Friday, December 9, 2016

National Socialists March In Sweden

Introduction:

Published on Nov 12, 2016

Around 10 people were arrested following scuffles between police and left-wing Antifa counter-protesters, as members of the far-right Nordic Resistance Movement marched through Central Stockholm, Saturday.



Minor clashes erupted close to King's Garden (Kungstradgarden) where several hundred right-wing demonstrators, mostly from Sweden but also Norway, were preparing to rally towards Mynttorget square in the Old town district. 


As the right-wing activists were marching with a banner reading "Stop the alien invasion" as well as the movement's green and white flags, several thousand counter-demonstrators tried to prevent them from crossing the bridge and later tried to break through police cordons to reach their opponents. The left-wing counter-protesters also threw snowballs and firecrackers at the police.


Comment:

Take note of how "normal" the Resistance Movement members look.  I didn't see any weirdos or Hollyweird Nutzis in the lot.  Plus, look at how many there are!  If we could get that many participants who are basically "normal" looking people, we could do this too.

It's just so obvious that our European comrades are so much more dedicated and disciplined than we are.

Something to think about.

Dan 88!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim?

By Klaus Wiegrefe
Der Spiegel


The soldiers arrived at dusk. They forced their way into the house and tried to drag the two women upstairs. But Katherine W. and her 18-year-old daughter Charlotte were able to escape.

The soldiers didn't give up easily though. They began searching all the houses in the area and ultimately found the two women in a neighbor's closet shortly before midnight. The men pulled them out and threw them onto two beds. The crime the six soldiers ultimately committed took place in March, 1945, shortly before the end of World War II. The girl cried for help: "Mama. Mama." But none arrived.

Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of German women experienced a similar fate at the time. Often, such gang rapes were blamed on Soviet troops in Germany's east. But this case was different. The rapists were soldiers from the United States of America and the crime took place in Sprendlingen, a village near the Rhine River in the west.

By the end of the war, some 1.6 million American troops had advanced deep into Germany, ultimately meeting the advancing Soviets at the Elbe River. In the US, those who freed Europe from the plague of the Nazis came to be known as the "Greatest Generation." And Germans too developed a positive image of their occupiers: cool soldiers who handed out chewing gum to the children and wowed the German fräuleins with jazz and nylons.

But is that image consistent with reality? German historian Miriam Gebhardt, well known in Germany for her book about leading feminist Alice Schwarzer and the feminist movement, has now published a new volume casting doubt on the accepted version of America's role in German postwar history.

Reports from the Catholic Archive

The work, which came out in German on Monday, takes a closer look at the rape of German women by all four victorious powers at the end of World War II. In particular, though, her views on the behavior of American GIs are likely to raise eyebrows. Gebhardt believes that members of the US military raped as many as 190,000 German women by the time West Germany regained sovereignty in 1955, with most of the assaults taking place in the months immediately following the US invasion of Nazi Germany.

The author bases her claims in large part on reports kept by Bavarian priests in the summer of 1945. The Archbishop of Munich and Freising had asked Catholic clergy to keep records on the allied advance and the Archdiocese published excerpts from its archive a few years ago.

Michael Merxmüller, a priest in the village of Ramsau near Berchtesgaden, wrote on July 20, 1945, for example: "Eight girls and women raped, some of them in front of their parents."

Father Andreas Weingand, from Haag an der Amper, a tiny village located just north of where the Munich airport is today, wrote on July 25, 1945: "The saddest event during the advance were three rapes, one on a married woman, one on a single woman and one on a spotless girl of 16-and-a-half. They were committed by heavily drunken Americans."

Father Alois Schiml from Moosburg wrote on Aug. 1, 1945: "By order of the military government, a list of all residents and their ages must be nailed to the door of each house. The results of this decree are not difficult to imagine. ... Seventeen girls or women ... were brought to the hospital, having been sexually abused once or several times."
The youngest victim mentioned in the reports is a seven-year-old child. The oldest, a woman of 69.

Macho Fantasies

The reports led book author Gebhardt to compare the behavior of the US army with the violent excesses perpetrated by the Red Army in the eastern half of the country, where brutality, gang rapes and incidents of looting have dominated the public perception of the Soviet occupation. Gebhardt, however, says that the rapes committed in Upper Bavaria show that things weren't much different in postwar Germany's south and west.

