Long time no see

It’s been nearly 3 months since the last post here. We have been busy so we apologize for the inconveniences caused by our long absence.

Yesterday I talked with John, my boss (He-he) over at Infidels are Cool and I told him how is going everything here. So I have decided to write something about it.

Well, the situation is bad, no need to exaggerate. But it can be even worse.

Firstly, we have the economic situation. The Economist, a magazine not well-known for being a staunch supporter of the right-wingers (they actually adored Zapatero before he was elected… you know, he was the Zapateromessiah 😛 ), considers Spain as the sick man of Europe, an expression which was used on the XIXth century specially about the Russian Czarist economy. It has only one word for the actual situation in Spain: unsustainable

Spain’s 19% unemployment rate is second only to Latvia’s in the EU. It reflects a structural hangover in a country that got drunk on bricks and mortar before its property bubble burst in 2007. Because of this, Spain entered recession in an already weakened state. As others recover slowly but predictably, Spain will need more time and extra care. Even optimists expect real recovery to come only in 2011.

Secondly, in view of the situation, any responsible (and sound) person would try to care for economy (really care). But instead of that, Zapatero’s Government is taking several astonishing measures:

1.- regarding abortion, the new Spanish law (not yet approved but in Parliament) will make possible that 16-year-old girls have one without their parents permission. Also till the 22nd week, every pregnant woman will be able to have an abortion with no special cause (now, only in one among three causes: a) rape; b) danger for mental or physical health of the mother or c) genetical malformations of the foetus and only till 12th week) and throughout all pregnancy if they are in danger. There was a demonstration (really big one) but, of course, Zapatero didn’t listen to the demonstrators’ demands (of course, Aznar was a dictator because he didn’t listen to the “streets’ demands” over Iraqi war, but Zapatero is not one even if he never listens to anybody who has a different opinion, much more if they are right-wingers).

2.- regarding religion, the Government now wants to get rid of every crucifix in the country. They say that Brussels wants them to do it, after a sentence in which European Union says that it’s against freedom of religion that Christian crucifixes are shown in public schools. Anyway, in here the far-left nationalist Catalonian Republican Left also wants that private and “concertados” (schools which receive money from State but are not public) get rid too of the crucifixes. They don’t see that as incompatible with critisizing (not directly, of course) the Swiss referendum about the minarets, even if I don’t recall any Christian politician referring to Crucifixes as “bayonets”, as Erdogan did about minarets.

3.- the last of the imbecilades of the Government is the so-called “Law of the Sustainable Economy”. Among other issues (renuevable energy sources, investment in development and technology -after cutting it dramatically from State Budget-, etc), they have tried to pass an article by which they actually will be able to take down every webpage if they think that it is infringing “intelectual property rights” (hmm, yes, Zapatero has said that no, “no web, no blog is going to be shut down“, but the Culture Minister insists the article will be maintained in the Law Project). Gizmondo writes about it clearly:

There’s a whole bunch of greedy “artists”—represented by the SGAE, the Spanish version of the RIAA, and some cinema associations—who most of the times are used by the Spanish socialist government to support their political agenda. I say greedy because, in Spain, there’s an “artist tax” on everything that can be used to record something. You buy a CD to do data backup at work? Doesn’t matter, the government’s friends assume you are a thief copying stuff, and charge you an extra for it. Maybe you want a new camera to record your newborn baby? Well, that’s more expensive too because of the “artistic” tax. Want an iPod? Pay extra. A DVD-R unit? Give them more money.

But of course, people know that we have to pay that artist tax (to millionaires like Miguel Bosé, Pedro Almodóvar or Alejandro Sanz, for instance, all of them staunch supporters of these measures) so they began buying all those things through the Internet. Greedy artist knew so… they wanted more money:

… they got it as an obvious favor, returned by the socialist government now in power. After passing the law hidden in another law, the artist associations can now close any web site they want, without a court order. They only have to argue that the site may be used to share media, and the Minister of Culture will have to the power to close the site without any judge giving the go ahead, a true “Cultural Police.” Goodbye democracy, hello National Socialism. What’s more, they also want to be able to close the Internet connection of any user who uses the internet for P2P sharing, also without any due process.

Spanish leftist blogger Ignacio Escolar has blamed US Embassy about this. In a post written yesterday, he actually writes that “some phone calls have been made to both the Government and the opposition to ask for this last reform to be maintained and to support them in being tough with Internet piracy”. Now, he must write that the Mossad, Ariel Sharon and Golda Meir are also in it to complete the picture… 🙄

Nora had a problem sometime ago when someone ordered wordpress.com to shut down her Spanish Pundit website because she had posted a photo that was copyrighted. No warning was made, just the blog disappeared. 

So, as I said, this is getting too much complicated (also the conflicts between regions are getting tougher by the minute) and it’s somewhat depressing to see these developments. Makes me angry, really. 

