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Shame on You Scotland, Shame!

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Scotland should be ashamed of itself. I am personally embarrassed about my own Scottish heritage – through which I trace my lineage to some fairly illustrious historical figures. But today I am ashamed of my Scottish blood for the first time in my life.

Scottish citizens might not be able to purchase English translations of Israeli masterpieces such as “A tale of love and darkness” by Amos Oz and “Someone to run with” by David Grossman, due to a boycott on Israeli books.

Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel.

According to the law, the council and all public bodies under its jurisdiction are forbidden to sell goods that originated from Israel.

Despicable. The full article is here. But for the first time, Scotland displays an anti-semitism of the sort which is more properly confined to Nazi Germany.

Shame on you Scotland. And until my Scottish cousins cease to support murdering terrorists because they are against the Jews, I will not buy another bottle of Scotch. I urge all of my readers to do the same.

Scotland wants to boycott Israeli goods? Then let the Scots feel the pain themselves. I will buy no more Scottish goods and I call for a boycott until they cease their despicable anti-semitism.

Update: While I’m at it, I’ll supplement my purchase of non-Scottish brown liquors with a search of some of these Israeli books that have Scotland so spooked. I hear some of them are pretty good novels.

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May 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Nobel Committee Jumps the Shark

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Yasser Arafat was bad enough, but this is just silly.

Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One is tempted to ask “for what?” but that too is silly. I mean, he was evidently nominated two weeks after being inaugurated, so it’s clear he hadn’t yet done anything. That’s part and parcel of the man’s career to date: nothing substantive, just basically getting full marks for showing up with a sharpened #2, no need to actually take the test.

Of course, the real reason Obama got the most cheapened award going? He isn’t George W. Bush. Heh, that man is going to bedevil their little lefty psyches for a long time.

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October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Gallic Pride

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Apparently the French have had enough of iTunes – the French government that is. The French parliament is considering legislation that would invalidate Apple’s digital rights management (DRM):

France is pushing through a law that would force Apple Computer Inc to open its iTunes online music store and enable consumers to download songs onto devices other than the computer maker’s popular iPod player.

Under a draft law expected to be voted in parliament on Thursday, consumers would be able to legally use software that converts digital content into any format.

It would no longer be illegal to crack digital rights management — the codes that protect music, films and other content — if it is to enable to the conversion from one format to another, said Christian Vanneste, Rapporteur, a senior parliamentarian who helps guide law in France.

Because, Lord knows the French are oh-so-concerned with making American content more available to the French public. I mean, it’s not like they fail to understand that the whole reason Apple can distribute digital content is because of the agreement on DRM with the content creators, without which, they cannot distribute said content. Ergo, if such a law is passed in France, Apple will have no choice but to shutter iTunes access in France. Who wins here? The French public? Apple? The content creators? As far as I can see, the only winners here are the xenophobic technocrats who run France. Look for the EU sequel soon after.

The Marselleise will probably still be available though.

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March 14, 2006 at 10:33 am

America the Bad, Europe the Good

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The French have just scuttled the so-called European Constitution, which interesting only in it’s their baby, but the wailing and gnashing of teeth is quite loud nonetheless. But one wailer caught my eye in particular:

Not long ago, for example, Romano Prodi, the former president of the European Commission, had predicted that a French no would mean “the end of Europe.” On Monday he called the outcome “a disaster,” but insisted that the union would continue to function under current rules and that things could be worse.

“This is still better than a war of secession like the United States once had,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m serious now. We must keep this perspective in mind. We don’t have a treaty, but we also don’t have wars.”

Say what?

Let me get this straight, Prodi is comparing this vote to the Civil War? And if I read this correctly, it was worse than the French non?

Well no merde paison, but what does that have to do with the price of brie in France?

The American Civil War has less to do with this vote than the French Revolution does, and the notion that Europe doesn’t have wars is laughable. North America hasn’t seen a war in more than a century, but I believe Europe’s record is a touch mixed there. Most recently in the 90s, not counting those couple of times Germany got uppity. Europe spilled oceans of blood in the last century.

I do believe this vote has them positively unhinged. But never mind the facts, America is always bad.

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May 31, 2005 at 12:19 pm

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Blair Wins with Less

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Tony Blair has won the British elections and Labour may now form a government. However, the returns thus far indicate that Labour has lost about a hundred seats from the last Parliament. That can’t be good news for Blair personally.

I don’t claim to know that much about British politics. There was a time when I followed them more closely, but I haven’t for several years, and so I’ll only note there is an interesting post mortem here. The conventional wisdom seems to be saying that Blair will soon need to cede the premiership to his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. I don’t know about that – although it would parallel Margaret Thatcher’s diminished third term when she was forced to step down in favor of the anemic John Major.

What I do know is that the big three survived the Iraq War: Bush, Howard, and now Blair. If Iraq was a liability at the polls, it certainly wasn’t a fatal one.

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May 6, 2005 at 9:14 am

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Too Little too Late

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The German parliament is due to gain a deputy with one of the most prominent historical names in Germany when Carl-Eduard Graf von Bismarck takes a seat for the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Too little too late. Bringing in a Bismarck will not save Germany. More’s the pity.

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March 1, 2005 at 11:09 pm

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More on European Democracy

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Extending the meme we noted from Paul Johnson below, Janet Daley writes in the Daily Telegraph. To Johnson she adds the insight that the Europeans tried it and found it wanting:

Europe has pretty much given up on the whole undertaking now: we tried it and it ended in the Terror. We went through our phase of proselytising democratic revolution with Bonaparte and look where that ended. Spreading freedom? All that amounts to is killing off one generation of autocrats and replacing them with another. Trust the people? They are just as likely to follow a fascist demagogue as to perpetuate the sacred principle of justice.

Better to make your cynical peace with the worst aspects of human nature than to pretend that free men will always choose good over evil. Much better to make a mutually profitable trade-off behind the scenes than to expose political decisions to the popular will. What evidence is there that the people actually know what is best for them? Most charitably, the European philosophy of government – shortly to be permanently installed under the EU constitution – is paternalistic. At worst, it is arrogant and authoritarian.

But whatever it is, it no longer has a belief in real democracy of the kind that Americans recognise – government of the people, by the people and for the people – at its heart.

One might also add that the fallout from the failures of those experiments – a truly shocking amount of war and bloodshed – has sapped whatever vitality the Europeans might once have had, and the rest got on a boat and emigrated to the United States. But one look at the Netherlands will remind us that there is a people waiting to take over.

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February 23, 2005 at 9:00 am

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