You do not have a right to respect!

Screw Opinion
Every time I see outrage by people starting with: “It´s my opinion/belief/religion/view, you have to respect it.”  My only internal – and often voiced – reaction is “NO! Why should I?” This precisely is an integral part of freedom of speech, opinion and press. I do not have to respect everyones opinions or feelings.  If I believe your opinions are crazy, hateful,...

Do the EUs leaders want to go down as the US´s Bitch?

A few days ago the news got out, that even Angela Merkel, the German chancellor had the NSA eavesdrop and listen in on her phone. Not just her but over 30 high ranking politicians (that are now known of, so probably everyone). The ironic aspect of this happening, is that Merkel was one of the strongest voices in playing down and trying to disperse public outrage at what had become public knowledge;...

Loving and disliking the US: Easy!

love and not USA
Reading some of my Blog entries one might come to the conclusion, that I deeply dislike the USA. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being the child of a father working in executive position with an american multinational for over 30 years I grew up with american kids and even went to summer camp in New England. I have been to a dozen states and have met many wonderful and great people in the...

Europeanising the US: a Nightmare?

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I recently went through the sunday roundup on Salon.com and took the time to watch all the Videos. A remark by Mitch McConnel hit me square in the face. “Obamacare is the single biggest step in europeanising our Country, we need to get rid of it.” Skip to 4:45 for the quote Mitch McConell, who came to some notoriety in the wake of the government shutdown, has been the Minority Leader...

Obama has done way more than he is given credit for.

Very disapointing, still great
Recently more and more “liberals” whether they are american or european express their extreme disappointment in Obama. As one of many europeans who stayed awake watching the 2008 election, shed a tear of happiness at his winning speech, saw every tv-debate and the inauguration; yes there is a lot of disappointment to go around. After 8 years of Dubya with Cheny  and other anticrists in...

The EU, the greatest thing since sliced bread

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When Austria joined the EU almost two decades ago, I can still remember the endless praising of the parties in favor of joining and the endless cursing of the parties opposed to a future within the union. Arguments went from ” the only thinkable future” to ” we will be the slaves of Brussels” I must say I voted for the EU and have never agreed with all they have done. I oppose...

Create Criminals – Create Victims

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After the recent article about general far- versus shortsightedness in politics this is the first aspect that I want to discuss in detail. It is a well known fact, that the american prison population is crazy huge (nice article here) and the sickest part is, that we are not looking at some third world country, that has no options, but at the United States of America. The self proclaimed leader of the...

The Three Little Piggies / USA vs EU

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The three little piggies – building their houses out of straw, wood and stone until the big bad wolf huffs and puffs the first two down – is probably the best known allegory to short term vs. long term thinking. And probably in many ways the best to describe the main differences between the general US and European mentality and politics. The US has always been one for fast results, fast...

Barilla Just an Easy Target?

LGBT Barilla
When the “shitstorm” for Barilla hit, as written in the article “defending a homophobe” my first reaction had been to join in the fray of online slaughtering. A little research and thinking about the whole issue then led me to question to what extent can the LGBT community require or even force a company to fly its rainbow banner. Personally I still believe that Barilla did...

Defending a “homophobe”

LGBT Barilla
Today an article by an american gay-politics site popped up in my newsfeed.   The link. and to clarify my approach on the topic.   Guido Barilla the CEO of the privately owned famous pasta brand had offended the gay community. My first reaction was to spread the word and never again to buy any Barilla products although I really like them. Economical punishment to follow the outrage. I did...