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The gay mafia

May 24, 2014

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GREETING CARD CREATED BY MARK THALER (Zazzle custom greeting cards)

A pejorative term for certain homosexual groups is the “gay mafia.” It is also known as the “velvet mafia” and the “lavender mafia.”

The word “mafia” appears to have originated about 1875 to refer to a secret Sicilian crime society.  Now the word is used to refer to any group of people of similar interests or backgrounds in a particular field or enterprise.  It is said that the term “gay mafia” was coined by Hollywood agent Mike Ovitz.  (Raymond Johnson, Inside the Gay Mafia — gaylife.about.com.)  

“The term ‘Velvet Mafia’ was first used in an article in the “Top of Pop” column in the entertainment section of the Sunday New York Daily News in the 1970s by journalist Stephen Gaines to describe the executives at the Robert Stigwood Organization, a British film and record company.  The phrase was later used by the same writer in a roman a clef about Studio 54 in reference to the influential gay crowd that became the club’s habitues.  This ‘mafia’ included Calvin Klein, Truman Capote, Halston and Andy Warhol. The term was tongue-in-cheek, describing a powerful social clique, not some truly devious alliance ruling either an industry or politics. Gradually, ‘velvet’ came to be replaced with gay.  The term may have gained wider social prominence after it was used in a 1995 Spy article and a 2002 Vanity Fair article, wherein Michael Ovitz, in an interview, blamed the aforementioned group for his company’s failures.”  (Gay Mafia — wikipedia.org.)

Internet blogger Luke Ford wrote:

“‘Gay mafia’ is not a term used publicly or within polite company.  It’s jot something we’re supposed to talk about.  To do so, according to conventional wisdom, is to engage in homophobia or paranoia  It is the moral equivalent of anti-Semitism.”  (Hollywood’s Homosexual Mafia — lukeford.net.)

Comedian Adam Carolla said that the LGBT community has “turned into a mafia” and added that “you can’t live in Hollywood and get along in this business and be in theater companies and improv companies and have issues with gay people.”  Carolla stated:

“If you can’t work with gay people, you’re gonna have a difficult time in Hollywood.  There’s plenty of gay people and they’re in positions above you.  I don’t have a problem with it — they’ve just turned into a mafia and demanding everyone apologize for every joke and retract every statement.”

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was required to resign his position after LGBT activists publicized that Mr. Eich made a 2008 donation to support a California ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage in California.  Mr. Eich’s resignation was discussed on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time.”  Ms. Sheffield stated: “Well, he gave [the donation] when President Obama was against gay marriage.  So, I don’t think it is very fair.”  Mr. Maher responded: “Good point.  Also, I think there is a gay mafia.  I think if you cross them, you do get whacked.” 

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama defined marriage as “the union between a man and a woman . . . For me as a Christian it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. . . . Historically, we have not defined marriage in our Constitution. Its been a matter of state law, that has been our tradition. . . . I’m not somebody who promotes same-sex but I do believe in civil unions.”  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6K9dS9wl7U  (Barack Obama on Gay Marriage.)

Not everyone who crosses the LGBT community is forced to resign. An article by Rick Moran on the website of American Thinker stated:

“Mozilla’s Brendan Eich was forced to resign for his support of Prop 8 in California in 2008. The online dating site OKCupid was a catalyst for getting him fired, urging its members and customers not to use Firefox because of Eich’s position on gay marriage. But it turns out that OKCupid’s CEO, Sam Yagan, donated to Utah Rep. Chris Cannon’s campaign. Cannon cast several votes in Congress against gay marriage and gay rights. What should OKCupid’s ‘community’ do with this hater?” (OKCupid CEO donated to anti-gay marriage candidate — americanthinker.com.)

In response to Mr. Moran’s post, Silvio Canto Jr. stated on the same website: “Do with the hater? The ‘gay mafia’ will go into convenient mute mode. After all, these are the same people who voted for President Obama and all of those other democrats who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman?” (Remember the one about “throwing stones and living in glass houses?” — americanthinker.com.)

An article in Slate contended that Mr. Yagan was not a hypocrite for stating on the OKCupid homepage after Eich’s resignation: “We are pleased that OKCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships.” Jamelle Bouie of Slate stated: “Yes, it’s entirely possible that Yagan’s donation was in support of Cannon’s anti-gay votes. But it’s also possible that Yagan — then, as now, a wealthy businessperson — was donating in support of Cannon’s conservative record on taxes and regulation. Indeed, Yagan also donated to Barack Obama in 2007, when the then-senator was a noted opponent of same-sex marriage. Is this evidence of Yagan’s anti-gay sympathies? Or was he giving support of Obama’s other positions?” (No, Sam Yagan and OkCupid aren’t hypocrites — slate.com.)

Dan Savage, an outspoken LGBT rights activist, denied that Mr. Eich had to resign due to a gay mafia.  

“No gay rights organizations had called for him to step down,” Mr. Savage said.  “This wasn’t really an issue in the gay community, it was an issue at Mozilla.  There were people at Mozilla who didn’t want this man representing them.” (Dan Savage on “gay mafia” and Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation — huffingtonpost.com.)

