6 years, 5 months, 1 week, 5 days, 9 hours, 35 minutes ago...Political philosophy clearance required
Apart from the fact that, amazingly enough, there still are some people unaware that Nazism ("classical" or neo) is a Leftist ideology by all accounts and measures, I'm at loss for an explanation.
And then, ignorance is no excuse anyway.
6 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 22 hours ago...Expect powerful sound. A real blast.
These IPODS, to be precise1.
I'd love to hear how they sound, say on a North Korean and Iranian Tour.
- Hey, I did write vaguely related.
6 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 23 hours, 43 minutes ago...Speak Americanish in 10 minutes
June 6th, 2009: the current Resident of the United Sates, (Barack) Hussein (Obama) is in France playing tit for tat with the current Monkey (in a) Suit Monarch of France, Nicolas "Windbag" Sarkozy, and possibly commemorating D-Day at some point, at least as time and Michelle's Paris shopping list permit.
Oh, and the big topic of discussion for this official ROTUS1 visit is apparently "Who Managed To Insult The Queen of England This Time? ('T'was you wot done it')".
In other news, perhaps more related to the bloody yet glorious events of the 6th of June 1944 and the days after that, the French government has decided against all evidences to award the Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honor, one of the highest distinctions in the French arsenal) to a phony D-Day Hero.
Now, when it comes to the landing in Normandy, it's not as if there was a shortage of genuine heroes, both dead and alive (the Légion d'Honneur can, of course, be awarded posthumously) so I rather suspect the French had to go out of their way to really find that one fake paratrooper.
Apparently, his biggest feat is that he chose to retire in France2. Jules Crittenden has all the dirty details:
Lowell, Mass., native/Derry, N.H., cop Howard Manoian retired to Ste. Mere-Eglise in 1985, where he is revered by the locals and has long earned free drinks, regaling tourists and reporters with tales of jumping into bitter combat with the 82nd Airborne...
The sad part is, he actually deserves honors … for coming ashore at Utah Beach on D-Day in the 33rd Chemical Decon Co., serving in a supply dump, and being injured and wounded several times in the service of his nation … just not with any glamorous leaps into darkness or desperate house-clearing ops.
Go read that, and on second thought, scratch "perhaps more related to the bloody yet glorious events of the 6th of June 1944" but ultimately don't be too upset with that latest Gallic infamy: the French bestow that legion of honor to just about any schmuck, from soccer players to third rate pop/rock singers. It's not as if it was worth anything anyway.
This 65th anniversary of D-Day is sadly shaping into a pathetic masquerade organized by a debased bunch of politicians who, be they Brown, Sarkozy or Wossname Obama, couldn't muster enough genuine respect, admiration and gratitude for the multitude that landed under fire on the beaches of Normandy—let alone the same fortitude and courage—even if their lives depended on it.
So rather than going on with the tribulations of these twats, I propose a couple of documents from my personal collection, published at a time when the French still had at least a bit of consideration for their liberators—and for some, even genuine gratitude—as the events were still fresh enough in their minds:
The 3rd part of a series of cheap "souvenir" leaflets, published in 1947, collecting Allied photos of D-Day:
Cover (click all these pictures for the larger version)
The 1946 commemoration of the landing in Normandy. The text reads: "On June 6th, 1946, it's in Courseulles this time that takes place the main commemoration of what the Anglo-Americans call "The Invasion". (To the right, some of the ships of Courseulles' artificial harbor)."
Odly enough, the leaflet opens with this picture, accompanied with the following, err, specific comment: "In the harbor of Arromanches mostly deserted by now a Florida nigger song is heard: these great grandsons of slaves, came as well to liberate us..."
That's a literal translation: the author writing in a France that what was still the center of a colonial empire, did use the French word for "nigger", and not "negro" (that does exist in French too). Here's the catch: in French, the disrespectful epithet is négro (negro), and not nègre (nigger).
Still, in contemporary France, this man would be lead at a Gendarme's gunpoint straight to the closest Sensitivity Training Station.