The historian also believes that similar motives were at work. Just like their Red Army counterparts, the US soldiers, she believes, were horrified by the crimes committed by the Germans, embittered by their pointless and deadly efforts to defend the country to the very end, and furious at the relatively high degree of prosperity in the country. Furthermore, propaganda at the time conveyed the idea that German women were attracted to American GIs, further fueling macho fantasies.

Gebhardt's ideas are firmly rooted in the current academic mainstream. In the wake of the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib and other war crimes committed by US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, many historians are taking a more critical look at the behavior of the American military during the days immediately preceding and following the end of World War II in Germany. Studies in recent years have shed light on incidents involving GIs plundering churches, murdering Italian civilians, killing German prisoners of war and raping women, even as they advanced across France.

Despite such findings, the Americans are still considered to have been relatively disciplined compared to the Red Army and the French military -- conventional wisdom that Gebhardt is hoping to challenge. Still, all of the reports compiled by the Catholic Church in Bavaria only add up to a few hundred cases. Furthermore, the clergymen often praised the "very correct and respectable" behavior of the US troops. Their reports make it seem as though sexual abuse committed by the Americans was more the exception than the rule.

How, then, did the historian arrive at her shocking figure of 190,000 rapes?

Sufficient Evidence?

The total is not the result of deep research in archives across the country. Rather, it is an extrapolation. Gebhardt makes the assumption that 5 percent of the "war children" born to unmarried women in West Germany and West Berlin by the mid-1950s were the product of rape. That makes for a total of 1,900 children of American fathers. Gebhardt further assumes that on average, there are 100 incidents of rape for each birth. The result she arrives at is thus 190,000 victims.

Such a total, though, hardly seems plausible. Were the number really that high, it is almost certain that there would be more reports on rape in the files of hospitals or health authorities, or that there would be more eyewitness reports. Gebhardt is unable to present such evidence in sufficient quantity.

Another estimate, stemming from US criminology professor Robert Lilly, who examined rape cases prosecuted by American military courts, arrived at a number of 11,000 serious sexual assaults committed by November, 1945 -- a disgusting number in its own right.

But Gebhardt is certainly correct on one point: For far too long, historical research has been dominated by the idea that rapes committed by GIs were implausible because German women wanted to jump into bed with them anyway.

How, though, is one to interpret the complaint filed by a hotelier in Munich on May 31, 1945? She reports that US soldiers had commandeered a few rooms and that four women were "running around completely naked" and were "exchanged several times." Was it really voluntary?

Even if it isn't likely that the Americans committed 190,000 sexual crimes, it remains true that for postwar victims of rape -- which was undeniably a mass phenomenon at the end of World War II, there is "no culture of memory, no public recognition, much less an apology" from the perpetrators, Gebhardt notes. And today, 71 years after the end of the war, it unfortunately doesn't look as though that situation will soon change.

Comment:

I truly doubt that there were 190,000 sexual crimes - or anything close to that number, but there were probably several thousand - maybe even a few tens of thousands.  Like the Holohoax, the actual crimes were blown way out of proportion.  However this does not excuse the behaviour of American troops.

Many apologists point out that the war was long and bloody, and that Americans were drunk from celebrating their victory when they did a lot of these things.  I don't see any justification for rape in that.  They knew what they were doing well enough I'll wager.  It's just a shame that none of the surviving soldiers who did these things (if they could be identified after all this time) will be held accountable.

After all, as Hitler himself wrote in "Mein Kampf", it's the victors who decide what's a war crime and what isn't, and who is guilty and who is not.  To the authorities at that time, it was probably just a matter of "boys will be boys".  I'm sure that makes the women and girls whose lives they destroyed forever feel a lot better.

Dan 88!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Comrades, as most of you know, today is Pearl Harbor Day. It's the 75th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base. But was it a sneak attack? Is it possible that this country's leaders knew it was coming and deliberately allowed it to happen? They most certainly did.

American Jews, both elected officials (and there are a lot of them) and private citizens were constantly putting pressure on FDR and the Congress to get the United States involved because of National Socialism's policies regarding their brethren in Germany. As Germany was an ally of Japan, ZOG knew that Hitler would be forced to take action against the United States if this country went to war with Japan.

