When so desperate to hold onto power

This past year we have seen how certain people tried to do everything to get another person in the bad light. All tactics where used to bring negative news in the ether. Members of certain political groups did not mind tearing down ‘colleagues’, calling them names and trying to pulverise them in public.

Carson in 2015

Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. , neurosurgeon, writer and politician, running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election

Even a reluctant politician who is really concerned about saving the American nation, (probably) because of his coloured skin, was by a much broader man from his own party laughed at and ridiculed. Though also speaking his mind Ben Carson did not come up to the word-waterfall of the person who should have been his team mate.

Ben Carson, who saw as the dangers of Political Correctness, suspended his campaign at the CPAC conference in Maryland on March 4, 2016. It looked like many did not want to know of Carson’s political traditional views which seemed to be infused with common sense. Seeing that the national debt of those states, other countries jealously look at, is incalculably excessive, he proposes a flat tax – just and correct, in his estimation, because it mirrors the Biblical mandate of tithing – as the solution.

For the other interesting candidate with very good propositions it is clear that at this time of massive wealth and income inequality, the Americans need a progressive tax system in their country that is based on the ability to pay. Like it is unacceptable in Belgium and other countries that major corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in the country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their secretaries, in the Western World we should start stopping to pamper the rich, making them even wealthier, propertied at the cost of the hard working lower income group.

In the U.S.A., Belgium and other European countries we can see that the middle class is depleted and less people are willing to take the risk starting a new business, not receiving enough cheep money because the citizens do not get enough interest on their savings and are penalised when buying shares, having to pay over and over taxes on each transaction and gain (but Belgians cannot deduct the losses from their taxes).
With good reason the democratic party man asked for democratic measures demanding the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations paying their fair share in taxes. Naturally the wealthy man good in his skin had enough reason to stand up against this man which he also called a communist. A typical trick to call everything what smells a little bit to social to pull the machine-gun.

According to Ben Carson

“It is obvious that the media has decided who the winner of this election should be; but by so grossly overplaying its hand, the media has lost all credibility as a source for objective facts and surrendered its role as a neutral arbiter of political discourse.”

Worse is also that the media were manipulated by offices which should take care everything is under control. But the FBI bringing out news just to undermine a candidate or to bring tumult in the race is unheard of and should not be done. What would people say if by an investigation about some one everything is brought in the news before anything is known for sure or even when the investigation does not go about that person?

The man who in the past has given money to both parties, according to whom suited him best for his needs, now has taken over the strings and has played Punch and Judy, with the real life marionettes of the republic as well as of the democratic party. Several democratic party members were so caught up in their own egos they failed to see how Trump drove a wedge between the republican party members.

Strangely enough people like Carson suddenly came into the defence of their attacker concerning his misconduct with women. But he was right in saying

“It doesn’t matter whether they’re lying or not. What matters is that the train is going off the cliff. We’re taking our eye off of that, and we’re getting involved in other issues.”

All time everything was done to get the eyes and minds away from real political, economical, social and welfare issues. From Trump we nearly never heard him to go deeper in the real issues and presenting his projects. Clinton at the other hand gave enough time to see in her cards and allowed people to think about what she is proposing and wants to have done when she becomes a president. Her party has a real program ready – or that is what we are made to believe, and which I think all can believe they will be ready to tackle the presidency on an international diplomatic level. Hillary Clinton has the experience and knows how many beans go to the dozen.

The man who wants her imprisoned and shall take care she and all other of his opponents shall be tampered with when he becomes president, has already been lashing out at anyone who did not show enough loyalty to him. He also detached himself from and de-legitimized the institutions of American political life, calling the system rotten. If he would be able to show where the system goes wrong and he is also not involved or on that same rotten line, there would not be such a problem. He in the previous years as made well use of that system that could provide protection for all his lucrative businesses. He was able to misuse foreign workers to have the work done cheap for him, and he agreed he went to the roof when his food was not ready when he came home or when it did not go to his likings. Dangerous also is that he is proclaiming conspiracies everywhere — in polls (rigged), in debate moderators (biased) and in the election itself (soon to be stolen). But he wanted the people to believe they did not need an election because when Hilary wins that would be the proof all is screwed up and that is all one fraud, so they better had to take him straight away, without voting, to make him the next president of the United States of America.


Cartoon taken from the must read article Just Sayin’ by Barking In The Dark

Pulsating with grievance and vitriol, unmoored from conservative orthodoxy, and deeply suspicious of the fast-changing culture and the consequences of globalization, at no point ever having shown to have a good knowledge about foreign policy, nor diplomacy, he not only broke down people outside the republican party. He managed to show the world how fractured and unconsistent the republican party has become, because so many were so much busy by trying to save their own skin in the hope to get some place when Trump would be on, that they forgot to think in union for the party. Fearing for their own life they gave up the credibility of the party.

What veteran GOP strategist Mike Murphy says should the minds go rolling and got many’ s eyes opened

“I think Trump is right: the shackles have been released, but they were the shackles of reality.”

Though I am not quite sure of his following saying

“Trump has now shifted to a mode of complete egomaniacal self-indulgence. If he’s going to go off with these merry alt-right pranksters and only talk to people who vote Republican no matter what, he’s going to lose the election substantially.”

A bigger problem which shall rise is that when trump looses it shall take a long time before the wounds of the republican party shall be healed.

As a nation the Americans may find themselves so divided as to be broken. By all the actions and all the storms and fires Trump ignited the American citizens are so divided that they have never before experienced and which many do not realise the cracks are really as terrible as the sounds he made.

Now we have the constituents of one political party so consumed by hatred that they will go along with their party’s vow to, in effect, tear up the Constitution. This hatred has been stoked by a cynical Republican Party so desperate to hold onto power at any, and all, cost that they are willing to inflame the fears of their base with unfounded rumor, lies and innuendo promoted by an eminently unqualified candidate who has both encouraged gun owners to do “something” if Hillary wins, and encouraged Moscow to hack our election – and, who embodies the very worst in us. {Despicable; The Republican Legacy}

American know best how much they can trust the sayings of their parties. But we in the West saw already how they worked against Barack Obama and made him life difficult. In case the Republicans are going to do what they promised, Americans shall come to face a terrible difficult time. They made it quite clear that if Hillary Clinton is elected President they will not let her govern, they will not consider her Supreme Court appointee and they will, in fact, block any of her initiatives – and they will hold hearings with the expressed intention to impeach.

By all the mud which has been thrown, all the indecency that went on, all the interfering of intelligence forces and secret agents interfering with internal political matters, made this election a turning point in the American history, proving how much democracy has been turned upside down. Also the previous events made that the people in charge of the country shall have to proof again to the public that it is serious business for them and not just a game of getting the highest position to do whatever they want for gaining the most amount of money no matter if the ordinary citizen has to kneel down for it and give in a lot of his earnings and has to face walls around boarders and not receiving certain foreign products any more because of bad relations.

In case the person with the biggest tongue, who has constantly spewed racism, lies and insults towards Hillary Clinton, immigrants, women and anyone who disagrees with him, and has brought the Americans to the this pinnacle of a culture of hate, wins than the West also would have to take a careful attitude concerning the diplomatic arrangements to be made in the near future. Like the Brexit voters awakened after the British election it can well be that Americans also could awaken in the next nightmare, having their so called ‘saviour’ showing his real face and letting all what he promised aside like a ‘good joke’ they would not have had to believe, like Nigel Farage also told the population they could have know he could not provide all that money for social security or give all those things the public wanted.

But even when the Americans show their lucid mind their country, its ability to govern and be governed by law, has now been so damaged by the Republican Party that it will take many decades for them to recover. As ever they will do, but like by any war they’ll come out of it very handicapped.

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Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Walls,colours, multiculturalism, money to flow, Carson, Trump and consorts

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses


Please come to read also

  1. Whoever makes tomorrow better than today wins a vote
  2. It’s time for a new way to elect a president
  3. Despicable; The Republican Legacy
  4. Just sayin’


