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CARNAVAL 2010

February 21, 2010

Last sunday we were down in Limburg (the deep deep south of the Netherlands) to see the parents-in-law (as they both had their birthdays) and we managed to get a few hours with some friends and their kids to see the “optoch” or Carnaval Parade in Heerlen. It was a good laugh, we all had a few beers and the kids enjoyed themselves. Here’s a selection of the best shots I took.

Lydia and Mientje

Loek

Bad news ?

My own little world

You what ??

Yummy

Dancing by myself

Let me know what you all think 🙂 Which is your favorite ? Mine is the one with Loek and his crisps !

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Facebook Group

February 9, 2010

NO to the Pope

If you agree to the above…ie The premise that the Pope should pay for his own hatefilled holiday to the UK. Then join the rapidly growing Group on Facebook (all my heathen friends on their I’ve invited you already). You should also sign the petition I blogged earlier.

Thanks

The link is here.

Understatement of the Millenium

February 9, 2010

Pope Benny "I hate gays etc etc" the Paedophile Protector

His bigoted prada shoe wearing horniness damn holeybottomedness is at it again , today he gave the following statement:

While the church’s mission was to protect minors, unfortunately, in different instances, certain of its members went against this commitment and violated rights

WHAT THE FUCK..that is the biggest understatement of the Millenium…. your priests, with your collusion and cover up didn’t “violate” their rights, your priests in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France (and many many many other countries) did way more than  violate rights of children – they raped, abused, sodomised, tortured, misused, victimised, stigmatised and lied about it all to the 1000’s of children unwittingly left within the grasp of their perverted paws…

This vile homophobic misogynistic pathetic excuse for a human being gave his statement to a bunch of Irish bishops (they themselves party to abuse ) months after the cases and investigations and reports thereon came to light….a little bit too much too late.

This evil cunt played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by hispriests, In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church’s interests ahead of child safety. His nice little Latin document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated. So we abused you, keep quiet or you’ll go to hell…nice and Christian !

A BBC Panorama special, Sex Crimes And The Vatican, investigated the details of this secret document for the first time back in 2006. Their programme also accused the Catholic Church of knowingly harbouring paedophile clergymen. It revealed that priests accused of child abuse were/are generally not struck off or arrested but simply moved to another parish, often to reoffend.

Before being elected as Pope Benedict XVI, he was “just” a german ex nazi Cardinal – who had, for 24 years, been the head of the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of The Faith (the renamed rebranded re-spun infamous Inquistition..I can see him as a torturer), the department of the Roman Cunting Catholic Church charged with promoting Catholic teachings on morals and matters of faith. An arch-Conservative, he was regarded as the ‘enforcer’ of Pope John Paul II in cracking down on liberal challenges to traditional Catholic teachings. In 2001 he sent out an updated version of the notorious 1962 Vatican document Crimen Sollicitationis – Latin for The Crime of Solicitation – which laid down the Vatican’s strict instructions on covering up sexual scandal. It was regarded as so secret that it came with instructions that bishops had to keep it locked in a safe at all times. He reinforced the strict cover-up policy by introducing a new principle: that the Vatican must have what it calls “Exclusive Competence”. In other words, he commanded that all child abuse allegations should be dealt with directly by him in Rome.

Father Tom Doyle, a Vatican lawyer until he was sacked for criticising the church’s handling of child abuse claims, was quoted as saying

What you have here is an explicit written policy to cover up cases of child sexual abuse by the clergy and to punish those who would call attention to these crimes by the churchmen.When abusive priests are discovered, the response has been not to investigate and prosecute but to move them from one place to another. So there’s total disregard for the victims and for the fact that you are going to have a whole new crop of victims in the next place. This is happening all over the world.

So Bennylove your apologies are a bit too late, you’ve known about this for years, actively covered it up and paid hush money for years, but now you’re caught out with your dress round your ankles (like many priests before you…how is “gorgeous” George your “personal” assistant by the way) you finally give a half assed apology. If there’s anyone on this planet thats a danger to the environment, society and children. it’s you you twisted bigot evil padeophile protecting pumpkin and your cohorts of incense swinging degenerates.

The Vatican should be shut down, the Catholic Crutch sorry Church dismantled and all it’s assets spread amongst the poor and the abused…then they may be able to say they’ve done some good in the world…until fuck off, stay in Rome and keep your twisted half-ass apologies to yourself.

More Proof.

A recent investigation by the Belfast Telegraph found that of the priests identified in Ireland alone

Of the 46 priests in the damning Dublin Archdiocesan report, 15 are receiving financial support either directly or indirectly from the diocese. Some 11 of the 46 were members of religious orders, while one belongs to a UK diocese. A further 10 mentioned in the report are dead but as of July 2008 the report found that out of the remainder: 8 are supported by the Clerical Fund Society, 3 of whom are convicted abusers. 2 are supported by the Curial Trust — both are laicised and both are convicted abusers. 5 are supported by the Common Fund, four of whom were in ministry. A further 9 are not supported by the archdiocese and are not in ministry. 2 of these were convicted of child sex abuse.

So 15 priests accused by multiple witnesses of abuse in Ireland alone are being protected, paid, cosseted and looked after by Nasty Benny….now isn’t that the biggest violation of those abused children’s rights ??

Something lighter

February 7, 2010

It’s sunday…I’ve had a nice quiet peaceful day and found some new music.

