Saturday, July 19, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT MAGNUS, LONDON GRAMMAR.

First Magnus, a Belgian dance band around C.J. Bolland and Tom Barman.




Singing Man (released June 2014) is their latest single.



Then it's the turn of London Grammar with the single Strong. From their 2013 debut album If you wait.




London Grammar is a British triphop trio formed by Hannah Reid, Dominic 'Dot' Major and Dan Rothman.



Slaap wel en braaf zijn hee.



MFBB.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

RECOMMENDED READS: CAMBRIAN DISSENTERS ON THE EROSION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE UK.

I've been following Daniel Thomas at Cambrian Dissenters for some time now, and though he doesn't post often, his pieces are top-notch:



BUILDING A DICTATORSHIP - BRITISH CIVIL LIBERTIES SLOWLY TAKEN AWAY.

"When the senior Labour Party Minister and 'ex'-communist Peter, now Lord, Mandelson, informed the world that the post democratic age has arrived and that local government elections are pointless, very few people paid any attention to the substance of his pronouncement.

The British people, encouraged by a titillating media, appeared to be more interested in the fact that he had a Brazilian boyfriend than the disastrous effects his governments' actions would have on their traditional freedoms.


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Peter "The Post Democratic Age has arrived" Mandelson with his boyfriend Reinaldo Avila da Silva. Expose these scoundrels.



It should have been taken for granted that a Labour government, who's core ideology is based on Marxism, would work toward a dictatorship with a gradual transfer of power from the individual to the state. What was not so obvious was that this march to dictatorship would be relentlessly pursued when the Labour government was replaced by a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition.

Its ironic that Great Britain with its Mother of Parliaments based on ancient freedoms derived from Magna Carta and The Bill of Rights, now resembles the failed Soviet Union rather than the beacon of liberty that set an example for the world to follow.

The gradual erosion of civil liberties has accelerated as the European Union strips the nation states of their sovereignty as it marches inexorably onward to its goal of a post democratic federal state.

This surrender of sovereignty, and the subsequent loss of civil liberties, has been facilitated by the replacement of the traditional politician, who was motivated by the desire to faithfully serve the public, with a generic group of agenda driven, career technocrats who are indistinguishable from each other regardless of party affiliation.

One would have thought that a Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government would live up to its name and restore some of the liberties stripped from the British people during thirteen years of unfettered Labour power, both nationally and locally, but this was not to be.

When the Equalities Act was proposed in Parliament by none other than the notorious feminazi, Harriet Harman, it was referred to as socialism in one Bill - it is now the law of the land causing misery as well as imposing job killing regulations on businesses large and small. It should have been repealed on day one but it's still there.

So are the one hundred or more new taxes imposed by the socialists. The private sector final salary pension schemes, which were wilfully and maliciously destroyed, remain destroyed.

The Con/LibDem coalition government is not only making no attempt to restore the civil liberties and individual freedoms that were removed by the Labour government, they are actively taking more away and surrendering whats left of British sovereignty to the unaccountable EU bureaucrats.

It may surprise outside observers that in Great Britain there are some fourteen hundred 'powers of entry' that allow warrentless invasion by twenty thousand officials into the private homes of its citizens. On taking power the Coalition government instigated a review of this scandal with the promise to reduce the number of legal intrusions.

Post review, the number of powers for warrentless intrusions was increased by nineteen, clearly demonstrating the total lack of commitment to civil liberties and individual freedom of British citizens by the political class.
(Story here)

Innocent until proven guilty is the bedrock of British law......until now. The taxman, in the form of the dictatorial Lin Homer of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is agitating for the power to remove money from private bank accounts if she believes tax is owed. This is the same Lin Homer from yesterdays article who states categorically that she will use anti-terrorists laws to hound, silence and destroy any whistleblowers who report wrongdoing in this malign state monolith.
(Story here)


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Lin Homer, Institutionalized Thief.




Remember the Cypriot government raiding the private bank accounts of its citizens to pay for their own economic incompetence? The EU thinks this is a an excellent idea and suggest it is legitimised and adopted across their new superstate.

The Leveson inquiry report into press ethics suggested the government oversee the press that they hate so much. This has been enthusiastically adopted by all parties and the threats to investigative journalists have been increasing ever since.