Additional reading

  1. Trump brand of migrant demonization #1
  2. Children of Men


Further reading

  1. More and more Republicans support Trump’s draconian—and downright inhumane—deportation proposal
  2. Operation Wetback, the 1950s immigration policy Donald Trump loves, explained
  3. Donald Trump on Immigration 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
  4. Advice for People Close to Trump
  5. Ben Carson Says Trump Tape is Media Scheme to Cover Hillary’s Ass
  6. Donald Trump’s Statements On Sexual Assault And Rap Lyrics Are Completely Incomparable
  7. Afternoon Minute: “Luke Cage” Star Responds To Criticisms About His White Wife 1
  8. Afternoon Minute: “Luke Cage” Star Responds To Criticisms About His White Wife 2
  9. Watch: Ben Carson ‘Surprised’ CNN Anchor Hasn’t Heard ‘Locker Room Talk’ Like Trump’s
  10. Watch Ben Carson Render CNN’s Brianna Keiler Speechless With His Defense Of Trump’s ‘Locker Room Talk’
  11. Skip This if you Don’t Want to Know my Thoughts on the Election
  12. Trump defender Ben Carson finds one Obamacare piece not all bad
  13. Ben Carson on ‘Morning Joe’: ‘Turn Her Microphone Off’
  14. Ben Carson Says ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ If Trump Accusers Are Lying Or Not
  15. The Presidential Race: What am I missing?
  16. Ben Carson Gave Perhaps His Most Off The Rails Interview Yet On MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Today
  17. I Respect Trump More Than I Respect This Guy
  18. You get up with fleas
  19. Done for life
  20. Ben Carson Addresses Trump’s Sexual Assault Allegations at Metro Rally
  21. Inside Donald Trump’s echo chamber of conspiracies, grievances and vitriol
  22. Willie D. – “Coon 2” (A Michael Jordan, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Steve Harvey Diss)
  23. Seriously? 
  24. Ben Carson: ‘We Just Need A System That Is Not Political’
  25. Ben Carson: ‘Think About Your Children And Grandchildren’
  26. Donald Trump once had a meeting
  27. FBI Ramps Up Investigation – Hillary Clinton May Have Violated Public Corruption Laws
  28. A John The Baptist Sermon For America Today
  29. Prominent Surrogates Campaign For Trump, Clinton
  30. The 17 Craziest things said in this election
  31. I Supported Donald Trump for a Day
  32. 16 Songs to Get You Through Election Day
  33. But Even If He Doesn’t
  34. Fox Election Coverage: Dour Early Focus on a Divided America
  35. Voters flock to women’s suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony’s grave on Election Day
  36. Here’s The Unedited Truth About Both Of Our Presidential Candidates
  37. #ImWithHer
  38. My vote for Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence is officially in…
  39. Clinton and Trump Election Parties Will Be About a Mile Apart Causing New York Security Concerns
  40. Clinton and Trump Election Parties Will Be About a Mile Apart Causing New York Security Concerns
  41. Third Female President
  42. Why Donald Trump bests Hillary Clinton on key tech policies
  43. Lady Gaga performs with Jon Bon Jovi at Midnight Clinton Rally
  44. Talking to Americans Nov 9
  45. First female commander-in-chief or billionaire President? US decides today
  46. Chance the Rapper Held a “Parade to the Polls” Following His Concert Last Night
  47. A final economic health check in the most important swing states
  48. The Best and Worst Lessons We Learned from the 2016 Election
  49. Dan and Michelle’s Unofficial Presidential Text Poll
  50. U.S. markets hold their breath on Election Day
  51. Battleground ’16: Election Day Is Finally Here
  52. Both George Bush AND Michael Moore support Hillary Clinton for President… Has George Bush suddenly become Progressive…Or…is Michael Moore just “a sack of sh-t”? | Paul Joseph Watson (Video)
  53. Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Final Florida Polls November 8th
  54. Election Day: Why a Vote for Hillary Clinton is a Vote for Evil!
  55. Election Day Is Officially Here: Two Topless Chicks Decided To Protest Trump At A Polling Location
  56. Canadian dollar stable as U.S. voters head to the polls on Election Day
  57. the day herstory is made
  58. Is an upset possible? Don’t ask the pollsters
  59. Hillary Clinton Casts Her Vote In New York, Citing How ‘Incredibly Happy’ She Feels On Election Day
  60. Trending GIF: hillary clinton, vote, voting, election day, election day 2016, casting vote, cast vote
  61. Here’s what Donald Trump posted to Twitter on election eve
  62. Go Vote! Oliver the German Shepherd Puppy’s Go Vote Public Service Announcement
  63. This really is a climate change election
  64. Early Election Results: Clinton Leads Florida, Colorado — Races Look Tight
  65. Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? America starts to vote in the most divisive election in history: Tuesday US election briefing
  66. Decision 2016
  67. A Divided Country, A Divisive Election: Where Do We Go From Here?
  68. How Democrat Rallies Treat The Country
  69. Predictions for North Carolina
  70. Clinton Supporters Are Going To The Polls Dressed In White — Here’s Why
  71. The Shattered Glass, a Quartz cocktail to drink if Hillary Clinton wins





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Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Only a few hours are left for American citizens to decide if they are going to remain loyal to a political party or opt for the security of their own nation and the world.

36 years ago there was a republican who shouted he was going to

“make America great again”

In 1896 the Republican Party (GOP) became dominant until 1932. In 1964 the United States of America could again find themselves a critical election with a shift at the presidential level to the Republican (GOP) presidential candidates. However, there was a gradual shift toward the GOP at the state and local levels, as Aldrich (2000) and others have found. Democratic voting remained strong into the 1970s and only slowly shifted towards the GOP as state Republican organizations systematically broadened their base in the 1980s and 1990s.

Some actor could get the people also at his political hand. The majority voted Donald Reagan to be the 40th president of their nation from 1980 onwards, though or perhaps because for his conservative Republicanism, his fervent anticommunism, and his appealing personal style, characterized by a jaunty affability and folksy charm.

It must be said that was a man of words and his remarkable skill as an orator earned him the title “the Great Communicator.”  His party member with the big words or big mouth for this presidential election has not such refined vocabulary neither refined manners.

In the 1960ies the Americans and Europeans could already not that more and more money came into the play. those who wanted to get through presidential primaries had to have enough financial backing. Today it has been made clear those who have not enough financial resources do not have any chance at all.

After 1968 the extensive use of political advertising on television became something the ordinary American seemed to find normal. The high cost of presidential campaigns and the consequent increase in the influence of special interest groups made the system more corrupt, whilst the majority of the American population did not notice how they where lured into the trap of commercialism and public indoctrination by the media.

From the 1960ies time spend on fund-raising increased, but with the present primaries we could see and hear that setting up a big mouth and telling as much private matters and lies about the opponents as possible would bring most nominations. The 2012 election became the most expensive in history at an estimated cost of $6 billion (presidential and congressional elections combined). This election shall probably a much higher figure.

The man of words who became president in 1980 had promised to do things and had not told so many lies nor did not find it necessary to throw with mud all the time not giving any decent answers to the problems to be solved.

Reagan from the beginning made it clear he would not work together with the Soviet Union and other communist or dictatorial countries, actively seeking a rollback or collapse of the USSR as well as an end to the Cold War. This time his republican party presents a candidate who loves dictatorship and already gave enough signs what he would do to get all those who stand in his way, out of the way. The republican candidate beginning 21st century does not mind at all to work with the Russian and Turkish dictators and finds that Europe had to be already a long time (since last year) the battlefield for a world in which America would be glad to provide the weapons.

The sale of such weapons has to increase and is part of making the States bigger and stronger, having more fighting countries dependent on the weapon deliveries.

Supporters of Trump point and scream at an anti-Trump demonstrator holding a sign during a Trump campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona. [Reuters]

Though Donald Trump did not proof to know much about history and geography, the world should know that he is not the first authoritarian demagogue who could take power and undermine constitutional government in the US or Europe. Right-wing authoritarian populists have often grabbed power during economic crises, particularly in Western societies suffering national decline and severe racial divisions or culture wars.

In the bad economic situation of his country and in the fear of many for the refugees the man with the big mouth and the big purse, knows how to get people to believe in what he promises going to do for making the county big. He has not a particular ‘moustache’ but his attitude, body language and way of shouting, creating lots of  non-saying winds, stoking fire, for getting him into power, is something more people should be aware off and fear for.

When Reagan spoke of his great America, he meant one for all American citizens

“men and women of all races, nationalities and faiths bringing home to their families a decent paycheck.”

Concerning the way of financial compensation Trump already proved with his imperium how he made money on the slavery of others. He sometimes in the debates said Americans  should give work to Americans, though he himself hired lots of Chinese and brought in material from China, though it could all come from the states itself.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United States, from 1981 to 1989.

For those who did not have opportunities to go to college Reagan promised a solution and got arrangements when he was a president to have more people having the opportunity to study where they wanted. This time those with no money would not have to hope for changes to go to a high school, because the State should not fund such ‘idiots’ (dixit Trump)? For those without opportunities this time they should know it is their own fault and others should not pay for them.

Reagan his convention was full of optimism and specific plans to cut taxes, deregulate energy and enhance the military. The republican convention in Cleveland showed a total different republican party, with no place at all for people who could not proof they are real Caucasian in-breath Americans. Now Trump has allowed some coloured people around him and some Hispanic because he cleverly knows very well he needs them to get in, but can dump them straight after he is elected to president.

Those Americans who sincerely believe that the name calling from the beginning of the primaries is all gone and past show, shall be very surprised as the real Trump turns up again after they gave him their vote. The same what happened in Germany in the 1930ies could now repeat itself in the New World, if the American citizens are not careful.

At many occasions Donald Trump showed his disgust for people who come from other countries and for those who have not the same skin colour as him and do not have the same faith as the majority of Americans. On more than one occasion we heard Trump calling brown or black-coloured people not ‘niggers’ but “monkeys”.

According to Trump Jews, Muslims, Hispanics are the cause of the United States of America “going to hell” (his words). For him it is clear America has to do away with them and

“liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threatens their communities.”

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67th United States Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election

Trump all the time tried to take away the focus away from his own personality and his own background, shooting with enough dynamite, to have those coming to his speeches to cry out to get away with Hilary Clinton, who seemed to have done the worst of crimes. He also tapped into everything that the Americans dislike about the last eight years of presidency under Barack Obama in the “corrupt system”. Himself forgetting to be part of that corrupt system and having created enough opportunities to make himself rich in not always kosher manners, but knowing himself that is perhaps the only way to become so rich as he.

Today we can see that the one man who managed to build up a huge “money fort”, created not only his own brand, both in business and politics, he also managed to pull the wool over most American’s their eyes.

Republicans claim to revere Reagan, yet their 2016 nominee fails to honour his ideals and made brushwood of many of the other republican candidates, also bringing a program (if you can call it that) which goes far away from the lines of the republican party Europe and the rest of the world knows.

For a quarter-century Hilary Clinton has been the GOP‘s go-to gal for outrage. Though today many republican should come to consider if they are going to honour their republican party and vote for this bugaboo or shall better choose from the “two bad people” the least bad one. They should sincerely come to think either to save the country or to save the position of that nominee, of which they better wonder if they can agree with all he says.

The danger is that the man with his big mouth and so many lies, like the English politician Nigel Farage who got the Brits in the Brexit debacle, can have enough people on his hands to become the next president. We have seen the many caustic attacks from republicans to the democratic candidate. But they should open their eyes and get to see what this smart woman really has already accomplished on international political level and how diplomatic she always has been, even in the most difficult situations.

It is a pity she did not united with the very promising Bernie Sanders. It is good she begun to integrate some of Sanders’ demands about free college education, more expansive funding of social needs, confronting institutionalized racism and mass incarceration, stronger anti-fracking and higher solar and wind production, a higher minimum wage, and reversing Citizens United.

We can only hope Sanders’ supporters have come out of the cold shower and shall be willing to support their other Democratic candidate. All should see that the democratic system is in danger when Trump would become the leader of the United States. His right-wing populism and the power of the weapons-lobby also can create a real political revolution and can bring the country in more troublesome times than now.