Popular conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh told his audience that gay marriage was inevitable: “This is going to happen. . . . There is hardly any opposition to this.  The opposition that you would suspect exists is in the process of crumbling on it.  There is a gay Mafia that has inflicted the fear of death, political death in the Republican party, for example.” (Limbaugh: “Gay mafia” will make same-sex marriage happen — The Seattle PI at seattlepi.com.)

The gay mafia was said to be at work recently when the St. Louis Rams drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam, a former linebacker for the University of Missouri.  Black columnist Kevin Jackson posted on The Blacksphere:

“Sam was drafted number 249 in the seventh and final round, which was only about eight slots higher than my deceased grandmother! . . . The Rams drew the short straw, and some fat cat gay donor to Obama, called the Gay Mafia, who promptly called its president Barack Obama . . . [and] forced the Rams to take [Mr. Sam].” (Gay mafia involved in Michael Sam pick — theblacksphere.net.)

Another black internet poster who calls himself “The Champ” listed five points about the fierceness of the gay mafia: (1) It was able to “publicly bitch” black stand-up comedian Tracy Morgan, (2) “They unapologetically hijack sh*t” such as the word gay, (3) “They’re stealth,” (4) “They have everyone completely shook,” and (5) “They straight-up murder careers.”  (5 reasons why the gay mafia is so fierce — verysmartbrothas.com.)

After Focus on the Family, a Christian organization, released a movie titled “Irreplaceable” about the value of tradition families, LGBT advocates launched a petition to keep the film out of theaters.  Writing in World News Daily, Drew Zahn said that the efforts to ban the movie was an LBGT intimidation campaign.  (Gay mafia attacks Focus on the Family movie — wnd.com.)

Phil Robertson, the star of an Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E) cable television called “Duck Dynasty,” was indefinitely suspended from the popular show after LBGT activists objected to an interview of Mr. Robertson in the January 2014 issue of GQ.  Mr. Robertson gave his opinion that homosexual activity was a sin.  Catholic Online called the campaign to fire Mr. Robertson an activity of the gay mafia.  (The unrelenting “gay mafia” has bullied A&E into suspending ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson — catholic.org.)

A post on a website called The Burning Platform stated:

“My, how things have changed.  All you have to do is support traditional marriage, and you are crucified by the ‘gay mafia’.  You can lose your TV show, your job, your reputation.  God help you if you support traditional marriage.”  (Gay mafia — theburningplatform.com.)

In a 2002 book titled “Goodbye, Good Men,” author Michael Rose “described in detail the machinations of what came to be called the ‘lavender mafia’ in the Cathloic Church in the US.”  The book “documented the results of the changes made in the period immediately following the close of the Second Vatican Council in the practices of the Catholic institutions, particularly in seminaries and academia. . .. Rose and many others have pointed out that during this period, many of the seminaries abandoned their former rigor in screening potential priests.”  (“Gay mafia” blamed for Papal resignation in Cardinals’ report — lifesitenews.com.)

Some people are not afraid to use the term gay mafia.  There is even an improv/sketch comedy group called “The Gay Mafia.” The group’s website states: “Since 2002, The Gay Mafia has given over 260 performances and performed sketch and improv comedy in venues across the U.S.”  (The Gay Mafia — thegaymafia.net.)

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BRENDAN EICH, THE CREATOR OF JAVASCRIPT AND CO-FOUNDER OF MOZILLA, WHO WAS FORCED TO RESIGN HIS CEO POSITION AT MOZILLA FOR HIS 2008 CONTRIBUTION OF $1,000 TO CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 8, WHICH SOUGHT TO ESTABLISH THAT “ONLY MARRIAGE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN IS VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN CALIFORNIA”

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Magazine cover photographs of first ladies of the United States of America

May 24, 2014

Here are magazine cover photos of the living first ladies of the United States:

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ROSALYNN CARTER
(Born Aug. 18, 1927 at Plains, Georgia)

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NANCY REAGAN
(Born July 6, 1921 at Queens)

BARBARA.BUSH.TIME.MAGAZINE

BARBARA BUSH
(Born June 8, 1925 at New York)

HILLARY.CLINTON.TIME.MAGAZINE

HILLARY CLINTON
(Born Oct. 26, 1947 at Chicago)

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LAURA BUSH
(Born Nov. 4, 1946 at Midland, Texas)

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MICHELLE OBAMA
(Born Jan. 17, 1964 at Chicago)

Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA: The pretty blonde

May 24, 2014

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THE PRETTY BLONDE OF ABBA: AGNETHA FALTSKOG (1976)

ABBA was a very popular Swedish performing group during the 1970s and the early 1980s.  The group was comprised of two females, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, and two males, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.  Agnetha and Bjorn were married from 1971-1980 and Anni-Frid and Benny were married from 1978-1982. (Frida’s previous marriage was to Ragnar Fredriksson from 1963-1970. Frida married Ragnar when she was 17.)

It was really due to the charm of Agnetha and Frida that ABBA became so popular.

“Bjorn and I may compose the songs, but the girls are the ones who bring in the sound,” Benny said when the group was still together.  “If you leave their voices out, it’s not ABBA anymore.”

Agnetha, also known as Anna, was born on April 5, 1950 at Jonkoping, Sweden.  She was the blonde woman in ABBA.  For men fond of Swedish blondes, Agnetha was a real heart-throb.  She was once known in the press as “the woman with the most sexiest bottom of Europe.”

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AGNETHA’S BIRTHPLACE: JONKOPING, SWEDEN (Photo by Matt Ho.)