Next, on a lighter3 note and maybe for the benefit of those modern illiterate Frenchies who deplore the time when mine was a bilingual blog where they could fault the "Anglo-Americans" for not speaking anything else than English4, a 1944 "practical language" manual: Parlez l'Américain en 10 minutes ("Speak American in 10 minutes"), yours for the ridiculous price of 10 (1944) Francs.
This is amusing on several levels. First the editor cared to provide his readers with a sort of phony phonetic version of each English word and sentence. It's the avec prononciation indiquée mention on the cover, which means roughly, and quite ambitiously, "including pronunciation". Sort of a "So it is written, so it shall be spoken" technique. Goes like this:
aujourd'hui = today (toudé)
The idea is that the French learner in this 10 minutes American crash course would pronounce the "word" between parenthesis, and would instantly sound exactly like Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther.
And I do mean exactly.
The other funny thing is that this condensed 10-Minutes-American manual, though short as it is, is crippled with various grammar and vocabulary errors. Take the casual conversation section for instance:
Merci beaucoup = Thank you very well (Zènnk you vèri ouèll)
Merci beaucoup translates usually as Thank you very much. At least that's what I was taught. Considering that my first teacher of basic English was a gorgeous, classy Tippi Hedren look-alike whom I still remember fondly nearly 30 years later, trust me: I was paying attention.
Parlez lentement, s.v.p. = Speak slouly, please (Spîk slauli plîze)
Parlez lentement translates of course as Speak slowly. I don't know what slouly means.
Etes-vous Américain ? = Are you Americanish ? (Are you Amérikénich)
Hey, don't ask me. I suppose the scholar behind that entry figured that if the English could also be called the British, then surely the same rule would apply to Les Américans.
Lastly, this beautiful confusion-starter:
Voulez-vous une cigarette ? = Have you a cigarette? (Hève you e saïgarètt)
Ouch. Voulez-vous une cigarette translates in fact as Would you like a cigarette. Imagine the number of G.I.s confronted with these legions of unaware Gallic beggars, and ask yourself: is that enough to explain Europe's reputation as parasites and freeloaders with respect to Uncle Sam's largesse from WWII on?
Yeah, maybe not. But things like that surely didn't help.
- Resident Of The United States. I'd really appreciate if you could at least pretend that you're trying to follow, than you.
- Admittedly quite an exploit, indeed.
- I know what you're thinking, but no: no pun intended. Please head towards the closest Sensitivity Training Station.
- By which they meant of course "not French" as they don't care about speaking anything else themselves.
6 years, 5 months, 3 weeks, 4 days, 5 hours, 45 minutes ago...Quote of the day: Breitbart
The following quote actually sums up quite well my reasons to keep that blog going as much as I possibly can, the various hiatuses notwithstanding:
"Until the Right realizes that we’re in a propaganda war and we’re losing, we’ll be on the losing end of this debate." Andrew BreitbartNailed. Just two brief remarks:
First, it explains how and why a meager majority of Americans elected a vile Euro-Marxist like Obama — and why I fear it may happen again,
Next, it should be hammered down the thick heads of those appeasers on the Right (do I really need to name names?) who call for the Obamadministration to be given the benefit of the doubt, when they're not actually switching sides.
Because as far as the vast Leftist nebulae (from Berkeley hippies to French 'Nouveaux anti-Capitalists' to Persian Islamic Revolutionaries) is concerned, this is a fight to the death without rules or referee.
6 years, 7 months, 5 days, 4 hours, 27 minutes ago...Let her fly or bring her home
Glance at the piccies, and consider this an open thread, if you feel like hanging around.
