Sunday, December 30, 2007

Are my personal posts too off-topic?

That's a question for all my readers over the New Year's Eve. A Serbian reader expressed opinion that they do not fit in with the general tone of the blog. I believe they are just a way of lightening up this place. What do you people think?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Andrew McCarthy nails it

The title says it all: Benazir Bhutto killed by the real Pakistan

I do have a couple of minor qualms, though. McCarthy should have posted other data from the poll he quotes. Such as:

- that 80% of Pakistanis do not want al Qaeda pursuited and
- that 60% want a larger role for sharia law

Another thing is that the article should have been much more general and should have gone more in depth. With the former, it should have explained where does such attitude among the Pakistani population come from and with the latter would come a natural primcipled criticism of the whole fantasy about promoting democracy around the world.

Still, when it comes to establishment politicians, Bush is actually the sane one. Some want the US forcibly deposing Musharaf altogehter.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Just how vile can reporters be?

Vile enough to misinterpret you in a way to make you look like a Hitler supporter. That is exactly what happened to Will Smith. Here's what he actually said:

"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good."'


Admittedly, his phrasing was a bit unfortunate and trivializing but it takes some malice and/or ignorance to conclude what the reporter followed up with:"Remarkably, Will believes everyone is basically good."

Excuse me while I gag. That is certainly not what Smith said. He said that Hitler himself did not see his actions as evil but as good. To stay in the field of motion pictures(with the risk of sounding trivial myself), it's like Anakin Skywalker saying in the "Revenge of the Sith": "From my point of view the Jedi are evil".

Hitler went through great lengths in "Mein Kampf" of explaining his views and reasons for his hatred of Jews and he ends one of his chapters asserting, with characteristic pathos, that "by fighting against the Jews he was doing the work of the Lord". Stating these facts, albeit with awkward phrasing, is in no way an endorsement of Hitler's views or actions nor does it deny the evils of his ideology and governement. So Will Smith is no Hitler supproter, it's just that the reporter in question is an ignorant bufoon or unscrupulously seeking a sensation. Or, which is most likely, both.

Resolution

Serbian parliament adopted the latest resolution on Kosovo and Metohija. It's text is the spitting image of the current governement: all over the place, without a proper head or a tail.

Almost no concrete measures were proposed, and the formulations are left open to just about any interpretation by any political party. Anything demanded by the governement is already it's obligation according to the constitution, the resolution was not needed at all from that standpoint. This search by Koštunica for a broad front has taken it's toll on the sharpness of the tone of the document and it is ultimately futile as long as there are people sitting in the governement that tacitly have more affection for EU/NATO then for Serbia(the LDP traitors do not count). Until those people are unseated we can never hope for a consistent, clear policy.

The only point that is indeed significant is the one emphasiszing that NATO membership is officially off the board for the forseeable future and that any change to that policy must get over the obstacle of a referendum. Thank goodness for small favours.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Johnny Cash is turning over in his grave

I thought of him the minute I saw the headline of this Jihadwatch thread.



And I was certainly not the only one. Reader Pelayo gave his own lyrics, adapted to the situation:

I hear the Mahdi commin'
He's commin' from the well,
And I am gettin' ready
To send you all to Hell.
Ya know I'm here in Folsom prison,
But that won't save your skin
The jihad keeps on goin'
and sure as Hell we'll win.

When I was just a toddler,
My daddy, told me, "Son,
You're gonna be a martyr,
So, here's a brand new gun."
Yeah I shot a man in Bagdhad,
Just to pave my way,
I'll have seventy-two young virgins
And that'll make my day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

To all my readers celebrating today, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best to you and your families.

Monday, December 24, 2007

The penny has finally seemed to drop

Ever since 9/11 the editor of Frontpage magazine David Horowitz has been very careful about ideologically identifying Bin Laden and his followers. First they were terrorists, then "extremists", "totalitarians"...In spite of hosting regularly Robert Spencer, he never could really bring himself to accept that what Bin Laden preaches is fully in accordance with mainstream islamic teachings.