Agnetha’s early singing performances — In 1965, at age 15, Agnetha was in a pop trio, the Chambers, with her friends Lena and Elisabeth.  At 17, Agnetha’s song titled “Jag var sa kar” was a number one hit in Sweden.

Agnetha’s early performing career was discussed on the website agnetha.net:

“At age 15, Agnetha decided to leave school and pursue a career. She worked as a telephonist for a car firm while performing with a local dance band, headed by Bernt Enghardt. The band became so popular that Agnetha had to make a choice, her job or to continue singing with the band. She continued to sing with the Bernt Enghardt band for two years. It was during this time that she broke up with her boyfriend, Bjorn Lilja. This event inspired her to write a song that would soon catapult her to fame, Jag var sa kar. . . . Agnetha signed with the CBS-Cupol label and her record topped the Swedish charts on Sunday, January 28th, 1968. Her first album released by Cupol was called Agnetha Faltskog. . . . Her success continued throughout the 60s with hit after hit. It was during this time that she met German songwriter/producer Dieter Zimmerman. They became engaged. Agnetha’s records were reaching the German charts and Dieter promised Agnetha she could achieve great success in Germany. Agnetha went to Germany and met with record producers, she described their choice of material “horrible” and she refused to meet their demands. Her career in Germany was short lived as was her engagement to Dieter.”

Love relationship with Bjorn Ulvaeus — Agnetha’s life after she and Dieter broke up and her meeting of Bjorn Ulvaeus was discussed on the website agnetha.net:

“In the summer of 1969 she met Bjorn Ulvaeus, the man of her dreams, and the beginning of a musical collaboration between four wonderfully talented people. The groundwork for ABBA was being laid. Bjorn Ulvaeus was writing songs with Benny Andersson. They had both left their respective bands to work together. Benny had been seeing a girl named Anni-fried Lyngstad. Anni-fried also had a solo career at the time. Benny and Bjorn had formed their own company, Union Songs. They had a partner named Stikkan (Stig) Anderson. He was very anxious for them to sing songs in English. He felt they had all the markings of becoming superstars and for a Swedish act to achieve worldwide fame. In 1969, the personal lives of ABBA were taking shape. Benny and Frida had become engaged. Two months following this Agnetha and Bjorn were engaged. It was only a matter of time before all four would be performing as a group.”

Winning of the Eurovision Song Contest — On April 6, 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest at Brighton, England with the song Waterloo.  Some of the well-known lyrics to the song:

My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender / Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny, in quite a similar way / The history book on the shelf / Is always repeating itself / Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war / Waterloo, promise to love you for ever more / Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to / Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you / Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

My my, I tried to hold you back, but you were stronger / Oh yeah / And now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight / And how could I ever refuse? / I feel like I win when I lose / Waterloo, I was defeated, you won the war / Waterloo, promise to love you for ever more / Waterloo, couldn’t escape if I wanted to / Waterloo, knowing my fate is to be with you / Oh, oh / Waterloo, finally facing my Waterloo

First tour — On Nov. 17, 1974, ABBA went on its first tour. They played to a sellout crowd at the Falkonerteater in Copenhagen. During the next two weeks they played in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In December 1974 they played five shows in England. Beginning in January 1975 ABBA had sellout shows in Norway and Sweden. In June 1975 there was a worldwide release of the album titled ABBA. By the time that ABBA completed a two-week tour in the United States during September 1975 the members of ABBA had truly become superstars.  (ABBA has now sold more than 378 million albums.)

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AGNETHA DURING A PERFORMANCE

European and Australian tour — ABBA had a European and Australian tour during 1977.  The European tour included performances in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, West Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain.  A total of 84,000 people attended the 17 concerts, which (with the exception of the Rolling Stones) was Europe’s most successful tour up to that time. In Australia, ABBA performed 11 concerts at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth before 145,000 people.

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ABBA DURING THE AUSTRALIA TOUR

North American and European tour — From September to November, 1979, ABBA had a lengthy North American and European tour. It began on Sept. 13 at Edmonton, Alberta and ended on November 15 at Dublin.  Between those dates, ABBA performed at Vancouver, B.C.; Seattle, Portland, Concord, CA; Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe, Arizona; Las Vegas, Omaha, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Rotterdam, Dortmund, Munich, Zurich, Vienna,, Stuttgart, Bremen, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, Stafford and Glasgow.

She would have rather been at home — “Performing in public filled her with dread, and although she understood the commercial drawing power of her leggy figure and blonde-bombshell looks, she was never comfortable as a sex symbol.”

Source: William Langley, Abba’s Agnetha Faltskog: Could the girl with the golden hair get lucky at last? The Telegraph (March 17, 2013).  Mr. Langley wrote:

“While the other members, Bjorn, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad revelled in the fan worship and the perks of fame, Agnetha yearned only to be home.  ‘I’m a country bumpkin,’ she told her (ex) friend and biographer, Brita Ahman. ‘I’m not a showgirl. The others like to party. I like to be by myself.'”

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AGNETHA BEFORE ABBA — (LATE 1960s)

Agnetha’s divorce from Bjorn — However, in 1979, there was some totally unexpected news. Agnetha and Bjorn were seeking a divorce after eight years of marriage. Bjorn moved out of the house on Christmas Eve 1979. Bjorn wrote the song “The Winner Takes it All” about the end of their marriage. In a 2013 interview with writers for Daily Mail, Agnetha said: “Bjorn wrote it about us after the breakdown of our marriage.”

