Lyda Krewson Quits.

20 11 2020

Guest post by Puggg

Open thread for the coming Thanksgiving week. Everyone around here saw the news this week that Lyda Krewson won’t seek another term as mayor in the city. I wonder if any of you have any sort of hint about what’s really going on there. That and other things. Whatever is on your mind.





Real Housewives of Cologne, Episode 7 Postscript

19 11 2020

“WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION”

Enough time has passed since July for enough people to forget enough things so that I now feel comfortable telling you more precisely where we went for our honeymoon and how we went there.

I already mentioned here both before and after two of the places as hints: One was Transylvania, and the other Thessalonica. Along side of that, I also kicked a snarky line that involved Belgrade, and not because it wasn’t one of our stops.

Combine all that, and some of you can already probably figure out that the mighty Danube River had something to do with it.

And that it did: We went on a close to wire-to-wire cruise of the Danube, that started at Ingolstadt, and ended at Vidin, Bulgaria. Then over land the rest of the way, Vidin -> Sofia -> Thessalonica -> Bucharest -> Transylvania -> Chisnau -> Odessa -> Mouth of the Danube -> Bucharest. Flew home from Bucharest to Cologne, and the flight path took us over three of the major cities on the Danube where we made stops, (Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna), and furthermore, went straight over Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, one of my stops during the 2018 Voyage. That city has a German name, and when I say it, everything else will fall into place: Budweis. Yes, I’ve seen the original Budweiser brewery, and while I can’t say that they welcomed a native St. Louisan who has had five close relatives work at Anheuser-Busch with open arms, considering the long time controversy, they did take things in their stride. I should say that the original Budweiser as a beer is so much better than A-B’s that it’s an insult to the original even to think of comparing them, even if its brewery is hardly what you would call modern.

But I digress.

The flight back was also the first time that I used or even seen the Cologne-Bonn Airport (Köln-Bonn Flughaven), even though, at the time we landed, I’d lived in Cologne for a month short of two years.

A quick and dirty map:

Once we set sail east out of Ingolstadt, everything geographically was new to me. Even though I have already been to Austria, its stamp was already on my passport from Summer 2018. Apart from that, I got ten new stamps on my passport — Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, North Macedonia, Greece, Moldova, Ukraine. To add to the fourteen I had previously (Canada, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City). To make now 24 overall. We even passed through a semi-autonomous region of Moldova called Transnistra, a slight slither between Moldova and Ukraine, I think the only remaining “country” that uses the hammer and sickle in its flag. It issues its own outbound passports but does not have passport stamps of its own. Seven national capital cities. Two significant seas: Aegean and Black. In fact, the Aegean was the first time my actual feet touched Mediterranean waters.

So, think of all the big name cities we visited: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, (this honeymoon was brought to you by the letter B), Sofia, Thessalonica, Chisnau, Odessa. The culturally significant and stunning Transylvania region. All the places in between, and the bonus of seeing a few of of them again (plus one city from two years ago) from the air flying back. In spite of all that, there’s one thing that beat them all, and the thing I’ll remember from this honeymoon even if get to be a million years old with Alzheimers.

Frau. had already on much of this same trip, as a girl, and sights this stunning, she was more than happy to see them again, even though I know the reciprocation for a honeymoon involving many places she has already seen and been is going to be that I eventually take her to see St. Louis — Still now, I catch her looking up something-something St. Louis when I take a peek at her devices. She wants to see where her husband comes from, and I guess I should be happy for that by itself, even though I don’t think I can verbally warn her enough to prepare her for the whole experience, that what she is going to see in quite a few parts of St. Louis will shock her in ways she’s never been shocked. She’s been to America, but only New York and Chicago.

But, back to the honeymoon, as we were discussing what was to come, she looked at me at one point like my fly was open. I was like: WTF? One thing led to another, and she told me that she was surprised that I was missing something on the long trip we were about to embark upon, and she was surprised that I didn’t know about it, in spite of my reasonable command of geography. I asked her what it was, but she clammed up, wanting to save the surprise for when I actually saw it.

So, what was this thing that beat everything else that I’ve already stated, something that Frau. wanted to keep a surprise, and something I’ll remember even when I’ve forgotten everything else about this honeymoon?

Oh yeah, it was that good.

The Iron Gates Gorge of the Danube.

I just can’t, with any words even I could use, or the photos and videos I took. Nothing but actually seeing it could do it justice. I’ll just say here that it’s basically the part of the Danube that is around the Serbia-Romania-Bulgaria triple point, most of the river somewhat east of Belgrade on east and south to Vidin, where we disembarked from the river cruise.

And I don’t think you could find a better river cruise in the world than the real meat of the Danube.

***

On a more up to date personal note, this weekend is Frau.’s baby shower. Not the traditional sort of one; Remember, I said that we won’t be having one of those for the same reason we didn’t have a wedding registry, because we already had or could easily get the kind of things that you get with a wedding registry or a baby shower. But you’ll also remember that I said that Frau., her mother, my sister-in-law, Frau.’s grandmothers, and other various female in-laws, are going to have a baby shower type celebration that will involve many shipped in boxes of chocolates from Germany’s famous chocolate makers in Bremen. That happens this weekend. It also means that both mein Schweigervater and I will have some me time alone time, separately. I’m going to do a short roadtrip out of town and stop at whatever looks good and is open, considering the lockdown. I know that this will be the last lengthy substantial stretch of alone time that I’ll have for a very long time, and I’m going to use it to do two things: A lot of sleep, and a lot of clearing and resetting my head, to get ready for what’s to come.

Once this weekend is over, it’s down the stretch we come. In fact, Frau.’s maternity leave begins tomorrow, so she’s going straight from her last day of work for awhile to her baby shower then to maternity leave. It means that I’m going to make sure I enjoy this weekend’s me time. But before then, I’m going to surprise her at her work tomorrow afternoon with a rose and a few pieces of the kind of chocolate she’ll be eating all weekend. Keep that our little secret.

If all goes well, I’ll have attained everything I could have wanted out of life and reasonably could have attained, by the time you read a RHOC entry in this space. All the more remarkable considering how as late as about two and a half years ago, I had concluded that none of this was possible. Knowing what’s coming over this the final month and change, I don’t expect any posts here, and not much if anything on my socials.

This is truly it. It’s now or never.

And I wish you all a fröhliche Weihnachten, because I know I’ll be having one, my best Christmas ever.





