Saturday, October 17, 2009


I actually was on the verge of posting L7's Pretend we're dead when, upon researching their career a bit, I found out they were the founders of a pro-abortion outfit called Rock for Choice or sumpin. That pissed me off so much I decided it was gonna be someone else for tonight. It don't mean Pretend... won't show up some time - it's not because your brains are screwed up that you can't make good, ballsy rock - just not now.

And then I was thinking for some reason of Elvin Bishop's "Fooled around and fell in love" and that sounded okay. At least for me:

Quintessential American music. If Mr. Ghost is around, he'll say it's Old Fogey again here but I don't frikkin care. Fooled around... is the most memorable single by Bishop, a Glendale, CA native (1942). Kind of ironic too, if irony is the correct word in connection with Bishop's personal tragedy, that the song is actually a tribute to one of his love interests, a certain Jenny Villarin, who became the mother of his daughter Selena. In 2000 Jenny, by then separated from Bishop, and Selena were brutally murdered. It took the artist 5 years to recover somewhat.

Bishop has been active for almost five decades now, releasing his latest CD in 2008. Over here in Europe, Fooled around... is basically the only single that's known of him, but then - correct me if I'm wrong - it's not his usual line of work, since he's basically a blues artist, a genre that's never been popular over here.

Then Ludwig Van Beethoven, and mind you, it's "van", not "von". That is because Beethoven's grandfather, Michiel Van Beethoven, was from Mechelen, a town roughly between Brussels and Antwerp. At some point Michiel left Mechelen for lack of money to Bonn in Germany, to try his luck there. As for today's music piece, I chose a well-known theme from Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. There's a couple of good performances around, and I couldn't decide between the one by Herbert Von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Charles Latshaw. In the end I took the latter. It seems to me Latshaw's performance is the most convincing one.

This is a piece that was premiered in Vienna on December 8, 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau, which was fought on 30 - 31 October 1813 between Karl Philipp von Wrede’s Austro-Bavarian corps and Napoleon's retreating army during the War of the Sixth Coalition. This battle came itself on the heels of the infamous Battle of Leipzig earlier in October, in which Napoleon was defeated, but at Hanau he won again. True, compared to Leipzig, of which the strategical implications were crystal-clear (the end of Napoleon's hegemony on the European battlefields) Hanau was but a small tactical victory for l'Empereur. But it probably greatly affected Beethoven who, though a German native (born in Bonn in 1770) had settled in Vienna, Austria already two decades before. Very likely willing to do something significant for "his" wounded compatriots, he conducted the piece himself.


Friday, October 16, 2009


From the 'you got to be kidding me' department.

Or, rather not, since the US now has a president who has appointed the likes of Cass Sunstein, Janet Napolitano, Van Jones, John Holdren, Eric Holder, Kathleen Sebelius. Or, for that matter, an ambassador to Belgium who succesfully managed to get Clinton to pardon a WU terrorist who was unloading 740 pounds of dynamite to kill and maim US citizens.

It all perfectly makes sense, actually. One of these days I'm GONNA put up that Obama - Socialist poster.

How about this? One of the great examples of Anita Dunn, WH Communis, erm, Communications Director is a loveable Chinese fella (unfortunately deceased for Mrs. Dunn), by the name of Mao Tse Tung:

Americans are by now possibly bored to hear it, but I suspect that many people outside the US do not know yet that just recently, Dunn called FOX news a "wing of the Republican Party". Via Michelle Malkin:

“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

Yeah right F*CKING C*NT. Let us certainly not pretend you are a sympathizer of a commie who killed 70 million Chinese but that you are a White House spokesperson the way Tony Snow was.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Scene: "Friendly" interland soccer match Belgium-Turkey. Place: King Baudoin Stadium, Brussels. Date: October 10, 2009.

The Belgian national football team the "Rode Duivels" (Red Devils) won with 2-0 from the Turks. The Turkish supporters did not exactly like it. The video shows how the Turks demolish the stadium:

Oh yeah... Miss Belgium 2009, Zeynep Sever, is of Turkish descent (how lovely multicutlural). You may guess three times where exactly she was in the stadium during the match:

a.) among the Turkish supporters wreaking havoc.
b.) among the Turkish supporters wreaking havoc.
c.) among the Turkish supporters wreaking havoc.