Some people say this is far-fetched. Read the facts, and judge for yourselves. This report is very long, so it will take some time, but it is a fascinating and informative read. If you want to know the truth, then click on this link. If it's too much trouble, then you can't really care about our cause all that much. Pearl Harbor was the turning point that marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. Even the Germans themselves knew that as soon as the United States entered the war, it meant eventual defeat for them, unless they could complete their rocket and atomic experiments quickly enough, which of course they didn't. The V2 may have been revolutionary technology, but it came just a little too late. Here's the link:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/pearl.php#axzz3tbpeoFHn

Dan 88!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rise of proudly-neo-Nazi party unnerves a European nation

AP November 18, 2016, 9:52 AM
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- The wave of far-right parties across Europe has been gathering steam from Greece to France, Austria and Germany. While most of the continent’s extreme forces have taken pains to steer clear of Nazi imagery, Slovakia’s answer to the trend celebrates it.
Kotleba - The People’s Party Our Slovakia - won almost 10 percent of the seats in Parliament in March. It openly admires the Nazi puppet state which the country was during the World War II.
Party members use Nazi salutes, blame Roma for crime in deprived areas, consider NATO a terror group and want the country out of the alliance and the European Union.
The party takes its name from its leader, Marian Kotleba, previously chairman of the banned neo-Nazi Slovak Togetherness-National Party, which organized anti-Roma rallies and admired Nazi rule in Slovakia.
Thousands have signed a petition demanding that the party be banned. Analysts say the party’s popularity could grow even further.
Its simple slogan - “With courage against the system!” - attracts young people fed up with corruption and the inability of mainstream parties to deal effectively with the post-communist country’s problems.
In contrast to most of Europe’s far-right groups, “it’s truly neo-Nazi, it advocates the legacy of the Nazi war state,” says Eduard Chmelar, a Slovak political analyst.
Miroslav Mares, an expert on extremism from the Masaryk University in the Czech city of Brno, said the party belongs to the “hard core of right-wing extremism” in Europe. He said it has only some features similar to Greece’s Golden Dawn partyand to Hungary’s Jobbik at its beginning.
What they have in common is targeting the mainstream politics.

