Posts Tagged Berlin

Silly Sausages

Silly Sausages

Just a short one today.

The growth of online journalism has seen a massive increase in the number of articles out there, and with it the number of journalists, commentators and contributors. Some of it is excellent, some of it utterly pointless – for this, just check out the Daily Mail’s infamous sidebar of shame – and some of it downright awful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: What a Turkey

Sophistry Corner: What a Turkey

A Sophistry Corner special today featuring one of Europe’s favourite people, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Clearly the man believes that integration of Turks in Germany means more Turkish schools, more Islamic “education centres”, more Saturn V minarets and “honour killings” being incorporated into the Grundgesetz. Well, anything but Turks making an effort themselves and speaking the language of the country in which they choose to live. Read the rest of this entry »

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DM Nazi (Non-)Story of the Week…

DM Nazi (Non-)Story of the Week...

Wait for it, wait for it… Just as I was beginning to think that the folks at the Daily Mail might have temporarily relocated their permanent Nazi story staff to the ongoing General Election campaign, we get an end-of-the-week Hitler treatRead the rest of this entry »

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DM Nazi Story of the Week: 01.04.2010

DM Nazi Story of the Week: 01.04.2010

I thought we were going to finally be able to have a week pass without a photo of the Führer in the Daily Mail… Monday, Tuesday… Nothing. Wednesday… Nada. Read the rest of this entry »

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DM Nazi Story of the Week… Part… Hmm, I’ve lost count.

DM Nazi Story of the Week... Part... Hmm, I've lost count.

Shock, horror! A new Nazi row reported by the Daily Mail

It would appear that Russia has suddenly decided that the problem of racist gangs on its streets is something that needs to be solved – ah, there’s nothing like an exercise in saving face and attempting to provide evidence that Russia can truly fulfil its long-term ambition of joining the European Union. Following the rightfully harsh sentences meted out to various knuckle-dragging numbskulls, the authorities have now started to go after what they see as the ideological backbone to this phenomenon. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Forrest Gump of French Politics

The Forrest Gump of French Politics

Nicolas Sarkozy has this funny habit of making me laugh.

No, not because he is in every way a wannabe modern Napoleon Bonaparte. Not because, like Kim Jong-Il, he wears high-heeled shoes in order to look taller when standing behind a podium. Not because he flaunts his supermodel wife like a fashion accessory.

Sarkozy has it all – he is president of one of Europe’s largest democracies, is married to the not unattractive Carla Bruni and gets to live in the Élysée Palace. And yet he still feels the need to play the role of the man who somehow needs to have done everything and been everywhere, even when it makes him look like a blithering idiot. One can only wonder what might have happened had we managed to get Sarko, Gordon Brown and former US President George W. Bush into a room to have a game of pin the tail on the donkey: Dubya would have pinned the tail where the head would go and break into a gurning smile, McBroon would have missed the point of the exercise completely, while Sarko would have waited twenty years to tell us all that he had managed to ride away on what was not a donkey buy a thoroughbred cheval.

Sarko’s latest stunt – some would say scandal, though I think it is far too comedic for that – involves his alleged appearance in Berlin on November 9th 1989 which he has shared with the world on his Facebook profile page. Here we see the twenty-years-younger Sarko and a friend chipping merrily chipping away at the Berlin wall – playing his own little part in what was the beginning of Die Wende.

It now has emerged that Sarkozy, then mayor of the Paris district of Neuilly, was not in Berlin at all on November 9th but in Paris celebrating a Charles de Gaulle anniversary; his claim that he was there with former Prime Minister Alain Juppé has also been disputed by Juppé himself, who has said that the pair arrived in Berlin a week later on November 16th. That said, even if Sarko had managed to be in Berlin on November 9th while his double was in Paris he would never have been able to be seen chipping away at the wall that evening; there was little chance he would have made it in time – even if he had a direct line to Erich Mielke at Stasi HQ – and West Berliners only started hacking at the wall on the following day in any case.

Nicolas Sarkozy playing his own little role in history...

Nicolas Sarkozy playing his own little role in history... Allegedly.

Ah, but Sarko tells us that he had gone through Checkpoint Charlie and had started hacking at the wall from the Eastern side – so what does it matter that the citizens of West Berlin only got wind of things the following day? They were beaten to the punch, donchaknow. Le Supersarko got there first:

“Later, we went to Checkpoint Charlie to go through to the eastern side of the city and confront this wall, on which we were able to land a few blows with a pickax[e]”. (“In France, a Clash of Memories and Media”, New York Times)

Hmm. Despite Sarko’s invented memory suggesting that he and his pals were chipping away from the Eastern side, this is contradicted by the photograph itself which shows the section of wall covered in graffiti. And as anyone with even a passing knowledge of this period of history knows, the graffiti was on the Western side. Nobody – save those who ran the risk of being shot at by the trigger-happy Grepos – got even close enough to daub enough a spot of paint on the eastern side of the ridiculously-titled Antifaschistischer Schutzwall or “Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart”, which was as plain and grey as the day it was constructed in 1961.

