Sunday, April 26, 2009

Poetic justice

Goddess forgive me for taking pleasure in other's misfortune, but I find it more than a little amusing that former US Ku Klux Klan chief David Duke was arrested in Prague. He was there to speak before a far right Czech group but apparently never made it to the gig.
He was arrested Friday afternoon in the Black Eagle restaurant in Prague's old town and questioned for several hours on suspicion of promoting movements seeking the suppression of human rights, police said.

His book contains passages denying the Holocaust, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison in the Czech republic, police spokesman Jan Mikulovsky said.
I have a feeling all the neo-cons and and other assorted wingnuts are going to be finding it's not as easy to travel out of the US as it used to be. Fortunately for Duke, they let him leave the country instead of throwing him in prison. He of course intends to sue.

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Anonymous Larkspur said...

He of course intends to sue. Of course. When your own ox is gored, OMG you are so entitled to the best lefty-liberal-maybe-even-Jewish trial lawyer there is. Everybody else's ox? Frivolous litigation.

Meanwhile, I have apparently killed yet another thread. Over at Sadly, No, the other day, I was reading about this "American Thinker" columnist, Alicia Colon. Her April 23 column is called "Manufacturing Consent For The Gay Agenda", and most of the comments are about how sick everyone is of gay people being pushy and flaunting sex at everyone, and "marriage is between one man and one woman, for makin' babies, since time immemorial", blah blah blah.

So I wrote a comment (as "Magatha"), trying to be as straight-forward and un-tricky as possible, wondering how the commenters would feel about a non-procreatin' het couple moving into their neighborhood.

Nothing. Jeepers. Shouldn't I at least get some "Eat shit and die, DFH!" response? Is it that bad of a question? Usually stupid questions get tons of derision. But for moi, nothing. Maybe I should be happy to have dodged a bullet.

It's here

9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Gotta hand it to the Czechs! They won't knuckle under to them Eurocrats, but they won't let Nazi's march through their country again, either. Raise a Pilsner!

Sue for what, Dave? Are you claiming that human beings have RIGHTS, now?

Nice chin-job, though. One of the prettier Klansmen. Could'a been Governor of Louisiana. Then he'd'a been Bobby Jindal. Rebuttin' that damn ol' "Magic Negro."

Oh, the irony.

Czech, please!

My favorite Czech book is "War With Newts.' It's not about Gingrich. But it coulda been.

6:17:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Larkspur. It wasn't a stupid question and I doubt they could crack through their cognitive dissonance to figure out an answer, so as is their MO, they ignore it.

Czechs are pretty cool Cosa. I'll have to check out that book. I don't think I've ever read any Czech books.

9:03:00 AM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Czech these out: Jaroslav Hašek, "The Good Soldier Švejk;" Karel Čapek, "War With Newts;" Milan Kundera, "The Unbearable Lightness Of Being;" Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis." Kafka wrote mostly in German, the others in Czech (and French, Kundera).Czech's not the best language to reach the world, but all translate well and are very much worth reading. Each has an unique world-view, and a very different sense of humor. All are available in English.

And don't eat sprouts..

10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Kafka came from a German speaking family and German was his first language although he learned Czech and some French. Most people consider him to be a German writer.

Back when I was a German language major I wasn't allowed to write a paper on Kafka, because as they told me "he wasn't German" I took it to mean he was Jewish.

All those are very good books, Cosa. Die Verwandlung is more of a short story though.

10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Since most of Kafka's work was unpublished, and unfinished at the time of his death, they're all pretty much short stories. "Metamorphosis" was one of the few he actually finished. Max Brod put the other books together for publication after Kafka's death, according to his own understanding of them.

Kafka was by his own description a German Jew, though not a very religious one in his early life. His family were all from Bohemia, where Franz was born and raised and later died of TB in Prague.

Kafka was accepted as a writer by the Czechs, but his beloved Germans only saw him as a Jew. Some of his unpublished papers were confiscated by the Gestapo after the "union" with Germany, and have never been recovered. Kafka's sisters all died in Hitler's concentration camps.

Though he wrote in the German language, Kafka was no German. They saw to that. His sensibility was quintessentially modern, Czech, Jewish, and anathema to the Nazi's. But name one great Nazi writer whose work has influenced all others'.

3:56:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I know - for some reason he wanted his writing destroyed. I've always had an affinity for him. We both were trapped working for an insurance company and we both had similar fathers. For a non-German, he was certainly a master of the language.

"But name one great Nazi writer whose work has influenced all others'."

Josef Goebbels - Karl Rove. Weiter kann ich nichts sagen.

9:09:00 AM  

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