When George Bush uttered the term "islamo-fascism" I could bet that Horowitz was overjoyed because it finally gave him the ideological label close to the truth but which does not step over the boundaries deemed accepted among the mainstream US conservatives. Soon articles about the evil of "islamo-fascism" flooded Frontpage and Horowitz's organization even sponsored the "Islamo-fascism awareness week" on US campuses.

Then something happened and as of last week Horowitz is singing a slightly different tune. He asks "Is islam the problem?"

To his credit, it has to be said that Horowitz published other authors besides Spencer and interviewed people who were of different opinion. But the main line of Frontpage and Horowitz's Freedom center was well within the establishment conservativism and the Bush administration policies that still clings on to the myth of a "tiny minority of extremists hijacking a religion of peace". The perpetuation of those myths as well as of the fantasy of the "domnioes of democratization that will start from Iraq" that logically stemmed from utter ignorance of islam, it's postulates, tennents and history and the hubris of power is an epitome of everything that is wrong with American mainstream conservativism. And Horowitz has played quite a part in it

It's good that he is finally strting to see some light, but the question is will he manage to keep his eyes open or will he avet them? Because, it will get uglier the more he looks.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Weekend personal post for 22nd and 23rd of december

The lack of last weekend personal posts is due to intensive preparations for the slava and a small illness. But I'm OK now. And St.Nicholas has gone by.

It was a resounding success. We had most of the relatives and friends over and they all praised my wife's cooking, especially her sweets, which is significant since St.Nicholas is during the Othodox Christmas fast(no meat or milk in any of the dishes). The highlight was the meeting between my niece and my wife's goddaughter. They had a blast togehter and hopefully they'll meet again. The only downside is that we exaggerated in food whether quanitity-wise or in choices and thus we had just about every meal ensured until today. People are always afraid they will run out. But it was our first slava and now we know better.

I've started buying holiday presents already and have bought them practically for everyone I wanted, believe it or not. All that is left is to have a look for something for myself, athough whether I actually buy abnything will depend on whether I get my salary next week. We spent quite a lot for the slava.

Today my afore-mentioned niece turned 6 and will start school next year. It seems like yesterday when they informed us of her birth. They do grow up fast, don't they? My wife's niece will be 4 months old soon. She has the look of her mom now, whereas a month ago she was the spitting image of her dad. We'll see how she will become.

I did get to see the two games that made the day today. (You thought I'd miss them, ha!) Inter beat Milan while giving one of the worse performances of the season and withotu several first-team members to boot, that's how superior they are to their city rivals. And Real Madrid won quite deservedly the El Clasico'. Rijkaard should be sacked, end of story. It's disgraceful what he is doing to Barca.

That's it for this weekend. Stay cool during the holiday season.

Friday, December 21, 2007

International law out of the window

Finally everyone is playing with open cards. The western powers have finally admitted they are bent on a land-grab not seen since the 19th century with regards to Kosovo and Metohija. Russia, China and other SC members have declared themselves in support of international law.

Kosovo and Metohija are now an issue that far surpasses itself as a piece of land. Now it's about justice vs. brute force, law vs lawlessness. It is no exaggeration, it is a statement of fact. Serbia has picked it's side and you know which it is. Which one is yours?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

St. Nicholas



Today is my Slava, St.Nicholas. All non-Serb readers who want to learn more about this exclusively Serb custom can go here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Well, I suppose that is as good an excuse as any

Two suspected jihadists in Scotland say that they were hunting the Loch Ness monster. Well, it sure beats the "inner spiritual struggle" explanation.

Friday, December 14, 2007

"If..."

Sounds like something straight from Asterix, but it is a historical fact: Phillip of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great conquered all of Greece, except Sparta. Not that he didn't try, though. He sent a warning to Spartans:"You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city." The Spartans, always witty, replied with one word:"If..." In spite of the city by then being in steady decline for over a century their reputation was still very high and eventually Phillip dropped the idea.

Gates of Vienna has thankfully decided to call it a day in the war against LGF. There is no point, nobody is as deaf as those who do not wish to hear and trying to get them to listen is a waste of time and energy. In the comments section, Fjordman added final remarks in two parts that show the kind of people Charles Johnson has been using as sources in order to smear Fjordman, GoV, Sverigedemokraterna and others. Fjordman concludes with:

If Mr. Johnson still had a shred of decency left, he would apologize for ever linking to that organization and distance himself from both their viewpoints and their methods.