So what is the point of this exercise? Not content to simply play his presidential role, Sarko has seen fit to buttress this with some cock-and-bull story that he somehow did more – and that he was right in the thick of the action. It leaves German Chancellor Angela Merkel trailing his wake: while Sarko the hero was supposedly rubbing shoulders with the newly-reunited citizens of East and West Berlin, Frau Merkel was heading off after work for her weekly session at the sauna. Which is, of course, far less exciting.

One has to wonder where Sarko will be seen next – rumour has it that he was also seen in Nazareth some two-thousand years ago. Or was it on the moon? Or at the elaborate coronation of Emperor Bokassa I?

I think it is time for some Sarkozy-related Photoshop phuckery-phoo, Forrest Gump stylee… Watch this space!

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But it’s the troof, guv’nor…

But it's the troof, guv'nor...

Bundesbank official under police investigation after blasting Turks for ‘conquering Germany’

Sometimes, you have to wonder whether the so-called “journalists” writing these headlines are out to simply create a kerfuffle for the sake of it. Take a statement, pull out the choice quotes, and hit “publish”. Well, that’s how things work today. Needless to say, Herr Dr. Thilo Sarrazin has been marginalised by the journalistic and self-absorbed political elites, which instead should be listening and taking notes:

“Forty per cent of all births occur in the underclasses. Our educated population is becoming stupider from generation to generation. What’s more, they cultivate an aggressive and atavistic mentality. It’s a scandal that Turkish boys won’t listen to female teachers because that is what their culture tells them.”

Over the years I developed have a fairly good knowledge of how things work in Germany, and the statement above is pretty much on the mark; in fact, the same can be said of many Western European countries including Britain and France.

Much of what Herr Dr. Sarrazin says is true; while many Turks may make the required effort to integrate in Germany, for every one that does there are at least three that have no desire whatsoever to fit in. The left is often complaining about Turks being marginalised, but never appears to appreciate that acceptance runs in both directions.

The inbred provincialism and religious outlook of many Turks are of course the driving factors: one German CSU activist I spoke too a number of years ago talked quite bluntly about the subject over a few beers, and stated that foreign journalists had this funny idea that Germans were being unnecessarily horrible to these lovely Turkish people like those they had met in holiday resorts such as Antalya or Bodrum – which is literally miles away from the truth. Most of the Turks resident in Germany are not from these places or the secular centres around Istanbul, but from dirt-poor villages in Eastern Anatolia where medieval attitudes to society, cleanliness, animals and women are the norm; rather than giving up these ways when moving to Germany, many of these people have entrenched them – more often than not with a zeal driven by religious fervour.

I was also told a rather bizarre story where a school teacher was suspended for not dealing with “racist” issues in a class of infants, where supposedly one little German girl had wanted to move desks because the Turkish child next to her “stunk”. The teacher’s political background was investigated, as were those of the parents of the little neo-Nazi in the making who – with all the unashamed candour of any five-year old – had uttered the offending line. Inevitably, it turned out that the teacher had a long record of helping young Turkish children and the parents were your average liberal types.

Of course, the authorities could easily have concluded that the little Turkish girl did actually stink – on account of her parents’ religious decision not to bathe her. Rather than suspend the teacher and waste everyone’s time, they should have made  it clear to the Turkish parents that they were in Germany, and that letting your child stew in its own sweat for weeks on end is not the done thing.

Herr Dr. Sarrazin’s statement wasn’t only directed at Turks of course, but the mass-breeding, violent underclasses – which would of course include a significant number of German natives such as those guilty of the shocking murder of businessman and Good Samaritan Dominik Brünner at an S-Bahn station outside Munich.

The situation with the mass-breeding underclass is much the same here in the United Kingdom, where for every child born into an educated, financially solvent household there are at least four born to parents – I use the term lightly – like Karen Matthews. For every child born today that will be a taxpayer eighteen years from now in 2037, there will be four that will end up as beneficiaries of the state or in state-funded institutions.

The left may continue to prattle on about social inequality – blah, blah, blah – but the truth remains that if nothing is done to stop it populations will continue to diverge and create a very real equivalent of the Eloi and Morlocks of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.

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