The blueprint suggests the 27 states in the bloc would also lose what is left of their paltry powers to control their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocation refugees, according to reports by Polish media.
Instead all powers would be transferred to Brussels under the controversial plans.
In a foreword to the nine-page report seen by the Daily Express, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault said: “Our countries share a common destiny and a common set of values… that give rise to an even closer union between our citizens.
“We will therefore strive for a political union in Europe and invite the next Europeans to participate in this venture.”
The plans have been branded an “ultimatum” designed to create a European “superstate dominated by large nations” by Polish state broadcaster TVP.
Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski said: “This is not a good solution, of course, because from the time the EU was invented a lot has changed.
“The mood in European societies is different. Europe and our voters do not want to give the Union over into the hands of technocrats.”
Poland had always been an ally of the UK’s when it came to fighting creeping federalism in the EU.
The spectre of an EU army was raised by Brexiteers as a reason to quit the EU. In the wake of a vote for Brexit, EU chiefs have been more brazen about their desire to form and EU army.
In a document titled ‘EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy’, Europe’s chief diplomat said the Brussels bloc must be able to “repel, to respond and to protect”.
While the paper stops short of explicitly calling for an EU army, it does suggest its members should work more closely on defence matters.
The paper states: “We, as Europeans, need to take on a greater responsibility for our own security.
“We need to be ready and able to repel, respond and to protect ourselves against aggression, provocations and destabilisation.”
China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion.
“The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday.
Beijing regularly vilifies the Tibetans’ spiritual leader as a political figure who advocates splitting the Himalayan region of Tibet from the rest of China. The Dalai Lama says he simply wants a higher degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.
On Sunday, before speaking at a conference in Indianapolis of American mayors, he met Lady Gaga.
The official website of the office of the Dalai Lama reported that Lady Gaga interviewed him in an exchange streamed live over Facebook. The singer asked how to help young people with self-esteem issues or who harm themselves and he said “paying more attention to inner values like love and compassion are the right approach.”
Asked about the Dalai Lama’s meeting with Lady Gaga, Hong said: “We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature.”
The Dalai Lama also met with President Barack Obama two weeks ago, drawing condemnation from China.
Gary J. Byrne has devoted his life to serving his country, and risked it to do the same — as a member of the US Air Force, a uniformed White House Secret Service officer, and a federal air marshal.
And he believes it is his patriotic duty to do anything he can to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming president of the United States.
As someone who guarded the Oval Office during the Clinton presidency, Byrne, in an exclusive interview with The Post, tells how he witnessed “the Clinton machine leaving a wake of destruction in just about everything they do.”
He says he has also seen Hillary’s “dangerous,” abusive, paranoid behavior.“It’s like hitting yourself with a hammer every day,” Byrne, pounding a fist into his open hand, says of the former first lady’s explosive anger.
In his new book, “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” out Tuesday, Byrne makes no apologies for his anti-Clinton motivations.“
‘America first’ is in my blood,” he writes, sounding very similar to another presidential hopeful.
TriggerByrne says he wants Americans to “vote [their] conscience,” but pledges to make sure “they have all the information that they need.
”For one, he thinks the Clintons’ own behavior bred an immoral White House culture.
Byrne revealed to The Post during the interview that Clinton staffers used cocaine on the job.
“There were some drug issues,” Byrne says. “Some people would come in to work in the morning, and they were barely walking, they would drop stuff off at the office, and go to the restroom where they would come out minutes later happy as a clown.”
He also exposes the “jogging list” for the first time.
“In the beginning of his first administration, when President Clinton was jogging outside, women who were dressed as if they were going clubbing or working out, started showing up at the southeast gate,” Byrne explains. “The agents . . . would get the women’s names, and run them to see who they were. If the women wouldn’t cooperate, they would be ushered out of the jogging group.
“Agents … insinuated that this list was used by President Clinton to try to meet these women,” Byrne says.