Not Godwin’s Law

18 11 2020

Berlin

This is supposed to be a country that is always on the lookout for a resurgence of Naziism in order to smash it.

But:

(1) The Bundestag is seriously considering an “Infektionsschutzgesetz” (“infection protection law”) which in many parts reads like exact copies of the Enabling Act of 1933. The debate on it was today and continues this evening, which is why there were protests against it in Berlin today, see below.

(2) There is constant complaining about too much decentralized power and constant advocacy of the need to centralize it. Smells a lot like Gleichschaltung.

Not strictly parallel to Nazi-era history, but noteworthy nonetheless:

(3) The Berlin Police deployed “Wasserwerfer” (“water cannons”) today against peaceful protesters. Remember, water cannons and water hoses in the United States are supposed to invoke mental images of evil white Southern cops spraying high pressure water out of hoses at black civil rights protesters. The cops in Berlin and elsewhere have used them against Antifa, but only at the last moment.

(4) The Berlin Police did a near George Floyd maneuver today against an AfD member of the Bundestag.

So, you may be asking: When do the concentration camps start? That one’s easy. They won’t be necessary, because they’ve turned all of our houses, apartments and private residences into many mini-CCs.





This Is Like Lucifer Complaining That Satan Is Corrupting His Morals

16 11 2020

Jennings

The native city never disappoints.

And also, I’m glad I know how to use a VPN; Otherwise, American TV news station websites are blocked to barefoot EU-zone IPs, because of the whole cookie controversy.

Remember, what happened six years ago was so close to Jennings, and in fact, I remember writing in this space that that part of Ferguson had a really un-Ferguson-y feel and had way more of a Jennings feel, that, just shift events and circumstances six football fields in a southernly direction, and the St. Louis suburb that would be internationally infamous today would be Jennings, not Ferguson.





The Fundamental Question

9 11 2020

Washington, D.C.

At some point in the near future, be it January 20, 2021, or January 20, 2025, or some date in between, the person of Donald John Trump will no longer be President of the United States.

With the fact that the Trump Presidency will end, sooner or later, it has gotten my mind into a retrospective mood. There’s been one big chronic over-arching question on my mind in these the last five and a half years:

What explains the very widespread society-wide officially promulgated hatred of and contempt for him?

Because it’s unquestionably true that no other person who has been or was in very serious contention to be President of the United States in the post-WWII era has experienced anything close to the near-unanimous official vitriol that Trump has in these last five and a half years. Not even Richard Nixon. Hell, at least the national news media, which conspired against Nixon ever since he first ran for Congress, and succeeded when he was fool enough to obstruct justice over a third-rate hotel burglary, gave Nixon timely and contemporary credit for his foreign policy “successes” on China and ending American participation in the Vietnam War. (Even though the China “successes” really don’t seem that way today — Ed.) In contrast, as far as I can tell, the current year American official news media barely said or wrote “Abraham Accords.”

(Note that when I’m talking about “official vitriol,” I’m talking both about from official quarters, and above and beyond the usual red-blue partisan rancor, and above and beyond the typical raspberry-throwing that anyone with any kind of power inevitably experiences. Every President of the United States, from 1 to 45, has gotten it from someone or somewhere. What I’m about is what Trump has gotten delta the first 44.)

But I keep coming back to the same one-word question:

Why?

What’s the heat and energy source for something this widespread? Because it has to be a really serious heat and energy source, for it to be this widespread and for this long. You can boil a thimble full of water with a lighted match, but what Trump has been facing would boil all the Earth’s oceans away.

Why is it that Official America begged for, engaged in, and even semi-justified, blatant obvious naked voter fraud and election stealing in their attempt to oust him?

All the usual explanations are weak sauce, so don’t even waste your time trying to float them.

I have come up with three theories, both of which have their own problems, and first of which is probably too weak to explain, and second is taboo to bear:

(1) China. Official America in both the public and private sphere is just way too invested in China to tolerate this or any White House treating Beijing like an economic adversary.

(2) The second one, I’ve gotta go there. The Jews (as in official organized activist Jewish interests) are scared of him, for some reason. Now, if you’re looking for the capability to produce ocean-boiling heat, there you go.

(3) The natural cliquishness of human beings. You have to remember that Trump is the first President who was neither never elected to anything before nor a military general. Beyond that, Trump was never let his brain be fried in the ideological oil of the conventional “permissible” current era options. Ever since Trump made his first Presidential overtures in October 1987, his only points of consistency have been economic nationalism, some vague idea of civic nationalism, and hostility to the Asian economic rival du jour, with everything else being ultimately negotiable. Anyway, back to the point, cliques have a natural habit of wanting to repel outsiders as if they were a virus, even outsiders that are friendly to the Weltanschauung of the clique.

Now, peanut gallery, let’s see if you can come up with some as-good or better theories.





Sorry If I Can’t Cry

8 11 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

This was an almost perfect November weather wise weekend here in Cologne and The Region. Sunshine most of the daylight hours, more so yesterday than today. Usually, November is wire to wire cloudy, seeing the sun is more rare than teeth on hens.

So, you learn to cherish fall and early winter sunshine when you live in these parts.

That’s why Frau. and I spent as much time outdoors as we could this weekend, and as much of it as possible unplugged from the matrix.

And you know, she’s never looked more beautiful than she does now, in the two years in change that I’ve known her. The sun is really setting her face off well these days. My parents-in-law tell me that they’ve never seen her more consistently happy and content. And I can tell you the same is true for me.

Just a month and a half away, now. I’ll have everything in life that I could have both wanted and reasonably attained.

Sorry if I can’t or don’t feel like joining everyone else in all the rage and sorrow.





The Most Likely Scare Scenario

5 11 2020

Washington, D.C.

Something that does not involve a lot of blood spilling or dueling administrations with one in exile and with split international recognition.

The unresolved states don’t send electors to the Electoral College next month. There aren’t 270 EC votes therefore for anyone for President and anyone for Vice-President. Trump’s term as President and Pence’s term as VP expire on January 20 at noon ET. At that moment, there would be no EC-designated replacements for them. So it would mean, according to the Presidential Succession Act, the Presidency defaults to the Speaker of the House. Democrats look like they maintained a majority there, so the new House will convene earlier in the month and retain Pelosi as Speaker. But then Republicans mount a court challenge on the constitutionality of the Presidential Succession Act, which is said to have always been on shaky constitutional ground. However, out of the interests of “stability” and “unity,” the Republican appointees that have “grown” and “evolved” while on the bench find it constitutional.