Simply a matter of having your loyalties, erm, priorities right, huh?

Small beer you say? Okay. How about this? Via François Desouche:


One party thinks their goodwill has been abused, the other party thinks they did nothing wrong. Since about three weeks, the Turkish muslim community of Rheinfelden has installed three loudspeakers on the minaret of the Alperenler mosque for the call to prayer.

The muslim community had however engaged itself to never install loudspeakers when in February 2002, the city of Rheinfelden had given permission to build a minaret..."

You give these traitors a finger, they take a hand. Meanwhile the pitiful remnants of christian communities in Turkey and every other muslim country are harassed day and night, and their churches demolished.

Now that we are at it, some news from Turks outside the EU.



by NAT da Polis

"About 90 tombstones are broken. Incidents of this nature are not rate in the city but the local press failed to report it. Only recently and through a movie, have young Turks begun to learn about past anti-Christian pogroms. Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew visits the cemetery in question.

Istanbul (AsiaNews) – A Christian cemetery was desecrated in Istanbul. Unknown person or persons broke 90 tombstones that bore the sign of the cross and the name of the deceased. The incident occurred a few days ago in the historic cemetery of Valukli near the ancient Valukli Monastery, the only monastery dedicated to Our Lady still open in Istanbul, located outside the ancient walls of Theodosius, and which five non-resident nuns care for.

Istanbul’s Christian cemeteries have been desecrated on a number of occasions in the past 20 years. The latest outrage brought back memories of the tragic events of September 1955 when churches, cemeteries and properties owned by Istanbul’s Orthodox community were desecrated and destroyed in a pogrom. Eventually dubbed the September pogrom, the event was the brainchild of Turkey’s political-bureaucratic-military establishment, known here as Derin Devlet or ‘deep state’..."

Poor patriarch. Poor, wretched community of Turkish Christians.


You would perhaps think, when there is such a MASSIVE BODY of evidence around (the topics above are but the tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg), that no sensible EU politician would advocate Turkey's entry in the EU, right?


When Turkish PM Abdullah Gul visited France on October 7 at the occasion of the exhibition "Istanbul through the Ages" in Paris, he must have been pleasantly surprised to see the Eiffel Tower lit up in the colours of the Turkish flag. it would be one thing (but still too much) if the Eiffel Tower was lit up only with regards to that exhibition. Alas. The Eiffel Tower bathes in red and white light FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH.

And all over Europe, major politicians are simply proceeding with Turkey's EU admission preparations.... while Turkey is turning more islamist day after day. In Belgium, a once visionary political talent, Guy Verhofstadt, who TWENTY YEARS AGO warned against the dangers of rising islamic extremism... is now a strong advocate of Turkey's entry in the EU.

Apparently, many want to get f*cked hard in the ass these days.

As for me, reading the news has become utterly depressing.

We are being betrayed by our own politicians. A nightmare is engulfing us.


Sunday, October 11, 2009


A quick snapshot I thought I'd just share. Mind you, I didn't take it. I'm not that good a photographer. The fella who did is a certain Philippe Coppen and I found it on this site. It's a photo in Ghent's centre of two famous "leien", or "quaysides" on either side of the river Lieve, namely the Graslei (to the left) and the Korenlei (to the right, but actually not visible). Indeed, Ghent's centre was a port in medieval times. "Gras" means, you get it, "grass", and that quayside was used to unload herbs. "Koren" is wheat, and on that side barges arrived with wheat. Those days are long gone now, but Ghent is still a port of significance - just north of the city is a huge seagoing harbor, the Port of Ghent, where last years transhipment of cargo amounted to 47 million tonnes.

Notice the church to the right: that is Saint Michael's Church. It is a small church in late gothic style, which for financial reasons was never finished as intended, and which troughout its history was repeatedly looted and damaged. Even so, it is one of Ghent's quintessential churches, and its neogothic interior contains also rococo, neoclassic and baroque artworks, a.o. a genuine Anthony Van Dyck, Christ dying on the Cross. Twenty-five years ago I studied in Ghent, and the opening mass at the beginning of the academic year in early October 1985 took place in this very place:

Nite all, except you-know-who.