The book details how the president had as many as three mistresses during the same time period, including former Vice President Walter Mondale’s daughter, Eleanor, whom Byrne once discovered “making out on the Map Room table” with Bill Clinton.
What bothered Byrne more than the infidelity was the way Bill Clinton programmed the entire White House to accommodate his cheating ways.
Hillary, meanwhile, was a human minefield. The Secret Service was convinced Hillary posed a physical threat to her husband, and even gave him a black eye, Byrne writes.
She also cursed out her security detail, and she and Bill would often try to evade the Secret Service, making it difficult to protect them and putting agents at greater risk, Byrne says.
Bill and Hillary Clinton in 1999.Photo: Getty Images
But what sticks most in Byrne’s mind is the personal destruction the Clintons wrought in his own life — the fear and turmoil he had to endure as authorities subpoenaed and harassed him as they investigated the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
It all could have been avoided, Byrne maintains, if Bill Clinton had simply told the truth.
Byrne’s revelations have come under fire recently, with some critics doubting he had the access to the Clintons he claims he had, and that his book details do not align exactly with his testimony to prosecutors nearly two decades ago.
Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has ripped the book, telling Page Six: “Gary Byrne joins the ranks of Ed Klein and other ‘authors’ in this latest in a long line of books attempting to cash in on the election cycle with their nonsense. It should be put in the fantasy section of the bookstore.”
“I know what the public image of the Clintons is and I know what the real image is. And the real one’s dangerous.”
– Former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne
“Anybody who asserts that what I’m saying is not true,” Byrne says, his voice cracking with emotion, “they don’t know any better or they’re flat-out lying.”
Yet, he confesses, “I’m not completely comfortable telling the story, but I am telling it.”
He says a number of people could vouch for his access, including George Stephanopoulos, the former Bill Clinton communications director; John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chairman, who worked in the Clinton White House; and Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s current campaign communications director, who worked near Byrne in the White House.
As for his testimony during the Ken Starr investigation, Byrne — who never signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Secret Service — says at the time he gave narrow answers to specific questions, as instructed.
“[I]f my testimony wasn’t true, I would end up doing seven years,” he says.
To prove he’s being truthful, he says, he’s willing to undergo a polygraph test — if Hillary takes one too.
Byrne says he is not committed to Donald Trump, despite sharing his slogans.
“The only thing I’ve ever heard about Donald Trump,” says Byrne, “was that he built a lot of buildings and he gave a lot of money away to charity.”
But, he says, he will never vote for a Clinton.
“I know what the public image of the Clintons is and I know what the real image is,” he says. “And the real one’s dangerous.”
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house says the Establishment see’s Donald Trump as a threat because, “He’s an outsider. He’s not part of the club. He’s uncontrollable. Hasn’t been through the initiation rites. He didn’t belong to the secret society.”
Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at
a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder happened just after
she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White
Vince Foster – Former White House councilor, and colleague of
Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound
to the head, ruled a suicide.
Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported
to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the
investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull
resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being
investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with
prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days
later the air Traffic controller committed suicide.
Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found
dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by
Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted adviser”.
Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the
woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey
died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton
groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved
in several Clinton fund raising events.
Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in
Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside
Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton
He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the
files were mysteriously removed from his house.
James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he
had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential
people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was
found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head.
It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases,
as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along
with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a
possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy
Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found
dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave
site of his fiancee.
Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was
related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case.
He died of three gunshot wounds.
Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was
Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the
head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
President Barack Obama announced his decision to designate the site of the Stonewall Uprising for gay rights in New York City as a national monument.
The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar that was raided by the New York City police department to enforce a law making it illegal to sell alcoholic drinks to homosexuals. Gay Americans rioted in response, organizing activists and rallies across the country in support of gay rights in America.
In a YouTube video, Obama recalled the 1969 riots, praising the gay rights activists that reacted to the Stonewall arrests.
“Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights,” Obama said. “I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country — the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us. That we are stronger together, that out of many we are one.”
In the wake of the deadly Orlando terrorist attack, radio icon Howard Stern spent part of his Wednesday program berating those calling for gun control as the way to prevent further carnage in the future.
“I’m so upset about Orlando and what went down,” Stern said, “but I can’t believe these people would come out afterward and their answer to Orlando is to take away guns from the public. It’s f***ing mindblowing to me.”
Howard Stern in New York March 24.
Stern then illustrated his point with an analogy equating the public to sheep, the terrorists to wolves and the military and police as sheepdogs. And even as Stern humorously imitated a generally passive, sheep-like populace with bleating noises — baaaa — his analogy was chilling at a deeper level.
“Now, let’s say I walked up literally to a sheep herd, and they know that every night the wolves pick off a couple of them,” Stern said. “What if I went up to the sheep and I said, ‘You wanna have a shot at the wolves? I’m gonna give you a pistol. You can actually even the playing field with these wolves whose fangs are out — you could shoot them and save your family.’”
Stern then took on the role of the passive sheep: “Well, baaaa. We’re not gonna do that. We don’t want to fight baaaack. He didn’t hurt uuuus. He only hurt the family down the streeet. And the shepherd will protect us, the sheepdogs are out there, they’ll protect us.”
Stern’s hypothetical reply? “Well, the sheepdogs are protecting you, but some of them can’t be with you all day. There’s not a sheepdog for every citizen, and a wolf is still eating one of you every night.”
Against that backdrop, Stern continued the analogy with the sheep insisting on their guns being taken away as a way to protect themselves:
Now, why would the sheep — baaaa — say, “Oh, we’ve got an answer to all the terrorism, all these bad wolves that are coming after us. We’ll hand in all our guns. We’re gonna hand ‘em in. Baaaa. You know who’ll protect us? The government. Or the police. Baaaa.”
Stern then declared — now out of sheep mode — “That’s a baaaad f***ing idea.”
“I don’t like violence — I don’t like any of this stuff — but I consider myself a sheep, and I want the police to protect me. I support the police. And I want the government to protect me,” he explained. “But guess what? Most of your politicians … all have private security. … So they’re OK. Those are sheep that are very well protected. You on the other hand, you’re a sitting duck.”
“If you’re a sitting duck,” he asked, “do you want a fighting chance or not?”
“I’m not for taking away people’s rights. I’m not,” Stern continued. “I think the answer doesn’t lie in taking any kind of ability of the sheep to protect themselves from the wolves. I really don’t. I wish it was that simple.”
“In France they’ve done it very effectively,” he added, “the population is not armed — but unfortunately the wolves are.”Check out the full segment below. (Content warning: Strong language):
Critics are blasting a YouTube star from Staten Island who created a video posted a day after the Orlando massacre that he claimed was meant to gauge people’s reactions to an “Islamic” terrorist compared to a “Christian” one.
The video by Joseph Saladino, known by fans as Joey Salads, shows a man in traditional Arab garb yelling “Allahu akbar!” – meaning “God is great!” – as he throws a silver case at people’s feet.
Their horrified reactions are in stark contrast to those of folks seeing a man wearing a T-shirt and jeans doing the same thing while shouting “Praise Jesus!”
“This isn’t a social experiment, this is stupidity in its purest form,” YouTube user Kurt Arevalo posted.
The video’s “likes” and “dislikes” function was eventually turned off the offending video — which has been viewed more than 670,000 times — after the backlash about the stereotypical depiction.
“You’re doing this at a time where people are still mourning. It hasn’t even (been) a week, but let me get these views up and make some money,” PharmD2be1 wrote.
Salads, whose real name is Joseph Saladino, 22, according to SILive.com, defended the video.“Seems people are disliking before understanding the concept of this video. This video shouldn’t offend anyone, it simply opens up a dialogue to a tragedy. This video will raise questions to why certain things happen, watch the WHOLE video to understand,” he claimed.