Lauren Carasik, the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law writes

Though the racialised and nativist hostility he has exploited will not evaporate with Trump’s defeat, it would be immeasurably amplified if he wins.

Either way, the enduring damage to the country’s international standing and founding ideals is already incalculable.

We in Europe do know that Trump is no fool but a very ‘handy’ man cunning as a fox. We also know that lots of the things he promised he shall never go to fulfil. But he made it clear that he would abandon America’s obligations to their North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, and for sure we in Europe shall have to face it. But we in Europe shall have nothing any more to say about human rights of which the nation under his presidency shall not be bothered, because all means shall be good to get ‘the bad boys’ out of the way.  International treaties such as the Geneva Convention also then shall be something for the bin and America shall not having to fear to take into account the way nature is going.

Let us hope there are more people, than Trump thinks, living in the United states that can use their brains properly and can use the balance mechanism to bring out a vote to give America a worthy trustable position.


Please also come to read:

  1. Republicans deliberately broke American politics
  2. The Republican Party is Now an Open Threat to American Democracy
  3. Facing Down Trump’s Demagoguery: Lessons From Weimar Germany
  4. Donald Trump’s dangerous demagoguery
  5. Donald Trump is no fool: The dangerous demagogue knows exactly what he’s saying
  6. Trump’s demagoguery has no place in America
  7. Jews the next scapegoat for Donald Trump
  8. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  9. Blinded crying blue murder having being made afraid by a bugaboo


Further reading

  1. This Election Has Disgraced The Entire Profession Of Journalism
  2. Voter Suppression – 2016
  3. Paul Krugman Reveals Who Really Broke Our Democracy and Why. 
  4. Donald Trump Releases ‘Deplorables,’ an Anti-Hillary Clinton Ad
  5. Reluctant Conservatives For Hillary
  6. Cautious Clinton campaign sticks with creative that’s moving the dial
  7. Clinton Buries Trump in Negative Ads (News Post #10)
  8. Presidential Campaign Ads
  9. Posting Political Signs in the Window Is Your Right — Isn’t It?
  10. Political Advertising: Radio Wins the Vote
  11. Audi & Tecate: Debate Night In America
  12. Wall Street Worries As TV Stations Warn Political Ad Spending Will Fall Short
  13. US Presidential Election Snapshot
  14. Reading Post #10 – Political Advertising
  15. Political Advertising or Holiday Marketing in October: Which Is Worse?
  16. Here’s why you haven’t been bombarded with political ads this year
  17. “Is political advertising dead?” #QTWTAIN
  18. Impact of Political Ads on Brands (Chapter 13)
  19. Three Days
  20. “. . . Donald Trump is what Americans aspire to be . . . “
  21. Trump’s Russia, I mean America
  22. Donald Bigly Trump
  23. Donald Trump’s Love Affair With Russia And President Putin
  24. WSJ Breaking News Of Donald Trump’s Affair With 1998 Playmate Of The Year
  25. Donald Trump is not a friend of working people
  26. For Donald Trump And His Surrogates, Its A Small World, Part I (October Surprise)
  27. Donald Trump, Political Version…..
  28. Why I’m Voting For Trump
  29. The President of the USA and the Undecided Vote
  30. “Don’t forget to vote!” GOP volunteers work the phones, knock on doors in North Shore
  31. Ray Sawyer explains why you always lose if you vote Trump. No winners can vote Trump.
  32. Director Comey’s FBI’s Antipathy for Hillary Clinton is A Threat To National Security
  33. A look at the issues facing Canada with Clinton or Trump in the White House
  34. Feeling the Bern, yet still with her
  35. No. No you are not.
  36. Obama Alters U.S. Oath of Allegiance in Compliance with Islamic Law
  37. The Fall of the Constitution and The Rise of the Shadow Government
  38. Philip Roth: where are you now that we need you?
  39. Trump vs. Clinton: Will 2016 presidential election leave the U.S. a more violent place?
  40. Hispanics And Nasty Women Are Coming To The Rescue For Our Future First Lady, Hillary Clinton
  41. Calm down. The world won’t end if Trump (or Hillary) wins
  42. Hillary’s Last Message
  43. You Should Know: The Ninth Amendment
  44. Type Of Information The Far Right In Trumplandia Were Reveling In Before November Surprise
  45. Senate Majority or Not, Democrats Turn to Hard-Charging Schumer
  46. I Understand Why People Are Not Voting This Time Around
  47. Despicable; The Republican leagcy
  48. The Trump Show is Remaking William F. Buckley’s Carefully Scripted Conservatism
  49. How Party Division Delayed Republicans’ Congressional White South
  50. Bridgegate Guilty Verdicts Put Spotlight on Christie’s Role in Trump Transition Team
  51. After the Election: The Fight for Congress
  52. Connecticut Democratic and Republican parties gearing up for busy weekend
  53. Last Minute Plea To Fellow Americans: Please Do Not Vote For Donald Trump
  54. Vote Now!
  55. Who Will Win The 2016 US Election?
  56. If You Don’t know…
  57. US Election: Two Days Away
  58. It’s almost over.
  59. US election circus about to end
  60. Only 4 From GOP On Ballot For US House In Massachusetts
  61. Open Borders Are an Assualt on Private Property
  62. Five Conventions, Four Candidates, and Three Parties: Chaos before the Election of 1860
  63. The Culmination of Single Party Corporatocratic State
  64. Slick Rick Finally Gains US Citizenship After Over 20 Years Of Fighting
  65. Today, I become an American citizen
  66. Republican Party elephant makes first appearance
  67. Cartoon: after it’s all (not) over
  68. what was good about this election?
  69. Exposed
  70. We know Election Day exhaustion has set in when someone says “mazel tov cocktail” on CNN
  71. How Could You????
  72. The Values Behind the 2016 US Presidential Election
  73. Patton Oswalt Throws Down HARD For Hillary
  74. “It’s a Rigged System!” “Maybe The System Isn’t So Rigged After All!” “It’s a Rigged System!”
  75. Election 2016: a lesser of two God-awful choices
  76. Why This Rockmommy Endorses Hillary Clinton for President — But Thinks You Should Hit the Polls for the Other Candidates
  77. Glenn Beck Compares Donald Trump To Howard Hughes, Labels Him ‘Dangerously Unhinged’
  78. The REAL Wildcard in the 2016 Election
  79. Draco Malfoy Took A Break From Hogwarts To Start Supporting Donald Trump
  80. Republicans tried to vanquish Elizabeth Warren. Instead, they’ve only made her stronger
  81. Watch Crazy Trump Supporter Go Ballistic On Black Man And Use The N-Word
  82. Will Bill Clinton be known as the First Lady if Hillary wins?
  83. Clinton, Trump gear up for final day of campaigning
  84. Kellyanne Conway: a Poor Spin Doctor and a Failed Campaign Manager
  85. Everybody Is Telling Me That Trump Is Going To Win – So Why Do I Have Such An Ominous Feeling?
  86. Trump Still Says FBI Investigation Is Rigged
  87. What Happens If Faithless Electors Swing the Results?
  88. The Fate of the Country
  89. Half of America Is About to Get Gut-Punched
  90. Editorial: The Four Way Race
  91. Choosing a President: Reconsidered
  92. Make America Great Again…
  93. Donald Trump is confused by hip-hop: “Was it talking or singing? I don’t know”
  94. Celebrities’ Choice For President
  95. The United States is the Envy of the World



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Matte verklaring van Junckers

Voor een ‘State of the Union’ zou men een krachtige verklaring verwachten van de voorzitter van de Europese Commissie. Maar de tekst die wij hoorden voorgelezen worden door Jean-Claude Juncker was maar mat.

Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ook al mag de Europese integratie geen „kleurloze smeltkroes” worden bleek er slechts een kleurloos voorschrift voorgelegd te worden waarbij eigenlijk niets werd toegevoegd aan datgene wat elke Europeeër al wist en verwacht. De meeste leden van de Europese Unie zien wel het gevaar van het toenemende nationalisme waartegen Juncker zich keerde. Ook keerde hij zich sterk tegen het populisme waar Europese beleidsvoerders wel iets van weg hebben en meerdere staten een broodje van gegeten hebben. Volgens hem lossen deze geen problemen op maar creëren ze juist.

Natuurlijk zijn de anti Europeeërs slim genoeg om op de zwakke punten van de gemeenschap te wijzen. Daar ziet men nog steeds dat van uit het Oosten van Europa een toevloed van arbeiders is die in het Westen aan erbarmelijk lage logen werken en de jobs van de plaatselijke bevolking weg nemen. Men kan er niet aan onderuit om na al de maatregelen die de staten onderling hebben genomen, er nog steeds een veel te hoge werkloosheid heerst in Europa. Hierbij is volgens de commissievoorzitter

„Europa … niet sociaal genoeg.”

Met lede ogen hebben wij als burgers al die nodeloze inspanning moeten verwerken en voelen wij ons werkelijk bij de neus genomen. Dat is trouwens het kwaad zeer van de Unie.

„De burgers van Europa mogen niet langer bij de neus genomen worden, ze willen concrete resultaten zien”,

vervolgde Juncker in Straatsburg.

„De komende twaalf maanden zijn cruciaal om een beter Europa te scheppen.”

Juncker pleitte voor meer samenwerking tussen de lidstaten.

„We moeten de verdeling tussen Oost- en West-Europa overstijgen.”

De grote fout die men daar begaan heeft is dat men veel te vroeg Oostblok landen deel heeft laten uitmaken van de kapitalistische unie die daardoor sterk verzwakt werd. Vooral omdat er geen algemene overeenkomsten zijn betreft de arbeidsregeling in de onderlinge staten, waarbij men gelijkheid afdwingt voor elke werkende.

Junckers keerde zich tegen „sociale dumping” en brak een lans voor gelijk loon bij hetzelfde werk in hetzelfde land, wat een essentieel punt is om de ongelijkheid maar nog meer, de ontevredenheid en wrevel weg te krijgen.

