video of the incident was a hit on YouTube, and called his employer, the Berlin fire department, into action. According to German law, civil servants must behave neutrally on duty. The impending disciplinary proceedings have now been discontinued. Critics complained about unequal standards: when police officers in uniform knelt down after the death of George Floyd in 2020, everyone applauded.
B.Z., February 8, 2024 (German)
FROM THE USA:
With flamethrower against queer books
Valentina Gomez, a 24-year-old running for Missouri’s Secretary of State, shared a video of herself on X using a flamethrower to torch a stack of library books about the queer community. “When I am in office, I will burn all books that are grooming, indoctrinating, and sexualizing our children,” the GOP candidate added before she ended the video with a picture of her holding a large gun as well as her campaign poster. ore than half of the books that were either banned or challenged had queer themes. Her clip was censored on Instagram and X. Over 1,600 books were banned during the 2021-2022 school year, according to a report from PEN America.
90 year old volunteer kicked out over pronoun usage
Fran Itkoff was a volunteer with the National MS Society for 60 years. She got involved because her late husband had MS. When he passed away Fran continued to run the MS Self-Help group her husband had founded. Recently, a representative of the Society asked her to use her pronoun. Fran was confused and asked what that means. She was told that it means they were “all inclusive”. The old lady pointed out that the Society had always been inclusive and accepted everybody. A few days later, an email from the Society told her that “there has been a failure to abide by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion guidelines” and they have her step down as a volunteer.
Trans-identified male is suing ex-partner for the return of his preserved testicles
Brianna Kingsley, who identifies as a Muslim woman, is demanding $6,500 for the loss of "deez nuts." A play on words, because according to her own statements s/he had always been called "Big D." so s/he chose the middle name D. Following her genital surgery, s/he had put her testicles in a maron jar and in the shared fridge “next to the eggs”. The testicles were kept there from April 22 to July 2023. Then the partner disposed of them. Brianna Kingley, also known as Zahrah Bri-Zee Muharib, filed the claim last August. Her ex-partner previously had a protection order against Kingsley.
There’s nothing wrong with Tucker interviewing Putin. It’s called journalism.
Coming back to where I started from: Could there be more exciting news than Tucker Carlson interviewing Russian president Wladimir Putin? Whatever your opionion on these two men: it is the job of a journalist to speak to virtually anybody. And let their listeners / readers / viewers come to their own conclusions. If this unfiltered live interview proved this point, it disqualifies the calls for censorship and entry ban.