Having set the censorship precedent it doesn't take a great leap of imagination to acknowledge that government censorship of the Internet and social media will not be far behind.

Spying on their own citizens is almost a mandatory activity for any self respecting dictatorship and the British government are up there with the best of them.

Under the guise of protecting the people from fraudsters, paedophiles and terrorists, the government want access to every email and phone call along with every website visit and all social media activity.
(Stories here and here)

Anyone looking at this preposterous nonsense in any detail will be struck by the sheer monumental hypocrisy of these people. If it wasn't so serious one would die laughing.

How can the people be protected from fraudsters by some of the country's most notorious fraudsters?

As the latest scandal unfolds it is confirming what has been speculation for decades: the Palace of Westminster, the BBC, the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Judiciary etc. etc. are all rife with paedophiles. Phone tapping and snooping on the public by institutions that contain such a high percentage of paedophiles is a bit rich to say the least.

As far as protection from Muslim terrorists is concerned, the government are using a crisis to further snoop on their own citizens and further erode their liberties.

The government opened the borders and allowed in terrorists and potential terrorists against the wishes of the people. The lunacy of this is that the politicians want the people to surrender their liberties and freedom to the government so that they can be protected from people they didn't want in the country in the first place.

The people would be better protected if the government stopped immigration from Muslim countries that promote jihad and stopped handing out passports, visas and work permits to people such as London bombers Muktar Said Ibrahim and Ramzi Mohammed.
(Story here)

The British government is currently in the process of surrendering more sovereignty from the peoples' elected representatives to the unelected bureaucrats of the EU in the form of the EU Arrest Warrant and the surrender of DNA and fingerprint databases. Databases which include the most private and personal data imaginable from people who have not been convicted of any crime.

The standard criteria for any dictatorship are press censorship, phone tapping and snooping, penal taxation, warrantless intrusion into private property, raiding of bank accounts together with using state institutions to persecute individuals as per HMRC.

Where Great Britain surpasses most dictatorships is with the use of rigidly policed political correctness, or Cultural Marxism to give it its proper name.

The Orwellian Minister for Culture is proposing to deny funding for a film or production that doesn't meet his criteria for political correctness, which are, 'ethincally, sexually and socially diverse'. To be eligible for funding films must tick two out three boxes: on screen diversity, off screen diversity, creating opportunity and social mobility. At least one character must be positively reflecting diversity. How long before Shakespeare and Dickens are removed from public libraries because they are politically incorrect?

The Minister, Ed Vaizey, is nothing more than a modern day book burner.
(Read the story here.)

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Ed Vaizey, "Culture" Minister: Full of Shit but just as well very dangerous.



The establishment and all of Great Britain's institutions have been politicised and stuffed to the gunwales with Common Purpose trained operatives and their army of sycophantic petty bureaucrats. It is this that is stifling freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to communicate openly.

The British people are waking up but its a slow process, the fear is that they will not wake up in time to prevent their sleepwalking into a dictatorship from which there will be no return


Posted by Daniel Thomas at 2:31 PM





You really shouldn't miss how The Conservative Woman rips that ball-less creep Vaizey in her article, link see above:


"According to Tuesday's Daily Telegraph, film-makers applying for funding from the British Film Institute will in future be tested against a “Three Ticks” scheme to prove that they are ethnically, sexually and socially diverse – both on-screen and in the production team. To be eligible, films must tick at least two out of the three following boxes: on-screen diversity, off-screen diversity and creating opportunity and social mobility. At least one leading character must be “positively reflecting diversity”.

Films are more likely to receive funding if they “explicitly and predominantly explore issues of identity relating to ethnicity or national origins, a specific focus on women, people with disabilities, sexual identity, age and people from a socially disadvantaged background”.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has, according to the Telegraph, praised the scheme and declared that all television, film and performing arts companies should follow the BFI's example.

Pride and Prejudice: nice title, suggests overturning the social order. Feisty female author and heroine. But, oh dear, far too many toffs and not much social mobility, unless you count Elizabeth's audacious leap from the Bennett household (modest unearned income and small frock allowance) to Pemberley (landed estate). Fitzwilliam Darcy seems sadly unable to explore issues of identity in relation to ethnicity or national origins.