Dat hij ook over de verloning van schrijvers en journalisten had is inspelen op de kaart van hen die over die beleidsvoerders moeten spreken, maar regelmatig op de tenen worden getrapt en steeds minder waardering krijgen voor hun werk en wiens kansen op verspreiding van hun werk bedreigt raakt door de afname van de gedrukte pers en voor vele mensen toch nog een duur internet dat niet steeds bereikbaar is.  Maar ook daartegen wil hij tegen 2025 een oplossing, alle Europeanen toegang belovend tot supersnel internet, via een zogenoemd 5G-netwerk.

Wat niet begrijpelijk is, is dat de voorzitter van de Europese Commissie niet meer zijn tanden heeft laten zien en niet meer werk heeft gemaakt om de Europese burgers werkelijk te laten zien dat die Europese Commissie haar reden van bestaan heeft en dat zij vorderingen maakt, ook al is het niet zo snel als velen zouden willen.

Europa kan een ‘boost’ wel gebruiken. Hiertoe moeten de leiders eerst en vooral laten zien dat zij er zelf in geloven en dat zij werkelijk iets hebben te bieden aan de burgerbevolking.

„De komende twaalf maanden zijn cruciaal om een beter Europa te scheppen.”

weet ook Juncker die verder pleitte voor meer samenwerking tussen de lidstaten.

„We moeten de verdeling tussen Oost- en West-Europa overstijgen.”

Benieuwen hoe de grens afsluitende landen zich bereid zullen verklaren om samen naar een degelijk werkende oplossing te zoeken voor het vluchtelingen probleem dat als een zwaard van Damocles boven Europa’s vermoeide hoofd hangt.



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For more than Three thousand people fifteen years ago this world came to an end

Today, fifteen years ago, in one nation thousands of people said good morning and said goodbye, never to think this would be their farewell kiss are last view of each other.

What started as a sunny early September day, a little bit with an after-Summer feeling was to become a nightmare for thousands of people all over the world.  Not restricted to the United States only, was the fire going over seas, from nation to nation, like falling domino stones.

In the nation where everybody seemed to be able to build up his luck with all the new technology, suddenly that technology seemed not able to protect them, like they had hoped it could do.

All over, the world had looked forward to the 21st century. In several countries the hope was already put on that new century decades beforehand. In Belgium Maurice Béjart had the lovely vision of having people of all nations, of all sorts of religions, working together, united as one soul. His Ballet du XXième sciècle had to be the signal for many nations how people should come to be united.

That horrible day of the first September where a two was standing at the first place, it was the ‘holy number’ seven plus two that would made the

intro into the 21st century of terror and modern warfare. {Former mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani }

Fifteen years ago suddenly mothers went to pick up their children from daycare centres and schools. I got a phone-call telling me I had to watch a terrible accident that just had happened and by coincidence was filmed.

Probably all over the world people were called to switch on their television. In many households this became the talk of the day for more than one day.

In the West this event was going to change ‘everything’. The way we were going to look at events and how we were going to react to certain circumstances. Awfully it was only just the beginning of more terrible things coming into our households. It was the event that got a ball rolling which is still rolling wild and does make certain people mad are not able to think straight any more.

For many, 15 years ago, made their entrance into hell. The furnace came to be opened to torture them for many years. Many still suffering a lot today.

It is for those who are still in pain we should have a moment of silence and a moment of thought. For those who lost their life and for those who had to continue living with the wounds of the 9/11 terrorism attack on New York City and the Pentagon, we should remember that black day in modern history.

After the two World Wars of the previous century the 21st century had opened with a firework which would bring many more terrorist attacks all over the world in name of a god and a religion, damaging the Real God (Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah) and the real religion of salam or peace  (the Islam) and making it that wrong figures in other monotheist religions would show their devilish face, doing un-Christian actions.

The gates have been opened to let the wild animals go roar and have the politicians take advantage of it to get their goal of having the people in their hand, getting them against the others.

In all this we should look back at what happened and think on how we can avoid such a thing in the future. At the same time we should reflect on this event that shook the world and make use of it to proclaim the better site of the coin. Not showing our fear to terrorists who are willing to gain more power and destruction, but showing the willingness to join forces and work towards a peaceful community.


Continue reading my article at my lifestyle magazine From Guestwriters: When the World Stood Still .. > Nailed to our chairs, never to forget


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  3. Louise Weiss building and towers after Ziggurat Babel
  4. Stronger than anything that wants to destroy
  5. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  6. Being Charlie 8
  7. Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad
  8. Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate
  9. 2015 the year of ISIS
  10. 2015 Human rights
  11. 2015 Film
  12. A world with or without religion
  13. Government school classroom assignment on world religions in discussion and Islamophobia gone wild
  14. Is the practice of religious freedom in danger in the United States of America
  15. Trump brand of migrant demonization #2
  16. When will it stop