UPDATE 11/6

With the Democrats’ unexpected numerical losses in the House, and the final tally may be razor close, though most likely in the Democrats’ favor, there’s already talk about ousting Pelosi. Though I have my doubts; I’ve heard that song before too many times; I know how it ends. But if it isn’t Pelosi, whoever it is would become President if this scare scenario happens.





Pro Tip

4 11 2020

London; Columbia, Missouri

If you don’t have any legal influence over American Presidential elections in any way, meaning that doing so is unethical and a conflict of interest if you do, put a little bit of dough on the 50-1 that the British books are giving Josh Hawley to win it all in 2024.

Take it from me, as someone who was a ground floor charter adopter of Hawley’s political career five years ago. He’s got serious steam under his feet. Meaning this 50-1 number is a hell of a value bet.





Running Backwards Faster

4 11 2020

Washington, D.C.

Off the bat: As I start to write this, right around 2 PM Wednesday in Germany, it’s still not called. So I’m going to write this with the assumption that, as the uncalled states go, the current leaders in the uncalled states stay unchanged. I’ll also presume that the projections of Republicans hold the Senate and Democrats hold the House don’t change.

***

As I wrote here two days ago, this was the first American Presidential election cycle in my conscious observant lifetime of these things that I was unable to watch the American prime time vote counting and state-calling, because my new time zone meant that I was asleep.

One of the things that fell out of the design of that is that, because I wasn’t doing what I had in the past, sperg out over percentages, raw votes and numbers, I’m able to get to the big fundamental moral of the story sooner than I would if my sperging would have made me miss the forest for the trees for awhile, which it did in the past.

***

I’ll start with the conclusion:

Both Trump and Biden lost.

It’s just that Trump won because, while Trump ran backwards, Biden ran backwards faster.

***

I’ll conclude with the reasoning:

It’s as easy as the two contradictory overriding themes that various V-Dare writers have been pushing all year (or longer) both being true at the same time, with the fact that one was truer than the other making the ultimate difference, as these two things worked against each other in the conventional red-blue political calculus.

One was the Peter Brimelow and James Kirkpatrick (et al.) worrying that Trump wasn’t as strong with the white vote nationally as he was four years ago. I thought that was all Shy Tory Syndrome. The truth turned out to be in the middle. But it was true enough not only to prevent Trump from expanding the map, but it also meant Wisconsin turned back to blue. And the sort of whites he lost 2020 delta 2016 were I think mostly because he outsourced his early years economic agenda to Javanka and Paul Ryan. What an irony there; Ryan, from Wisconsin, not only couldn’t help Romney carry Wisconsin in 2012, but may have been part of the reason why Wisconsin flipped from red to blue this year.

The other was Steve Sailer, who has for a long time been trying to warn the knucklehead Blue Team that their turning their party over to the black undertow and associated concerns only serves to piss off very important critical decisive marginal voters, especially among non-black non-whites. Hence, Florida.

So, what you have in both factors is Trump running backwards with the Javanka/Ryan economic agenda, but Biden running backwards faster with BLM.

As far as that goes, still want to believe that BLM is that popular? Now there’s were a lot of Shy Tory Syndrome comes in.

***

Other observations:

(1) Like I wrote above, the Shy Tory Syndrome glass turned out to be a glass half full or empty. I was saying it was going to be a big factor, many in our sector thought it wasn’t there at all, but the reality was in the middle. That is also true for what happened yesterday as well: The Electoral College results turned out to be in between realistically optimistic pro-Trump maps and the Blue Team-cheerleading news media. As of right now, the only state changes are Wisconsin and Arizona, both red to blue.

(2) This feels like the photographic negative of 2012. A whole lot of money, hype and screaming, but in the end, the White House and the Senate remain in the same party’s hands, while the House remains in the other party’s hands.

(3) I don’t think Covid had a statistically significant effect, either in terms of people blaming Trump or Biden, or reducing turnout.

(4) As far as the Summer of Floyd, that also turned out to split the difference, and cause both to lose. Really, Trump was betting on the De Gaulle 1968 scenario. His team had the right era, but the wrong continent. A better analogy is Detroit 1967 — There, the three elected politicians with direct executive authority to stop it didn’t want to do so, because they feared that it would somehow benefit the other two, and the three of them had an intense three-way hatred of each other for varying reasons. The JFK protege Irish Catholic Detroit Mayor, Jerome Cavanaugh, the moderate Republican Governor, George Romney, (there’s that name again), and of course LBJ. LBJ and Cavanaugh hated each other for the same reasons LBJ and JFK hated each other. And at the time, Romney was considered a strong front runner to win the Republican nomination in 1968 and challenge LBJ, so that explains their beef. Then there were the internal Michigan and Detroit reasons behind the Romney-Cavanaugh feud. Anyway, neither one of the three would pull the trigger, and this let the riots fester. And, as it turned out, neither one of them would ever win another election in their lives ever again.

Politically speaking, bouncing off of riots is playing with fire, pun intended.

So I think the Summer of Floyd hurt both Trump and Biden, because Trump came off as weak and politically vindictive by not using Federal resources to stop it, and Biden was seen as the head of a political campaign that was seeking to benefit from the violence. Like I wrote above, it hurt Biden more than Trump in the long run, because of the marginal constituencies that blamed Biden more than Trump. Or, to put it another way, once you go black…

Too, three of the last four biennial election cycles have been such that black undertow activism has hurt the Blue Team.

(5) Now, can Official America FINALLY come around to what I’ve known for seven and a half years, that online and social media don’t matter that much?

***

Now, both parties are going to have to do a lot of soul searching. There will be a lot made publicly about the Squad vs Establishment food fight in the Blue Team, but, the truth of the matter is that their brain trust is going to have to figure out how to make their team less dependent on black voters, both in the primary and caucus season, and in November. Over at Team Red, not only do they have to figure out honestly why they gave back some of the Great Lakes 2016 delta 2012 whites, (and I already provided the answer), but they’re going to have to find a way to thread the needle to get back and hold onto and keep those WCW and UMC suburban whites, especially women. That latter group I think was mostly responsible for Arizona. (And, ironically, a woman getting bounced out of the Senate.)