A few tweaks might be necessary to reach the target. Maybe recast Darcy as an Arab prince (better cut the wet shirt scene though). At least one of Lizzy's sisters could be in a wheelchair, and her bosom friend Charlotte Lucas might be a secret lesbian, whose marriage to Mr Collins is a sham.

Captain Wickham's background could just about pass for socially disadvantaged – he certainly resented Darcy's superior status. And maybe there were paedophile issues, as his romance with Darcy's little sister almost certainly took place before she reached the age of consent..."




Some 6 or 7 years ago, my wife and I watched Pride & Prejudice on DVD at home and I must say we both enjoyed this brilliantly made, romantic costume film enormously:


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It is amazing that in so short a time political correctness has deteriorated so badly that, if it depended on the UK government, a movie like that wouldn't be made anymore.


The news coming out of Britain lately is so utterly depressing that I need to end on a positive note, and now that we're talking about Pride and Prejudice, why not with this exerpt (okay, not all the shots are from the movie we're talking about - see it as a Jane Austen tribute. Still...):




The living sculptures of Pemberley, composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Immensely Beautiful...


... but if Bag Full of Shit Ed Vaizey had his way, you wouldn't be able to watch or hear it, since there's no gay sex in it, the characters are all despicably white, and it's choke full of Upper upper class people.



MFBB.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT MUSE, REM.

Muse opens with Bliss. From the 2001 album Origin of Symmetry.




Like 'em or like 'em not.



REM with So. Central Rain.




From the album Reckoning (1984).



Nite.



MFBB.






Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MUSLIM BEAST MURDERS FRENCH TEACHER FABIENNE CALMES IN FRONT OF CLASS.

Over at American Thinker, Selwyn Duke has a sad and sobering article on the recent murder of a French teacher, a Mme. Fabienne Calmes, in the southern French town of Albi. In my country's written and televized news, the perpetrator was described as a "mother", and it looks like this was basically the same everywhere in the politically correct, erm, enlightened parts of the globe.


Before we proceed to Dukes story, let us recap how Belgium's "prime" "newspaper" De Standaard covered the story:


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So... this morning a French teacher in grade school was stabbed to death in front of her pupils...

... it happened in Albi, in the south of France...

... the perpetrator, the MOTHER of one of the pupils, could right away be arrested...

... it is a woman known to have PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS...



I must admit that upon reading it, I somehow knew right away something was fishy. But I had so much other stuff on my head - I still have - and it seemed to me there was about a gazillion other topics to write about, that it slipped away from my conscience.

Until half an hour ago I was reminded of it again. By the American Thinker article.

Selwyn Duke:


"It was headlining AOL on Friday: a story about a woman stabbing a schoolteacher to death in front of a class of five and six-year-olds. The gruesome and bloody crime occurred in the southern French town of Albi; the victim was a 34-year-old mother of two.

But a certain bit of information is conspicuously missing from virtually all the reportage. We’re told the killer was under the impression that the teacher had accused her five-year-old daughter of theft. We’re told she had a history of child abuse and “severe psychiatric problems.” We’re told she’s 47. And we’re told she’s a she. But her name is nowhere to be found, and information about her background is...well, you’ll see.

This isn’t true of the victim. Every news source I checked provided her name. The International Business Times (IBD) even led with it in the title: “Deranged Mother Kills Teacher Fabienne Terral-Calmès in Front of Class.” The killer, however, is almost universally identified as “the mother.” But I was sure I knew what the big secret was. Those tow-headed Norwegians are at it again.

The AOL piece, from the AP, did the "The Mother" thing exclusively. Other sources, such as IBD, reported that the police have not released the attacker’s name but that she’s of Spanish origins. Ah, okay, a Franco supporter, no doubt. But I still thought I knew the truth.

So I dug further. New York’s Daily News reported that “[a]uthorities would not comment on what spurred the horrific stabbing.” The BBC said that The Mother used a “long knife.” The Telegraph identified The Mother as a “Spanish national” (emphasis added). We’re getting closer…

I even checked the French publication L’Expresse, which, after being spit out the other end of Google Translate, told us about The Mother, “[I]t would be of Spanish nationality” (obfuscation is always a bit more interesting when processed through artificial unintelligence). The paper also tells us that the school “is located in the district Lapanouse in sensitive urban areas.”

