Saturday, October 11, 2014


Crash Test Dummies with Mmm mmm mmm mmm. What else?

Canadians from Winnip-eh, Manitoba.

Pixies with Velouria. From imho their best album, Bossanova (1990).

Amazing song. Must have played it a thousand times in my last year in Ghent, 1991.

Good night.


Friday, October 10, 2014


All week long there have been heavy clashes between Kurds and salafists on Hamburg's streets. Breitbart has the goods.

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"...Gangs have been taking to the streets of Germany for much of this week, as “peaceful” protests by Yazidi Kurds were attacked by “ISIS terrorist Militias” of Salafist Muslims armed with broken bottles, machetes, and in some cases even firearms. The violence echoes that of the ISIS conflict in Syria and Iraq, and the riots in Turkey that killed 14 this week.

Dozens have now been injured in Germany as the numbers protesting increased night-on-night, with 400 Kurds facing off 400 Muslims on Tuesday.

An estimated 1,000 Kurds turned out on Wednesday to continue the protest, and many returned to the same mosque again on Wednesday night in defiance of their attackers.
Police, who had been called up from several states was able to keep disturbance to a comparative minimum but there were still ugly scenes, as widely reported in the German press.
Weapons included “knives, brass knuckles, iron bars, a machete and even kebab skewers”, and police reported confiscating a gun with ammunition, following another firearm taken earlier in the week.

Many Germans have expressed alarm at the events, saying the fights showed Germany was becoming a violent side-show in global conflicts, and there had been a "blurring of borders in the war propagated by the IS".

Joachim Lenders, chairman of the local police officers union said the violence was of "civil-war like excess" and "without the professionalism of the police people would have died". Protests also took place in Berlin, Bremen, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Münster, Frankfurt, and Stuttgart."

Check out the Daily Mail's coverage too.

A couple of years ago, a certain Andrew Neather, a former advisor to Tony Blair, David Blunkett and Jack Straw publicly admitted that the massive increase in the influx of migrants into the UK was a deliberate attempt by Labour to "open up the UK to mass immigration" and to "radically change the country and rub the Right's noses in diversity".

As we have been covering ad nauseam on DowneastBlog, this kind of policy was implemented basically all over Western Europe, courtesy the socialists and greens BUT with the tacit approval of much of what passes for the "Right" or center right.

We are increasingly beginning to see how that 'rubbing our noses in diversity' is panning out. One man knew it all decades ago:

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Thursday, October 09, 2014


It must have been 1987 when I saw Hamburger Hill - as a student in Aalst, in one of those two cinemas there, not far from the centre. Have forgotten its name. The Palace? Whatever.

Anyway, this was three years after Platoon, and at the time the latter struck me as by far the most authentic.

Over the years I have changed my opinion.

The following exerpt shows a squad of Screaming Eagle paras descending the slopes of said 'Hamburger Hill' after the umpteenth fruitless attempt to take the summit:

HH's director was John Irvin. Looking back now, it is clear Irvin's sympathies were far more with the US military than Stone's. No phoney baloney bromides about 'the enemy is inside us'. I recall Irvin saying in a TV interview shortly after the release something to the extent of "The enemy was the VC, the NVA, period", and I guess if you had asked any trooper back then, he would have agreed - with the exception of John F*cking Kerry, of course.

That said, I do have my issues with regards to the battle of Dong Ap Bia, which is how the Vietnamese know Hamburger Hill (FYI, in straight army parlance it was Hill 937, a dominating feature in the A Shau valley). The heroism of the units involved is without question. The wisdom of the troop deployment is not. Wars are about winning, but military commanders have a moral obligation to find out the cheapest way to achieve that aim. Which is why, say, a Montgomery, is more sympathetic to me than a Patton. Patton was a far more flamboyant character than Monty was, and therefore more likely to be perceived as a jolly good chap. By contrast, Monty was someone who seemed to possess a natural talent for inducing chagrin.

But Patton was someone who was prepared to send troopers to certain death to make a show, as the story of Captain Baum proves. Check that out for yourself, it's about a US Army captain who in the last weeks of the war penetrated the German lines in order to fetch Patton's son-in-law, a certain John Waters if memory serves, from a POW camp 100 or so kloms behind the frontline. The attempt 'scheitered', Baum's entire task force was destroyed and the surviving members sent to the POW camp themselves, and all of that to set a guy free who would have been liberated in a matter of weeks anyway.

That's playing with soldier's lives in my book, and I have no good word for that. Monty would never have done that.

Anyway, the above fragment for some reason has continued to capture my imagination, if anything for it shows that back then already, Ted Kennedy was a defeatist ass. Good performance of Dylan McDermott as Sgt Adam Frantz too. Strange how this guy's movie career seems to have faltered after that.