As long as I’m thinking about Europe today

Here’s hoping LePen can win big. France is screwed and getting worse, but LePen (somewhat like Trump) seems like the most likely candidate to turn it around.

“To assure the freedom of the French, there is no price too high too pay,” Le Pen said. “The foreign policy of France will be decided in Paris, and no alliance, no ally, can speak in her place.”

Preach it!

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A better explanation of one of the ways Europe is screwing itself up: TARGET2

Once again, from Michael Shedlock: https://mishtalk.com/2017/02/24/fuse-is-lit/#more-44337

He was amusingly anti-Obama and now he is irritatingly anti-Trump . . . but he still calls the economics like he sees it. And right now he sees the Euro zone as a bomb with a lit fuse (but nobody knows how long is the fuse).

Just a dash of islam thrown in for sport!

Most English-speakers have been using the terms ISIL or ISIS when referring to the group that calls itself The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The occasional nutter has been calling them DAESH for a few years now, and I’m going to start doing so as well, for the following reasons.

  1. They don’t like it. They really, really, don’t like it. They’ll kill your family if you say it, level of don’t like it. Primarily [deleted] those guys and what they like. I’ll say what I please, dashies.*
  2. It’s the SAME THING as saying ISIS, but it’s a funny way of saying it. Think of how people would react, every time you were referring to daesh, and instead of using the popular acronym, you said “The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” a dozen times in a paragraph. That would be odd, right? But DAESH is an acronym as well, and it’s the same as ISIS. DAESH is an acronym in *Arabic* though, so it’s even closer to the group’s name in the the oh-so-sacred (the language of “god”) language they use. Except it’s not at all. Because in Arabic, nobody uses acronyms. It’s just not done. Think how weird people would think you are if you said the whole name of every word that gets an acronym, then multiply it ten times. That’s how weird it is to use acronyms in Arabic.  The simple act of saying daesh is making fun of them because it’s a weird word.  THE single most common thing in the Koran is the call for and/or pronouncement of damnation and eternal torment on people for making fun of Mohammed and his newly-promoted formerly-low-grade “god.” The islamists *really* don’t appreciate being poked fun of – so let’s go ahead!
  3. It’s a new word to suit the new organization. They don’t like new words or concepts that much, hence the jihad to return to the 7th century way of doing things. Bonus points: the neologism sounds like a slightly-demeaning word that doesn’t mean The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria at all.  Think, if some super-serious group of serious people came up with a name with an acronym of FOO, and they wanted you to call them FOO and think “kung fu, badass mofos!” but instead people called them food, fools, poo, foot, or similarly not-the-same-idea kinds of words. It sounds like you’re making fun, to call them DAESH, in Arabic. They don’t like that.
  4. Calling them ISIS or ISIL in English is treating them seriously as a State, and in a small way giving in to their demands for respect. Mock the enemy and make him a subject of ridicule when you speak of him, vs. giving small respect when you speak of him. This is the most important reason of all to say DAESH instead of ISIS.
  5. If you’re that kind of a reactionary, it’s different to what President Obama says (ISIL) (unless he changes his mind) (this item is a joke, by the way) ( 🙂 )

It’s not a word that doesn’t translate. It’s not a word loosely related to other words in Arabic. It’s an acronym that is inherently strange to the Arabic-speaker, and slightly funny – regardless of ill-informed news reports to the contrary.

and BTW, DAESH is not a perfect translation. Arabic has sounds that English doesn’t. The “e” is added because it’s a sound from the throat, not “dash” as in “run quickly”.  But if you pronounce it “dash” like John Kerry does, you’ll be poking that much more fun while referring to them.

*and I’ll make diminutive forms of the word and not even capitalize it. Because F what the terrorists want.

This Could Be Interesting

The parliament in Catalonia has voted to break away from Spain. Catalonia really is like a while ‘nuther country anyway. Spain, of course, is one of the formerly-great nations that was an actual Empire in its day and it tended to lose parts of itself in bloody – and expensive – ways.

But Spain is broke as a joke and their government isn’t quite as secure as one might hope for. I wonder what sort of military response they might mount. I wonder if the illegitimi at the UN would recognize an independent Cataluña. I wonder if the Catalan people in France might start getting ideas too.  I wonder if it starts WWIII, and I wonder if it all amounts to so much hot air.

We live in interesting times, my friends.

WWIII in 3…2…

Wouldn’t it just be a kick in the head if World War III started because the various EU member nations couldn’t get their collective act together when it comes to who has to take how many “Syrian Refugees.”  They’re all trying as fast as they can to clamp their borders shut.  We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

Germany loses cool points for housing “refugees” in NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP barracks.  USA loses as well for flying them over by their thousands on our dime with 0% of them being vetted AT ALL for connections to terrorist (read: radical fundamental Islamist) organizations.

As Yogurt said, “What a world!

You’re Supposed to Say, “Good Morning, Mister Herman”.

Kenneth Herman tried to comply with State law and his kids’ school freaked out and ended up losing in court.  State law says he can carry his pistol into school.  Hoplophobes in the school said “nuh-uh, that’s scary” and denied him access.

“If I’m a principal and I’m sitting in my office and I see someone walking up to my building with a gun, what am I supposed to do?”

You’re supposed to say Good Morning to them, because these are the same parents carrying concealed and making you safer without you knowing.  You have vicious little anklebiters running around with sharpened pencils and nobody gets hurt, ALL the time!  Because a person has something dangerous, does not mean you are in danger.  Duh?

So: Good news for rights secured in the 2nd Amendment.  In good news from foreignerland, the Dutch have had their rights upheld as well: If you want to move there, they are recognized as being able to impose their language on you.   Yes, this is great news.  A nation comprises its borders, language, and culture.  This ruling is tremendous for the Netherlands and I congratulate the whole country on their success.

I Thought We Were Done With Slavery?

The big deal with Greece is they are broke.  German banks have lent them a pile of money so  they can pay off their creditors which are primarily German banks.  The question is how much money Greece will borrow from Germany to pay Germans.  The answer is, as much as Germans are willing to lose.

Because as stated before, Greece is broke.  They couldn’t pay back 46 billion Euro, and they sure as [deleted] can’t pay back 400 billion Euro.  So the German banks are going to lose in the end.  They are trying to get as much interest money from Greece as they can before it leaves the Euro zone.  Which it will.  The only question is, who will be blamed.