But, in the end, there is nothing to be done, just protest and protest and protest. Of course, most of the time we don’t get any result, but at least we have carried on with our duty as citizens. 

Thanks to you all for your kindness and I hope we are back to blogging as soon as we can. 😆

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8 comments on “Long time no see

  1. regarding religion, the Government now wants to get rid of every crucifix in the country. They say that Brussels wants them to do it, after a sentence in which European Union says that it’s against freedom of religion that Christian crucifixes are shown in public schools

    In Spain, a Catholic nation?

    For crying out loud!

  2. ghostDancer says:

    Hi,
    They don´t want to get rid of every crucifix, only the ones in public(state) schools and public buildings , which should be normal, even if spanish people are a vast majority of christian (catholic) , the state is aconfessional and there’s an european recommendation for retiring all religious symbols from public schools, they are not going to burn churches.
    I think about the abortion law the parents of girls of less than 18 should be told, so i don´t agree with that point , and the demonstration was not big, that’s a big lie , in Spain all the demonstrations organized by the extreme right, followers of dictator Franco and the most retrograde people from the church (the ones that still make masses in honour of the assessin dictator) are about a 1 or 2 million people “they” say but when there’s a real study you see that they are not more than 150000 in the really big ones , they are usually around 50000-70000,
    in that one the said they were around 2.000.000 , EFE news agency told they were around 75.000, a blog specialized in counting people in demonstrations (http://manifestometro.blogspot.com/2009/10/manifestacion-171009-recuento.html) said something similar, Madrid police said around 250.000.
    And about the 3rd point everything it’s true, we have a lobby of greedy artists and enterprises Warner, Sony et al that are trying to get over the rights of the rest of us, but Escolar is not leftist ( well maybe from a USA point of view , but in Europe most of us think that the democrats in the states are extreme right and the republicans are from extreme extreme extreme right) .
    And the pressures from the goverment of the USA to the rest of the world to accept the laws promoted by the RIAA and friends are well known, but you can believe or not, you are free to do it .
    A last point and sorry for the long post (and for my bad english) , the Zapatero ministers should be doing other things more importantand urgent than those, but the problem is that the Neo-Franquists (they are like light republicans) in the other main party are more or less corrupt and useless so they (Zapatero’s people) don’t have a real pressure to do things right.

    • Claudia says:

      Hello, ghostDancer,, I am not offended by your lack of English language skills or the long post but I am (well, no, not really 😆 ) by your lack of realism and impartiality.

      Firstly, about the crucifix, I don’t think that a country which has so many problems in schools (such as violence against teachers, important numbers of students not finishing school, lack of research, etc), the first and more important problem is that Spanish schools have a crucifix in their classes. This is another measure taken by Zapatero (who defined himself as a “red”*, “who had nothing to learn from right-wingers”) to divide society, something he is extremelly good at. Aconfessinality is not the same as “Laicidad”, even if Zapatero & Co. has insisted on that. Laicity as French revolution showed, forbids ALL kind of religious expressions in public. If Spanish Government is consistent with that term, they should also forbid Easter processions, for example, which have a deep Christian meaning, or the festivity of Eid, that is, the Muslim sacrifice’s festivity, which is now official in Melilla. But I’m sure they are not going to, because they are very important for economy and Zapatero does not want the risk of such an impopular measure. But Spanish Constitution refers to “Aconfessionality”, that is, NO religion has state rank, but public expression of religion are allowed. So, I just can’t see why next to the crucifix can’t be another religious symbol from other religions or creeds.

      By the way, European Union is also the institution which didn’t want to mention European Christian past, even if that’s a reality that has shaped Europe and has given it one of the most prominent common characteristics.

      Moreover, Spain does not fulfill ANY of the 20 targets that EU stablished for 2010 in education, but that’s not important for Zapatero, is it? The crucifix is, but education isn’t. I wonder why… 😉

      Secondly, about abortion, thanks for calling me a Neo-Franquist/extreme-right or retrogade for thinking that abortion is just one of the most important things that this Government has really done wrong. Firstly, there was no mention to this kind of law in its program (speaking about transparency…). Secondly, there are no measures for women who want to have their babies but have no means to sustain them. Thirdly, there is no real sexual education in the schools, and don’t tell me that the “masturbation classes” by the Junta de Extremadura, given by two women who own a sex shop, payed with public money (this time “public” is not very uncomfortable as the crucific in “public” places, is it?) is a proper “sexual education”. Fourthly, there are no plans to give women who abort help both before and after the abortion (and you know, I practically know the circumstances as some friends of mine have been in the pro-life movement). So, it’s not even the debate about if this is a right or not (which is astonishing for me, abortion is only the last resort, such killing in legitimate defense is not a right, is just a cause not to apply criminal law). It’s just another way to divide society with populist messages, without giving a solution to the actual problem (i.e. teenagers who get pregnant).

