|Dear Your Czarness:
Please pardon a humble minion, but I wish to draw your attention to the media coverage of the “European Refugee Crisis,” which has risen to such a crescendo-of-crap (™ pending!) that I simply must disturb the serenity of Castle Gormogon.
The media discovered, just last week, that people, mainly from countries in Africa and the Middle East, are taking terrible risks to enter Europe. Now, if you’ve ever been near a large train station in a major European city (think Paris’ Gare du Nord, Roma Termini, or Milano Centrale), you would know that Europe has absolutely no shortage of people of African or Middle Eastern descent. Just try to enjoy a moment pondering the majesty of the Pantheon or the Colosseum without a flock of malodorous dudes rushing you shouting “Selfie Stick.”
But when the media picked up the sad photo of a drowned little boy, dead on a Turkish beach, then they decided…to…do…something. And what they have decided to do is to orchestrate a campaign to resettle all “migrants” because this is a “CRISIS.” And certainly for Yazidis, Syriac Christians, and elderly archaeologists in Palmyra, among others, the Syrian situation is indeed a crisis, truly a matter of life and death. Ignoring the millions of Syrians living in safe-if-not-plush refuge in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, the media has been captivated by those Syrians crossing from Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia.
I just watched a Fox News story on a Syrian refugee family in the UK. The patriarch, Ahmed, helpfully labelled “Father,” complained that it was hard to find jobs, and that engineers were reduced to menial labor. Boo. Hoo. Menial labor may be a downer, but menial labor in London beats living (or not living) under ISIS, doesn’t it?
Earlier this week, PBS “Newshour” featured interviews with Syrians camped out in the main Budapest train station or walking toward Germany. The Hungarian authorities were harshly criticized for preventing the masses from boarding trains to Germany instead of following EU law and registering for refugee status in Hungary. Pitiful little children were featured and, in excellent English, a young man who claimed to be a computer engineer explained why Germany was their destination of choice. Now call me stupid, but if I were genuinely in fear of my life, whether by the Assad regime or ISIS, I’d be damned grateful for a pallet on the floor of the Budapest train station or wherever the good citizens of Hungary asked me to go. Because, you see, while it might not be as cushy as the deal offered by Berlin or Copenhagen, I’d be safe from beheading, crucifixion, barrel bombs, etc.
Meanwhile, NPR’s “All Things Considered” did an interview with the Canadian uncle of the poor little boy whose death photo so stirred the media. The man explained that the little boy’s family had been in Turkey for a year, but decided to pay smugglers to take them to Greece. The Canadian man and his wife, the child’s aunt, had sent the money to smuggle the family from Turkey to Greece because “they had lost hope” in Turkey. The child in the photo, his mother and his older brother were all drowned, and the father must be suffering unimaginable grief. The NPR interviewer, by this point, was audibly crying, an unprofessional display that I would say falls under the description of “yellow journalism.” You’d have to have a heart of stone not to pity the deaths of those poor children, but it would seem to me that the parents made the decision to put their small children on an over-crowded dingy, leaving safe refuge in Turkey.
The media might do some good if they perhaps did some stories about the nasty smugglers who profit on the misery of others. Perhaps they might point out that little boys don’t drown in the Mediterranean if their parents don’t abandon safe refuge and put themselves in the hands of criminal gangs. Nonetheless, Angela Merkel states that Germany (population 81 million) is ready to take in 800,000 in 2015 alone, and for this policy The Economist (Sept. 5th) lauds her as “Merkel the Bold.”But there is a catch, as Merkel wants all the other EU countries to agree to mandatory resettlement quotas.
Hmmmmm… so Germany declares „ Wilkommen bis Alles “ but expects “equitable redistribution” in the interests of “solidarity.”
Translation: Hey, Poland, get ready for 11,946 newcomers! [Also sprach EU commissar Juncker]
Which is really hilarious, since there is absolutely no way Germany will ever force a single person to board a train in Bonn bound for Gdansk. Bad visuals, right?
I don’t know what the outcome of this whole experiment in mass migration will be, but I think the EU had better hope a lot more Americans start riding their trains in case there are some jihadi-wanna-be’s happen to be amongst the genuine refugees.
