…and why the Dutch can’t cope In the beginning The original Santa Claus is the less jolly Saint Nicolas (Sinterklaas) of Holland. Based loosely on the historical figure of the 4th Century Bischop of Myra (modern day Turkey) Saint Nicolas comes to the Low Countries on the 5th of December by way of Steamboat from his new home in Spain. All good so far right? “Delivering all those gifts all alone must be hard work?” thought primary school teacher Jan Schenkman in 1850 when he penned his childrens book “Saint Nicholas and his Servant” (Sint Nikolaas en zijn Knecht). This is...Read More
Hey remember this episode! TWD thinks we’re stupid, and they are probably right. I’m happy that Badass Carol and Crazy Killer Morgan are back. We’ve all assumed that this would happen at some point, so it comes as no surprise. Conveniently it will be happening right in time for the season final. I can live with that type of predictable writing. It moves the story forward at a pace complimentary to the seasonal format. What I can no longer live with is the show-writer’s reliance on my assumed total stupidity to achieve their ends. TWD is a fantasy show that “works” at a human interest...Read More
Is Liberalism dead in America? A lot of pundits are currently expounding this belief. Personally I don’t think that American Liberalism is dead…. just homeless. The last time that American Liberalism was truly “great” a Hershey Bar cost 5 cents. Since FDR, Liberalism in America has been on a slow decline. McCarthyism and the “Red Scare” partially contributed to it’s decline by rallying the “Flag-waving, Chevy-drive’n, gun-loving, God-fearing” sector of American Voters against the concept of Liberalism as a form of Socialism. Liberalism got a lick of “Sissy Paint” during the Peace and Love of the 60’s. And out...Read More
The Case for Intolerance Now that Donald Trump has won the US presidential election, hate and racism are said to be exposed and invigorated. But, a backlash is on its way, much in the same way that Barrack Obama inspired closeted hatemongers to organize, it is only natural that the scales balance themselves out in a new hyper tolerant type of way. Fear not however you can hold on to your hate it just will require a little more finesse. Hating people based on their race or skin color is just ignorant. Not because it is really wrong but...Read More
For me, the Democratic Party gave me 4 reasons not to vote for them. 5 actually if you accept the premise that they’re more in bed with Wall Street than the GOP. Character issues are a complete wash. Trade is a complete wash. Economic issues are a complete wash. Even religious extremism now is a complete wash. The religious right has faded into obscurity in recent years. Meanwhile Democrats apologize more for Islam than a “young earth creationist” apologizes for the Bible. Its a joke. You know something is seriously wrong when fucking Ted Cruz makes more overtures to...Read More
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