Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Stupid Leaders: Poland Ed.

This article is in line with a current issue: Poland is trying to whiewash its history.

Every country that was occupied by the Germans during the war had its quislings, its collaborators. Especially in Eastern Eurpoe, those collaborators helped the Germans commit mass-murder. Poland has sought to criminalize discussing any hint of tge complicity of Poles in the Holocaust.

Hell, in Poland, it is illegal to criticize the president. Saying that the president of Poland is an idiot is good for three years in prison.

The inescapable conclusion is that, irregardless of its court system or any other trappings of democracy, Poland is not a free nation. Free nations do not pass laws to criminalize the discussion of topics that cause their leaders butthurt.

Though, let's face it, the United States is not exactly a paragon when it comes to this area. We have an entire political party that is based on the false premise that the boys in Grey during the Civil War were fighting for anything other than the perpetuation of slavery. Up until very recently, Texas was teaching the lie of states' rights as the cause of that war. Presidents Adams and Wilson both criminalized criticising them in their respective Sedition Acts, both of which didn't survive the next presidency.

TGF wanted very much to have such a law, but that was too far a reach, even for his bootlickers in Congress.

8 comments:

Stewart Dean said...

"We have an entire political party" ...Oh, you mean the party of Jeff Davis! And Forrest and....

Davefl said...

What does TGF stand for I don't get it?

re the paragon said...

"The Former Guy", the Biden team name for Trump.

But "That Fucking Guy" also works, and may be more accurate, as well as more satisfying to say.

dinthebeast said...

Hungary has also retained the trappings of democracy while sliding into full on authoritarianism, and the scary part is that they did it the same way the goddamn Republicans are trying to do it here.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

Ten Bears said...

Wasn't that long ago people would denigrate those who would remind us of our history of support for Hitler, that attempts were made to overthrow the FDR administration and replace it with one more fascistic, all financed by the leading lights of the time, the Bush, the Kennedys, Rockerfellers and Rodhams. Or that our science, our teaching methodology and above all else our media is firmly rooted in nineteen-thirties Germany. Or for that matter most serious scholars agree Hitler's Politics of Free Space (breathing, living) resoundingly applauds our solution to the "Indian Problem", and his "reich" firmly rooted in the Klu Klux Klan, in Reconstruction, and the War of Treason in Defense of Slavery.

Was even some kind of funk-assed Internet rule about it ... MickyD's Law, I don't remember.

LRod said...

"irregardless"
Oof!

Without without regard. Not a word.

LRod
ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Tod Germanica said...

LRod, the English language has no official institute of usage prescribing or prohibiting words. If a word is used by enough English speakers ('rightly' or 'wrongly') publishers put it in the dictionary. And if a word changes it meaning over time it's fruitless to kick against the pricks. English words are invented and words change their meanings over time. This is normal and we must stay cognizant of word usage through time and adjust. Or, do what I do, retire the word and find a replacement word, we've got lots of homophones (FKA homonyms). Like I do for 'decimated' and 'folks', confusing or tainted by Nazis. Boomer (-;

Tod Germanica said...

Oops! Make that synonym and not homophone (homonym):
Definition of synonym
1: one of two or more words or expressions of the same language that have the same or nearly the same meaning in some or all senses.

hom•o•phone hŏm′ə-fōn″, hō′mə-►
n. One of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling.

Even us ex English majors (Major Blimp) can FUBAR. Disclaimer: my AA degree was from Sacramento Junior College, 1976, so take whatever I proclaim with 100 g NaCl.
Oddly, NaCl contains lots more Cl than Na. So why isn't it called Cloride Sodium? Chemists out there?