“The parties like that are not looking for solutions, it’s all about protests,” Chmelar said. “You can see it globally. It’s the same with Donald Trump, it’s the same with (Marine) Le Pen in France. What’s important is to be against the system. They’re all riding on a wave of public dissatisfaction that has been growing.”
These parties “communicate and cooperate with each other, and that dramatically changes the situation in Europe, and that’s dangerous,” Chmelar said. “So far, there’s no recipe to stop them.”
Kotleba’s new party made news by launching patrols on trains in April in a reaction to a robbery blamed on a member of the Roma minority. Parliament banned such activities in October.
The party has proposed legislation to label non-governmental organizations that receive funding from abroad as foreign agents, and is trying to get the 350,000 signatures needed to force nationwide referendums on the country’s membership in NATO and the European Union.
“Among our major goals is above all a creation of an independent and self-sufficient Slovakia, that is Slovakia which has an autonomous foreign policy that is not dictated by any foreign structure, such as the European Union,” Milan Uhrik, a deputy chairman of the party, told The Associated Press in a rare interview. Kotleba refuses to talk to foreign media, The AP was told.
Speaking in the Parliament building, Uhrik said the EU has been turning into a super state with Brussels in power. “What’s the worst is that EU legislation is above Slovak law,” he said.
NATO is another target.
“It’s important for Slovakia to leave NATO because we consider NATO a terrorist organization. It doesn’t bring peace to the world, quite the contrary,” Uhrik said.
“NATO is in fact a military organization of the United States and we are militarily subordinated to the United States.”
A celebration of wartime Slovakia remains particularly controversial, but Uhrik says it is not about fascism.
“As nationalists, we cannot reject the first independent Slovak state,” he argued. “We recognize the Slovak (war) state because it was the first Slovak state, not because it was a fascist state.”
On Oct. 13, party members celebrated the 129th anniversary of the birth of Jozef Tiso, a Catholic priest and politician who was Slovakia’s war president. During his rule, some 60,000 Slovak Jews were transported to Nazi death camps. He was sentenced to death and hanged in 1947.
Rights activists have submitted a petition with 20,000 signatures calling for the party to be banned.  Prosecutors are reviewing that request.
“Racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Holocaust denials and other such things have no place in democracy,” said Peter Weisenbacher from Bratislava’s Human Rights Institute.
Kotleba is not a newcomer on Slovakia’s political scene.
In 2013, he was elected the head of a regional government, campaigning on a strong anti-Roma ticket. He promised to have a recipe to solve problems with the embattled minority, calling its members “Gypsy parasites.”
He defeated a candidate of the ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy party in a runoff vote despite that party’s chairman, Prime Minister Robert Fico, claiming that “a bag of potatoes” would beat Kotleba.
“It was a shock for me when (Kotleba) won the regional election,” said Ingrid Kosova, a Roma activist. “I remember people were calling me every day saying that they were ridiculed on the streets, they were not allowed to board buses, they were really afraid. Later on the situation calmed down but until now they live with worries and fears.”
In a region hit by unemployment around 15 percent, and over 25 percent in one county, Kosova said Kotleba succeeded in poor areas where the problems with the Roma minority are felt, and “which he misused to get to power.”
When the party won seats in Parliament, “I was abroad in the Czech Republic and I was considering staying there for good,” Kosova said.
During the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising against the Nazi rule in 2014, with foreign presidents and other dignitaries in the central city of Banska Bystrica, the seat of Kotleba’s region, Kotleba was flying a black flag from his office and unveiled banners saying “Yankees go home!” and “Stop NATO!”
The Uprising is considered a defining moment of the Slovak history, and for most Slovaks a source of national pride because they stood against the Nazi rule.
Peter Gogola was mayor there at the time.
“I can’t forgive him that,” Gogola said. “My grandpa was forced to fight in the Hungarian fascist army and died at Stalingrad. I can’t stand fascism.”
Martin Slosiarik, the head of Bratislava-based pollster Focus, said 70 percent of those who voted for Kotleba are under 40. He said most of them voted for him not because they would share his extremist views but because he promised “to deal with the Roma and get rid of corruption.”
“They’ve learned how to work with the public opinion to create a picture that they’re the only force ready to challenge the current corrupt system,” Chmelar said. He predicted the party could reach more than 10 percent of the popular vote at the next election.
Comment:

I don't know about all of you, but this just too exciting.  All over Europe we are WINNING!  After years of no progress, we are actually gaining ground!  People are fed up with the liberal pie-in-the-sky policies that promise a paradise of prosperity and equality for all but fail to deliver.  

Indeed, the lowest levels of world society ie the Third World does seem to benefit.  Their opportunities for immigration and a chance at a better life have increased dramatically, but what about the rest of us?  Have things improved for the rest of us?  If they have, I don't see it.
It all boils down to the law of cause and effect.  If you flood a desert, you might drain an ocean.  Improve things for the lowest levels of society, then the rest of us may lose considerably.  Make it easier for Third Worlders to immigrate and you may improve their lives, but what about the lives of the people in the countries they immigrate to?
The only solution is National Socialism.  Stop unlimited free enterprise, and start limited free enterprise.  Yes, allow some free enterprise but with more controls.  People can't help being greedy.  It's natural.  The more you have the more you want.  That's why we have to put strict regulations on what business can and cannot do.
We also need to stop mass immigration.  This ruins the host countries.  Only those who are going to be an asset to the host country should be allowed to immigrate.  And if we want to help the impoverished, we can do more for them in their native lands than by bringing them here.  Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day.  Teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime.  National Socialism doesn't give out fish.  It teaches you how to fish.
Dan 88!

Monday, December 5, 2016

New York Times Flooded With Complaints About Election Coverag

(AP)
By Theodore Bunker   |   Monday, 21 Nov 2016 12:16 PM

The readers of The New York Times are speaking out against the newspaper's election coverage and complaining to their offices at "five times the normal level."

"The number of complaints coming into the public editor's office is five times the normal level, and the pace has only just recently tapered off," public editor Liz Spayd wrote. "My colleague Thomas Feyer, who oversees the letters to the editor, says the influx from readers is one of the largest since Sept. 11."

"From my conversations with readers, and from the emails that have come into my office," she added, "I can tell you there is a searing level of dissatisfaction out there with many aspects of the coverage."