If...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

What are you waiting for, it should already have started!

We will never be able to thank Julia Gorin enough for standing up for Serb people. She does it again in her latest column at Frontpage magazine. Besides the usual, proven facts however she gives us a well deserved criticism:

...saving Europe, and ultimately America--via Kosovo--requires everyday Serbs, particularly American Serbs, to take part in this battle. You must speak up in your capacities as citizens, contacting your representatives, writing letters and donating to the cause, which your enemies do all too well. Wherever you encounter articles about the “genocidal Serbs” or about Albanian or Bosnian purity as victims—particularly the abundant articles that pander to the sizeable Bosnian and Albanian communities within the U.S.--you must write letters to the editor. You must explain that the reality isn’t so black and white and that the newspaper isn’t doing its American readers any favors by protecting them from the truth about their “refugee” neighbors.


Julia has touched the key problem with Serb mentality. The vast majority of us is waiting for something to fall from the sky, for a messiah to come that will whisk away all our problems. We ourselves make zero effort, we just don't understand that we have to invest something in order to get something in return. It is in good measure a consequence of the system that ruled former Yugoslavia from WW2 until it's end. The general atmosphere of "work as much as you like and take as much as you can" convinced generations that they have "divine" right to all pleasures of life and that they are free from all obligations to any entity larger then themselves. Talking of which, we hava another character flaw that impedes such an action, which is vanity. Ones don't want to participate because they didn't get leadership postitions, others because their ideas are not accepted, another group does not want to "defend Milosevic"...Not to mention the divisions dating from WW2, largely based on obsolete ideological terms. It will take time to overcome this, and that should have been done long ago and sprung into action. I believe that not even today is late, but even if it was I would feel much worse if we did not even try. If for no other reason, then let's not let down Julia Gorin. After all she's been through for us we owe her that much. Get to work, my fellow Serbs!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Well, this does it for me

Maldives are definitely off my "places to go on a holiday" list(not that I could ever afford it, but still...). If you want to see why, take a look here.

And I believe all civilized people should follow my example.

Monday, December 10, 2007

You definitely could not make this up!

First Mohammed drawings, then the pope, then Mohammed the teddy-bear and now it's football shirts. A lawyer from Turkey demands that Inter's Champions league game against Turkish club Fenerbahce at San Siro, which Inter won 3-0, be cancelled and registered as a victory for the Istanbul club(I don't have any link in English but Gazzetta dello Sport is a serious paper). Reason? Inter's away football shirt reminds him of the Templar knights and the crusaders!


Evil crusader Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the incriminated shirt




The lawyer said that "watching the game at San Siro gave him a tremendous pain in the soul" nd that the "cross on the shirt reminded him of the bloody days of the past".

I'll tell him what really gives pain in the soul. It's reading about the fall of Constantinople or about how Serb boys were taken away from their mothers to become yanissaries or how the insurgents against the Turks were impaled or crucified when caught or about Ćele kula.

Since the shirt is in honour of the pending centenary of FC Internazionale and has roots in the coat-of-arms of the city of Milan, how long before he asks that it too be declared illegal?



The coat-of-arms of the city of Milan at the time of the founding of FC Inter





And while he is at it he'll propably try to get the flag of England banned too.

Many will dismiss this guy as a nutcase, and the whole affair as inoccuous. But is this any more serious then Mohammed the teddy-bear?

UPDATE: Dhimmiwatch caught the story, as I hoped.

Beneath contempt

How low can one go in order to prove his dellusions to the world. Apparently as low as denying what he professes to believe in. This is what Charles Johnson did by inviting a notorious leftist to his site in order to prove that Vlaams Belang is in effect a neo-nazi party. After fueling Johnson's paranoia by confirming his "guilt by association" charges he proceeded about Bat Ye'or(Gates of Vienna has the whole story):

Øyvind Strømmen repeated several times his criticism of Bat Ye’or at LGF, and stated that although he doesn’t believe Bat Ye’or is a Fascist, she “spreads a conspiracy theory, a conspiracy theory which in fact makes up a significant part of the mythos of Eurofascism and which sadly has gained quite a bit of a hearing amongst both conservatives and liberals.” He again stated that “I do blame her [Bat Ye’or] for providing a considerable part of the Eurofascist mythos by spreading the false idea of a Eurabian conspiracy.”