***

Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’ve got a whole life to get back to. Now that it’s November, I can now officially say that, next month, if all goes well, I’ll be a father, and thus I’ll finally have everything in life that I could have wanted and reasonably attained, especially remarkable because I would have been crazy to think that this was ever attainable as late as April 2018. I’ll also add that I’m doing No Nut November this month, for the best of reasons. Then again, I’ve been doing the No Nut thing for awhile, and it’s very likely going to be well past November that I’m going to keep on doing it.





Bonk on the Prediction

1 11 2020

Washington, D.C.

So it’s really going to happen.

In spite of my prediction. One that I made, shortly before that day, and at the time and in the place that was the last time I ever played golf.

I would have thought that someone or something would have gotten to him by now.

The first Presidential election results night I can consciously remember as such was 1984, age seven, and the next one, 1988, age 11, was the first where I really understood the nuances of what was going on, not only then, but also the primary and caucus process earlier in that year and starting in late 1987, when a certain someone first started sounding like someone who seriously wanted to run for President.

This will be the first cycle where I will be unable to watch the live results, for the obvious time zone differences. The way the conventional wisdom talking heads are running their yammers, the outcome probably won’t be known in short order. So, when I get up at six in the morning my time, it’ll be midnight in the US East, 11 PM in St. Louis. So it probably won’t be resolved even by then.

***

Speaking of elections, there’s already talk of delaying Germany’s Federal elections next year, which, statutorily, must take place on or before October 24, and on top of that, six federal states also go next year. Why? Because virus, of course. I happen to think virus is the excuse; I think the real reason is that the C-Duh-U is trying to buy more time, not only around the conventional set of politics, affairs and news that it can’t control, but also because replacing Merkel as party leader is turning out to be big damned clusterfuck and a daily soap opera; congruently, supposedly because virus but really because internal party politics, the C-Duh-U’s party convention has been pushed back to January.

***

Open thread for predictions and last minute news. Etc.





Popcorn Grabbing Mood

28 10 2020

Berlin

Just watched the press conference about the new restrictions and lockdown measures, which will actually be worse than what they were back in the spring. Angela Merkel and Markus Söder, the Minister-President of the Bavarian state, basically the Governor of Bavaria, were shooting thousand yard stares at each other, as if they were trying to say each other with body language that the other is going to get the blame for this. Söder for his part is in major contention to replace Merkel as party leader, and that saga is its own current month daily soap opera in this country. Mainly a food fight between those who want to pretend to be a little bit patriotic in order to coopt the AfD, and those who don’t even want to pretend, and want to go balls to the wall all four barrels publicly on The Great Replacement.

Anyway, it’s not all bad news. You see, with Flickenteppich and Gleichschaltung on an apparent collision course, we may FINALLY be able to settle irresistible force vs immovable object after all these millennia.

And I’d be more pissed if I wasn’t having the best year of my life, with the best yet to come.

***

Okay, you cried uncle.

Flickenteppich: The parts literally translate to “patched carpet,” together the word means “patchwork quilt,” and it’s a modern day mild political pejorative about how there’s supposedly too much division and fragmented political power along the lines of the federalist system. As you can figure, it’s being said and written a lot this year.

Its antonym is also a pejorative, albeit a much stronger one and a far more famous one, and strangely, one that hasn’t been officially used, much less officially preened about, here in the current year. Gleichschaltung. Its parts literally translate to “equal shifting” or “switching,” together the word means “phasing in” or “coordination,” and as a proper noun, it referred to the NSDAP program of eliminating federalism and localism in the 1930s and exercising national power in a truly unitary sense. As one of you wrote when I discussed this some time back, the grand irony is that Mustache Man Bad would have been deported back to Austria after the failed 1923 Beer Hall Putsch, the Weimar government in Berlin wanted it, but the Bavarian state had enough veto and federalist power to keep it from happening. You’ll also remember last year, in the very short time when St. Louis’s city-county reunification plan was officially presented and considered, I sarcastically called it the Louschaltung.

That’s why I’m in a popcorn grabbing mood.





Politics, Culture and Streams

27 10 2020

Los Angeles

David Cole’s latest.

Cole and I are on the same wavelength.

The Breitbartesque axiom, “politics are downstream from culture,” I think is a deceptive half truth. The late great Sam Francis also made the same point, and, in the years since he’s been gone, it’s one of my rare posthumous disagreements with him.

The problem with that bon mot isn’t that politics aren’t or are never downstream from culture, it’s that those who repeat it mean it in the sense that politics are always and only ever downstream and culture is always and only ever upstream.

In reality, politics can be downstream from culture, or they can be upstream from culture. Likewise, culture can be upstream from politics, or downstream from politics.

The better way to think about it is this: Politics and culture have a dynamic relationship with each other, in that they can both influence each other and be influenced by each other. Expressed symbolically, let politics be P and culture be Q:

P <=> Q

Note: If this sounds familiar, then it should. This the logical biconditional is how I think of the relationship between black murders and black funerals, and it’s increasingly my conceptual framework about the relationship between poverty and crime, in that it’s too simplistic to believe that one is always and only ever the cause and the other is always and only ever the effect.





#Kostenlosöffentlichesverkehrsmittel

27 10 2020

Rural Northern Hesse

Another one of my long term type predictions is starting come more and more true.

Me, November 4, 2019:

I have written this prediction elsewhere, but I see that I have not yet written it here in this medium. So this news, and the fact that it revolves around fare dodging on public transportation, or as the Germans put it ironically, a Schwarzefahrer, gives me the opportunity to do that for the record.

Within the next several years, Wokeness Inc. will start demanding that intra-city public transportation be free of charge for everyone. I understand that this demand has already been lodged in relatively fringe SJW circles, but I think it will actually cross the blood-birdbrain barrier into the left-of-center mainstream in the next few years.

I was remiss then not to make it more clear and obvious that the reason for this demand, at least in the United States, is that enforcing laws against fare dodging has a disparate impact on black babies’ bodies.

Yesterday, a bunch of greenie weenie and far left types held overpass protests, mainly in and around Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, to protest the extension of the Autobahn route A49, hence the #KeineA49 (“No A49”) hashtag. All it is, is building about 30 miles of new freeway in rural northern Hesse to close a gap, so that vehicle traffic between Frankfurt and Hamburg has a more straight shot, and it would also create an alternative for traffic between Frankfurt and Berlin, and probably also help Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen.

You’ll also note the English language hashtag.

