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Sun Feb 08, 2015 at 10:59 AM PST

#Romneyshambles aftermath

by BelgianBastard

Willard has decided to not run for POTUS in 2016... mostly because he found out he would have to use his own Rmoney and he would lose, again.

Now, it's true that decent people everywhere are mourning the fact that Hunter won't write anymore Mr. Bus or Mitt's diary entries, it should be noted that those of us that observed that the Mittster wanted to run again based on his behavior (especially in 2014) were not wrong.

We were ridiculed for the foolishness of a scenario where he would run again... but our critics misunderestimated the idiocy of Teh Mitt, and laid his unrealistic views at our door like a flaming bag of dog poop (which may or may not be streaming down car windows).

Well, we weren't wrong despite many a chuckle at our expense. The good part is both sides were right: it was absurd that 47% would try to run again, but we were right that Mittbot was just the right height kind of ridiculous entitled piece of Ann Romney to try it anyway.

So let's take a few days to process the passing of Hunter's exquisite memes, after which we should all start ripping into Jeb's soft underbelly like a hungry horde of velociraptors.

Join me below the fold to review Jeb's plans to help the 99%...

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People who doubted Willard Romney would try to run again were wrong because:

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Next week, the French Parliament will vote on a non-binding resolution to recognize Palestine as a state.

Sweden has already recognized Palestine. The parliaments of Britain, Ireland and Spain have already called upon their governments to recognize an independent Palestinian state. It has become a (hot) issue in Belgium.

The European parliament was set to do so yesterday for those of you (27/12/14) outside Pacific time zones west of the International Date Line, but that vote has been postponed to mid-December. The outcome of this vote is uncertain. But the issue is certain to come up again.

To anyone who has paid attention to issues like divorce, marriage equality or abortion (non-EU matters, unlike foreign affairs, it should be noted), this is only going to end one way: Most of Europe (EU or not, and remember that apart from Moldova, the Caucusus, Ukraine and Belarus, you only have Norway, Iceland and Switzerland that are not EU members - excluding microstates like Liectenstein and the Vatican). Whatever your opinion, this is an important developement. And to be clear, all of the countries will still recognize Israel and it's right to exist.

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Is the fact that European nations are moving to recognize Palestine, while still recognizing Israel, a good thing?

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As pretty much all kossacks know, Liberia has been in the news a lot lately, and not in a good way.

Ebola has taken root there, in a country with broken infrastructure and a damaged yet resilient people.

I have been lucky enough to visit Liberia (unless you have medical qualifications, now is probably a bad time, although I am looking to volunteer my non-medical skill set if it would be of any use), but unless you were there too or are intimately knowledgable about the history of slavery, you are probably unfamiliar with the full horror of Liberia's past.

Jump down below the fold if you can stomach it.

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I fervently believe in the rights of women, people of color, LGBT people, the disabled, the poor, religious or secular minorities of whatever kind. I am not, however, an ally of any of them.

I realize that no offense is meant when one uses that term. Still...

'Allies' implies - to me at least - a common cause in a tactical sense, not solidarity in a fundamental way. The US and USSR were allies in WWII (Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were just as much allies of convenience/necessity). Royal France was an ally of the Thirteen Colonies - not because of any higher motives, but because neither wanted Great Britain to win. The list of Cold War allies, on both sides, who fit that pattern is too long to list in even a long diary. NATO has alliance in it's name, and it started life as an alliance, but nowadays you can't get in unless you are a democracy that respects human rights; sure there are other conditions and rightly so, but I digress.

So anyhow...

I am not your ally. One can change allegiances, but nobody can change the fact that I, you, or him, or her are my fellow humans.

We all deserve the right to be free to be who we are and say what we think, the right to be free from fear and persecution, to have food on the table, clean water to drink, a roof over our heads. A right to work for a decent wage, a right to education, a right to contribute and a right to self-realization. All of us.

In Dutch, an ally is a "bondgenoot". I am a "medestander", literally it means I stand with you; add an 's' and it means "we stand together". Google translate says it means "fellow thinker", and although GT sucks at nuances, even that is good enough.

So please find a better word than ally.

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Do I fear Ebola? No. Panicking about it is so dumb it makes the virus look smart. [Louis Gohmert remains near/at the bottom.]

Before I go on, I need to make clear that if we don't take the threat seriously, Ebola could become a big problem. If your car is headed for a tree but you don't use the brakes because you don't want to replace the brake pads, you are an idiot and it will end badly. Rich countries, the UN/WHO and countries like India, Cuba and the Philippines that have medical expertise need to step up, work together and figure out the best way to fight this thing. No argument from me about any of that. In fact, if anyone has a good idea about who I should be figuratively shouting at, tell me.

Having said that, join me bellow that orange thing that eerily resembles a virus to hear my arguments for why we shouldn't be all 'oh noes' and 'zomg'...

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Fri Oct 17, 2014 at 04:33 AM PDT

Some advice needed

by BelgianBastard

I had lunch today with my girlfriend and her (female) best friend.

I wish I hadn't, because now whatever I do is wrong.

Why?

