Saturday, November 01, 2008


Belgium's leading newspaper is the Flemish daily De Standaard. Always eager to inform Belgium's dumb population with the latest news, fair and balanced, De Standaard presented its readers on Friday, October 31, with an extra issue solely dealing with America and the American way of life. Below is the ad from earlier this week highlighting the forthcoming of the extra issue:


The caption underneath the ad reads:

Not to miss on Friday 31 October

America is more than the country of hamburgers, coke, Hollywood and George Bush. Do not judge too fast and discover the real America in the extra large America journal of De Standaard on Friday 31 October. Therein we give you a surprising and nuanced view on America, beyond the clichés. Life as it is in real in the states of America. In addition, you get a free Panos donut.
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Notice the snippet "and nuanced view of America". I added two arrows. You can see for yourself how nuanced De Standaard's view of America is.

evitaneefsDespite the newspaper's claims that it brings you "nuanced" news, the only thing you'll find there is incessant, foaming-at-the-mouth tirades against everything Republican. It's not a recent thing: in 2004, De Standaard publicly endorsed John Kerry. I suspect very strongly that tomorrow morning, Monday 3 November, it will do the same for Barack Obama. In this campaign, possibly the most vicious, below-the-belt-attacks were reserved for Sarah Palin: literally nothing good has been said about her.. It should be noted that the Foreign Editor of De Standaard, Evita Neefs, is currently in the US covering the US elections. On De Standaard online, she regularly posts her impressions. Mrs. Neefs recently had the honour of being mentioned in a CBN broadcast, more precisely in "The 700 Club" during a conversation between Dale Hurd and Pat Robertson. Via Luc Van Braekel:

Dale Hurd: (...) De Standaard [meant is Evita Neefs, columnist in De Standaard - note by MFBB] in Belgium writes:

"American presidential elections are not home affairs. American decisions have repercussions all over the globe... Hence, the world should be given the right to vote." (...)

Alternative translation: "Those 60 million stupid American rednecks who keep voting the McBushitlers in the White House are a roadblock on humanity's path toward a socialist future and their votes must thus be annulled through the participation in the US elections of intelligent, enlightened progressive individuals like me."

Further evidence of De Standaard's nonpartisan character is offered by the ad hoc column, in Friday's America special, of Sarah Bettens, a Belgian popsinger of dubious fame who currently lives in Tennessee, of all places:




Bad news, people: the couple we befriended over here in Johnson City and who fly over the ocean in a couple of weeks to see a concert of mine in my country of origin (and maybe also to see bit of Europe), is pro McCain! How could this happen? And that is not everything. Neither are they totally disgusted by that rightwing slut Sarah Palin, the biggest 'Jesus freak' walking in the political landscape. While registering and processing this ominous information, four options presented themselves in my mind. A first possibility is to completely evade the subject and pretend there's no presidential elections. If November 4 is mentioned, I excuse myself nonchalantly to go to the restrooms and linger there long enough until the conversation has switched to a lighter and less controversial subject.
Secondly, I could end our friendship abruptly and saddle my girlfriend [Sarah Bettens is lesbian - note from MFBB] with the ungrateful task to share a flight with people whom we don't talk to anymore.
Thirdly, I could bombard them the coming week with information and desperately try to convince them of why I am right. Those who know me somewhat, know that this is my favourite option.
Fourthly, I could try to look at the world from their POV and go search somewhere deep in me to some understanding for their vision. Those who know me somewhat, know that this is useless. But because option one to three are impossible, I will have to make an effort. Or at least pretend to, I'll get thru the week with that.