Other than the fact that there’s too much English in Germany, one could have done “Nein Autos” in place of “No Cars” without worrying about space, there’s a reason why English was used in #FreePublicTransport. It’s because, if they would have used German, it would have been…

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They Are Lacking In Diversity.

23 10 2020

Guest post by Puggg

County Browns homicide detectives, celebrating their 94% clearance rate.

I guess by now you can already figure out what the big stink is about.

“If there was ever a case of a picture representing a thousand words”, said someone with the County NAACP. He also said that “It speaks volumes to the fact they are lacking in diversity”.

And you know, I agree with all that. Successful, productive, the picture representing a thousand words, lacking in diversity. It all goes together. It fits very well. It’s like you have to pick either diversity or productivity, but you can’t have both.





Debate Night Open Thread.

22 10 2020

Guest post by Puggg

Okay puppies, what did you all think?

I’ll just leave this as an open thread. I’ve still got a lot in my inbox, and it fills up as fast as I get stuff out of it.





Just a Heads Up

8 10 2020

Berlin

Tomorrow could be a really big hot and intense in Berlin.

They’re going to try to evict a bunch of Antifa/anarchist types from a hovel in a gentrifying part of the former East Berlin, where they’ve been essentially squatting for nearly thirty years, pretty much since the first second after legal reunification.

Plain words, I’m expecting blood.

This is one of the prime examples of why I say that matters of housing and gentrification are a big heat and energy source for far left street militancy and activism, on both sides of the Atlantic. I’m just cynical enough to think that all their talk about trans-LGBTQ-cisheteronormativity-femiminst-genderqueer-microaggression-ism-phobia housing collectives slash safe spaces is nothing more than these people realizing what pushes buttons and what sells in the current year. Sure, these kooks might actually believe this tripe, to an extent. But more than anything, they just want to be able to live very inexpensively in the heart of major cities, (to look at them is to know they can’t hack it anywhere else), and are mad that people with money are making their previously “affordable” hovels less so.

That’s why they’re couching their selfishness in social justice-y and woketard rhetoric — It’s a form of chessboard maneuvering, so they can put themselves on the side of the “moral” angels, and therefore, any attempts to evict them and any attempts to use force to that end will be morally evil. Especially in the city and country where this is going to happen, you can get away with a whole lot if you can convince enough people that the attempts to prevent you from doing those things is fascism.





Wooden Beats Schoolmarm, By Default

8 10 2020

Salt Lake City

I watched about a half hour of the replay of Pence-Harris this afternoon.

Neither one clearly won on content.

So it came down to presentation.

Pence was his usual unoffensive wooden self. But that beat Harris just by default, because she came across as a preachy preening desperate schoolmarming borderline cult leader.

I’m sure she reminds a lot of people of that one annoying teacher they had in the latter half of elementary school, somewhere between the third and the fifth grade, the one that got on your nerves about how you weren’t allowed to use the restroom whenever you wanted, and constantly correcting you on your slight errors in the use of punctuation.

If Kamala Harris were a somewhat more intense version of her last night self last night, she would have been:





The Truth About the White Supremacy Trap

6 10 2020

Washington, D.C.

After last week’s farce of a “debate,” the subject of white supremacy, denouncing it, not denouncing it, who or what is or isn’t it, was hot in the United States for a few days. But then Trump got Sars-CoV-2, and that was the end of that. Remember, we live in the current year, where news has a very short half-life.

But in a sector where news isn’t forgotten so easily, Greg Hood wrote two articles about it, last week, and a follow up yesterday.

I was thinking that what I wanted to say was going to be pretty long. But, upon further thinking, I can net it out pretty quickly.

Some time back, James Allsup made the same point I’m about to make. I know he did it independently of myself, because it does not seem that I have ever broached this point in this space, and, at the time that Allsup did his video about this, I had only brought it up sparsely. Doubtful that he ever read those comments of mine, so almost 100% sure that he has thought of this himself. Yet and still, it’s a point which very few people have realized; As far as I can tell, it’s only Allsup and I who have figured this out.

The main problem with the debate over “white supremacy” in the United States, both right now and in recent years, is that there are two wildly different and divergent definitions of “white supremacy” that are in mainstream circulation. Furthermore, the people wielding one definition or the other mostly talk over the heads of the people on the other side.

One definition is the narrow definition, the literal definition. White supremacy is just literally that, the qualitative belief that white people are superior. It’s a fringe ideology, and as proof of that, it’s a minority opinion among white advocates.

The other definition is a wide definition. In that world, white supremacy is close to being a pure synonym for a white person or white people. Expressed more accurately, it merely means white people (or sometimes even non-whites) who want to live in a white civilization and want to live by white folkways and habits. Even if said white people don’t believe that our selves or our civilization is qualitatively superior, and even if the white (or other) people who want to live by those habits don’t actually believe that those habits have anything to do with whiteness.

As you can probably already guess, the American right adopts the narrow definition, and, again, as you can probably guess, if you’re really far to the right, you’ll think that it’s a virtue and you believe it is true, while most normiecons and lamestream conservatives think it’s a bad thing. In the middle, a majority of white advocates think it’s a red herring. However, in spite of those differences, what actual white supremacists (narrow), non-WS white advocates, and anti-WS normiecons, agree upon, is the narrow definition of the term.

Meanwhile, most of the American left adopts some variant of the wide definition, and virtually 100% of the them think it’s a bad thing.

The preview truth about the white supremacy trap is that, because WS-Narrow and WS-Wide are talking past each other, there is no possible resolution to the rhetorical conflict. It’s why, for example, the multiracial Proud Boys can both denounce white supremacy and be white supremacists at the same time. They denounce WS-Narrow but are WS-Wide; Their “Western chauvinism,” as others have fairly described their worldview, does not need, and in fact, can exist in hostility to WS-Narrow, but Western chauvinism and white supremacy are the same thing, in the minds of those who use the WS-Wide definition. It’s also why Trump has denounced white supremacy 87 million ways to Sunday ever since he rode down the escalator, and he has never denounced white supremacy and needs to start doing that, at the same time. He denounces narrow, but has never denounced wide.

Now for my unique observation:

The real truth about the white supremacy trap is that I happen to believe that the real domestic policy deep state sort of power brokers in American society also know of this dichotomy which both James Allsup and I have figured out, but believe that this confusion is a feature, not a bug. They want to keep a lot of people deliberately discombobulated; I think that they’ve concluded that they somehow benefit from this confusion and the ability to manipulate one side against the other and vice-versa.