“Sensitive urban areas.”

My, that could be the electronic translation of “scary ghettos where angry, unassimilable North African immigrants will rob you blind and beat you within an inch of your life while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ and where, when you call the gendarmes, they say, ‘Are you crazy, Monsieur? We’re not setting foot in there!”

Or it could be that we’ve got nothing on the French when it comes to euphemizing.

Anyway, the “sensitive urban areas” link takes you to a demographics page that, while telling you nothing about race that I can see (I hear they can’t collect that kind of information in France), gives you all sorts of statistics relating to income, education, employment, etc. Because hey, we know that everything boils down to economics. Allahu Milton Friedman.

But now we come to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. Ah, the headline-hungry Mail. It actually tells us in a subtitle that The Mother – get the digitalis and hold on to your hat – is “Moroccan-born.”

Of Spanish descent and of Catholic background, I’m sure.

Now, come on, lamestream media, you can do it. Say, “Mus…lah…” That’s it, come on, concentrate. “Musl…l…l…ugh…”

Okay, clear your throat, take a sip of water, and, you know, if at first you don’t succeed…

“Muslim!”

There ya go! Was that so hard? I know it doesn’t roll off the tongue when doing negative pieces quite like “Christian,” “conservative,” or “Tea Party” does. But no one ever said journalism would be simple and easy, especially since it is mainly practiced by the simple-minded of easy virtue.

Of course, what will now easily roll off the tongue, in reaction to my commentary here, is “racist!,” even though Islam isn’t a race. “Okay, then Duke must be a religionist. Hmm, no, that’s not it. But he’s got to be some kind of -ist.”


I’m a realist. Some will ask why any of this matters, what purpose it serves to identify the Islamic faith of criminals other than to inspire hatred toward Muslims. Well, why identify a perpetrator as a woman, mother, “youth,” or man? We could just write, “Sentient biped disrupts the function of other sentient biped with forged implement.” That is, until the National Organization for the Advancement of Sentient Bipeds gets in on the act.

It’s no doubt true that people aren’t too likely to persecute more basic groups such as men or youths, since we all usually have men and youths in our families. Racial, ethnic, or creed-oriented hatred can be dangerous. But then why was George Zimmerman quite tendentiously branded a “white Hispanic,” an approach that led to attacks on whites? Why is it that all and sundry claim to this day that mass killers are inordinately white when even just a cursory examination of the facts proves that this isn’t so? Don’t believe for a moment that the media really care about racial harmony. They care about political correctness.

The point here is that when the media steadfastly suppress the facts about crime – skewing people’s grasp of reality with respect to it – there’s a problem. And when the media consistently exercise a double standard, twisting truth to demonize whites or Christians while calling those who speak the truth demons, we have to ask: where does the prejudice really lie?

It lies with the liars."



There's another line of the Mail Online article which struck me:


"François Hollande described the killing as a 'horrific tragedy'."


But oh yes!!!! Certainly a 'horrific tragedy'!!! You know what, when at the end of May a gunman murdered four people in the Jewish Museum in Brussels, the crême de la crême of our political sophisticates tripped over each other to let the world know via their twitter accounts that that too, was a horrific tragedy!!!

Just look at their twitter messages, people! How compassionate they all are!


Didier Reynders, Minister of Finance, Walloon Liberals; Paul Magnette, coming man of the Parti Socialiste; Wouter Van Besien, chairman of the Flemish Greens; Kris Peeters, Flanders' Minister President (of the Flemish "Christian" "Democrats"):

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Elio Di Rupo, Belgian PM, of the Parti Socialiste; Charles Michel, chairman of the Walloon Liberals (MR); Gwendolyn Rutten, chairwoman of the Flemish Liberals; Annemie Turtelboom, a liberal minister in the federal government:

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Brigitte Grouwels, top "christian" "democrate female politician for Flemings in Brussels; Freya Vandenbossche, leading lady of the Flemish Socialists; Geert Bourgeois, NVA-minister in the Flemish Government:

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Wow. All of those people are shocked, shocked, SHOCKED!!!!! But curiously, they all seem to be completely ignorant of the nature of the attack, of the motives of the perpetrator. Now, killing JEWS, of all people, on a sunny afternoon in a JEWISH museum in Brussels, who could possibly DO such a thing?? Members of the Saint Andrews Golf Club? The Scouts? The National Bank of Finland? Papa Smurf?