A cute German chick doing crazy things on the wings:
The unmissable Vaught F4U Corsair:
The B-17 Pink Lady, "the only flying survivor to see action in Europe during World War II":
There's been dark clouds on the horizon for the Pink Lady for severals years now. Alas, if this post is any indication, she finally met her end, not at the hand of German anti-air defenses, not under the blows of time and neglect, but in the mortal coil of French red tape (emphasis mine):
[...] the Pink Lady has found a sponsor to cover flight insurance costs for 2008, and so she will continue to fly this year. Next year is uncertain however. The problem is that (as I covered in an earlier post) the insurance costs in France for this aircraft have been multiplied by 8 in recent years, thus bringing her into the same category as the other, more modern Boeing, the 767 passenger jet...Indeed, it costs 7,000 euros per meeting.No surprise here, this is typical French government "works". Don't get me started on the sorry state of this miserable country please-thank-you-very-much-okay?
Concerning the state of the aircraft, she is in absolute prime flying condition. Indeed, she even underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, and has never missed a meeting due to any mechanical problems.
Something bewildering to us Americans, is that she cannot be capitalized in order to cover insurance costs. In France, article 1 concerning historical aircraft states that the aircraft can only have on board people that perform a specific on-flight function. Consequently, it is impossible to pay for her flight costs by giving tours during air shows, something commonly done in the US for b-17s. As she receives no help from the French government, all her insurance costs must be paid for by sponsors.
Therefore, given that mechanically she is in pristine condition and that there is no shortage of qualified pilots, it is clear that it is only the French government (whether by inappropriate insurance costs, absence of funding, and idiotic laws) that is doing everything possible to assure she is grounded, for she will fly as long as the ATV can cover insurance costs.
If the last reader comment is to be believed, the Pink Lady last took off in Auxerre, on September 28, 2008 around 6:00 PM.
I was lucky to see her fly three years in a row, and it is a wonderful sight. Not anymore.
Here's an idea: perhaps one of the few guys who asked and actually got a bigger paycheck in today's France could be interested in sponsoring the Pink Lady?
Information is hard to find, but maybe the Pink Lady is not permanently grounded: a look at the Cerny Air Show list of planes for 2009 shows a "Boeing B-17G" without further identification - I suppose there's not too many of these still flying so perhaps they've found enough sponsors to keep her in the air another year. That's good news. Try to see her while it last.
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 5 hours, 38 minutes ago...About those Right-Wing extremists…
Image: Patrick Henry's "Treason" speech before the House of Burgesses by Peter F. Rothermel, 1851.
"To give a particular account of the ravages of the troops as they retreated from Concord to Charlestown, would be very difficult, if not impracticable. Let it suffice to say that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered and rendered unfit for use; several were burnt; women in childbed were driven by the soldiery naked into the streets; old men, peaceably in their houses were shot dead; and such scenes exhibited as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nation.That's the Massachusetts Provincial Congress trying to set the record straight with their "Friends and Fellow-Subjects" in Britain.
These, brethren, are marks of ministerial vengeance against this colony for refusing, with her sister colonies, submission to slavery, but they have not yet detached us from our royal sovereign. We profess to be his loyal and dutiful subjects, and so hardly dealt with as we have been, are still ready with our lives and fortunes to defend his person, family, crown, and dignity. Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry, we will not tamely submit. Appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free."
Go read it all, and let it be a lesson for our modern times.
UPDATE: added the picture. Hey Reuters! Two can play this game!
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 21 hours, 28 minutes ago...Voodoo Child
Obama to regulate 'pollutant' CO2So CO2 is now officially a pollutant? And the Obama is going to "regulate" it? — which, in real English always mean tax it, incidentally.
So what's next? Oxygen to be declared a toxin just to make sure the whole cycle is covered? Followed by a mandatory respiration license, and perhaps breathing quotas?
Thanks to Obama, the cause of climate anti-science just made a great leap forward, pushing us back steadily to the Middle Ages. This new US Administration is following in the footsteps of Europe, using plain old fashioned superstition under the influence of witch-doctors as a cover for more confiscation and taxation.
And these frauds dare call themselves progressives.