Notice for the umpteenth time how liberals are always dumbfounded when they discover that there are actually real people of flesh and blood who do not share their enlightened progressive opinions. While Miss Bettens says that option two, ending the friendship, is not feasible, I can testify that in my personal case, it was possible for a leftist friend of mine with whom I shared a student's home twenty years ago in Ghent. Four years back I encountered Paul K. again on the web. Despite our very good relationship back in the days, and my willingness to continue the friendship even upon discovering he had only radicalized in his leftist views, he abruptly ended our camaraderie when he found out about my activities on DowneastBlog. So much for the kind, tolerant and diverse leftist mindset, and Miss Bettens' pro McCain friends may very well find out she opted for no.2 after all. It won't be a great loss. Sarah Bettens biggest "hit" in the Low Countries was the song "I'm not an addict". Here's an exerpt from the lyrics:

Breathe it in and breathe it out
And pass it on, it's almost out
We're so creative, so much more
We're high above but on the floor

It's not a habit, it's cool, I feel alive
If you don't have it you're on the other side

The deeper you stick it in your vein
The deeper the thoughts, there's no more pain
I'm in heaven, I'm a god
I'm everywhere, I feel so hot

It's not a habit, it's cool, I feel alive
If you don't have it you're on the other side
I'm not an addict (maybe that's a lie)

It's over now, I'm cold, alone
I'm just a person on my own
Nothing means a thing to me
(Nothing means a thing to me)

Like I said, no great loss. Rather a win.

Oh yeah. You might to watch out for five Belgian clowns heading your way to monitor the US elections. It's just a matter of making sure Repimplicans don't steal them for a third time. Like De Standaard, the five pretend they are "nonpartisan". Still, Belgium's top blogger Luc Van Braekel found out something curious about two of them. From Luc's site:

"Five Belgian MP's left for the US as monitors for Tuesday's upcoming presidential elections. On account of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe they will check out whether the voting procedures are observed fair and correctly. It is however remarkable that two of the five are members of the support committee "Belgium for Obama" and can therefore hardly be called impartial."

Here is these bozo's website:


If you can stomach to venture into that site, you'll discover there's some peculiar Obama supporters over there. Take Elio Di Rupo e.g., Chairman of the Belgian Socialist Party, Wallonian branch. Here is what Mr. Di Rupo has to say about the great prospect of a Fellow Socialist at the helm of the US of A:


Just so that you know, the Wallonian Parti Socialiste, nicknamed the "Party of 1,000,000 scandals, is the main cause of Wallonia's dismal state. Wallonia has now been ruled for nearly a hundred years by this party, and it shows. It's an economic graveyard and can only be kept afloat by massive subsidies from Flanders, Belgium's rich north, channeled to it via the redistributionist network of the Belgian federal state. It should be noted that life expectancy in socialist dominated Wallonia is lower than in the more free market Flanders:


Relative risks per region. Flanders, relatively free market, is roughly the top half of Belgium, socialist-dominated Wallonia the south half. The darker the region, the higher the health risks and the lower the life expectancy. ALL of the white areas are in Flanders. ALL of the dark areas are in Wallonia. Just so that you know what's in store for you when The One gives you the famous socialized health care system so many Americans are craving for. Here is more info from the NCBI PubMed site, a service from the US National Library of Medicine:

SETTING: As part of the WHO-MONICA study, acute coronary events have been registered from 1983 until 1992 in the general population aged 25-69 years in two Belgian cities--Ghent in the northern Dutch speaking part of Belgium and Charleroi in the southern French speaking part. Registration of events was done according to an international standard protocol. OBJECTIVE: To study trends in total, fatal and non-fatal event rates and trends in case fatality rates in these two cities. MAIN RESULTS: Incidence of CHD was on average 50% higher in Charleroi compared with Ghent in both men and women (attack rate ratio Charleroi/Ghent was 1.5 in both sexes). In both men and women, diverging trends were observed between the two cities for total and non-fatal event rates, while parallel declining trends were observed in fatal event rates and in case fatality rates. In both sexes, total attack rates showed a significant decrease in Ghent and a significant increase in Charleroi. Also in the two sexes, attack rates of non-fatal events increased significantly in Charleroi and remained stable in Ghent. Attack rates of fatal events decreased significantly in men and women in Ghent and in men in Charleroi. Both "total" and "in hospital" case fatality rates declined significantly in both sexes in the two cities. CONCLUSIONS: Important differences in coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence and CHD trends between Ghent and Charleroi were observed. These differences and trends are interpreted in the context of existing and still growing differences in the overall socioeconomic situation between the north and the south of the country. On the other hand, the efficacy of medical treatment of CHD is comparable in the two regions, as reflected by similar figures and trends for case fatality rates.