And the reaction of Jozef De Witte, CGKR President? Hint: 'CGKR' stands for Centrum voor Gelijke Kansen en Racismebestrijding, or 'Centre for Equal Opportunities and Combating Racism'. Well, I myself must have missed it, but over at Steynonline I discovered in mark Steyn's mailbox a message from a compatriot of mine living in Antwerp, a certain Garben Boey:


"Concerning the column you wrote a couple of days ago about the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, I must say you are absolutely right. Jozef De Witte, head of the Centre of Equality and Fight Against Racism (one of our many Orwellian institutions) declared shortly after the shooting that it is racist to suspect the perpetrator to be a Muslim. Police officials also urged our press not to make suggestions as to the identity of the killer. But according to a newspaper, the killer had fled to "De Marollen", one of our many flourishing multicultural neighborhoods. Today, it was reported that a Brussels-born Syria-fighter is suspected to have committed the attack."



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DowneastBlog readers may be acquainted with Jozef De Witte, a notorious leftist shmuck and very, very anti-Israel. "to suggest that the Jewish Museum Killer is muslim is racist". Yes indeed.




Alas for mr De Witte, time and again Reality smashes his utopian pipedreams to cinders, and this was no different. A couple of days later, conveniently AFTER the elections, the perpetrator was arrested in Marseille. Many, many news outlets described this fella as a 'Frenchman':


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But people with their heads screwed on right know what they see. This is not Jean-Claude Dupont, but Mehdi Nemmouche, a muslim of north african origin. Who coincidentally had also had some field training in Syria.

That squad of fucking hyporcites above are exactly the kind of people who cheerfully opened the sluices to let types like Nemmouche in. If Brussels, Europes "Capital" is right now at least 25 per cent muslim, we have people like Elio Di Rupo, our openly gay PM, to thank for it - a decade ago, they just couldn't wait to get the Quick Citizenship Bill passed, which gave at least 600,000 foreigners who don't give a jolt about integrating into our society a Belgian ID.

We have people like Geert Bourgeois to thank for it, who, as a Flemish Interior Minister is hellbent on recognizing mosques and providing taxpayer money for it.

We have Annemie Turtelboom to thank for it, oh so brave when lambasting the Vlaams Belang and priding herself on her 'feminism' - then staying mute when she was OPENLY ridiculed, in April 2012, by the Moroccan PM who continued to pretend she was an interpreter:

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In 2012, during a visit to Morocco, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom were met by Moroccan PM Abdelilah Benkirane. While the latter heaped praise onto Reynders, he did not deem Turtelboom worth a glance. To Reynders he remarked at some point: 'You speak French fluently. You should not have come with an interpreter'. And this while he had been thoroughly informed, on several occasions, that Turtelboom was Justice Minister'.



The above personages are heartbreakingly typical for the kind of spineless, principle-less, and ultimately ball-less creeps who make up our establishment political class and who bear a murderous responsibility for comfortably installing ISLAM in our lands.

Neither of them are pro-Israel. The only pro-Israel party in Belgium is the Vlaams Belang.

I do not share PM Netanyahu's point of view that the anti-Israel attitude cultivated in Europe by our moral betters is responsible for the murders in the Jewish Museum and other sinister deeds of terror. Their hostility vis-à-vis Israel has certainly led to a degree of resentment amongst the broad population against the Jewish State and Jews in general. But that will not lead to Jan Van Steenbergen in some run of the mill Flemish town deciding 'I've had enough of those pesky Jews, I'm gonna fry some Jewish ass today'.

But responsible for flooding our originally Christian lands with MILLIONS of followers of the 'prophet'? YES.

And in that sense, the likes of Hollande and the likes of Di Rupo... certainly have the blood of Fabienne Calmes on their hands:



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These girls will have to grow up without their mother. Courtesy a muslim savage. And courtesy our insane political class which is hellbent on importing islam in Europe. Jozef de Witte, that scoundrel who stated that suggesting that the Jewish Museum killer was a muslim would be 'racist', famously remarked a couple of years ago that he did not see the difference between churchbells ringing and the sound of a muezzin calling to prayer. And François Hollande, who just as Elio Di Rupo, Paul Magnette, Annemie Turtelboom, Geert Bourgeois, Gwendolyn Rutten et al was 'shocked', and who would not admit in a million years that a molecule of islam was somehow involved in this 'horrific tragedy', was elected by the muslim vote and is presiding over the European country par excellence that will inevitably turn into the first muslim country in our continent.