      Thirdly, Escolar is a leftist, (for US readers, it’s like someone saying Keith Olbermann is “a right-winger” 😆 ), because he has been a proud supporter of “red” Zapatero. What if any important right figure would have considered him/herself in public as a Neo-Franquist as you call them, shamelessly? What would you have said? His position is insulting for me because there are NOW disgraceful “red” (Communist) dictatorships in China, North Corea or Cuba, killing people because of their opinions, or imprisoning them. I don’t like dictatorships, whether they are form the right or the left. My family didn’t profit from Franco’s dictatorship, as VP De La Vega’s father, Zapatero’s own father and grandfather ((the one who wasn’t a sentenced to death by Franco’s squads, and that he always forgets to mention), ex-Justice Minister Bermejo’s father, Gallardón’s father, etc. etc. So please, don’t speak to me about neo-franquists (perhaps I abhor them more than you do) and about “retrograde” people (I have had my share of debating with them in internet, too). I am speaking about being free to take decisions that affect your own life and to be responsible of them, without having Daddy State to take them for me. Those two concepts are not really socialist and clearly are not franquist.

      There is also another effect of this positioning of yours about “franquists”, called in Spain “fachas“. If you call anyone who is less leftist than you a “facha”, that adjective loses its actual boundaries and people who are actually fascists are not distinguished from people who are not. While Communism has today still an aura of goodness which is actually false, Fascism is actually demonished, when they are both nearly the same. No freedom, no opposition to the system allowed, unjustice, etc. Of course, you would consider communists as “moderate leftists”, but that’s not my view. I call extremists, extremists, whatever the side. And then there are a lot of positions: leftists, liberals, libertarians, conservatives, etc.

      So, I am grateful for that lecture about US politics, but clearly you don’t read very much about what’s happening in US, except perhaps in that very accurate Spanish newspaper, right of the center, called Público, is it? 😛 I am Spanish so please don’t lecture me about how Spanish people see US politics. And well, I don’t know how conservative US readers of this blog are going to take that you call them “light Neo-Franquists”.. 😆

      Lastly, this:

      the Zapatero ministers should be doing other things more importantand urgent than those, but the problem is that the Neo-Franquists (they are like light republicans) in the other main party are more or less corrupt and useless so they (Zapatero’s people) don’t have a real pressure to do things right.

      is frankly pathetic. Ministers should do their DUTY, that is, to do things right, in benefit of the citizens, not because others (in this case the opposition) tell them what’s right, but because they should do it. That’s why they are elected, and that’s why they are payed. And that’s why I am not voting since the last general election to any party. I don’t want to take part in this masquerade. There is no truth in today’s politics in Spain. If they want to have 3 yatchs, 5 houses, 10 cars and 7 mistresses (whatever the sex), let them play the lottery but don’t try to make me believe they are doing it for any grand word (freedom, solidarity, human’s rights… or even Spain).

      Everyone should be good and should do good things, whatever the behaviour of others is. Hell is a good menace for people who are Christians but you know, in politics, it’s better not to do good because someone is menacing you with Hell, but because you understand that, among a list of things, the decision you take has priority over the others.

      By the way, what a fucking morality you have! If you don’t do things right, it’s not because you’re not ethical, but because there is no one to ask you to do what’s right. 🙄

  3. ghostDancer says:

    Hi, thanks for reading what i wrote and for answering me,i’m no troll, i prefer a good discussion than a bad fight 😉 .
    I´ll begin with this:
    “is frankly pathetic. Ministers should do their DUTY, that is, to do things right, in benefit of the citizens, not because others (in this case the opposition) tell them what’s right, but because they should do it. That’s why they are elected, and that’s why they are payed. And that’s why I am not voting since the last general election to any party. I don’t want to take part in this masquerade. There is no truth in today’s politics in Spain. If they want to have 3 yatchs, 5 houses, 10 cars and 7 mistresses (whatever the sex), let them play the lottery but don’t try to make me believe they are doing it for any grand word (freedom, solidarity, human’s rights… or even Spain).

    Everyone should be good and should do good things, whatever the behaviour of others is. Hell is a good menace for people who are Christians but you know, in politics, it’s better not to do good because someone is menacing you with Hell, but because you understand that, among a list of things, the decision you take has priority over the others.

    By the way, what a fucking morality you have! If you don’t do things right, it’s not because you’re not ethical, but because there is no one to ask you to do what’s right. ”

    Great true and totally agree with you , i was only trying (not successfully) to say that the government feel no urge to do things right because the other main party is not acting in a way they feel dangerous to lose, and in this country most of the politicians (i would say all but maybe there are two or three that don’t ) “work” just to keep their position and not for the people that have voted for them, and i totally agree with you that that is miserable and really sad.
    I would prefer a group of honest and working politicians that i don’t agree them with than the parasites we have in Spain (all parties included) even when i agree with some of the (in theory).