On Nov. 13, two of the paper's leaders addressed their election coverage in a message to their subscribers:

"We aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism," wrote the Times' executive editor Dean Paquet and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you."

"What struck me most as I spoke with readers is how much, to a person, they had something to say that was smart and reasonable," Spayd concluded. "They weren't randomly selected — I chose them from an inbox of complaints — but they had reactions that were well worth hearing.

"I found myself wishing someone from the newsroom was on the line with me, especially to hear how many of the more liberal voters wanted more balanced coverage. Not an echo chamber of liberal intellectualism, but an honest reflection of reality."


Comment:


Well, as indicated in the last paragraph, it seems that not all liberals are hypocrites.  Most of the liberals who are whining about Clinton's defeat and protesting and saying their respective states should secede from the union don't have a problem with the Time's biased election coverage.  Evidently not all of them agree with each other.

BTW, eight years ago when Obama was first elected, many right wingers, nationalists and National Socialists whined, moaned, cried foul, and also talked about seccession.  The liberals called us snivelers, poor sports, and kooks.  Evidently they have short memories.

I also recently saw an article where some "experts" are claiming there is evidence of election tampering in three of the key swing states, and that Clinton should challenge the results and demand an investigation.  Not gonna happen.  Even if such an investigation were to begin, I doubt that it could resolve anything before Inauguration Day which is less than two months away.  Add to that it's also holiday season and most people have greater priorities at this time of year.  It's only the left wing extremists who are refusing to accept the election results.  They're beating against thin air.  They haven't a prayer.

Also eight years ago, there were those (birthers) who were demanding an investigation into Obama's eligibility based on the accusation that he was not a natural born American citizen.  Not only was nothing proven, but those who had the power to investigate refused.  This won't be any different.  Trump is the next president, it's a done deal.

BTW, when the Birthers began making their accusations, the liberals immediately called them racists.  Since many of Trump's detractors are non-White (including Black Lives Matter), I have something to say to them:  YOU'RE ALL A BUNCH OF RACISTS!  Quit your sniveling and accept the fact that Trump is president.  No one will be seceding from the union, and there will be no invesitigation - and even if there is, nothing will come of it.  You've lost.  Accept it and move on.  Believe me, you'll feel better about things if you just let it go.  I know from experience.  I was a birther for four years.  As soon as I let it go and accepted Obama as president I felt better and so will you.


Dan 88!                 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Favourite Christmas Song

Not really untrue, is it?



Dan 88!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Where else could a Trump-like phenomenon win at the ballot box?

By EMILY SCHULTHEIS CBS NEWS November 10, 2016, 6:00 AM

During his presidential campaign Donald Trump repeatedly boasted that if he were to win the White House, it would be an extension of the same sentiments that led to the United Kingdom’s surprise vote to leave the European Union this June. (“It will be called Brexit-plus-plus-plus,” he said on Monday.)
Trump stunned Washington—and the world—Tuesday night when he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton and was elected as the country’s 45th president. But the same sentiments and discontent that fueled his rise are at play across the world, including in several countries slated to hold elections in the coming months.
The brand of right-wing populism and economic nationalism Trump and his supporters championed is alive and well in more places than one around the world, and citizens of those countries no doubt watched Tuesday’s results roll in with interest.
With that in mind, here is a guide to where else in the world to watch for a Trump-like phenomenon at the ballot box:

Austria (Presidential election: Dec. 4, 2016)

Austria, the country of just under 9 million people in central Europe, could be just weeks away from electing the first far-right head of state in the European Union.
Norbert Hofer, head of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, lost the May runoff election by less than one percent of the vote. However the results of that vote were annulled by a federal court—prompting the re-vote, which will take place on Dec. 4.
Hofer has campaigned on a platform of “putting Austria first,” calling for a referendum on the country’s membership in the European Union. And as Europe reels from the Syrian refugee crisis, Hofer has said Islam “has no place in Austria.”
Opinion polling in late October and early November gives Hofer a slim but consistent lead over his opponent, independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen.
In Austria, the presidency is a largely ceremonial role. But if elected, Hofer’s rise could portend similar movements across Europe—and make Austria’s neighbors, particularly Germany, nervous for their own elections in less than a year.