Agnetha went through a very low period when she and Bjorn divorced.

“I went through a horrible, painful depression,” she said.  “Knowing that I had to go further alone made me crazy.  Bjorn always cared for everything, because we were very young when we met, and then, all of a sudden, I had to learn to stand on my own two feet.”

Bjorn said that he and Agnetha tried to keep their marriage together but they finally gave up.

“If you talk with someone the way I talked with Agnetha, honestly trying to work things out and it doesn’t work, then you know when it’s time to stop,” Bjorn said.  “So we did.  But we didn’t give up easy.  It lasted about two years before we came to the conclusion that it was best to get a divorce.”

Agnetha and Bjorn’s divorce was caused by Bjorn falling in love with a Swedish TV personality named Lena Kallersjo.  They met at a party organized by Benny and Frida.  Within five months they were living together.

“I was a bachelor for only one week,” Bjorn said.

The couple’s divorce became final on June 9, 1980.

The reason for the divorce of Benny and Frida was also “the other woman.”  Benny and Frida had lived together for nine years and been married for four years when Benny became involved with Swedish TV presenter Mona Norklit, who he married in 1981.  It was Frida’s second divorce as she had previously been married and had two children: Hans and Liselotte.

Agnetha’s children — Agnetha and Bjorn had two children together: Linda Elin Ulvaeus, born on Feb. 23, 1973 in Stockholm, and Christian Ulvaeus, born on Dec. 4, 1977 in Stockholm. Linda is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She appeared as a backup singer in Agnetha’s song titled “When You Walk in the Room.” At age 10, Christian recorded a children’s CD with his mother which included the hit song in Sweden titled “Pa Sondag.” He studied physics and engineering and designed a military strategy computer game called “Strategica.” Agnetha, who lives on the Swedish island of Ekero, is a grandmother. Her grandchild is Tida Frida Eliza Ulvaeus-Ekengren, who was born on Jan. 27, 2001.

“I see Bjorn now and then, when the children have birthdays, but he moved to London and started a new life, and he and his wife are grandparents too,” Agnetha said in the Daily Mail interview.

A July 2006 issue of the Swedish magazine Se & Hor said that “Agnetha can’t stand Bjorn.”

“Since ABBA broke up Agnetha and Bjorn’s interaction has been kept to a minimum,” the Se & Hor article stated. “If it hadn’t been for the children she would never have talked to him again. She just can’t stand him.”

Pain and suffering — Agnetha has endured trauma and sadness in her life. In addition to two divorces, Agnetha was injured in a traffic accident in 1983 when she was thrown out of the window of a bus while on a solo tour. She was also the victim of a stalker.  In 1994 Agnetha’s mother, Birgit, committed suicide at age 71 by jumping off the sixth floor flat in Jonkoping where Agnetha was raised. (Her father, Ingvar, died a year later at age 73.)  Agnetha’s second marriage on December 15,1990 to Tomas Sonnenfeld, a surgeon, ended after two years.

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AGNETHA AND TOMAS SONNENFELD WERE MARRIED ON DEC. 15, 1990, SEPARATED IN JUNE 1992 AND DIVORCED IN DECEMBER 1992

Mr. Langley wrote in The Telegraph:

“Agnetha’s love life has never been simple. Her marriage to Bjorn, with whom she has two children, ended in 1979, by which time both of them were seeing psychiatrists. Ulvaeus later slipped into the arms of Lena Kallersjo, and advertising executive to whom he remains happily married. Agnetha had no such luck. She fell first for a Swedish ice hockey star, then for a fashion designer, and later for her marriage guidance counsellor. In 1990, she married Tomas Sonnenfeld, a Stockholm doctor, but the union lasted barely two years. Into the void stumbled the bizarre figure of Gert van der Graaf, a bespectacled Dutch factory worker.  ABBA fans first became aware of his existence in 2003 when Agnetha complained to the police that she was being stalked by a maniac, and was in ‘fear of my life.’ Officers raider a rickety wooden cabin on the shores of Ekero, in which they found 37-year-old van der Graaf, a decomposing turtle and thousands of mementoes of Agnetha’s career.  The Dutchman was charged with threatening behaviour, but in a spirited court defence produced a letter from the singer suggesting their relationship was rather more than that of stalker and victim.  It quickly emerged that the pair had enjoyed a full-blown romance and had been on a holiday together only weeks before Agnetha called in the police.”

Relationship with Swedish ice hockey player — Agnetha had a relationship with Swedish ice hockey player Lars-Erik Ericsson, 29, from November 1979 to May 1980.  They lived together for a couple of months in Agnetha’s mansion outside  Stockholm.  Lars-Erik, a member of the Swedish national hockey team, suddenly broke of their relationship and left.  This was only about one year after Agnetha was divorced from Bjorn.  “Agnetha adored Lars-Erik.  She hoped she could marry him soon, right after the world tour.  She thought he would be a good father for her children, the six year old Linda and little, one year old Christian,” the Swedish press reported in 1979.  Despite the fact that Agnetha was willing to stop singing after ABBA’s tour for personal happiness with her lover, Lars-Erik, he chose to leave her.  “He knew that the pressure — even though Agnetha would quit her career — would still be too big to have a chance to be happy together.  There will always be people chasing after Agnetha and he would always be seen as Agnetha’s man instead of the famous Swedish ice hockey player that he actually is,” the Swedish press reported.