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 3 days, 4 hours, 17 minutes ago...Millennia of civilization, and then Ashton Kutcher
In effect, this means that the little twerp has found more than a million of other twats willing to lend their continued attention to his fascinating "tweets" under the nom de plume "aplusk", such as:
lol RT @gembuild: @aplusk will RED put his foot in your ass if you LOOSE?Or:
I think I've acquired some type of virus that is taking down my wifi... sabotage? lolOr even:
Thanks dude lol RT @jeremybunner: i think ppl are following CNN bc they think @aplusk is a douche.Douche, indeed — at least that one makes sense.
That's just a sample. I pulled the hard work of rummaging through Kutcher's seemingly endless flow of retarded teenage syntax so you don't have to. Now slowly awake to the realization that there is, at this moment in mankind's (globally) glorious history, more than a million of our fellow naked bags of water and calcium with just enough thinking matter2 to follow that kind of blabber every day, several times a day.
Gives you the creeps yet? Wait, that's not all: realize that this is the kind of folk — Yes, I mean the cretin who graces the world with such insightful snippets as "Thanks dude lol i think ppl are following CNN bc they think i is a douche" for instance — who are, in effect, the bulk of what we cannot avoid to call the international elite, for lack of a better... Well, elite.
If you're American, it's even worse: you also have to realize that they are running your country at this very moment. I feel your pain.
The so-called "web 2.0/social media" movement is a venture capital-wasting scam brought to us by a crowd of bleeding-heart iPoded/iPhoned Socialist socialites, but there is no escaping reality: with public performances such as Kutcher's "tweets" we are reminded, once again, that their leaders are dribbling imbeciles, advancing in front of a rank and file made up of dull, conformist and unthinking human2 automatons.
And that is good news — at least in the long run, for as far as the short run is concerned, there is little hope left when you know that Oprah just joined the herd of twats. Or is it Twits? Whatever.
- Yes, followers. These people are all about the cult of personality. Their own — when they successfully convince themselves of having any — or The Obama's.
- Yeah, I'm using the term very loosely.
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 5 days, 3 hours, 6 minutes ago...Simple concepts to ponder before closing Guantanamo
"A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him." [Winston Churchill]For the sake of mutual comprehension between the concerned parties, let's have that in Arabic
سجين الحرب رجل يحاول قتلك ولا يتمكن، وبعد ذلك يطلب منك أن لا تقتلهAnd, why not, in Persian too:
اسیر جنگی کسی است که میخواسته است شما را بکشد ولی موفق نبوده است , و بعد از شما می خواهد که شما او را نکشیدYou never know. Could come in handy.
More versions for the global understanding of this very simple concept to ponder before closing Gitmo here.
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 6 days, 6 hours ago...Can I see your Internet User License please?
by palegray.net (1195047)
on Tuesday April 14, @04:07AM
The USA is a democracy, and we've got this little thing called (ironically enough) the Patriot Act that can be used to make people disappear.
First, we'll applaud the guy answering this pathetic ignorant prat that the USA is a representative republic, though I'm afraid that this is just a detail for the kind of retard that peddle the Patriot Act = Gestapo Democratic Party line whenever they get close to a keyboard.
So let me get this straight: you pretend to have "An Opinion" on the politics of your country, even though "(ironically enough)" you don't actually know the basics such as the exact nature of your country's regime. Fine. Now let's take your claim at face value. Let's say Bushitler enforced the Patriot Act and has turned America into a modern day mash of Hitler's Germany, Soviet Russia, Castro's Cuba and Pol Pot Cambodia were honest-to-god Americans disappear simply because they dare criticize the system and stick it to The Man.
Name one. Name JUST ONE of those people gone missing after the government used the Patriot Act to make them disappear. Provide every evidence in your possession of said disappearance (last known address, SS number, driver ID, relatives and witnesses, shady police reports that claim the suspect brutally accidentally cut off his head while shaving, that sort of things.)
Out of 306 millions of Americans, among which 52.9% of the popular vote (including a few dead folks, Saddam Hussein and Mickey Mouse ACORN registered voters) went to B. Hussein Obama, in effect designating themselves as ideal targets for Bushitler's Patriot Act Disappearance Program, surely, you can find one.