While having genial conversation Africa came up as a topic. Best Friend has spent time there, as have I. Sub-Saharan Africa is my favorite place to visit. So we were twitting away and then she dropped the bomb. And yes, it bombed.

Don't you think Africans are stupid?
I was shocked. I can only remember one time that I know my jaw actually dropped - when the FBI guy said there was evidence I was a terrorist - so I don't think my jaw literally dropped.

I lamely said, "No." I know. Not nearly good enough.

But my shock and disgust shone through enough that Best Friend quickly said:

 

I mean they are stubborn, right?
No, that wasn't what she meant. Cowardly me, Love-my-Girlfriend whose Best Friend truly looks out for her-me said "Maybe."
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Bob Marley, "Redemption song"

Everlast, "What it's like"

Lauryn Hill, "Everything is Everything"

Jose Gonzalez, "Heartheats"

Sepultura, "Refuse/Resist'"

Lilly Allen, "Fuck you very much"

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Sat Sep 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM PDT

Blackadder and Ferguson

by BelgianBastard

This diary started its existence as a reply I was going to post in one of the almost endless sea of excellent, thought-provoking diaries about Ferguson and the almost certainly racist murder of Michael Brown, and the definitely racist cover up and justification of young Mr. Brown's execution.

But I decided this was worth more than a comment. True, it might be a bit thin to be a diary, but if I fleshed it out by talking about the Congo Free State (Orwell avant la lettre)/Belgian Congo, the genocide of the Herero or the genocide the Italians inflicted on the people of Libya or other such cases, it would likely become bogged down in historical trench warfare or at least questions about details.

So what do I have to say?

Well, I find it chilling that the biting sarcastic humor of Blackadder, in this case Bkackadder goes Forth, which was referencing the 'Scramble for Africa' at the end of the nineteenth century (late 1800's) should seem to be so discriptive of America in the early 21st century.

Some quotes:

The prerequisite for any battle was that the enemy should under no circumstances carry guns.
Ahem. No comment.
Ten thousand Watutsi warriors armed to the teeth with kiwi fruit and dry guava halves
Obviously they were waving them about in a threatening manner. :-|
... when he was nearly killed by a pygmy woman with a sharpened mango.
'They' are all dangerous, all the time.

Of course there was some skewering of misplaced gay hating in there too...

If you saw someone in a skirt, you shot him and nicked his country.
To be clear, the Blackadder series was a comedy, but I do not find any of this funny.

Just my two cents...

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Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 09:01 PM PDT

A dog, several wasps and me

by BelgianBastard

I'm not sure this warrants a diary, but I can't shake the feeling it might, so I'll let you guys decide :-)

Join me bellow the cleverly disguised orange jacket and find out more...

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Which one lost the most?

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Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 04:20 AM PDT

Thank you, Barack Obama

by BelgianBastard

I saw a pic of you, here at Dkos. You looked old. Of course, we all grow older, every day. But you are older than you deserve to be. You have taken not one, but countless hits for the Team. Team America, Team Humanity. You play for both. You have garbage thrown at you every day - not just on FOX, but here too.

Well, I for one, am thankful, Mr. President. We are lucky to have you.

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Perhaps you haven't heard, but the Fake-Communists in Beijing have decided that they will pick the candidates the people of Hong Kong can choose from to be their Chief Executive - basically agovernor in US terms...

This a violation of the treaty the made with Britain that led up to the handover in 1997, and is a betrayal of the people in HK who accepted the 'one country, two systems' deal China offered.

Large scale protests have broken out, in Hong Kong. I hope my fellow (small d) democrats here at Dkos will make some noise so this gets noticed.

Now, some of you might not be convinced that the Chinese government is a danger because they murdered two or three thousand people who were protesting corruption anded wanted more of a voice in their own future. Some of you might not think that the 'ethnic flooding' of Tibetans and Uighurs is wrong. Unions are banned in China except for the fake state-approved ones, and Billionaires in government make those in the US Senate look like paupers. If Russia is an oligarchy, what's the word for uberoligarchy-y? Anyhoo, a few of you might even think it's ok for a government to force abortions on women, and if somehow a mother or parents evade their insidiousnous, the not only punish the parents but punish the innocent child - denying that child things like education and healthcare. Oh, and no real qorker unions allowed.

Don't believe me that China's rulers are on the wrong side of everything Dkos stands for? Well you shouldn't. Do a search about any of the above.

I will, however, provide some relevant quotes from the Chinese government concerning their decision: [I might nutpick those comments]

"The right to vote is not a universal human right."

Of course not, people in power should get to decide who is in power! I mean, c'mon it's only logical; all you need is a circle and a spurious argument!

"Many Hong Kong people have wasted time discussing things that are not appropriate."

They weren't discussing sharing child porn or how to assassinate Obama, moran, they were discussing democracy. But, yay!: two asshats for you! You get a free kazoo!

"If the Chief Executive does not love the country and confronts Beijing the 'two systems, one country'" thing will fail.

So, obey or we will destroy you. Very civil of you to warn people before you screw them out of their rights. Where can I sign up for the work camps?

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