Crime-ridden and corrupt Charleroi, sometimes called the Chicago on the Sambre, has been a Parti Socialiste bulwark for over a century.

poulnyruprasmussenAre you still following? We're almost there. Apart from Mr. Di Rupo and a fair number of lesser socialist gods, you'll find on the roster of the Belgium for Obama Committee also a Dane. We're talking about Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, a Danish political heavyweight and former Danish PM, until the Danes, these days possibly the sanest Europeans, kicked him out in 2001 after he had sufficiently trashed their economy. Mr. Rasmussen, not related to the current Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen, did not end up in the desert however. Far from. Currently he is President of the Party of European Socialists! It turns out that after Ayers, Dohrn, Rezko, Khalidi, Pfleger, Odinga and Di Rupo Mr. Obama can add yet another phone number of the "guy in his neighborhood" type to his Rolodex.

obama_night_mnIn Café Maison du Peuple, Parvis Saint-Gilles, 39 - 1060 Bruxelles, this Tuesday, November 4, the Wallonian Parti Socialiste organizes a "Soirée Obama Night"! Indeed, the Belgian Support Committee for Barack Obama, its president Elio Di Rupo and its co-president Marleen Temmerman will welcome you there for a grand evening of festivities in anticipation of a socialist in the White House, with direct election results on a big screen! Happy Hour from 20.30h till 22h30!

As a real American, you might want to trash that party.

This was Outlaw Mike reporting from a continent committing suicide.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


* The Syrian regime has indicated its preference for Obama. Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, has written: “The change suggested by Obama is essential not only for the U.S. but for the entire human family.”

* Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi called Obama “a Muslim” and said: “All the people in the Arab and Muslim world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcome him and prayed for his success":

Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said this year: “We like Mr. Obama and we hope that he will win the election... He has a vision to change America.”

Hezbollah’s second in command, Sheik Naim al-Kassim, urged Americans to vote for Obama as a step toward peace with Islam, and pro-Hezbollah columnist Amal Saad-Ghorayeb said there is “no doubt Arabs should welcome an Obama presidency”.

In Saudi Arabia, commentator Hussein Shobokshi wrote that an Obama presidency “would mark an important moral transformation in the superpower and is a healthy indicator of the long-awaited improvement in the international arena.”

By now it's a public secret that a large amount of Obama's cash is illegal funding from abroad. Take it to the bank - no pun intended - that apart from a gazillion gullible Americans who are now donating glassy-eyed in order to later pay a multitude in taxes, there are many others across the globe financing to Obama's election machine. Via Michelle Malkin:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) today filed a supplement to its complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against the Obama for America campaign addressing its acceptance of foreign national and excessive contributions, donations from unknown sources, and demonstrated lack of oversight or concern for compliance with the law. The complaint demonstrates that the Obama campaign has failed to comply with federal campaign finance law in its fundraising. RNC Chief Counsel Sean Cairncross released the following statement today concerning the supplement to the complaint:

“Based on numerous press accounts that have come to light since our initial filing in early October, it is clear that the Obama for America campaign is operating outside of the law. The complete and total lack of any control mechanisms within the Obama campaign’s fundraising operation has undermined any confidence in their ability to curtail excessive, foreign, and fraudulent contributions and demands immediate attention from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).”

To those who feel beaten to a pulp by the Goebbelesque propaganda emanating from the Democrats, I've got a nice anecdote for you. On December 16, 1944, nazi troops launched a surprise attack in the Ardennes, Belgium, with the aim of cutting the Allied armies in two and conquer their main supply port, Antwerp. The day after, Eisenhower had a meeting with his senior generals. When he entered the conference room, he noticed that all faces were glum and depressed. He strongly reproached them all and, contrary to common wisdom, advocated that the crisis situation should be viewed with confidence and optimism.