He gave a mea culpa on Facebook.
“I apologize if it was too soon cause of the Orlando Shooting, but I had this video filmed for months and I figured now is a relevant time for this topic of discussion,” he wrote.
“It was not an attack on Islam, I was comparing how people react to Islam Extremists vs Christian Extremists. Key word EXTREMISTS, not ALL,” he added.
PARIS (AP) — Some 20 police officers and 6 protesters were injured in Paris Tuesday as demonstrators protesting a contested French labor reform threw projectiles at police officers, who responded with tear gas.
Seven unions and student organizations planned the protests against the proposed law to loosen labor rules which saw crowds in central Paris swell into the tens of thousands.
Paris police official Johanna Primevert said that in addition to the 26 injured, some 21 people were detained during the day’s action against the law that is being debated in the Senate.
Protesters set out from southeast Paris heading for the Invalides plaza.Street protests also took place in other parts of France and rail workers and taxi drivers were on strike.In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was closed Tuesday because the operators said they could not guarantee public safety and taxi drivers temporarily blocked some of the city’s main access roads in the morning.In a separate protest, Air France pilots were striking to demand better working conditions. About 20 percent of all Air France’s flights were canceled, according to the company.At the Eiffel Tower, an electronic board was indicating “Monument closed – National strike.””That’s a shame for tourists because we didn’t just come for the Euros but also the sightseeing,” said Petlev Schultz, a German tourist who came to Paris to attend the European soccer tournament.”We’ve found out there are strikes everywhere,” he added. “We are looking into finding ways to still experience the beautiful city.”
Source: News from The Associated Press
The ex-wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen claimed Monday that she believed he was homosexual — as it was revealed that he frequented the gay nightclub where he staged the nation’s worst massacre in modern times.Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, made the shocking claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.Her fiancé, Marco Dias, speaking in Portuguese on her behalf, said Yusufiy believed that Mateen had “gay tendencies” and that his father had called him gay in front of her. Dias also claimed “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”
Just 2 days after the Orlando mass shootings.
Apparently this muslim couldn’t get a gun permit…
So he came up with something new…
Streaming the torture of the wife in front of their 3 year old child live on Facebook.
What say be ban guns? huh? oops…
What say we ban knifes and Facebook !
OH BTW, HE WAS THEIR NEIGHBOR ! THERE KORAN BELIEVING MUHAMMAD WORSHIPING MUSLIM NEIGHBOR !!
Harriet Alexander, new york
12 JUNE 2016 • 2:39PM
• Up to 50 killed and 42 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting
• Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida identified as gunman
• Police storm Pulse nightclub after standoff and release 30 hostages
• FBI believe shooting was terrorism
• Customers on Facebook told to “get out of Pulse and keep running”
• Gunman confirmed dead
Authorities have identified the shooter as Omar Mateen, a US citizen from Port St. Lucie, Florida.
What we know so far
Around 50 people have been killed in a mass shooting in Orlando
Gunman opened fire at Pulse gay nightclub around 2am
Well-armed and wearing an explosive device
Police classing it as “act of terrorism” – unclear if homophobic, Islamist or unrelated
Gunman held 30 people hostage for three hours
Police stormed the building and the gunman died
Orlando police to update at 9:30am (2:30pm in UK)
America’s grim history of mass shootings
In February The Washington Post produced this excellent analysis of mass shootings in the US.
The result is a compelling look at the victims and killers. The oldest victim was 98, the youngest was three-months old.
“All but three of the mass shooters were male, the vast majority were age 20 to 49, and many showed previous signs of mental illness. More than half — 71 of them — died at or near the scene of the shooting, often by killing themselves.”
‘One of the worst mass shootings in American history’
CNN are describing the Orlando shooting as one of the worst in US history.
The police will update us on the situation at 9.30am local time, 2.30pm in the UK.