Dutch Geert Wilders’ spokesman’s financial fraud


Geert Wilders and Michael Heemels

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heemels spent PVV political party money on Madonna concert

Today, 08:22

Former PVV politician Michael Heemels used party money for a luxurious life. Tickets for a concert by Madonna,

The sister party of Geert Wilders and Heemels’ PVV, their fellow racists of the French National Front, won’t like that.

As Madonna at her concerts denounced National Front boss Marine Le Pen for nazism.

This video says about itself:

27 July 2012

American pop singer Madonna is defending her use of an image depicting French far-right politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead after Le Pen‘s party threatened legal action. Madonna said the image was meant to highlight intolerance toward immigrants and religious minorities and she refused to remove it from a video played during her live performances.

Heemels paid 900 euros of PVV party money on going to the Madonna concert. All PVV money stolen by Heemels is taxpayers’ money.

The NOS article continues:

engagement rings, an overnight stay at the luxurious Hotel Adler in Berlin and traffic fines were paid out of party money.

This is evident from 1Limburg broadcasting corporation according to the audit report on Heemels’ expenses. He was the leader of the PVV party in the Provincial Council of Limburg, as well as the spokesman for Geert Wilders. Between 2012 and early this year, he abused 176,000 euros in party money. He then departed, when that became known.

Addiction

Heemels himself said that he therewith funded his alcohol and drug addiction, but there was much more spending. What he did with tens of thousands of euros of his cashpoint money that he withdrew from the PVV account is unclear.

Public prosecutor will prosecute Heemels for fraud: here.

United States musician Prince, RIP


This music video from the USA is called Prince – Baltimore, Lyrics (fit rhythm). Prince wrote the song Baltimore as a protest against police violence, especially the killing of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

By Julia Brucculieri, Entertainment Writer, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Music Icon Prince Dead At 57

The artist was found at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

04/21/2016 01:56 pm ET

Prince, the legendary musician who brought us countless hits, such as “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” has died. He was 57.

The singer’s publicist confirmed the tragic news to The Huffington Post on Thursday.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” the rep said in a statement. “There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”

TMZ was the first to report the news.

Earlier this week, the performer was treated for the flu after his plane made an emergency landing.

A representative for Prince told TMZ that the singer was feeling under the weather during his shows last week and began to feel worse on the plane. After the emergency landing, he was treated at a hospital and released three hours later.

Pearl Jam against homophobia in North Carolina, USA


This music video is called Pearl JamMTV Unplugged 1992.

From the site of rock band Pearl Jam in the USA:

Pearl Jam Cancels 4/20 Raleigh, NC Concert in Opposition to HB2; Official Band Statement

April 18 2016

It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.

This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.

The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.

It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.

We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.

In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.

Perhaps even celebrate.

With immense gratitude for your understanding,

Pearl Jam

Link to image of statement here.

What is HB2?

North Carolina’s HB2 legislation targets the basic rights of transgender people and strips many nondiscrimination protections from the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In addition to harming LGBT North Carolinians, the law limits the ability of municipalities to provide living wages above what the state provides, closes the door on state courts as a recourse for employment nondiscrimination claims, and imposes the values of Raleigh lawmakers on local elected officials and the people they serve.

What Needs To Be Done:

Please join us in signing this petition to repeal HB2.

Ringo Starr against homophobia in North Carolina, USA


This music video is called All You Need Is Love – The Beatles (with lyrics).

From CBS in the USA:

Ringo Starr Latest To Cancel North Carolina Concert

April 13, 2016 4:21 PM …

In a news release, the onetime Beatles drummer said he was joining with Bruce Springsteen and other artists as he called off an All Starr Tour show that had been planned for June 18 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina over the law, known as HB2.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred,” Starr said in the release. “Spread peace and love.”

Starr’s release said the law “opens the door to discrimination everywhere.”

“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he said in the release. …

The North Carolina law further bars local governments statewide from prohibiting discrimination in public places based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A new statewide nondiscrimination law doesn’t contain those specific protections.

In announcing the cancellation of his concert, Starr asked his fans to support organizations fighting to overturn the law.

“As Canned Heat sang, ‘Let’s work together.’ And The Beatles said, ‘All you need is love,’” Starr’s release said.

Because of the same law, Springsteen this past Friday announced the cancellation of a concert that had been planned for last Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them,” Springsteen wrote Friday. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” …

The new law would also make clear local governments can’t require area businesses to pay workers above the current minimum wage, with some exceptions.

Bruce Springsteen against homophobia in North Carolina, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP [Republican] Politician Calls Bruce Springsteen A ‘Bully’ For Caring About Gays

11 April 2016

While many people are cheering Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a North Carolina concert in light of the state’s new anti-LGBT legislation, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) is not one of them.

Read more here.

TENNESSEE PASSES ANTI-LGBT LEGISLATION “Tennessee legislators on Monday passed a bill that could jeopardize access to mental health treatment for LGBT individuals, part of a string of recent anti-LGBT legislation in the South.” [Marina Fang, HuffPost]