I am sorry to say that I seem to discern a similar attitude among our American readers - at least, those who see Obama for what he is, a charlatan hell bent on destroying the America as we know it and morphing it into a cross between the EU and the USSR. Too many faithful readers seem to have resigned to the fate of living under a socialist regime, and my message to them is: THIS IS NOT OVER YET! MCCAIN CAN STILL WIN THIS! Like General Eisenhower on that cold grey winter morning long ago, we need to look at the current situation with optimism and confidence. In reality, McCain's situation is deliberately depicted worse than it is by the MSM, with the express aim of discouraging Republican voters to even show up at the voting stations. DON'T STEP INTO THAT TRAP. Shake off that glum mood!!! I thought real Americans were winners??? In case you have forgotten, that's a credo from another iconic great American from a time when the threats against your country were in fact much bigger! I am talking about General Patton of course, and to give you yet another quote, when Patton realized that the nazis in the "bulge" had in fact put themselves in a situation extremely vulnerable from the flanks, he exclaimed to his superior, General Bradley: "Brad, the nazis have stuck their head in the meat grinder... and this time I am turning the lever!!!"

In this final week of the elections, we all need a chunk of that untameable Patton grit. Me being a Belgian, I can't participate in the US elections nor give financial support - unlike Obama's foreign supporters, I respect US law. But what I can do, and WILL DO, is lending moral support. Why? Because I have always admired America. It's not that I turn a blind eye on America's faults, hard as it may seem to people who possibly think I'm a critiqueless zealot. It's just that I have until now always been able to conclude - I am absolutely convinced it's an honest, reasonable conclusion - that while there are some faults and warts and what not, America still is, and unequivocally so, a Force for the Good. Because she is what she is, UNTIL NOW. With this strange hyperbolic creature in the White House, a quintessentially elusive figure of vapor, hollow statements, false rhetoric and impossible promises, America will be transformed into a second European Union and believe me, YOU DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

Therefore I must urge all you Americans, at least those who love their country passionately and cherish the freedom and liberty granted to them by your country's marvellous Constitution, TO DONATE NOW FOR ONE LAST EFFORT. COME ON! DONATE NOW! OPEN THAT BANKING ACCOUNT!!!



"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists." - Barack Obama

What more proof do you need for chrissake???


Monday, October 27, 2008


... and speaking of guys spreading the wealth around...

Things have been going from bad to worse under President Evo Morales, a Chavez clone.

- by Anna Aliaga, PajamasMedia, October 8, 2008

Bolivia is in crisis. During the last month the lowland provincial leaders and their followers carried out a series of marches, protests, and violent takeovers of government offices protesting the Morales government’s position on the distribution of gas revenues (IDH) and the issue of previously agreed-upon departmental autonomies. So far there are 17 dead, one prefect has been arrested, a partial state of siege has been declared, and the lowland city of Santa Cruz was surrounded by 10,000 to 12,000 armed and angry MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) supporters.

Government officials, church leaders, representatives of social movements, and prefects are in a series of meetings trying to come to an agreement before Santa Cruz becomes the stage for another ugly confrontation. Evo Morales was in New York at the UN meeting lobbying for support for his government and rubbing shoulders with his allies, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Evo has said that if the opposition prefects do not sign a document agreeing to the proposed constitution, he will not take responsibility for what might happen in Bolivia. As we say in Bolivia, aquí estamos — here we are.

The overriding issues are the distribution of gas revenues, the issue of departmental autonomy, and the new constitution proposed by MAS. Evo Morales’ major accomplishment has been the nationalization of the natural gas sector. As Chavez before him, Evo wants to control the revenues of the newly nationalized companies. One of the problems that has ignited the recent crisis is the distribution of gas revenues. The original distributions were based on percentages agreed upon by consensus between the gas-producing regions, the prefects, and the central government...

When you go to that voting booth on November 4....

... don't be a FOOL.