The Netherlands (General elections: March 15, 2017)

The Netherlands, too, is facing the possibility that a far-right party could lead its government after the country’s general elections next March: a man by the name of Geert Wilders. (Wilders, with his helmet of blonde hair, has even drawn visual comparisons with Trump.)
Wilders, who leads the country’s Freedom Party, has risen to prominence on a platform of halting what he calls the “Islamization of the Netherlands.” He has proposed halting all construction of new mosques, banning the Quran from the country and ending Muslim immigration. Like other right-wing populist movements across Europe, Wilders’ Freedom Party is also anti-European Union.
In the Dutch general election of 2012, Wilders and his Freedom Party came in first, edging out the Labour Party to win a plurality of seats in the parliament. Recent polls in the race put the Freedom Party either slightly ahead or tied for first in the parliament next spring.
Speaking at an event in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention this summer, where he traveled to show his support for Trump, Wilders said he expects to become the next prime minister if the Freedom Party comes in first place in March.

France (Presidential Election: April 23/May 7, 2017)

It’s fairly telling that one of the first world political figures to congratulate Trump on his victory early Wednesday morning was Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right French National Front party.
“Today, the United States,” she tweeted. “Tomorrow, France. Bravo!”
Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the far-right leader who reached the second round of France’s 2002 presidential election (only to be solidly defeated by Jacques Chirac). And she has a real shot at being one of the final two candidates in France’s 2017 presidential election.
France votes in two stages: the first round on April 23 includes all parties, then the top two vote-getters advance to the second-round election on May 7. Because current French president Francois Hollande is hugely unpopular, there is a good chance Le Pen could edge him out to become one of the two candidates in the second round of voting.
In recent polls, Le Pen consistently comes in first or second along with a Republican candidate, either Alain Juppé or former President Nicolas Sarkozy. (The Republican primary will be held this Nov. 20 and 27.)
It’s highly unlikely Le Pen could do what her father couldn’t and actually win the presidency in the second round: in one-on-one polling simulations between Le Pen and Juppé or Le Pen and Sarkozy, she loses by double digits. But she will undoubtedly be one of the biggest players in French politics next year.

Germany (Federal elections: September/October 2017)

The rise of Germany’s anti-immigrant party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is one of the best-covered right-wing populist movements in the world right now, after Brexit and Trump—and AfD is poised to win seats in the Bundestag, Germany’s national parliament, when the country votes in its federal elections next fall.
The party, which launched in 2013 as a party for Euro-skeptics, won 4.7 percent in the 2013 German federal elections—just shy of the 5 percent threshold for receiving seats in the Bundestag. But as German Chancellor Angela Merkel directed Germany to accept large numbers of Syrian refugees, AfD rebranded itself as an anti-immigrant party and capitalized on the growing fear and negative sentiment toward migrants.
AfD has already posted some victories in state elections around Germany, most notably in Saxony-Anhalt (where it came in second with 24.2 percent of the vote), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (where it came in second with 20.8 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (where it placed third with 15.1 percent). Even in Berlin, which is a stronghold for the center-left Social Democrats, AfD won 14.2 percent of the vote in this fall’s state elections.
To be clear, it’s incredibly unlikely that AfD would ever come in first in Germany’s federal elections, slated for next September or October. Merkel’s party, the center-right Christian Democrats, has a large majority in the Bundestag; assuming Merkel chooses to run again next year, she is the favorite to win a fourth term in office. But AfD’s rise has concerned longtime politicians and party operatives in Berlin, who will likely have to contend with an AfD that has actual seats in parliament. 
Comment:
It's incredibly unlikely that AfD would ever come in first in Germany's federal elections?  Hmmm.  Isn't that what was being said about Donald Trump?  I think the AfD has the same chance as Donald Trump.  Merkel is nothing but an aging cow and it's time she was put out to pasture.
The people have had enough of liberal dreamers who promise prosperity and equality for all but fail to delivery - except for immigrants.  Liberals are making them more proserous to the max, and the natives are the ones who are losing out.
These elections are definitely worth watching.  If we win, we can save our Folk from oblivion.  If we lose, well, we'll just have to wait and see how badly we lose before we can assess the damage.
BTW, note how most of these elections are held on Sundays.  They do this because the greatest amount of people are off work and can't use the old, "I don't have time to vote because I have to work" as an excuse.
Dan 88!