Further reading

  1. The day that changed it all
  2. When War Came to America
  3. 15 Years Ago – When the World Changed
  4. Death at the hands of Others 
  5. Have We Forgotten?
  6. 9/11/01
  7. 9/11 by Eric Surrounded by waters
  8. 9/11- 15 years later
  9. A small tradition…
  10. George W. Bush’s Candid Reaction on 9/11 World Trade Center Disasters
  11. Fifteen Years Ago We Started Looking Away and We Never Stopped
  12. 9/11: a day never to forget
  13. 9/11 – 15 years later
  14. Gander, 9/11 and 15 Years
  15. Day 1350: Remembering
  16. 9/11 In A Nutshell
  17. 15 years
  18. Remembering by Weights
  19. The Day The Towers Fell…
  20. My Twin Towers Memories
  21. World Trade Center–South Tower
  22. The Twin Towers Before & After September 11th Attacks: Looking Back
  23. On the Eve of 9/11
  24. WTC 2001
  25. Contrast
  26. Never Forget
  27. Personal Stories From 9/11
  28. Grand Central Station
  29. Honoring 9/11, Remembering Jack Buck
  30. Michel Chossudovsky on 9/11 and the War on Terror
  31. What We Remember
  32. 9/11
  33. 9/11 by Anastasia Nicole Elisabeth
  34. 9/11 by Big T Books
  35. 9/11 by Bob Mitchell
  36. 9/11 by J Blattblog
  37. 9/11 Was  Fifteen Years Ago #9/11 #NewYork #USA #NayabChohan #TemplateNews #DistantEchoes #NayabChohanLive
  38. 9/11 -On the 15th Anniversary
  39. On 9/11 anniversary, sculptor Schmalz seeks to depict the love that can save even a terrorist
  40. 9/11 Remembered . . . 
  41. Why would anyone fly a plane into a building?
  42. My September 11 Story
  43. Watch: September 11, 2001 Live News Coverage as It Happened
  44. Watch: 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks [Videos]
  45. 9/11 – 15 Year Anniversary
  46. 15 years ago (The USF Matt blog)
  47. Emma Remembering 9/11
  48. Remembering 9/11
  49. Remembering 9/11 (Images)
  50. Remembering 9/11 by  John Greco
  51. In Memory of 9/11
  52. We remember 15 years ago …
  53. Why You’d Never Get Lost in NYC – 9/11
  54. 9/11: perspective of a retired firefighter
  55. 9/11 Pentagon Victims: Who Died at the Pentagon on September 11?
  56. Israel Did 9/11
  57. FBI Agent John O’Neill Warned of Al Qaeda Threat Long Before He Was Killed on 9/11
  58. Senator Markey Leads Resolution Honoring Flight Attendants And Pilots On 9/11 Anniversary
  59. Flags to be lowered and moment of silence to remember Sept. 11
  60. Nation Just Goes Ahead And Decides ‘Freedom Prevails Over Hate’ Is Lesson Of 9/11
  61. 15 Years Later: Remembering 9/11
  62. Never Forget
  63. Where I was on 9/11
  64. #NeverForget My 9/11 Story
  65. Remember
  66. I Remember 9/11.
  67. Fifteen
  68. “Fifteen Years”
  69. 15 Years
  70. 15 years ago…
  71. 9/11 15 years On
  72. 15th Anniversary of 9/11
  73. Fifteen 9/11’s
  74. 15 Years Ago: Remembering 9/11
  75. Remembering a True New Yorker on 9/11
  76. 9/11 thoughts on the heroes of the day
  77. Fifteen years since terror entered…
  78. Today (by Ar Willis)
  79. September 11, 2001: “She must be watching a movie…”
  80. Horror, Valor…and Hope
  81. Remembering 9/11 on the 15th Anniversary
  82. My Experiences During 9/11
  83. My Family And 9/11
  84. Never Forget 9/11
  85. Never Forget 9-11-2001
  86. Let Us Not Forget Our Friends
  87. Honor the 9/11 Victims
  88. Honoring The Heroes On The Hill
  89. Oliver Stone Remembers 9/11: What The U.S. Government Knew & How We Could Have Prevented That Tragic Day – TIFF
  90. What I Will Never Forget About 9/11
  91. How the Pain of 9/11 Still Stays With a Generation
  92. Poem for the Anniversary of 9/11
  93. Remembering September 11, 2001 #911
  94. What To Take Away From Today…
  95. 15 Years Later, Obama Extends 9/11 ‘National Emergency’ To Justify A Perpetual War On Terror
  96. First Responders From 9/11, San Bernardino Attacks Come Together
  97. Live video: President Obama leads 9/11 ceremonies at Pentagon
  98. 9/11 memorial events in New York City, Washington, Pennsylvania
  99. Tarrytown Man an Integral Part of 9/11 Project
  100. Across Massachusetts, 9/11 Victims Remembered
  101. Fifteen Years
  102. Suffering and the Problem of Evil
  103. Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth FAQ — Golden Age of Gaia – Sept. 11, 2016
  104. Interview On Top Of The World
  105. The Legacy of 9/11
  106. Sending love
  107. 9/11: 15
  108. This Is Our God! (expressing 9/11)
  109. I Will Lift My Eyes to the Mountains
  110. History
  111. Taste of Dust
  112. Waste Places
  113. When the World Stood Still ..
  114. “Everyone had all these questions:” Local first responders recall where they were on 9/11
  115. 9/11 Quotes From Survivors, Bush and Family Members of Victims
  116. 9/11 Jumpers: Remembering the Victims of September 11th
  117. Photos: 9/11 Newspaper Headlines
  118. Blind man tells how his guide dog saved him from World Trade Center during 9/11 attacks
  119. Remembering 9/11
  120. Remembering 9/11, Obama Set To Slap America In The Face Again
  121. The Kindness of Strangers in a World of Pain
  122. Modern Courage
  123. Fifteen Years Later
  124. September 11th: 15 years later
  125. September 11 15th Anniversary: 30 Pictures We’ll Never Forget
  126. September 11: Bible Verses of Peace on 9/11 15th Anniversary
  127. Ep 335 The Annual 9/11 Remembrance
  128. I Will Never Forget
  129. September 11, 2001 – We Will Never Forget
  130. Never Forget: New York, NY 2001 & Bengahzi, Libya 2012
  131. Dallas Memorial Stair Climb Remembers 9/11
  132. Bucks County Remembers 9/11 Victims
  133. Black and White Sunday: Infrared & Rememberance
  134. Someone Had My Back…
  135. In Those Moments
  136. Remembering 9/11 by Sojourners heart song
  137. 9/11 is the day I lost my grandmother
  138. Seeing It All With Ingeborg Lariby
  139. On this day… (by Anne Marie)
  140. New York Fire Fighter Blocks Out ‘Christian’ Hate Preacher Outside World Trade Centre #9/11 #NewYork #USA #NayabChohan #TemplateNews #DistantEchoes #NayabChohanLive
  141. Why They Remember Witnessing 9/11
  142. Robert Milnes Recalls 9/11
  143. Remembering 9/11/01 From Our Y108 Studios
  144. 9/11 Memorial Service, National Cathedral, 2001
  145. A 9/11 tribute album: Ave Maria Mass & Suite For The Americas
  146. Haunting and beautiful: Jewish prayer for the dead of 9/11
  147. Praise Poems: Jesus walked through flames for us.
  148. I am Grateful That God Is…
  149. Sunday Matinée
  150. 9/11 Anniversary: Look Back At Ellen DeGeneres’ Opening Of the 2001 Emmys
  151. Nostalgia: On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11
  152. 9/11 fifteen years later: Who were the terrorists that planned the attack?
  153. 9/11 videos that question the official narrative…
  154. Unison – Day 9
  155. A Helluva Town
  156. Every. Vote. Matters. – How to vote from abroad
  157. What the Canadian Saw on 9/11/01
  158. Happy (?) September 11: How Does it Look From India
  159. Charlie, Will, Bob…and Jamie
  160. Saint Mychal Judge
  161. Saint of 9/11: Remembering Fr. Mychal Judge as a Gay Priest
  162. From the ruins and ashes, much was raised.
  163. And so just what did we learn from 9/11? In some ways not much…
  164. Guardian “Facebook fact-check ” on 9/11 – every bit as poor as you would expect
  165. Obama Faces Humiliation After House Unanimously Passes Bill Allowing Sept 11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia, by Tyler Durden
  166. Why After 15 Years Isn’t 9/11 a Federal Holiday?
  167. 9/11 ~ United We Stand, Divided We Fall
  168. September & After
  169. After September 11th, the U.S. loses its mind
  170. In Memoriam – 11/9/2016
  171. 15 Years (on Michael’s monologue)
  172. 15 Years Ago by Michael Gurley
  173. After 15 years….
  174. Parents of 9/11 victim turn pain into purpose: “We have sought to pay tribute to our son”
  175. Memories and thoughts of 9/11
  176. As You Were
  177. Cherry Hill Residents Look Back And Remember September 11, 2001
  178. Finishing the Climb: Local First Responders Memorialize 9/11’s Fallen
  179. Iconic 9/11 flag, missing for years, returns to New York City
  180. 15 Years after a struggle of 13 years
  181. Subway car pulled from World Trade Center goes on display
  182. Mood.
  183. Flags placed on Statehouse lawn honoring those who died on 9/11
  184. September 11 Again
  185. why we’re covering 9/11 fifteen years on
  186. September 11
  187. 9/11 Unhappy Anniversary
  188. Remember always – 11 September 2001
  189. 9/11 Fifteen Years After…
  190. 9/11 Fifteen years on
  191. USA: 9/11 – 15 Years On
  192. September, 11th, 2001 – We Will Never Forget
  193. Never Forget
  194. 9/11 Fifthteenth Anniversary
  195. Where Were We on 9/11/01?
  196. 9/11… We Remember
  197. That day, fifteen years ago.
  198. 9/11 by Histories by sorts
  199. Artwork of the Day: Twin Towers Liberty
  200. Silent Sunday – A Moment for 9/11
  201. 9-1-1
  202. Remember… (by Synergy)
  203. Let’s Look Back…
  204. September 11, 2016 – Fifteen Years Ago (Here’s what I’m thinking)
  205. On Football and 9/11
  206. We Will Never Forget
  207. 9/11: The Serious and the Absurd
  208. Remembering 9/11/01
  209. gratitude-a-thon day 920: more good than bad
  210. Flight 93
  211. Being a Disciple Takes Sacrifice
  212. 9/11: 15 Years Later.My personal view.
  213. The Story of September 11
  214. Remembering September
  215. RVA Peace Festival celebrates diversity for the 12th year
  216. I still love New York
  217. 9/11 Memorial
  218. Of 9/11, Sully, and Hope
  219. Bratton: It’s Going To Take ‘Years, And Years’ To Defeat Terrorism, If Ever
  220. I will now talk about 9/11 for a few moments
  221. Since Then
  222. 9/11 (by 13/31)
  223. 9/11 health crisis: death toll from illness nears number killed on day of attacks




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France and the Burkini

armed police can now, with the weight of the law behind them, stand over a woman lying on the beach and force her to remove her clothes

What is the difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran’s religious police, who patrol the streets, cracking down on women who have failed to wear the correct clothing and the French police allowing Catholic ordained people to wear all covering clothes but Muslim and other people not?


To claim that someone’s sensibilities might be offended by seeing another person’s religious symbols implies that such a person might be offended by seeing that one is Muslim.

does this not clearly indicates that there is a racist feeling against that religion and those religious people?

In a free democratic country would you find it normal that a person has to hide his or her religious identity?

When religious symbols become an act of defiance or provocation, does that not tell a lot of the deranged minds of the people living in that nation?

To say that such sensibilities must be protected in the wake of the Jihadi attacks is surely to imply that Muslims as a group bear responsibility for those attacks.


Preceding article: On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public


Further reading

  1. Le bon gros “game”
  2. The Burkini
  3. France’s Burkini Ban: Identity politics go to the beach
  4. The kind of Burkini which the French government does NOT have a problem with


Feminist Philosophers


EDIT: As several readers have pointed out, it is not France but specific municipalities in France that have banned the burkini.

Some municipalities in France have decided to ban ‘burkinis’ on various beaches. This means that armed police can now, with the weight of the law behind them, stand over a woman lying on the beach and force her to remove her clothes, as can be seen in the picture above (taken from this Guardian article).

Notice that, as far as I can make out from the picture, this woman is not wearing a burkini. She is wearing a vest, leggings, tunic, and headscarf. Neither is she swimming, she is just lying on the beach. Thus, it seems the police can now force women wearing anything that looks vaguely Muslim on the beach to remove their clothes.

Indeed, the article linked to above tells of another woman:

[A] mother of…

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On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public

The woman was on the beach when the police arrived.Barbaric attitude of French police

Yesterday I was put to shame watching pictures of French police, on Tuesday, demanding in an aggressive and impolite way, a French lady to undress in front of all sunbathers on a French beach.

It was against all human norms of liberty of mind and of liberty in general and fraternity, the core values normally we would think the French to be proud off.

French agency AFP saw a ticket given to the woman by police, which said she was not ‘wearing an outfit respecting good morals and secularism’.I am pleased to see that a political row broke out in France over mayors banning the burkini  after those unacceptable actions of the French police. Those man who should keep peace created a fuss about a woman wearing a long-sleeved top, even not a burkini. She became surrounded by armed police who acted very rude and degraded the dressed woman. She also could not tear off her cloths quickly enough so one or two officers ‘helped’ her brutally. What I came to see was really barbaric and in case it all had to do with morals and values, those officers clearly showed that they had no respect for a woman nor any decent values.

Being covered, how much or how less

How far can it really come when we as we wear covering clothes are fined and urged to undress in front of all around. I have no objection to nude beaches, having enjoyed running naked myself too in the past, but also having seen how we had to fight to be able to have our arms and legs not covered. Now we seem to come to the opposite where people who like to have their legs and arms covered are shunned, though in countries where previously in the 60ies and 70ies of previous century where we could sunbath, swim and run naked do not accept that any more.

Fined for wearing to much covering cloths

Several people got already fined in the South of France because they had their arms and legs covered or wore a burkini. Strangely enough those people got fined for not wearing

“an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.

This would mean that the governement decides what is morally acceptable dress and considers covering wear not appropriate. Psoriasis, cancer patients and those who are allergic to sun, who now dare to go on the beach or on the promenade should now be warned. There can not be any allowance for arms, legs, upper-bodies which are not bare.

This is just ridiculous and show the underlying tone of prejudice and racism and intolerance on different aspects (freedom of clothing and religion)

What would you feel when you are walking with a clothed woman on the promenade and go onto the beach and that woman becomes forced to take her clothes off? And what would you do if others come to pull off the jacket your woman is wearing or the scarf your wife is wearing?

This is unheard of, but could be seen and has been seen on the beach of a country we thought would value the freedom of thought, but in recent years has already shown it does not allow certain feelings or thoughts, like those of non-trinitarian churches or believers in One God.

Bathing suit Burkini not accepted

Last week, Nice became the latest French resort to ban the burkini, following about 15 seaside areas in south-east France where mayors have done the same. Using language similar to the bans imposed earlier at other locations, the city barred clothing that

“overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.

Will this imply that Muslims, Jews and Christians as well as Hindus or Dalits will not any more allowed to wear their dress or religious symbols? It looks like going that direction. The same as they are trying to do so in Belgium.