Name one. Name just one.
Or shut up now and never, ever, write anything again on the Internet.
6 years, 7 months, 1 week, 6 days, 21 hours, 31 minutes ago...Reminder: they are big vicious predators
Teacher who survived polar bear mauling at zoo 'was depressed over job'Mercilessly eating off the poor? No wonder Al Gore loves them.
The woman - named only as Mandy K - was mauled and bitten by the polar bears after climbing over safety walls [...] The keepers' bravery was praised after they dragged the 32-year-old German mother out of a moat for the animals. They had to shove the animal out of the way after one of four polar bears dived into the water and attacked her, inflicting serious bites to her legs and arms.
On Monday it emerged that she is a teacher who had been driven to despair by her failure to find a job.
As for me, I do care about those big fat furry f*ckers too. I hear they make great rugs.
6 years, 7 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes ago...Mister Moral Authority
Just a couple of snippets though so that you can't complaint you came here for nothing today:
Resident Obama: "If we want to say to Iran, don't develop nuclear weapons because if you develop them then everybody in the region is going to want them and you'll have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and that will be dangerous for everybody -- if we want to say that to Iranians, it helps if we are also saying, "and we will reduce our own," so that we have more moral authority in those claims."Was that teleprompted? Probably not, and this would explain the lack of commas.
Okay, I know this resident is shaping up to be the dumbest Resident of the United States so far (from Grandpa liberating Auschwitz to Gordon Brown's DVDs) but that was one of the dumbest things he's said so far.
Hey, Mister Resident, just in case Hillary didn't send you the memo, the Iranian regime is a bunch of Islamic Apocalypse cranks, who've been financing, enabling and engaging into terrorist attacks worldwide for decades, while hanging their own kids, arresting, torturing and executing political opponents and pursuing nukes for the sole purpose of wiping a democratic state from the map. If you, Barack Hussein Obama, believe that America must put down her weapons to "have moral authority" over that kind of fanatics, then what you need first is a moral compass.
Because you obviously don't know jack about morals.
For example, I agree that al Qaeda is an enormous threat not just to the United States but to the world. I have no sympathy and I have no patience for people who would go around blowing up innocent people for a political cause. I don't believe in that.Woah, impressive display of moral authority Mr. Resident Obama Sir. One name does leap to mind however, when it comes to your sympathy and patience.
Here's a tip, a quote from that dude published in the NYT on September 11, 2001:
''I don't regret setting bombs,'' [He] said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.''Here's a second tip, from the same puff piece:
''Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at,''Yeah, Mr Resident Obama Sir, that's your old pal Bill Ayers — I wonder if you mentioned him to those admiring Turkish students?
6 years, 7 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes ago...A question of honor
But if you, as an individual Brit, your appalling government and elites notwithstanding, still have an ounce of honour left, you won't let that happen.
Yeah, I dare you: move your backside, write the Daily Mail, start a campaign, and bring that boy home. Don't let a bunch of barbarians take a cheap revenge on him.
UPDATE: perhaps there's a connection to be made here?
- You think that's tough? Well perhaps it's because I love Britain and I hate to see her go down like that.
6 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, 1 hour, 50 minutes ago...Let’s go
"Toward the end of World War II, newspapers reported the following: when Russian troops moved west and occupied foreign towns, the Soviet authorities automatically executed any person who had a bank account of $100 or a high-school education; the rest of the inhabitants submitted. This is a physical dramatization of the spiritual policy of mankind's moral-intellectual leaders: destroy the tops, the rest will give up and obey.
Ayn Rand, The Age of Envy in Return of the Primitive, the anti-industrial revolution.
6 years, 7 months, 3 weeks, 5 hours, 30 minutes ago...News from the Transparency and Accountability Dpt.
The FTC is planning to hold marketers liable for false statements published on blogs and social networks—meaning companies or bloggers could get sued for saying a product was good if it really wasn’t.Just products? And what about Residents of the United States?
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