We will have to deplore many more Fabienne Calmes, and at each occasion have to endure even a lot more crocodile tears from our perpetually 'shocked' hypocrite political class, before enough people realize how we have been BETRAYED by those swines.



MFBB.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT MAROON 5, THE POLICE.

Maroon 5, rockpopband from LA, with This Love.




Dude, you're so miscast as a loverboy even Outlaw Mike would do better in that vid.



And since Belgium has just been kicked out of the World Cup by the Argentinians, The Police's Bring On The Night might just be the perfect song for the occasion.




F*CK. Maybe Belgium should declare war on those damn corned beef makers and macho gauchos. Teach 'em a lesson they would wish it was 1982 again and all they had to deal with was Maggie.



Bad Night,



MFBB.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WORLD CUP: BELGIUM 2 - USA 1.

I'm sorry for those of you who are Americanos but it appears we were better.



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But only slightly. I'm far from a soccer fan and have but the barest knowledge of the technicalities of the game. But this match kept me glued to the sofa, as it developed more and more into a thriller rather than a game. The normal 90 minutes not yielding a winner yet, extra playing time was needed. And then first Kevin De Bruyne finally managed to get past the living wall that Tim Howard had been, then it was Romelu Lukaku's turn. Belgium rather suddenly leading the US 2-0 seemed to galvanize the US, and indeed shortly thereafter Green made it 2-1. Had it not been for Thibaut Courtois stopping a second near-goal, Belgium might have lost its lead... even that far beyond normal playing time.

In the end we won however.

Which is historic, since it's been aeons - almost thirty years - since Belgium made it this far in the World Cup. We are going to the quarterfinals, and our next adversary will be Argentina.

I salute the American team under its coach Juergen Klinsmann for its heroic resistance, and wish them the very best for the future.



MFBB.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A DAY OUT IN THE ARDENNES. AND THE CONDROZ.

Actually, that particular Sunday was three weeks ago but only now did I find the time to post the following pics.

First of all, people assume too soon that the Ardennes begin right to the south of the Meuse river. That is not so. Broadly speaking, south of that river, Wallonia's foremost stream, there are six geographical regions of which the actual Ardennes are only one. There's first the Condroz (the name stems from the Condrusi, a tribe living here around the time Julius Caesar invaded Gaul), with heights up to 340m. Then follows a depression, the Fagne-Famenne, in which the Fagne part is lying west of the Meuse and the Famenne part east of it.

Only thereafter come the Ardennes, of which the highest point is (only) 694m (the Ardennes are a very old massif). In Belgium's extreme south, there's a sliver of hilly land characterized by cuesta hills (hills with a long, slowly ascending slope on one side and a relatively steep drop on the other side). This area is called Belgian Lorraine.

Check out the map below:


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My trip first took me to Moircy, a tiny village in the Ardennes proper, not far from Libramont. Incurable WWII buff that I am, I could not resist photographing this memorial plaque attached to the wall of Moircy Church:


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It commemmorates the troops of the 87th US Infantry Division, who, as part of Patton's Third Army, pushed north against the German 7th Army in order to pinch off the salient created by the Ardennes Offensive (which, in my younger days, was often erroneously called the Von Rundstedt Offensive).


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Moircy Church, which actually lies closer to the next village, Jenneville, than to the center of Moircy itself.


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And then it was off to the surrounding countryside, a gently undulating landscape.


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Even the best photos cannot reveal what it's really like, and mine are certainly not the best. But it was a glorious summer's day, the sky's blue was much more overwhelming than the pic suggests, and the aroma in the air of the grass, herbs, trees, flowers et al, brought to me by a slight breeze and warm air wafting upwards from the bottom of the valley, was at times overwhelming.


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Approaching a dark wood.


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Getting back to Moircy. To the north, beyond the village, the forest surrounding Saint Hubert begins.