And what words does Strømmen have for Sir Martin Gilbert, for example, who is full of praise of her work? Rest assured that only the accident of Bat Ye'or's birth protected her from the "nazi" smear. Because it sure didn't protect Oriana Fallaci who Strømmen has persistently attacked in the most vile of terms, and whose photo still exists on the LGF site. How does Johnson feel about that? And what is next? Will Johnson deny the existence of global jihad as well? The most egregious part is when Charles Johnson says that "GoV is attacking the source and not the message" while at the same time doing the exact same thing when somebody posts information refuting his charges.

Johnson has done some pretty low things but this kind of attack on Bat Ye'or by a notorious apologist for islam is truly beyond all pales.

He was fortunate to pick the right holiday



How ignorant do you have to be to advertise ham for a Jewish holiday? Now the Jews, outraged by this insult to their religion, will be burning effigies and wielding banners demanding that the grocer in question be put to death. Rabbis will call for holy war against the "gentile sons of apes and pigs" in their shabbat sermons in sinagogues all over Israel and wherever Jews live.

The more intelligent of you by now realize that the previous paragraph is a joke. But it does have a serious twist to it. If this were "Ramadan ham" there would be demand for heads rolling. And not as a metaphore.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Personal entry for the weekend of December 8th and 9th

Here's some more about my everyday life. Preparations for slava are now seriously under way. Yesterday and today we did some shopping for food and material and as of wendesday the preparations will go into full throttle. The wife will spend practically the entire afternoons baking and boiling and the weekend will be particullarly difficult since she will have to do without me on Saturday because I'll have to work(instead of December 31st). Thankfully she'll have the help of my mother and hers otherwise I feel she's going to exhaust herself.

Also, preparations for the New Year's eve have started. The missus and I haven't got anything ready just yet but something will come up, it always does. We decided back in October not to travel anywhere for the New year since we had quite a bit of travels this year. Last New year we spent in Vienna, then summer in Greece, then Barcelona for our honeymoon. Time to take it easy just a bit.

Yesterday evening we visited my sister-in-law and her family. Her daughter will be three months old in a couple of days. She is truly a bundle of joy. She loooooooves being carried around instead of just lying on her bed. Soon she will be able to sit up and crawl and that opens new problems for the parents. But I am sure they will handle it.

I watched a little less football this weekend the previous week propably being somewhat of a put-off. Arsenal and Liverpool suffered their first defeats in the league. We'll see how that affects them. Man United leading the pack now. Inter is still devastating and had gon 5 pionts ahead of Roma and Real keeps winning in spite of not showing the most brilliant of footballs. Why was it that they sacked Capello? Somebody remind me, please.

Busy days ahead of me and important events coming up. I need to be in shape and you need to stay tuned. ;-)

Friday, December 07, 2007

Hitchens at his usual

It took longer then I expected but it was inevitable that for all the lavish praises and the wining and dining Christopher Hitchens would not be able to contain his nastiness and villainy. "Commentary" has a rebuttal(well, sort of) of a particularly vicious attack on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah of his. I guess you can take Hitchens out of the left but you can't take the left out of Hitchens.

My opinion is that it could not have happened to nicer people. While they are trying to put on a humorous mask rest assured they feel dismayed over this text. Ever since 9/11 the establishment right embraced Hitchens as a long-lost brother just because he is self-serving and cowardly enough to figure out the real goal of the islamists. The awards, the media space, the publicity the endorsments kept flying in because of his professed enthusiasm for the "war on terror", "Iraqi freedom" and the "battle against islamo-fascism". And how does this vile individual repay this? By launching scatching gratuituos attacks on religions they profess and hold dear and that form the basis of the civilisation they claim to protect. That's what you get when you let every Tom, Dick or Harry jump onto your bandwagon as long as he claims he is fighting "fascism".

And before you start pointing out that the west allied itself with the USSR in WWII(against real fascists) Stalin at least had the decency to tell his communist minions to lose the pre-war anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist propaganda and concentrate all venom on Hitler. Which is more then can be said for Christopher Hitchens.