Yours from the Doublewide, JAB
Some of this is perfectly explicable. Assuming you already know that the media are almost entirely sword-swallowing leftists, the next item to mention is that Leftists all believe in the dissolution of national borders. Really: leftists think individual countries are a bad idea, and believe that all peoples should live together without distinction of nationality—and invariably under a centralized world government led by some earnest progressive. Who would totally not be a dictator at all. Or at least a bad guy. Unless he had too, well, then, of course, that would make sense.
Hence the media’s total inability to understand the differences between migrants, refugees, immigrants, illegals, displaced peoples, and fugitives. If you dissolve national boundaries, then all of this makes sense. It also explains why European powers think they can order other countries around, and sending these displaced folks all over the place without any regard for their social norms and customs is perfectly acceptable.
Another thing to know is that the media loves Europe and its apparently successful and wealthy form of socialism. As everyone knows, socialism works in Europe and if America tried to be more like Europe, well, everything would just work out.
The media spends as little time on research as ‘Puter.
|By the way, thanks so much for the tasty-looking recipes from your Labor-Day-Palooza! We who dwell in the Trailer-Park-at-the-Edge-of-Town have a handy supply of pecans, which I will soon utilize in your balsamic vinegar recipe.|
Heck, yes, you’re welcome. If you can’t grill the sauce, you can easily do this in the kitchen, indoors on the stovetop.
And speaking of socialism—and nuts—here’s The One in Nebraska.
|Mister Czar, sir:
One of the scary things about the runup to election is the Bernie phenomenon. How can so many people really believe that socialism is a good idea? My guess is that all they know about socialism is based on that All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten book. They don’t really understand that socialism is a failed economic theory that has never ever worked on planet Earth. They do seem to think of the whole thing as a kind of kind of kindergarten for adults, where the nice lady tells you stories, feeds you cookies and makes sure you get your nappy.
If we going to undo all of this kindergarten nostalgia we are going to need to give them a good working definition. I think I have one:
Socialism is a form of economics where the political class decides exactly who gets what and how much. If you are comfortable letting someone have that kind of power over your life, you just might be a socialist.
Whaddya think? Think that might work?
Signed your biggest fan. You know, the one in Nebraska.
The Czar is utterly perplexed over this utterly ignorant nostalgia for the 1960s and 1970s brands of socialism. Not just here—Bernie Sanders is a goofball, and is being used by the Democrats to express their displeasure with Hillary Clinton must in the same way non-voting Republicans are ticked enough at the Establishment to entertain a disaster like Donald Trump. But check out the very real circus happening in the UK with the Labour Party going overtly Marxist.
The fundamental question we have is how individuals like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn can even be candidates, let alone be in contention for real offices. Are there that many people who find socialism funny enough that these guys can get elected anywhere in either country? The Czar can’t readily accept that every one of Sanders’ voters is overtly stupid: rather, they are either utterly ignorant (very possible) or think his rewritten form of socialism is funny enough to be a lark (also quite possible).
The real failure therefore is not with Sanders (or Corbyn), but in the opposing candidates who somehow failed to point out that Socialism is an inevitable disaster. As evidence of this, how has Hillary Clinton not annihilated Sanders in the early campaigning? Yeah, true, she’s totally inept as a candidate, but her staff could wipe out Sanders in a couple of video segments on YouTube (Sanders is that much of a whackjob).
Here comes the flush of email telling the Czar that voters are that stupid, that the Left does believe in Sanders’ socialism (or worse), and that Hillary is that pathetic. Got it.
But there must be something more to it, no? On the plus side, we basically have the Democrats admitting they’ve gone from being the party of slavery to being outright socialists. They’re not even hiding it anymore, which ought to speed up their slither into political pathos.
The Czar has long believed that there should be two parties in the United States: Republicans and Libertarians, with Democrats being a fringe group like the Greens. Likely? Not yet—but if you were to wipe out Leftist progressivism from American politics, that’s really what you’d have left.
Volgi is usually quite good at this stuff, replying to a post and explaining it to all of us in simple terms. Let’s hope he takes on the challenge.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.