ZOMG BIG BREAKING NEWS LOL~!!!!!1

2 10 2020

Washington, D.C.

Two people have contracted a virus that most people will eventually get.

What were the odds, right?

You may remember a few months ago the news that Trump’s doctors that they had him on a preventative preemptive HCL regimen, largely because his age makes him a big risk category for symptoms being debilitating or worse on the likely possibility that he would get the virus in question.

Note: Research out of my native city, WU Med specifically, states that at any one time, the average person is carrying around an average of five viruses. Of course, you all knew that virology and immunology is a perpetual cat-and-mouse game.





Ugh.

1 10 2020

Guest post by Puggg

I’ll leave it here just for the laughs.

Was it a stolen car crashing into another stolen car?  Or was it that that Chrysler dealer in Wood River has been hit at least five times recently?  Which one was the bigger hint?





That’s Life In The Big City.

30 09 2020

Guest post by Puggg

Charges for the McCloskeys, but none for the people that made the McCloskeys do what they had to do.





Cringe AF

30 09 2020

Cleveland

So, how’d you all enjoy last night’s shouting match?

It’s obvious that both of them made the calculation before the fact that their path to winning this “debate” was to scream and yell their respective prerehearsed talking points over each other.

At no point did it seem like the odds were any higher than winning the mega jackpot that either one of them would come through with a mic drop line like Reagan’s “youth and inexperience” in 1984.

In my time zone, this took place live between three and five this morning, and only now this early afternoon did I have the time to watch the replay.  No way I was going to wake up that early to watch it live — After all, both Frau. and I have to get in as much sleep as we can, in advance of the time coming up very soon where nights of uninterrupted long sleeping hours will be hard to come by.  And even while I was watching the replay just before writing this, I was waiting for it to get done.  I even sped up the playback speed to 110% to help things along a bit.

I’ll probably peek in to the replay of Pence-Harris next week, but I don’t plan to watch as much as a moment more of any of the subsequent Trump-Biden ones.

Note:  Most of the German mainstream media had the “Biden won” pieces pre-written waiting for the proper moment to hit the red upload button.





SLMPD Residency Requirement Lifted.

24 09 2020

Guest post by Puggg

Gov. Parson signed a bill this week which eliminates residency requirements for any of the state’s LEAs, but what it really means in practice is that the SLMPD’s (St. Louis City) residency requirement is now gone.

What do we think of that, puppies?  Because I can think of one reason why it’s may not be such a good thing.





“The Irony of the Situation”

24 09 2020

On this clickbait business of “I’m not going to let my Trump-loving father see his grandkids.”

First off, the author, one Leo Guinan, has modified his original article in order to do everything but openly admit that the original article was pure clickbait.

But in his walking back, he states that:

The writer, who described himself as being “toward the liberal end of the spectrum,” noted that he realized the irony of the situation when he found himself the topic of discussion on the Rush Limbaugh show.

“I realized that polarizing behavior was what social media emphasizes, and it caught me too,” he wrote, admitting that when he “started publishing to social media” his personal perspective, he was attempting to gain followers and “influence people to read my writing.”

Now, even if you want to believe that he actually ever intended to cut father off from grandkids, and I doubt it, there is an even bigger “irony of the situation” besides the fact that his intent to go viral went viral in ways he never intended.

He was using his personal ethnonationalist imperative (his control over his own children vis-a-vis his own father) because he despises the supposed ethnonationalist politics of the current President.

Or, to put it another way, he wanted to cut his father off from his grandkids because his father votes Trump, but his father votes Trump because he cares about his grandkids.

 





2020 in the United States, Already 2020-y Enough, Has Just Gotten a Lot More 2020-ier

20 09 2020

Washington, D.C.

Just what the American current year needed, an open SCOTUS pick that will result in an ideological shift on the court, in the middle of all this.

2020 is either some special point of significance in the spacetime continuum, or it could all be just a coincidence.

Open thread.





Venus If You Will

14 09 2020

Cardiff, Wales

Me, November 14, 2017:

I have probably written in this space several times in the recent past that: (1) By my 60th birthday, March 31, 2037, there will be legitimate scientific proof of at least some simple form of life on an extrasolar planet (a planet orbiting a star other than the sun), and (2) The crucially important minds in crucially important societies have pretty much forecasted the same thing and see the same thing coming, and therefore (3) TPTB are greasing our skids so that when the official announcement of what will be the biggest most profound news in the history of human civilization and science is made, it won’t come as such a shock. Such skid-greasing includes a recent handful of curious dog whistle pronouncements from Popes Benedict XVI and Francis, as if to reconcile Christianity’s flagship institution and the idea of non-Earthly life as predication for the inevitable news.

Turns out we didn’t need to wait until 2037 or look as far as other stars.

Now, as you can read, there are a lot of what-ifs, buts, gotta-rule-things-outs, maybes and don’t-get-your-hopes-ups, but…I think I’ll pop the champagne cork now.

I always thought that when this day came, it would be the biggest news in the world for days, weeks, months, or more, even if people were duly prepared.  Then again, like I wrote on the day of my return to blogging after having recovered enough, that TPTB have done a good enough job cushioning the blow.  Aside from the reasons I listed then, the increasing science into Earth-based extremophiles.  The conclusion, stated explicitly, is if that if organisms can live in un-Earth-like environments on Earth, then there very well could be extremophiles in several places just in our own Solar System.

Which means that the way it stands now, it’s only going to shake the world when the news is life that is comparable to plant or animal life on Earth, and for that, it will have to be an exoplanet or exomoon.

I’ve also stated that the first permanent space colonies will not be the Moon or Mars, but Venus, at the altitude where pressures and temperatures are most Earth-like.  I think today’s news made my speculation all the more likely.

Otherwise, you knew a song was coming when you read the title.

 





Get Famous and Die Tryin’

14 09 2020

Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Compton, California

What I have figured out today, which I’m sure others have already done, and in all honesty, I should have done long before now, is that the post May 24 reality in the United States is creating a dangerous OODA feedback loop for the kind of underclass black people with no prospects and nothing to lose. I think they’ve figured out by now that all they have to do is either take out after cop totally unprovoked, or take advantage of a typical stop or accost and then take out after the cop, forcing the cop to defend him or herself with lethal or some kind of risky force. It’s because they must now realize that it will make them into a martyr, and one or more BLM/Antifa mobs will riot on behalf of them. And we all know that a certain demographic loves quick and easy “get rich and famous quick” schemes, even if it costs them their lives, which, like I said, weren’t worth anything anyway.