Disgraceful, pityful, embarassing

That sums up the sorry spectacle seen last night at Marakana. But nobody should be surprised at all. For years the clubs value has been dowtrodden on purpose in order to get some tycoon to buy it at a knockdown price and it seems the objective is being reached now as we speak. This explains the mass sales of best players the signings of those with dubious qualities and much, much more.

The fans are the only thing left of this once great club. Luckily, we are the only ones truly irreplaceable.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Fjordman on Kosovo and Metohija

Another one from the one and only Fjordman, this time about Kosovo. Besides giving clear facts he shows to what extent people are, even today, deluded with MSM anti-Serb propaganda during the 1990-ties.

That's the way to do it



This billboard was photographed in Belgrade yesterday. It says "We shall defend what is ours, we shall never surrender, KOSOVO IS SERBIA". The reference is to Churchill's "We shall fight them on the beaches" speach.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Blogging some news

Putin wins. And calling it a landslide is an understatement! The percentage he got will almost certainly give him a two-thirds majority and a clear mandate from the people. As much as many are whining about irregularities, real and imagined, nobody contests that this is more or less the real feeling of Russia towards Putin.

Chavez looses. Bet you never saw that one coming! Apparently, asking for unlimited numbers of terms in office was a step too far. So now what? Well, his term expires in 2012 and he'll be around at least until then. And 5 days is an eternity in politics, let alone 5 years.

Gillian Gibbons is pardoned. Who? The teacher in Sudan which had a kid name his teddy-bear Mohammed. The unbelievably bizzare, from the point of view of any sane person, reason for her incarceration has overshadowed her personal plight up to a point where she was no longer the main subject. In a way it's sad but it may have some positive side-affects such as reasonable people at last having a bit deeper thought about islam itself. Especially since mobs even demanded that she be killed. Talking of which, don't for a moment believe she was pardoned because the authorities have seen the injustice of it all. The case was an unmitigated PR disaster even in the context of multiculturalist Europe and America so with this damage control went underway.

And last but not least, Annapolis came and went. The two sides apparently promised to find a solution to the conflict by the end of 2008. Yeah sure, and Kosovo and Metohija were supposed to be indipendent by the end of 2006. Bush is really desperate for a legacy, so desperate he is willing to renege his own words! Anyway, here's a piece by Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihadwatch that gives a realistic appraisal of the situation.

I'll give more on these topics and others as well in the following days.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Personal entry for the weekend of December 1st and 2nd

Saturday was family reunion day. It was the anniversary of grandads death and we all gatehered around lunch. Usually we spend the tiemtelling anecdotes from his rich and colourful life. It is incredible how he managed to climb up from utter poverty and practically an orphan to a respectable life. The highlight however was playing with my 6-year old niece. I still remeber the day we recieved news of her birth. Early in the morning we recieved a call, still sleepy...She is a gem and a true light in our lives.

After lunch we spent the afternoon resting and watching TV. Luckily we hawe two sets otherwise she'd never see a thing because of my football. Again I watched from 4 pm to midnight. Milan and Juventus played a game with lots of rhythm, no too many chances and no goals. Juve needs a creative player in the midfield and Milan players can not seem physically to withstand a Serie A game. They look tired and slow all the time. Barcellona can not win away from Camo Nou. This time it was Espanyol that stopped them in spite of Barca scoring first. What is wrong in that team? It seems that the relations between players are at truly low level.

Don't get me wrong. My life is not sad and barren and monotonous, it's just that there so little to do outside of home these days. We checked all the coolest plays in theaters and the choice of movies sucks. In fact, the movies launched lately are one flop after another. Is the industry running out of ideas? Anyway, "Beowulf" looks promising, I'll try to check it out.

The missus has today already started collecting food for the slava even though it is almost 3 weeks away. It's the first time she's the head hostess so she wants to make it all perfect. Who can blame her?

Afternoon was more football. It's amazing how superior Inter is to others. Fiorentina, up to two weeks ago the only team that hasn't lost a game along nerazzuri was set aside without breaking sweat. And soon I have to prepare for the week at work.

December is here and the year's end is just around the corner.