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As I drove home, I stopped on the grounds of Dinant Aventure - by now desolated. The highway down there crosses the Meuse just south of Dinant and continues towards Philippeville. FYI - this is the border region between the Condroz and the Fagne-Famenne.


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On the other side of the Meuse, and heading north, I entered the land known as the Condroz. I stopped in Sosoye, a village rightly earning the label 'One of Wallonia's most beautiful villages', as it is nestled cosily in the 'Vallée de la Molignée'.




Pic and video were shot from a rocky outcrop dominating the village.


Hey, nite.



MFBB.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

DON BOUDREAUX AND THE AMAZING HOCKEY STICK OF ECONOMIC PROGRESS.

Over at Townhall, Daniel J. Mitchell has an interesting story about human economic prowess thrives when the constraints of the state are lifted: The amazing hockey stick of economic progress:


"The moral of the story is that poverty is, or at least was, the natural state of humanity.

But then something remarkable happened. The power of government was constrained and the vitality of markets was unleashed. The rest, as they say, is history."



Watch this short, well-done video by Don Boudreaux, economics professor. Of the Austrian School, that is:




Prof Boudreaux has a PhD in economics from Auburn University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He was also an Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University.

Yes, he is a libertarian. I'm not. I don't believe in a skeleton state. But the world would be a far better place if the number of Krugmans were decimated and the number of Boudreaux doubled. Make that tripled.




MFBB.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT RUSH, CAPITAL CITIES.

Rush with Afterimage.





From the album Grace under Pressure (1984).



Capital Cities with Safe and Sound. LA indiepop band around Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant.




Lead single from their 2011 debut EP.




Goede nacht.


MFBB.

Friday, June 20, 2014

BILL WHITTLE: 'NOT ONE OF US'.

I'm late with this Bill Whittle video, but I intend it for consumption by Europeans mainly.




Always nailing it, huh?



MFBB.

Monday, June 16, 2014

UK TROJAN HORSE SCANDAL WIDENS: PAKISTANI PARENTS TOLD HEAD OF BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL TO 'GET RID OF THE WHITE KIDS'.

The appalling story of the muslim plot to take over UK schools in Birminghamd, Bradford, Leeds and East London continues to widen. Here is a story of a Birmingham school where Pakistani parents exhorted Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, the Head Teacher of Anderton Park Primary School, do 'get rid of the white kids'. Via Breitbart:





"The head of one the Birmingham schools at the centre of the 'Trojan Horse' controversy has revealed that parents of Pakistani origin wanted her to "get rid of the white kids" at her school.

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head teacher at Anderton Park Primary School, told the Sunday Times that when a small number of white children arrived at her school, which was predominantly Muslim, parents started making a series of racist demands:

"We had kids saying 'What are you playing with the white kid for? What are you playing with the Christians for?' The dad of one of the Pakistani heritage pupils at the school even told me I should 'get rid of the white kids'.

"He said, 'If I was head I would get the white kids and shove them in the corner with white desks and a white teacher and keep them away from the rest of the kids. I told him that what he had said was racist and I was going to write it down.

Then he said, 'You should get rid of the white kids, that is what the community would want you to do.'"
She later reported the parent to the police.

The 'Trojan Horse' scandal erupted earlier this year following a series of revelations over hard line Islamist governors trying to force secular schools to adopt strict Islamic practices."


More info amongst others at The Sunday Times.

And NATURALLY, although the unraveling of this vile scheme has been going on for several months now, NOT ONE of the Belgian newspapers 'seems' to have noticed. Which is a load of CRAP. I'm sure they know it, but they deliberately decide not to cover it, for it directly flies in the face of their multiculti walhalla nonsense.

Instead, Belgium's 'prime' newspaper De Standaard helpfully gives a forum to a notorious firebrand 'ex' Hizballah terrorist Dyab Abu Jahjah to lecture us Flemings about our, you guess it, racism.


This is a mad, mad world.



MFBB.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

SATURDAY NIGHT SUNRISE AVENUE, LANA DEL REY.

DowneastBlog's 2,200th post opens with Sunrise Avenue's Fairytale gone bad.




Finnish blokes from Espoo.



Lana Del Rey with Summertime Sadness. From the 2012 album Born to Die.




She is kind of a femme fatale.



MFBB.