Dueling

14 09 2020

Your Blogmeister’s German Desk

Hamilton and Burr, eat your hearts out.  You thought dueling was dead.

***

Dueling narratives in the current month:

* A movie about the sexually suggestive behavior of 11-year old girls isn’t pedophilia, you’re a right wing conspiracy theorist if you think it is

* 40-something men in relationships with 20-something women are pedophiles

Humorously, the pedodefenders are trying to pawn all the disgust for that movie off on this Q business, though I should say, if you’re trying to debunk a conspiracy theory, the last thing you should do is provide evidence of the theory’s fundamental claims.  For the record, I don’t think there’s any Q, I think it was one or a few bored trolls with too much time on their hands a few years ago who understand the nature of the internet and the nature of certain social and political sectors, who just made something up out of thin air that they figured would spread, wound it up and let it loose.

I also think that the explanation for this paradox is that the crowd that wants to normalize pedophilia in the mold of Cuties and the crowd that wants to extend the definition of pedophilia to include 40s-M-on-20s-W are different people with different agendas;  The first crowd are mostly random perverts that any given society will always have thanks to the Law of Averages, but have been able to creep (pun intended) their way up through the kinds of institutions they need to make it happen due to a combination of Modernism and parentheticalism, and the second crowd are mostly post-wall 40-something women who, because they’re also making the Long March through the Institutions, are trying to use their newfound power to manipulate the rules of society and the sexual marketplace, because they want 40-something men to start looking at them instead of looking at their half-their-age competitors.  Or sometimes, they’re the 20-something women that 40-something men aren’t interested in, so they’re trying to shame the 40-something men away from any 20-something women out of pure sour grapes.

***

Dueling headlines in the German media this morning and afternoon:

* We must take in the Moria refugees

* Critical German industries are making permanent layoffs

Really though, this isn’t 2015, the German economy was already starting to slump before Covid hit, so they’re not even trying to make an argument about the need for more workers.  It also proves that the “more workers” argument from five years ago was disingenuous (and we all knew that), and they’ll find any excuse.  The new one is (translated):  “We have space.”  Yes, Germany has space, in the kinds of places that immigrants don’t want to be.   Many of the 15ers who were settled in smaller cities and rural areas have already left for big cities, where there is anything but extra space.

The important but unheralded news about Moria we found out last week was that it looks like open borders German NGO hacks set the fires (possibly using time bombs) themselves, the Hegelian Dialect reason should be obvious, and yes, you see what I did there.

***

Open thread, about this or anything else.





The Current Year Never Disappoints

10 09 2020

Yucaipa, California

Gender reveal parties should have never been A Thing, because they aren’t really about the anticipated baby(-ies), they’re really about the narcissism of the expectant parents, esp. the mother.

And now, thanks to one of these things starting a massive Southern California wildfire, there’s now a push to de-Thing them.

Does this mean that people are coming around to my way of thinking, that people shouldn’t be so narcissistic?

Fat chance. You don’t know the current year, brother.

No, the reason for the budding movement against GRPs is because of “gender,” the woke/SJW gender bender nonsense, the “genderbread spectrum” drivel.

CNN:

Even Jenna Karvunidis, the blogger widely credited with popularizing gender reveal parties, has had enough, writing on Facebook this week: “Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you.”

A woman popularized these things, and these parties are largely for the benefit of women.  Left to the devices of men, these things would have never been invented.  Unless the men were gay, in which case they would have, just to have another reason to organize a theatrical production.  But now that they’re suddenly becoming politically un-woke at “best” and dangerous fire hazards at worst, Karvunidis, the inventor of these things, is now trying to pawn it off on expectant fathers tooting their “It’s a Boy” horns.  Natur-fucking-ally.

Even when gender reveal parties don’t cause this kind of overt harm, these examples of death and destruction are still an apt metaphor for the detrimental effects of their deeper cultural message. A pyrotechnical display of pink or blue reflects a toxic glee at boxing our babies into binary gender categories that may not reflect who they are. By slapping a color code on our little ones (and plastering it all over the internet) before they even enter the birth canal, we are removing entirely their sense of agency to develop their own gender identities and to control that identity online. We are completely erasing the spectrum of social and biological diversity when it comes to gender.

Those who do not fit into the binary gender categories — whether they are transgender, nonbinary or simply don’t fit the stereotypes (I am a perfect example of someone with female genitalia who doesn’t feel particularly female and who loathes the color pink, anything frilly, and who will never feel right being addressed as “ma’am”) — already face an uphill battle when it comes to navigating the world and finding acceptance and fair treatment. Transgender people are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and violence, and rituals like gender reveal parties only reinforce a system of inequity that marginalizes the trans community.

Speaking of the author’s sense of self-confusion, just look at the pic of her CNN puts up, and that explains everything.

I don’t know if this is true, and if it’s not, please insert your dime in the comment boxes, but I read somewhere that Jenna Karvundis’s own child, the subject of the very first GRP, is now a 12-year old boy who just came out as gender non-binary.  (At 12, WTF?)  I don’t know whether to think that’s ironic or apropos;  Ironic because the child from the world’s first gender reveal party doesn’t want to be officially affixed to a gender, apropos because he is every bit his attention-seeking mother’s attention-seeking son.

***

When Frau. and I found out that they’re going to be twin sons Monday before last, we immediately told critical relatives and quasi-relatives on both my side and her side, but waited until my father-in-law got home, because he wanted it that way, even though we could have called him the moment we knew.  Then I told the world the next day.  But, there was no way in hell we were going to throw one of these stupid parties.  No way I would have wanted one in a zillion years, and Frau., being a traditionally-minded German, wouldn’t want to be that kind of show-off at least so publicly.  Now, if my sister-in-law and her husband ever have a child, better than even money she’ll want to throw one, even though both of them have done a lot of growing up this year;  They haven’t matured quite that much, and both have mostly succumbed to Americanization pressure.





Real Housewives of Cologne, Episode 8

1 09 2020

“PROMISES TO KEEP”

For several reasons you already know, and now including one more that happened during the month that just finished, Frau.’s weight gain curve and appetite increasing much more than what would be expected if there was just one, we’ve been thinking twins.

Sonogram confirms.

Definitely twins.

And twin boys.