First of all, a song in Danish by a guy called Thomas Holm. If you watch the clip on You Tube you can get the lyrics in English underneath. They are very good, witty and go well with the feel good poppy factor of the song. He’s not got a bad voice either !!

Here’s the video..enjoy

and the next is an upcoming Welsh/Greek singer Marina (and the Diamonds). The lyrics are cool, my fave being:-

Hollywood infected your brain
You wanted kissing in the rain
Oh oh, Living in a movie scene
Puking American dreams
Oh oh, I’m obsessed with the mess that’s America
I’m obsessed with the mess that’s America

Quite apropos !! Here’s the video:-

and the final video for today is something Dutch. In the south of the Netherlands it’s Carnival time, and at this time of year we always get Carnival songs sung in Dutch. This one is funny…it’s playing on the difference in Dutch accents between the North and South, in the North they have a “harde G” or a hard G but in the south of the Netherlands they have a soft G (Zachte G); and a “harde L”..well watch the video and you’ll see what that is…Lul is Dutch for Penis but more knob, willy, todger type of speech !! Enjoy

Hachiko

February 5, 2010

Hachiko

I’ve just finished watching Hachiko: A dogs story and I’m not unashamed to say that I spent most of the film with tears streaming down my face.

I challenge anyone who has a heart not to cry during this film. It’s not saccharine , not schmalzy but just a retelling of what I thinking is one of the best real stories of love and loyalty of all time.

I myself have an Akita Inu, the breed of dog that Hachiko was and the film portrays their noble, loyal, steadfast character thats tempered by just the right amount of aloofness and strength, When you give your heart to an Akita then that Akita is yours for all time and this film portrays it in a modern retelling of the story.

Hachiko

The real Hachiko, pictured left was born c 1923 and was owned by a Japanese professor HidesaburĹŤ Ueno who in 1924, moved to Tokyo with Hachiko. The professor worked in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo and everyday for the next year and a half HachikĹŤ saw him off from the front door and greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return on the usual train one evening. The professor had suffered a fatal heart attack at the university that day where he died and never returned to the train station where his friend was waiting. Hachiko was given away after his beloved master’s death, but he routinely escaped, showing up again and again at his old home. Eventually, Hachiko apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day for the next 10 years, Hachiko waited for Professor Ueno to return going back at the exact same time every evening, come rain or shine, to try and find his friend among the commuters at the station. Hachiko became a permanent fixture at the train station and attracted the attention and love of other commuters. who brought him treats and food. In 1932 an article, published in Tokyo’s largest newspaper, threw Hachiko into the national spotlight. He became a national sensation, his faithfulness to his master’s memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty. Hachiko died at the age of 11, and was found on the streets near the station still waiting for his master to come home. HachikĹŤ’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty in Japan and a statue of him was erected at Shibuya Station where is still stands today as a testament to the loyalty of him and his breed of dog. Each year on April 8, Hachiko’s devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at the station and hundreds of dog lovers from the world over come to pay tribute to his memory and loyalty. The statue, I have been told by a japanese friend is where people like to meet and congregate and it keeps the story in peoples minds.

I must say the retelling of the film into the US worked OK, way better than expected, the dogs were superb and the acting as well. Richard Gere was good..and the three dogs (One as puppy (CUTE !), one as a young dog and another as Hachiko in old age were superb examples of the breed). Only one small gripe was that in real life Hachiko was a white Akita, in the film they use red Akita’s..but it’s a small point that only an Akita fan would pick fault with !!!

Watch the film and weep !!! I did…. Akita’s are the most amazing dogs I’ve ever encountered and I’m privileged to have a superb example of one in my life.

Molly - my Akita

Gay Marriage

February 5, 2010

I know this has been around a while, and Jeremy over at Cafe Witteveen posted it as well…but here it is on my blog. In fact you should all visit Jeremy, the poor man is inflicting creationist propaganda on himself as part of a challenge from a group of religionista’s (who have visited here and found me to be too angry, bitter and twisted in my atheism for their delicate sensibilities), he challenged them to read two proper science books and in return he’s subjecting himself to two books from a creationist standpoint… the reviews are worth reading…. Jeremy is being fair and balanced (you know the opposite to Fox”news” on the TV) and the creatonista’s are venting their wrath by refuting Richard Dawkins by quoting other creationists…you know the ones’ who don’t do proper science, forget peer reviewing and twist the evidence to fit their bizarro beliefs.

Now back on subject… gay marriage…you know that Equality thing that we have here in the Netherlands but is sadly lacking everywhere else.

  1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth control.
  2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile couples and old people can’t legally get married because the world needs more children.
  3. Obviously, gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
  4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage is allowed, since Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.
  5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are property, blacks can’t marry whites, and divorce is illegal.
  6. Gay marriage should be decided by people, not the courts, because the majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the rights of the minorities.
  7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
  8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
  9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
  10. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why single parents are forbidden to raise children.
  11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new social norms because we haven’t adapted to things like cars or longer life-spans.
  12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a different name are better, because a “separate but equal” institution is always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans worked just as well as separate marriages for gays and lesbians will.

More Iris(h) Irony

February 4, 2010

Remember the evil vile homophone teenager abuser Iris I blogged about a few weeks ago.

Well the irony continues….the fiddling thieving old bigoted slag claimed too much on her expenses for a BED…probably the same bed where the devoted christobigot shagged the 41 year younger teenager on/in !!! GLEEE !!!! What a disgusted old trollop she is.

More here