Recording career after ABBA — Agnetha has recorded several solo albums since the demise of ABBA including Wrap Your Arms Around Me (1983), Eyes of a Woman (1985), Agnetha Collection (1986), I Stand Alone (1987), Agnetha in Germany (1989), My Love My Life (1996), That’s Me — The Greatest Hits (1998), 13 Hits (2004), My Coloring Book (2004), My Very Best (2008) and “A” (2013).

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BENNY ANDERSSON, ANNI-FRID LYNGSTAD, AGNETHA FALTSKOG AND BJORN ULVAEUS — PROMOTING ABBA’S EUROVISION WINNING SONG: WATERLOO

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A MORE RECENT PHOTO OF AGNETHA (2013)

(PHOTO CREDIT: THE DAILY MAIL)

Dominique Venner: The Reasons for a Voluntary Death

May 21, 2014

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DOMINIQUE VENNER (April 16, 1935 at Paris – MAY 21, 2013 at Paris)

On May 21, 2013, Dominique Venner shot himself to death at the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Mr. Venner (born April 16, 1935), a historian and essayist, was the editor of La Nouvelle Revue d’Histoire [New Review of History] at the time of his death. He was protesting the decline of France due to mass Muslim immigration and the general decadence of French society.

The title of Mr. Venner’s suicide letter was “Declaration of Dominique Venner: The Reasons for a Voluntary Death.” His note stated in part (emphasis added):

“I am healthy in body and mind, and I am filled with love for my wife and children. I love life and expect nothing beyond, if not the perpetuation of my race and my mind. However, in the evening of my life, facing immense dangers to my French and European homeland, I feel the duty to act as long as I still have strength. I believe it is necessary to sacrifice myself to break the lethargy that plagues us. I give up what life remains in me in order to protest and to found. I chose a highly symbolic place, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, which I respect and admire: she was built by the genius of my ancestors on the site of cults still more ancient, recalling our immemorial origins.”

“While many men are slaves of their lives, my gesture embodies an ethic of will. I give myself over to death to awaken slumbering consciences. I rebel against fate. I protect against poisons of the soul and the desires of invasive individuals to destroy the anchors of our identity, including the family, the intimate basis of our multi-millenial civilization. While I defend the identity of all peoples in their homes, I also rebel against the crime of the replacement of our people.

Marine de Pen, leader of the National Front, stated after Mr. Venner’s death: “All respect for Dominique Venner, whose final gesture, eminently political, was to try to awaken the people of France.

Guillaume Faye, a French journalist and writer, stated:

“The news came as a shock. Immediately the voluntary death of the Japanese nationalist, Mishima, came to mind. . . . Dominique Venner’s suicide in the choir of Notre Dame will be a landmark. It is not destined to be an ‘event’ swallowed up by our current events, like the defeat of a sports team. A myth will be created, in the form of an example, around this voluntary death. But it will take some time. Venner did not kill anyone but himself. He did not detonate a suicide vest. He interrupted his life and put his plunge into death in service of a message. He followed precisely in the footsteps of Yukio Mishima.”

Michel Geoffroy, a frequent contributor to the French website Polemia.com, stated in his post:

“There are suicides ever day for all sorts of reasons, many of them sordid. . . . However, we know that Dominique Venner’s suicide had a completely different meaning. First, it was an aristocratic suicide in protest against a decadent world, against a civilization that has abandoned itself, against the destruction of an identity. Dominique Venner has tragically reintroduced suicide into politics. It is a death that the System uses every means to cover up because it leaves a blot on the artificial paradise the System is building for us. But above all, this death forces us all to reflect on our own lives, and that is what the System hates the most. . . . Dominique Venner’s act shows to any who may not yet realize it that the struggle against the System — its acts and its presences — is a struggle unto death. Because the System wants our death. Because it sees people not as ends but as obstacles. It seeks to destroy every identity, every culture in order to reduce humanity to its least common denominator. It despises ‘the French exception,’ which it may some day eradicate completely. As the law on homosexual marriage tells us, nothing is sacred in its eyes. Everything must disappear into that great void of the world market. . . . In an act of courage, reflection, and conviction, Dominique Venner has chosen to die so that our people may awake and retake their destiny in their own hands.”

Jean-Yves Le Gallou, a former Front National deputy to the European Parliament and the editor of Polemia.com, stated in his website:

“For him, the Indians, the Arabs, the Chinese, and the Japanese all have religions based on identity, whereas the Europeans have a universal religion. This was an advantage when Europe was the mistress of the world, but this advantage becomes a handicap when Europe is in retreat, suffering from plagues of repentance and guilt: ‘Other religions, even Islam . . . and Judaism, but also Hinduism, Shinto, and Confucianism are merely religions in the Christian or lay sense of the world, that to say a personal relationship with God; they are identities, laws, and communities.’ In Dominique Venner’s view, that was what Christianity could not entirely provide because it has a universal vocation. Whence the necessity for Europeans to rediscover their rich identitarian memory: ‘Because we do not have a religion of identity on which to anchor ourselves, we have a shared memory of our own since the time of Homer, the font of all the values upon which to reestablish our future renaissance.’ Dominique Venner’s death . . . was a call to waken a people, by a man who gave his life for his convictions. The death of Dominique Venner is not an end but a beginning.