***

Even before we were married, Frau. and I made a deal with what were at the time likely future prospects in mind — She names our daughters, I name our sons.

For as long as I could fathomably conceive that idea that I could eventually be a father, I already knew what I wanted to name my first son, and that alone should be a hint.

Fifteen years ago, in the aftermath of a tragic event, I made a promise to myself that if I ever had a second son, I would name him the name I suddenly had in mind. Some of you will probably figure this one out either right away or in short order.

If ever there was a time for the metaphor “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” to be extended literally, this is it. But, since it looks like the stork will be bringing me both my first and second sons in the same bundle, I’m going to be able to keep both of these promises to myself.

There’s also another reason why I’m happy they’re both boys.  I’m as much happy that neither one of them are girls.  Meaning that I won’t have to worry about having to raise (a) white/German(-ic) daughter(s) here in urban western Germany.  Either you get it right away, or it won’t take you long.

***

As a biological aside, I already told you that fraternal twinning runs in both my family and Frau.’s, in fact, from both of my parents and both of her parents. My mother’s eldest sister had fraternal twin daughters, and one of them in turn had fraternal mixed sex twins. My late father’s only siblings are fraternal twin sisters, both still living. Both of Frau.’s grandmothers are party to fraternal twins in some way — One of them had a fraternal twin brother (late), the other had mixed sex fraternal twin siblings, the sister still living, the brother late.

Before the honeymoon, I also wrote here that, in the instance of any one set of fraternal twins, the relevance of the biological heritability that caused them to be fraternal twins is mother-side only, and I asked you to think through the biology. If you didn’t get it, it’s that fraternal twins are two sperms fertilizing two eggs, which means two eggs must have already been there waiting for them, which in turn means two eggs were released during the mother’s relevant estrous cycle. Which means she had to have the genetic trait for two-egg-release estrous cycles. In contrast, identical twins are a single fertilized egg splitting, which happens after fertilization, which means the DNA for that trait could come from either father or mother.

Because we’re going to have twin sons, same sex, the only way we’ll know for sure whether fraternal or identical is when they arrive, and we can look at both and compare. The only way we would know fraternal for sure right now is if they were boy-girl. Same sex could be fraternal or identical, mixed sex must be fraternal. However, considering (Frau.’s) family history, I’m betting on fraternal.

One other thing this does, knowing that they’re going to be twins, is that it pushes our due date range sooner by a week. Twins have a shorter gestation period than singles.

Frau., never what anyone would call a svelte girl or woman, is going to get really really really really really big, and is probably going to eat everything both in sight and not in sight.

***

We’re not going to have a baby shower as such, for the same reason you all know we didn’t have a wedding registry. Because we don’t need it. Everything we need and nearly anything we could want relative to what we’re expecting to happen, we can afford. I will say that there’s a reason I wrote “as such,” because Frau., my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, Frau.’s two grandmothers, and other female in-laws of mine, are planning on a get-together sorta shower some time this fall, involving many, many, MANY boxes of shipped-in chocolates, (remember, one of the people going to that shindig is going to have a big appetite), from Germany’s world famous chocolate makers in Bremen.

And my father-in-law and I will cherish the “me” time, probably the last such time I’ll have for a very long time.  Speaking of, he is probably even happier than I am that they’re going to be two boys.  Instead of calling or texting him the moment we found out, he wanted to wait until he got home yesterday in the early evening, and Frau. and I waited for him at his house.  When I told him, he just about went into orbit.  I can only imagine what he’ll be like when they actually arrive.

I will also say that, while Oktoberfest in Munich (and most of the smaller Oktoberfests in other cities) were canceled for this year several months ago, the Frankfurt Book Fair is still going to happen, and I’ll finally have the chance to go to it for the first time, but probably no more than two days of its five-day run (the 14th through the 18th).  October 3 is also the 30th anniversary of Reunification, and while the ceremonies for it are being spread out over a month and over various places to keep any one crowd from being too big, I’ll be going to the actual October 3 ceremony in Berlin.  Frau. might come along to one or both;  It depends on what she feels like in a month and a month and a half from now, respectively, in terms of how big she’s going to be in that her seventh month along.

***

Speaking of our upcoming spending spree, now that we know they’re going to be two of the same sex, this means that we can now start apartment hunting for only one extra bedroom instead of two. And because we know that there will be two for sure instead of just one, any slight chance that Frau. might have kept in her mind that her Golf would still be practical in our anticipated new domestic reality are now gone, so for sure we’re also going car shopping. On top of all the sundries, the Kindersitzen, the Babymöbel, a pressurized space suit for my father-in-law, etc etc. August was been relatively busy for both of us, but we were also in a holding pattern waiting on Sonogrammstag. It took that to come and go before things could start falling into place.

Which means that my slight increase in activity here on the blog and my socials that I know you all have enjoyed in the past few weeks, is going to go bye-bye.

That will explain my silence around here and on my socials, save any big Armageddon-quality breaking news.

***

One last note:  You’ll remember that I wrote in this series back in May, that all that has transpired over this year has not only forced my sister-in-law to give up on her quixotic treachery, but also it has forced her and the soyboy to do some deep introspection.  I predicted that, two years hence, they would be either parents or divorced.  Nothing has happened since then to make me think one is more likely than the other, but one major thing that happened while we were away on Flitterwochen is that he has made a career change, though to say that he made a “change” is misleading, because what he had before wasn’t really a career, just menial employment.  Anyway, I can’t say here what it is, for security purposes, and I wasn’t even aware that one could make a living doing such a thing.  But, he is, and already he’s making serviceable money, and because Cologne is one of the world’s centers for this relatively new industry, one that held a big annual trade show here in town over this past extended weekend, he certainly lives in the right city for his newfound profession.  Though he will be doing going his fair share of travel.  I will say that, as of now, both of them combined now make enough to sustain themselves and a potential baby, so that might be a hint that they’re growing closer together.  But, by the same token, each one of them is now making enough to live well enough separately, so it could be just as much of a hint that they’re headed to Scheidungsgericht.

Though for the first time, I’m actually cheering for them to make it.  Because I think it would be so neat if (fill in the blank for my planned name of my first son) and (fill in the blank for my planned name of my second son) eventually come to have one or more first cousins.  Since I’m an only child, and Frau. has no other siblings, they, (or in theory, my sister-in-law with another man) are the only possible source of potential first cousins for fill-in-the-blank and fill-in-the-blank.