Worse is also that all those who took pictures of the event and showed how the police lied about what happened shall be prosecuted.

Nice’s deputy mayor, Christian Estrosi, from the centre-right Les Républicains party, said a municipal police team had

“acted perfectly to make sure that [the] decree was respected”.

He threatened legal action against anyone disseminating pictures of municipal police. A total of 24 women have been stopped by police in the city since the burkini ban came into force.

The town where filmstars may wear everything they want or be naked, but other people are not free to wear what they want

Also in Cannes people suddenly are not free any more to wear what they want. A 34-year-old mother of two described how she had been stopped and fined on a beach, where she was sitting with her children, while wearing clothes and a headscarf.

“I was sitting on a beach with my family. I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming,”

said the former flight attendant from Toulouse, giving her name only as Siam.

Speaking to BFMTV, she said three police officers had approached her and said a decree issued by the mayor of Cannes stipulated that everyone had to wear correct and appropriate clothing, and that she should tie her headscarf round her head as a bandana or leave the beach. (What is appropriate clothing?)

She told the police that she thought her clothing was normal and appropriate, she had not shocked anyone and there was no law stopping her being dressed as she was.

“I wasn’t in a burkini, I wasn’t in a burqa, I wasn’t naked, so I considered my clothing was appropriate,”

she said. She described a mini-riot around her as about 10 people ran over in support, telling the police that the family was not bothering anyone, while about 10 others verbally insulted her.

“There were insults like ‘Go home’, ‘We don’t want that here’, ‘France is a Catholic country’. My daughter was crying, she didn’t understand why her mother was being asked to leave.”

She was fined by police, who wrote on her ticket that her clothing did not conform with “good manners” or French secularism. (What was bad of her manners?  What do they consider good manners?)
A witness to the scene, the journalist Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the above incident, saying

“The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police.”

and was also annoyed with what was done to the child of the woman, letting us wonder what may have been going on in the head of such child that saw her mother so badly treated

“It felt like I was watching a pack turn on a woman seated on the ground in tears with her daughter.”

“Her daughter was crying.”

Appropriate clothing

I also saw a video where the police gives a fine to a pregnant woman who wears a neutral cotton grey dress coming until middle of the thighs and a rose headscarf, with the police officer reacting on the remarks of that women that he had to do this and understood her, but since 15 September nobody is allowed to run such a ‘comportement’ (demeanor/demeanour/deportment/behavior) [while the woman behaves very neatly and polite, but also reasonably and politely tries to argue with the officer] and as such he may not allow such dressing on the beach. Then he excuses himself and says that he thinks they both are intelligent people and as such should comprehend this situation. (!?) {Nouvelle vidéo de la chasse aux femmes voilées à Saison 1 / épisode 2 by Feiza Ben Mohamed }

Male chauvinism, freedom of the women and feminism

Not only the French feminist Caroline De Haas should be outraged, because here we see clearly that women are degraded and have no opportunity to deicide for themselves what to wear. I would think, if you want to be fully clothed when it is cold or hot that is your business, but I also can accept that I may not run naked everywhere where I want because certain people could have their thoughts wandering about and get naughty or dirty thoughts,  not able to control themselves any more. But if a totally dressed person can already become a danger for the thoughts of certain people, than we seriously should question those weird minds, who need urgently psychiatric help. This also would indicate urgently something has to be done at the education of the people in that nation.

Risk for Public order

When the way of dressing of those Muslim woman/women could be a public order risk, the community should better also question of certain youngsters their indecent dress would not bring a risk to the values of our society and endanger the moral as well as public order.

Not only the French Council of the Muslim Faith should request, like they requested, urgent talks with the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, citing the

“growing fear of stigmatisation of Muslims in France”.

Scaremongering and stigmatisation

The governement is creating a fear and stigmatising certain groups. They give in to the scaremongering of ISIS and let them win creating more division between the people in a nation and between believers, religious groups and non believers or atheists.

Nicolas Sarkozy, candidate for the primary from the right, believes that “doing nothing” against the burkini “would enact a further decline of the Republic”, in an interview to be published Friday in Le Figaro Magazine.

“do nothing, it is suggest that France appears weak and it would enact a further decline of the Republic,”

said the former head of the state, which provides a law

“that prohibits any religious sign to school but also to university in the administration and also in business. “

But herewith the governement shows clearly how weak it is and can not handle the terrorists who try to create controversy and war in the country. By giving in to the terrorists they win and by taking such unpopular and freedom restricting measures the state show that her priorities lie somewhere else and that they themselves are pre-occupied to popularise themselves for their Catholic compatriots who are fearing they might loose people to the Muslim faith.

Clearly in Italy, France and Belgium

“The fear around Islamic clothing seems to be exploited for political ends,”

like the Secretary of Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) Nunzio Galantino commented on the recent French ban on so-called burkini, further saying

“We should learn to live together. This means acknowledging and embracing the symbols of other cultures as long as they do not harm security requirements.”

Clear minds, proper clothing and nudity

Wearing headscarves, leggings, long sleeves, long robes, or like the offended lady until mid thighs, should cause even less worrying than those girls who run around with such robes (if you still can call them so) which just let everybody get a glimpse of their cross (or vagina). But probably that may not be remarked or said and they, like those who wear all those propagated ‘washed’ jeans full of tears and holes should be considered as the normal dress women have to wear.

In a democratic free state everybody should have the right to dress in a way that demonstrates their personality, their religious faith, always in an understanding not to hurt others or to bring damage to others. For sure such covering clothing does not bring any harm to others and even may protect the skin of the bearer for the sun and prevents that person to get skin cancer, so protecting the health costs going up by all those who have sit too much in the sun not fully protected, costing society lots of money in health care. In a way the public should then be more happy that less people would be getting skin cancer. But what does their covering clothes damage our society or bring our morals and values in danger and suddenly all that nakedness brings us not in danger any more whilst when I was a child I was so many times beaten for not covering my arms and legs in our Catholic community? Where are suddenly those prudish minds gone?

Religious dress allowed for certain but others not

Plus why are the nuns and priests allowed to run in their full dress or habeit/habit on the beach, whilst ordinary non confessional people are not allowed to be covered like them or even less covered than them, but not in bathing suit or monokini?

Good to hear that Marwan Muhammad, the executive director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, wants to take action.  More human rights groups should do, because clearly it seems a certain group of people is envisioned and action is taken to limit the religious prescriptions so that those who want to belong to such a religion cannot stay in that country, though their rules would not harm any body. Therefore one should oppose a ban on burkinis, when common sense seems to be lost, this should be brought before the courts.
The ban was also criticised by anti-racism group SOS Racisme, which attacked what it said was the mayor’s “strategy of tension”.

Fraternity, or brotherly love seems to be drifted far away by the ocean of many misunderstandings and lots of fear for the different waves.

Let us all stress the importance of showing “common sense” and not to rash to create absurd laws and regulations which impose restrictions on our general freedom.


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Read also

  1. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  2. Sarkozy calls for action against the Burkini
  3. Rights group to take action after Cannes burkini ban
  4. Burkini ban: Why is France arresting Muslim women for wearing full-body swimwear and why are people so angry?
  5. Italian Bishop Criticizes French Ban on ‘Burkini’
  6. Italian imam posts photo of nuns on beach to discuss burqini ban then gets FB account blocked