Mr. Venner was a prolific writer.  He wrote over 50 books about history including the history of weapons and hunting.  His works included his autobiography, Le Coeur Rebelle [The Rebel Heart], 30,000 ans d’identite [History and Traditions of Europeans: 30,000 Years of Identity], Le Siecle de 1914 [The Century of 1914] and Le choc de l’Histoire [The Clash of History], Histoire du terrorisme [HIstory of Terrorism] and Histoire critique de la Resistance [Critical History of the Resistance]. Mr. Venner also wrote Histoire de l’Armee rouge [History of the Red Army], which in 1981 was awarded the Prix Broquette-Gonin d’histoire by the Academie Francaise [the French Academy]. His last book, Un samourai d’Occident: Le breviaire des insoumis [An Occidental Samurai: The Breviary of the Unsubjugated] was published in 2013 shortly after his death.

Until Mr. Venner’s death, little of his work had been translated into English aside from a few snippets and quotes.  In 2015, a 160-page volume of Mr. Venner’s work was published in English.  Dominique Venner, The Shock of History: Religion, Memory, Identity (Arktos Media 2015).  An excellent review of the book was written by Jared Taylor for American Renaissance.  Mr. Taylor set forth a short, partial biography of Mr. Venner’s life:

“Dominique Venner was born in 1935 and joined the French army the first day he became eligible: his 18th birthday. He served as a paratrooper, fighting the Algerian insurgency. In 1956, after three years of combat, he returned to France, where he was active in nationalist politics.  That same year, he helped raid and ransack the headquarters of the French Communist Part to protest the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprising.  Later, Venner took part in the attempted coup against the French government when Charles de Gaulle — in Venner’s view — betrayed France by supporting independence of Algeria.  Venner was imprisoned for 18 months as a ‘political undesirable,’ but his experiences gave him rare insights.  . . .  After his release in 1962, Venner began his career as an intellectual.  He worked with the main figures of the French New Right until 1971, from which time he devoted himself to history. He wrote about the traditions of Europe, the French resistance during the occupation, the Russian civil war of 1981 to 1921, the Confederacy’s struggle for independence, and many other subjects.”

Source: Jared Taylor, Frenchman, European, White Man (American Renaissance — Dec. 11, 2015).

There is also a good review of The Shock of History in a blog titled The Iron Legion: Strength and Tradition.  The article concluded about the book: “Venner manages to weave together the rare combination of an accurate appraisal of our current problems and a way out of the darkness.  Above all it is a message of optimism and faith that Europe will prevail.”

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DOMINIQUE VENNER, THE SHOCK OF HISTORY: RELIGION, MEMORY, IDENTITY (ARKTOS MEDIA 2015)

Just hours before his death Mr. Venner wrote an article condemning same-sex marriage. A BBC obituary stated:

“In the final entry in his blog, dated the day of his death, he wrote about the failure of peaceful mass protests to prevent the passage of the marriage law and talked of “new, spectacular and symbolic gestures to wake up the sleep walkers and shake the anaesthetized consciousness. . . . In his final blog post, he quoted an Algerian blogger predicting Islamist would rule France within 15 years, overturning the new law on same-sex marriage.” (Obituary: Dominique Venner — May 21, 2013.)

On May 26, 2013 — just days after Mr. Venner’s death — a large number of persons protested in Paris against France’s new same-sex marriage law. “Police put the turn-out at 150,000,” reported The Independent on May 26, 2013. “The organisers claimed 1,000,000. Other organisers estimated over 400,000 . . . .” (France: Huge gay marriage protest turns violent in Paris.)

Before the May 26 protest there had been other protests in France. A protest on Jan. 13, 2013 was reported by CNN: “Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris on Sunday decrying the French president’s [Francois Hollande’s] plan to legalize same-sex marriages and adoptions.” (Protesters rally against same-sex marriage in France — Jan. 15, 2013.)

Mr. Venner’s final published words concluded:

“It is here and now that our destiny is played out until the last second. And this final second is as important as the rest of a lifetime. That is why you must be yourself until the last moment. It is by deciding, truly willing one’s destiny, that one conquers nothingness. And there is no escape from this requirement, because we only have this life, in which it is our duty to be fully ourselves — or to be nothing.”

“Just maybe, there is something we can learn from the spirit of his deed, if not from the deed itself,” wrote political theorist Marjorie Jeffrey. “It certainly seems clear that Venner did not mean for men of the West to follow his example and commit mass suicide; he meant for it to shake them out of their malaise. It was a cri-du-coeur [cry from the heart] against the modern age.” (Suicide at Notre Dame a Warning to the West — June 18, 2013.)

The Institute ILIADE was established in Mr. Venner’s memory.  One person wrote: “The Institute ILIADE basically promotes a worldview that is in total contradiction to the deadly presence and and an attitude of intransigence against the zeitgeist, and this with all available means (viral communication, books, press, education, organizations of events and cultural activities, construction and operation of networks.”

The institute’s purpose is to train young Europeans to “take pride in their origins, their roots — in a word, their identity — to forestall their exist from history and their ‘great replacement’ in the lands of their ancestors by people unlike themselves.”  The institute presents a series of intensive courses to reinforce the European identities of young men and women between the ages of 20 and 35.  About 20 to 30 young men and women take the training for the purpose of serving in the ranks of the French nationalist/identitarian movement.

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THE FIRST SYMPOSIUM ABOUT THE WORK AND IDEAS OF DOMINIQUE VENNER WAS HELD ON MAY 17, 2014 IN PARIS

The unique Swedish car: Saab

May 21, 2014

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THE SAAB ENSIGNIA

SAAB stands for Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolager, a company founded in 1937 to buid Swedish military aircraft. The first Saab automobile was introduced on June 10, 1947. The car — built by Gunnar Ljungstrom and his colleagues — was shown to journalists at Linkoping, Sweden. Mr. Ljungstrom had been employed as a wing designer for Saab airplanes before he was asked to create a new car.

“With a profile that looked like the cross-section of an aircraft wing, it was unlike any car on the road at that time.” (Made in Trollhattan — Saab Automobile AB 2001.)

The first Saab automobile was allocated to “Project 92.” Saab’s military projects went up to 89 and non-military projects started with the number 90.

Saab’s first prototype car had the number 92,001. The original Saab is in the Saab museum in Trollhattan.

The prototype of the Saab 92 took less than six months to build in 1946.

“Commercial production of the Saab 92 started in December 1949 when a batch of 700 was made. . . . [N]one of Saab’s engines were original Saab designs. The 92’s was borrowed from DKW. It was a two-cylinder, water cooled two-stroke, with 764 cc capacity. It . . . allowed the car to reach a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 kph).” (Saab: A Short History by Brian Williams.)

“Sweden’s largest car dealer — Gunnar V. Philipson — not only ordered the first 8,000 Saabs due to be produced, but, it is said, he also paid for them in advance. It was this down-payment which aided SAAB’s severe lack of finance and its cash-flow problems . . . ” (Anders Tunberg, Saab: From two-stroke to turbo.)

The designer of the first Saab automobile was Sixten Sason. Mr. Sason designed the Saab 92, 93, 95, 96 and 99. The Saab 99, 900, 900 convertible and EV-1 were desingned by Bjorn Envall.

“He was a genius — an engineer with the talents of an artist or an artist with the temperament of an engineer — not matter which way you put it, he was it,” said Mr. Ljungstrom said about Mr. Sason. “Never did he allow a design, however excellent, to interfere with functionality. With his technical background and his common-sense approach to design problems, he was the ideal partner to work with.”

Mr. Sason (1912 – 1967) also designed vaccuum cleaners for Electrolux, motorcyles for Husqvarna, cameras for Hasselblad and scooters for Monark. (Mr. Sason’s surname was Andersson when he was born in Skovde, Sweden. He changed his name to Sason, which is the Spanish name for “spice” or “seasonings.”)

Rolf Mellde, an engine specialist, was also an important part of the Ljungstrom-Sason team. “In 1946, after spending some time designing engines for boats, he replied to an unobtrusive advertisement in Svenska Dagbladet for an auto engine designer — and was immediately hired by Saab.” (Bjorn-Eric Lindh, Saab: the first 40 years of Saab cars.) At one time Saab considered the Wankel engine due in part to its compactness. “The idea was soon shelved without a protype being constructed. Rolf Mellde once said that the decision over the Wankel engine was one of the hardest decisions he ever had to make in his time at Saab.” (Mark Chatteron, Saab: The Innovator.)

Saab introduced many features that are now common on cars. In 1971, Saab was the first automobile company to offer heated front seats. Ventilated seats were introduced 26 years later.

Saab introduced the Saab Variable Compression (SVC) engine. The goal of the engineers at Saab was to develop an engine with the power of a 3-liter V6 and with the economy of a 1.6 liter engine. The first series of 1.6 liter, five-cylinder SVC engines produced 225 hp at 6000 rpm.

Saab did not produce more than 10,000 cars per year until 1958. By the mid-70s Saab was producing about 90,000 car per year. The highest annual total was reached in 1986 when 134,112 cars were produced. In addition to being produced in Trollhattan, Saab cars were also assembled over the years in Linkoping, Arlov and Malmo (Sweden), Mechelen (Belgium) and Nystad/Uusikaupunki (Finland).

Saab produced these automobiles:

SAAB 92 (1950-55) — It featured a two-cylinder, 25 hp transversely mounted engine. The top speed was 62-65 mph. “Gunnar Ljungstrom had never been pleased with the handling of the 92 with its oversteering characteristics and had wanted to change it at the earliest possible opportunity.” (Mark Chatteron, Saab: The Innovator.) “It was decided to abandon independent torsion bars [of the 92], and instead use more conventional coil springs. At the front independent coil springs were used. . . . At the rear independent suspension was abandoned and coil springs . . . were fitted to a U-shaped tubular axle, located by trailing arms and a central bearing.” (Id.)

SAAB Sonett Super Sport (1955-56) — It featured an in-line, three-cylinder engine. The top speed was 103-plus mph depending on gearing.

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THE 1955 SAAB SONETT SUPER SPORT

SAAB 93 (1956-1959) — It also had an in-line, three-cylinder engine which developed 33 hp. It had a top speed of 68 mph.