Further reading

  1. 99 Word Blog (#024) Banned Burkinis
  2. Current Events Corner 8/16/2016
  3. “France is at War with its own Citizens” – Yasser Louati on the Cannes “Burkini” Ban
  4. Uproar in France over ‘burkini ban’ at Cannes beaches
  5. #62 French police force Muslim woman to remove her Burkini on Nice beach (photos)
  6. Undress for safety
  7. Nudism/Naturism and burkini madness: Why not ban all clothes at the beach?
  8. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  9. Why are the burqa and burkini being banned?
  10. Fashion vs the Government: The Burkini Debate
  11. The scandal of women’s bodies in secular Europe
  12. French burkini ban exposes the myth of neutral secularism
  13. Burkini and French Secularism
  14. Ban of burkini: theresult ofmalechauvinism or secularism
  15. France’s Burkini Ban: Identity politics go to the beach
  16. Forcing a Muslim Woman To Undress is Not Fighting Oppression. That IS Oppression!
  17. Banning The Burqa And Burkini Is Not The Correct Liberal Response To Conservative Islam
  18. The Hypocrisy of the Burkini Ban
  19. A Burqini is not Equivalent to a Burqa
  20. Corsican town becomes third in France to ban the burkini after #Islamics riot
  21. France’s Burkini BigotryBurkinis in the land of Liberté, égalité, fraternité
  22. To Burkini Or Not To Burkini: The Ages Of Men Deciding What Women Should Wear
  23. French Burkini Bans Face Legal Challenge as Tension Mounts
  24. France has for its name, the contrary of Liberty and Fraternity practice.
  25. A cover story
  26. Does France have a problem with racism?
  27. Everyone everywhere wants to tell women what to wear
  28. The Day The News Made My Blood Boil
  29. Beachwear bull
  30. Women protest French burkini ban outside French Embassy in London
  31. Show us your bits..
  32. It’s Always the Cover Up
  33. Thoughts of the Day: Burkini Ban
  34. Doing something for something’s sake is a dangerous strategy
  35. Burkini Ban : French Farce
  36. Burkini beach
  37. Islam, France, Burkini: A chit chat on FB
  38. Facebook 45 – Suorkini
  39. The burqa-One mermaid’s opinion
  40. burkinis or bikinis?
  41. Burkini vs Bikini
  42. The Burkini
  43. Burquini – How It Happened
  44. Burkini Ban: Nice
  45. Cannes Ban
  46. Why the Burkini ban poses a threat to Muslims and Non-Muslims alike
  47. #Burkiniban – the problem is veiled ideology
  48. 24 August 2016 – All Lives Matter (or Overly Clad Women)
  49. Why the French burkini ban is damaging feminism
  50. Dear French PM, The Burkini Ban Is Abhorrent
  51. Burkini being a threat
  52. The Burkini ban
  53. Liberty, Equality, Bigotry?
  54. From Bloomers to Burkinis: The Same Old Story? by Sarah Ansari
  55. Modern feminism makes no sense at all
  56. Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the Burkini : “C’est une provocation”.
  57. And the Debate about Burkini Ban continues #burkiniban
  58. Can’t we just put all the cards on the table?
  59. The folly of the #Burkiniban
  60. Bitches, Puhleeeeze….
  61. Ban the Burkini.
  62. The Burkini Ban
  63. Everything under the sun
  64. Very simple solution RE: Olympics and Burkini
  65. Next time I go to swim I might wear a good burkini
  66. Saudi Arabia Bans Stripy Fisherman Shirts and Berets
  67. Another Attack on Western Civilization from Muslim Women
  68. The Burkini Ban Is Pointless And Racist
  69. The Burkini Ban is good. Not to let your Country turn into Saudi Arabia – without Oil – in a couple of Decades, we must defend it. The right that our countries remain western.
  70. So! (en) | Islamic veil across Europe
  71. Pope urged to wear swimming trunks
  72. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  73. the decomposition of logic and democratic values
  74. Freedom of choice. It’s not so simple.
  75. Europe has been awash with racial tension this summer
  76. France’s ‘burkini ban’, one step too far?
  77. In hiding
  78. #BurkiniBan
  79. France has ‘misunderstood’ burkini, Australian designer says
  80. “Burkini” Ban Accomplishes Nothing Positive
  81. The Hijab and MeIslamophobia or nah?Islam and the downfall of European culture
  82. The Islamisation of my Country – 1
  83. So let me get this straight…
  84. At what point does a ban become a chance to publicly humiliate?
  85. New Feminism – via Unapologetics
  86. Ban the Burqa, Allow the Burkini :: Middle East Forum
  87. If you ever had any doubt that Bill O’Reilly of FOX News wasn’t actually a Muslim-sympathizing liberal, this will remove it
  88. Quebec opposition MNAs reopen divisive debate over religious attire with call for ban on burkinis
  89. Salafist fuckin’ la revanche
  90. The best tweets showing the absurdity of the #BurkiniBan on French beaches
  91. Australian burkini designer profits from French ban
  92. Burkini, Bikini. Potato, potarto.
  93. New Feminism
  94. “Burkini”ban in Quebec: Samer Majzoub interview on CJAD by Aaron Rand.
  95. Why an Italian atheist should thank France for the burkini affair
  96. Kini Miney Mot
  97. More French towns spread ban on the burkini
  98. How Western is the Bikini?
  99. Twitter 48 – Burkini
  100. Twitter 49 – Hollande
  101. Twitter 50 – Tormentone
  102. Twitter 51 – Maledette femmine disinvolte
  103. Costume Drama
  104. Patrick Weil : « Qu’on laisse en paix les femmes voilées » | L’Opinion
  105. Port du burkini: un débat futile, selon Trudeau
  106. Parlons… du “burkini”
  107. Quand le maillot faisait polémique
  108. Quasi quasi mi metto un burkini
  109. Le burkini, c’est sexy
  110. Message de Coluche pas sage : “Le burkini sur la plage – Y’a quelqu’un qui pourrait expliquer aux Musulmans dits modérés du Sud que Carnaval, ça se fête une seule fois dans l’année civile en France, le Mardi Gras ? Sinon j’m’ramène une plume au Q sur la plage et j’fais carnaval tous les jours comme eux, moi aussi !” !
  111. Das Burka-Getümmel
  112. Femminismo, Burkini e dichiarazioni delle donne CL – Alle radici del sessismo, o della cazzata mediatica del mese di agosto 2016
  113. Filosofia dell’anima e femminismo – Burkini
  114. La discussione sul burkini in spiaggia è una stronzata apocalittica.
  115. Io, donna ebrea, sto dalla parte del burkini. A una condizione
  116. Di burkini e di diritti
  117. Vamos à la playa
  118. Κάννες: 10 μουσουλμάνες μπήκαν με μπουρκίνι στη θάλασσα, παρά την απαγόρευση
  119. Γιατί οι Κάννες απαγόρευσαν το μαγιό-burka;


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Toots Thielemans passed away at 94

On Monday August 22, 2016 at the age of 94 a real Brussels Ketje (“street kid” in old Brussels slang) passed away leaving the world a large amount of wonderful music drawings.

Blowing in the wind he whistled our sorrows away. When depressed or not feeling well his enthusiasm was his music is ideal to get in a better mood. He had a lovely spontaneous, nearly childlike (innocent), friendly and humble attitude to reach out to his public.

The legendary Jean Baptiste Isidor Thielemans who choose the nickname from the group which he was familiar with, the musicians Toots Mondello and Toots Cara Mata, has played 91 years harmonica and got “contaminated” by the jazz virus (as he declared himself).

After a fall by which Thielemans had broken his shoulder, during rehabilitation he is deceased in his sleep at the hospital.

The specific sound he created “in that little space between a smile and a tear” will stay in many ears. Unlike the smaller, diatonic harmonica favoured by blues musicians, Mr. Thielemans performed on the slightly larger chromatic harmonica, which has a spring-loaded slide that allows the performer to play every note in every key — sharps and flats included — on a three-octave scale. Also the guitar can not be forgotten. His first one won on a bet was the start to become an accomplished guitarist and a first-rate jazz whistler — he often played his most famous composition, “Bluesette,” on the guitar while whistling the melody one octave higher, which was first recorded by him in 1962, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel. The song became a major worldwide hit..

Portrait of Toots Thielemans

Portrait of Toots Thielemans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those who were not so keen on Jazz his music was also in their hearts by the way of the soundtracks of series like Witse, Baantjer and Sesame Street (Sesamstraat). The movie “Turks Fruit” (Turkish Delight) may ring many bells for its controversy but it was Thielemans’ music which was also liked by many conservatives and Catholics who objected to the film. Other film soundtracks are a.o. Midnight Cowboy, Cinderella Liberty, Jean de Florette, The Sugarland Express, The Yakuza, the 1972 version of The Getaway, French Kiss, Dunderklumpen!.

Already as toddler he was much liked in the Marollen (Marolles) the old neighbourhood of Brussels, situated between the Palace of Justice and the south railway station, or the Brussels café of his parents, where he played the accordeon. The guitar came next, followed by the harmonica when he was 14. It was the time of that other a Belgian-born French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity Jean Django Reinhardt (Jean Baptiste Reinhardt, 1910–53) who became his first idol and the jazz guitar’s most dazzling soloist, most exciting improviser, and most important innovator, first European musical virtuoso to influence American jazz.

Thielemans in 1961 (Grand Gala du Disque, The Hague)

Funny in a way that in the same way Reinhardt influenced American jazz, Thielemans also got his stamp on that American music from the moment Benny Goodman took him on an European Concert tour in 1950.

He came in the ban of the United States in 1947, when he went to visit his uncle in Miami, at the age of 25 got to see a jam session there. He met Bill Gottlieb, whose seminal jazz photos of the 1940s put him on a first-name basis with the music world’s biggest stars.

When Mr. Thielemans arrived in New York, Gottlieb took him to a nightclub on 52nd Street and introduced him to the members of a group fronted by Howard McGhee, a trumpeter and composer who was at the forefront of modern jazz. By then, he had already played with Parker at a Paris jazz festival in 1949 and jammed with him in Sweden.

Toots emigrated to the New World to become a member of the American alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and jazz genius Charlie Parker’s All Stars in  Philadelphia and came to work for 6 years with the George Shearing Quintet, getting on multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s. It was

“the only permanent job I ever had”

he has said, before embarking on a successful freelance career as a guitarist, and, increasingly, a chromatic harmonica player.

In the States advertisements where an ideal platform for musicians like Toots. he made good use of it and created lovely sounds. The televised Old Spice deodorant advertisement had him whistling and got inspiring youngster to try it out themselves. Toots was revered by many musicians for his unerring sense of harmony and his quicksilver runs, cementing his jazz harmonica reputation with a 1979 duo album, “Affinity,” with American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting, Bill Evans.

Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, Dinah Washington, Paul Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel and Edith Piaf where very happy to hare the stage with him.

Thielemans in Brussels (1975)

Even after he had a stroke (in 1981) Toots Thielemans could hypnotise the public with his music, and managed to have us forget that most of the strength in his left hand was gone, which cut his guitar playing down to just one or two numbers per show but also brought a new profundity to his phrasing. He came to be saying more with doing less.

In 1996, Toots became patron or “godfather” of the famous festival Jazz Middelheim in in Park Den Brandt, Antwerp. The summer festival existed since 1969 [founded by Elias Gistelinck (1935-2005)], but his participation contributed to the international appeal of the event. He also always played with his regular Dutch trio, consisting of Charles Boehlee (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Hans van Oosterhout (drums).

On record you may enjoy him with the bassist Jaco Pastorius in ensembles ranging from duet to the Word of Mouth Big Band. In 1984, he recorded with Billy Eckstine on the singer’s final album (I Am a Singer), featuring ballads and standards arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo.

“Chez Toots” brought in 1998, Les moulins de mon cœur (The Windmills of Your Mind) featuring guest singer Johnny Mathis.

The Université libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, gave him a joint honorary doctorate.  Mr. Thielemans became an American citizen in 1957, which, at the time, meant the mandatory loss of his Belgian citizenship. But it was regained in 2001, when Belgian King Albert II of Belgium named the musician a baron.

In 2005 he was nominated for the title of the Greatest Belgian. In the Flemish version he finished in 20th place, and in the Walloon version he came 44th.

In March 2006, Mr. Thielemans was the guest of honor at an all-star Carnegie Hall tribute concert, with the pianist Herbie Hancock and the clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera among the performers. Reviewing the concert for The Times, Nate Chinen praised both Mr. Thielemans’s “exuberantly expressive” playing and his infectious spirit.

“No one stole the spotlight from Mr. Thielemans,”

he wrote.

“He was having giddy fun, and the feeling was contagious.”

In 2009, he became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honour for a jazz musician in the United States. In the same year he also received received the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Jazz Award in The Netherlands.