SAAB 95 (1957-1978) — It also had an in-line, three-cylinder engine. It developed 38 hp and had a top speed of 78 mph.

SAAAB 96 (1960-1969) — It also had an in-line, three-cylinder engine and developed 38 hp. It had a top speed of 75 mph. “The most important new feature of the car was the rear seat, widened by 10 in without increasing the external dimensions. This made it a true five-seater.” (Mark Chatteron: Saab: The Innovator.)

SAAB Sonett II (1966-1974) — This was Saab’s sports car. The 1966 model had an 841 cc engine while the 1971 model had a 1,698 cm engine. “The name Sonett is attributed to Sixten Sason. Having tried, in vain, to have the name used on a car since 1946, he was finally allowed to have his way. (In Swedish Sonett . . . [has the] meaning ‘how nice, how neat’.).” (Saab: the first 40 years of Saab cars by Bjorn-Eric Lindh.) The Sonett II had a top speed of 100-plus mph. “This car, the Sonett II, was probably the most sporting of all the production Sonetts. . . . “The little car was quite a success in the U.S., although the two-stroke engine did rather limit its appeal. With this in mind, the Sonett in 1968 was fitted with a standard V4 engine producing 65 bph. The car was no faster than the old two-stroke model, and as it was more nose-heavy it handled slightly less neatly.” (Mark Chatterton: Saab: The Innovator.)

SAAB 96 V4 (1967-1979) — This car had a V4, four-cylinder, four stroke engine that developed 60 hp. It had a top speed of 88-91 mph. “The fact that the V4 had proved to be Saab’s salvation is vividly illustrated by examination of Swedish sales figures for 1967 and 1968. In 1967 almost 24,000 V4s were sold, against only 500 two strokes, and in 1968 over 30,000 V4s were sold against only 28 two strokes.” (Mark Chatterton: Saab: The Innovator.)

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1967 SAAB 96 V4

SAAB Sonett III (1969-1974) — The Sonett III was equipped with a V4, four-stroke engine that developed 65 hp.

SAAB 99 (1967-1984) — The 1967 model had a four-cylinder 1,709 cm engine that developed 80 hp. It had a top speed of 95-99 mph. The 1978 model offered a turbo that developed 145 hp. “Unfortunately, Sixten Sason did not live to see the culmination of his work [on the 99], dying in January 1967 after a long illness.” (Saab: the first 40 years of Saab cars by Bjorn-Eric Lindh.) The 99 was built in Trollhattan, Sweden, and in Uusikaupunki, Finland. “With the benefit of hindsight it may be said that the introduction of [the 99] was an extremely significant event in the history of Saab cars in so much as it marked the start of their movement ‘up market’.” (Mark Chatterton: Saab: The Innovator.) “With the arrival of the 900 all the 99s were dropped except two models — the 99GL two-and four-door saloons, which were cheaper than any of the 900s and did not duplicate any model in the range.” (Id.)

SAAB 90 (1985-1987) — In 1985, the Saab 99 became known as the Saab 90. It was manufactured at a facility in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

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THE 1985 SAAB 90

SAAB 900 (1978-1998). This car had a four-cylinder, 1,985 cm engine that developed between 100 hp and 175 hp. The “first generation” (known as “the classic”) was built between 1978 and 1993. The “new generation” was built between 1994 and 1998. “The Saab 99 was the last model to be designed jointly by the three men who had also provided the main inspiration for the very first car — the Saab 92. Sixten Sason died in 1967, while Gunnar Ljungstrom retired on pension in 1970 (although continuing to act as a consultant for the Company for several more years) and Rolf Mellde left to join Volvo in 1971 . . . .” (Saab: the first 40 years of Saab cars by Bjorn-Eric Lindh.)

SAAB 9000 (1985-1995). The four-cylinder, 1,985 cm engine developed 175 hp. (The 9000 was replaced in by 9-5 in late 1997.) The 9000 was designed by Bjorn Envall and Giorgetto Giugiaro. A 3.0 liter turbocharged V-6 was made available that developed 210 hp.

SAAB 9-3 (1998-2012) — Engines ranged from 130 hp (B204i) to 276 hp (2.8T V6).

SAAB 9-5 (1997-2012) — Engines ranged from 118 hp (2.2TiD diesel) to 300 hp (2.8T V6).

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SAAB 9-5 AERO SALOON

Books on Saab automobiles include:

Saab, the Innovator (1980) by Mark Chatterton.

From Two-Stroke to Turbo (1980) by Anders Tunberg.

Saab Turbo: 99 and 900 Series, 3, 4, 5 Door (1983) by Graham Robson.

Saab: The First 40 Years of Saab Cars (1987) by Bjorn-Eric Lindh and Tom Byrne.

Saab 900: A Swedish Story (1993) by Anders Tunberg.

The Spirit of Saab (1993) by Rolf Bleeker.

Saab 9-5: A Personal Story (1997) by Anders Tunberg.

Saab: Half a Century of Achievement, 1947-1977 (1997) by Eric Dymock.

Saab (1997) by Xavier Chauvin (published in French).

Saab 9-3 (2002) by Anders Tunberg.

Saab (2010) by Thomas Lang and Ilya Meyer.

SAAB Cars: The Complete Story (2012) by Lance Cole.

Saab (2013) by Dieter Gunther (published in German).

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1947 SAAB 92