Mr. Thielemans made his final recording in 2012 during his 90th birthday tour and gave his last performance in 2014, when he played at the Jazz Middelheim festival in Antwerp, Belgium.


His favourite compliment is from the late Clifford Brown

 Toots, the way you play the harmonica they should not call it a miscellaneous instrument

Quincy Jones’ Liner Notes recorded

I can say without hesitation that Toots is one of the greatest musicians of our time. On his instrument he ranks with the best that jazz has ever produced. He goes for the heart and makes you cry. We have worked together more times than I can count and he always keeps me coming back for more…”

Belgium’ss prime minister, Charles Michel, said on Monday,

“We have lost a great musician, a warm personality.”

Toots Thielemans – “Hard To Say Goodbye” via

Ilse DeLange wrote

RIP Toots Thielemans, thank you for your beautiful emotional melodies.

Jef Neve

RIP Toots! Thank you for all the musical presents you left us- you were a source of inspiration, a friend and now a star. Love xxx

Pianist Miguel Wiels  called him his hero

Miguel Wiels with Toots Thielemans

REACTIES. 'Vanavond weerklinkt zijn muziek op de Grote Markt in Brussel'







In the press

  1. Toots Thielemans dies in his sleep at 94
  2. Toots has died on Monday August 22, 2016 at the age of 94. He will be greatly missed.
  3. Toots Thielemans: Harmonica player on Sesame Street theme dies at 94
  4. Celebrated Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
  5. Toots Thielemans, Who Found Jazz Renown on the Harmonica, Dies at 94
  6. ‘Toots’ Thielemans, master of the jazz harmonica, dies at 94
  7. Jazz harmonica legend Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
  8. Mondharmonica-legende Toots Thielemans (94) overleden
  9. Toots Thielemans is overleden
  10. Toots Thielemans Discography


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  1. BBC Documentary – Legends: The Charlie Parker Story
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  3. Jean-Baptiste ‘Toots’ Thielemans (1922-2016)
  4. Musikus Jazz, Toots Thielemans, Meninggal di Usia 94 Tahun
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  11. Consecrecration Day 25 & Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans & Body and Soul
  12. ‘Riding With The Wind . . .’
  13. Sunday Sleep In ~ “Dat Mistige Rooie Beest” ~ Karel Boehlee Trio.
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31st Olympic Games

A green, gold and blue coloured design, featuring three people joining hands in a circular formation, sits above the words "Rio 2016", written in a stylistic font. The Olympic rings are placed underneath.In Rio de Janeiro, and not the new national capital Brasília, on Friday night August the 5th 2016, after seven years with a lot of power of money oppressing the poor, having put many out of their houses like it happened also in China and Russia. Though one man was still living on his derelict house he de not want to move out.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN  A boat of the Navy of Brazil is pictured with the interlocking Olympic Rings colored blue, yellow, black, green and red as it patrols the coast of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, a day ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AFP

LET THE GAMES BEGIN A boat of the Navy of Brazil is pictured with the interlocking Olympic Rings colored blue, yellow, black, green and red as it patrols the coast of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, a day ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AFP

11 000 top sporters found their way to a country in real as well economical Winter where the temperatures still reached 30° Celsius. From 206 nations and a refugee team they came to Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. Opening night reaching 3 billion people for a marvellous show.

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Aerial view of the Maracanã complex in 2014, with the stadium visible at top and the Maracanãzinho at left

In the midst of its deepest recession since the 1930s, employment is above 10 percent, and the local currency having tumbled in value against the dollar in the last year, tourists may not see much of all the trouble, because the country has done everything to hide the misery. Though even as the celebrations continued at the big Maracana stadium, a small group of protesters have been stopped by heavily armed security that appeared to fire tear gas to keep them from reaching the venue of the opening ceremony. The protesters got within about 2 kilometers (1.5 miles) of the Maracana, but as they tried to get closer, security pushed them back, setting off clashes.

Photograph of Maracanãzinho from street level

Photograph of Maracanãzinho from street level (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a lovely choreography the history of our earth and Brazil was shown. Very good was it to see that much time was spent to give a necessary warning to mankind. For this were pictures of Nasa used. With scientific proof, Brazil showed how the damage in their own beautiful country also contributed to a coming disaster for future generation and how we have to call it to stop, people demanding so much of mother earth. the participants of this games will also be contributing by each offering one seed for a tree of the first Olympic forest.

For the first time South America may host the modern times Olympiad and Brazil showed the world it is ready for it. Three billion people could watch the ceremony, which has taken five years to produce and included 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes, and showed the world that with only 10% of the money spend in London they could make a more interesting show.

Even as the line of the participating nations waiting in the stands ran out, two were left at the back of the line. Host nation Brazil and another contingent. One that was also making a debut of kinds at the Games.

The ‘refugees’ walked out under the IOC flag but their smiles were no less brighter. Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini’s in particular. The young woman has stolen hearts already with her story of how she swam for her life when her overloaded dinghy started taking in water as her family crossed the Mediterranean to Greece.

Along with another refugee Yusra jumped in the sea and pulled the boat for three hours through the water, saving the lives of 19 others.

Yane Marques carries the flag of Brazil during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Photo: AP)
Yane Marques carries the flag of Brazil during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Photo: AP)

With fans chanting in unison, Brazil entered the opening ceremony for the Rio Games and was welcomed with long and loud cheers from the 60,000 or so inside Maracana Stadium.

Modern pentathlete Yane Marques carried the Brazilian flag in to lead her country’s designation.

Due to health reasons, and having other commitments, football legend Pele got replaced with Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei De Lima to lit the cauldron at the Rio Games. Gustavo Kuerten carried the torch into the stadium, then handed it to Brazilian basketball legend Hortencia Marcari. She brought it to the stage, then De Lima brought it up the stairs and held it aloft for 60,000 to cheer.

Brazilian officials wanted this cauldron smaller than most, a reminder to reduce global warming caused by fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. The flame is housed in a giant sculpture, with spirals to represent the sun.

Sunlight may perhaps come in many hearts having an incredible occasion to gather with so many nationalities, spending preciousness time and exchanging ideas with each other. they not only will be competing with each other. They’ll know they all are of a similar calibre, the best in their ‘job’. but more important, so different from culture, colour of skin, having such different attitudes, they will feel that they are equal.
That is also what was in the mind of the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who said these Rio Games will promote peace.

“We are living in a world of crises, mistrust and uncertainty. Here is our Olympic answer: The 10,000 best athletes in the world, competing with each other, at the same time living peacefully together in one Olympic Village, sharing their meals and their emotions.”

Bach added that in this Olympic world, “we are all equal” — words that were met with applause and concluded his remarks by presenting the first-ever Olympic Laurel to Kipchoge Keino, a two-time gold medalist from Kenya who went on to open an orphanage in his homeland. Incredible that this man got still so much energy to put in his created project to help youngster in his country and bring different possibilities to have good sports,  cultural and educational training.

President of the Rio 2016 Committee Carlos Nuzman was very enthusiast and had his nerves playing with him, but got ‘his’ Brazilians full of fire, with only one moment of booh-shouting when he mentioned the government.

Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Committee, smiles as IOC President Thomas Bach, left, looks on during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics. (Photo: AP)Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Committee, smiles as IOC President Thomas Bach, left, looks on during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics. (Photo: AP)

Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

Rio opens today 31st Olympic Games

Rio Games: 31st Olympics Declared ‘Open’ at Maracana Stadium


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The amazing life of the first woman to run for US president

A group of Singaporeans who are passionate about current affairs, technology, startupsmoney-matters, lifestyle, and a good cup of coffee, “Kopitiam Bo” not only look the latest Singapore-related articles so that you can stay abreast with the times!

They also look at films and politics, current affairs and as such wrote already on Taiwanese president, who also finds

“we need to look at history seriously and speak out the truth,”

Too many people may forget the historical facts. Sometimes it is also because nothing came of it.

Now when Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic White House nomination in a defining speech aimed at prying voters away from Donald Trump — and convincing America to entrust her with the world’s biggest job we could also take some time to look at a previous woman who tried to lead the country.

Many will state that

Clinton made history this week as the first female presidential nominee of a major US party. {All eyes on Hillary as she readies landmark speech}

In accepting the US Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night in Philadelphia, Mrs Clinton said the US can advance only when each segment of society and members of every group work together.

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning,”

Mrs Clinton said

“Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.”

Before her the first woman to work on Wall Street secured the third party nomination by the Equal Rights party in the 1872 election.


Find also: The amazing life of the first woman to run for US president

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Belgian priest stabbed at his home in Lanaken

I do not know what may be in the head of the person who came begging for money by a Belgian priest.

A few days ago cowardly ISIS jihadis have tried to justify the slaughter of a French priest by using a thousand-year-old teaching – and warned that they will ‘spare no-one’.

Cowardly ISIS jihadis have tried to justify the slaughter of a French priest by using a thousand-year-old teaching - and warned that they will 'spare no-one'. A message posted online was accompanied by a picture of an unknown priest

Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (Zahiri who died in 456) has said:

“And it is allowed to kill anyone aside from those we have mentioned, among the combatant idolators or the non combatants, such as the trader, the servant, the old man who gives his advice or not, the farmer, the bishop, the priest, the monk, the blind, the cripple. Spare no-one.”‘

The priest who was stabbed in his own home has been named locally as 65 year old Jos Vanderlee (pictured)

65 year old Jos Vanderlee in church on an other more prettier occasion

In the North of Belgium yesterday the 65 year old priest Jos Vanderlee got stabbed and suffered injuries to his hands and tendons during an incident at his property in Lanaken, Belgium.

The asylum seeker knocked on the pastor’s door to ask for help and whether he could use his shower, reports Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. This the priest allowed. Having received shelter and a nice shower did not seem enough and when he requested money but the priest did not want to give that he attacked the priest.

Authorities in Belgium have launched an investigation but they have stressed that the incident can’t be linked to terrorism at this stage.

Marino Keulen, the mayor of Lanaken, said:

‘Despite the fact that we are shocked, we must stress that this incident can not be linked to terrorist acts at this stage of the investigation.’

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