    I don’t think that retiring crucifixes from public schools and buildings should be considered an attack to catholic church, the vast majority of this country will continue to be catholic , i think it’s worse a lot of people that marries in a church and is almost the single time in their lives that they go into a church , i think that’s a real offense to true believers.

    I don’t think you are a franquist, you have your views about abortion different from mines and from those of the government (which i don´t share either) and are as respectable as any others that do not impose to other persons. I think that the abortion,is a dangerous theme cause it’s impossible to find a valid solution for everyone, and i don’t think the solution proposed by Zapatero is good, it’s just a distraction, a lot of news about the abortion and not about other more important things as you say. This government and others from Spain have never care for the parents and the costs of having and raising babies, this is the one that has made the most , but it’s clearly bad done and more a kind of aesthetical measures than real ones for promoting births and raising.
    I think (it’s always my opinion and can be wrong)the only leftists left (no pun intended) in Spain are 3 or 4 small parties (the biggest one being IU), i don´t think Zapatero is a leftist , it uses it aesthetically, but the PSOE, lost they Socialist and Obrero letters long time ago, with Gonzalez (other supposed to be socialist), and yes compared to them Escolar is a leftist , but thats like to say that the ex-rime minister of UK Tony Blair is socialist, it’s a label to sell but not the true, PP is not centered, and PSOE is not left (maybe 100 years ago but not now)

    I talked about franquists in the demonstartion because they didn´t went out in the streets when the government of the “Partido Popular”(funded by a exminister of the dictator) voted for the abortion law , and that they don´t say anything when some of them glorify the dictator (abortion is an assasination and God forbids human killing but they think that the man who ordered a lot of assesinations is not bad), thats what i think is not right if they had gone to the streets against the PP , i think that would be normal, if someone is against abortion, is against it it doesn’t matter who has the power. I’m not against catholic church, but the ones that control the power have nothing to do with the message of Christ, they bless the powerful, they give coverage to pederasts , they don’t go to demonstrations against poverty or war (which is a killing), but they go to other organized by extreme right. I don’t think that most of the catholics in Spain agree with that, and i don’t put them in the same bag.
    About the US politics, it’s not about US politics it’s about big industry lobbies preasuring in the USA and Spain to adapt the world to their bussiness and how some politician try to use it for their own benfit and to cut rights to the people.
    And about the light franquists , it was a really loved (i think) president of the USA that said that the international brigades fought in the wrong band , Ronald Reagan. And the support of the USA (not only the republicans , also the democrats) to a lot of well known assasins and dictators all over the world is known , they usually defend their commercial interests not the democracy, and the dictators they have supported mainly in South Amreica were as bad as the communist dictators they fought, in my opinion there are no left or right dictators , they are dictators. Well , we can say the same thing about Spain , we have given support (not at the same level, Spain has not the same resources) to a group of dictators mainly in Africa, because of commercial interests, now they are more imteresting for politicians(not only in USA but we can say in all the western world) than human rights or democracy.
    And commies are not moderate leftists, they are leftists.And it’s been demostrated that their sysmtem doesn’t work, at least with human beings.And Publico is not accurate, is a little bit of yellow(and some days strong yellow) but is more accurate than El País, El Mundo (also known as “Tales of mystery and imagination”) or “La Razón” .

    About the education, this country is going down every year , from the last 20 till now and it will continue because all the politicians (from all the major and minor parties) are not interested in find a solution, they only think four years ahead and education it’s along term project (for all the society or country) with no return in the short term for them, and i think we both agree that politicians in Spain only think about themselves) , all the parties should make an agreement to solve a problem that is costing and going to cost us a lot of money and lives (yes, i think bad education has a big price). And we are having the previews now on TV , it’s full of monsters avid for being famous without working.

    And if someone feels that i have offended him/her really sorry for that , just tell me and i’ll publish my apologies here , my first post (i’ve rerereread now) it was not the most correct maybe due to my english.
    I’m no god, so it’s my human point of view and i consider that i could be mistaken, if someone corrects me i can accept it and learn .And i don’t try to convince anyone, it’s only my point of view.

  4. Claudia says:

    Hi:
    If I would have considered you as a troll… I would have trashed your comment the first time I saw it! 😉

    It’s good to have a debate, because in the end we can reach to some common points.

    Firstly, it’s true that the opposition is not doing its work, but not because they are neo-franquists, but because they are worried of being considered as such. So they are not doing a tough work, pointing out the very wrong measures this Government has taken.

    I don’t think that retiring crucifixes from public schools and buildings should be considered an attack to catholic church, the vast majority of this country will continue to be catholic , i think it’s worse a lot of people that marries in a church and is almost the single time in their lives that they go into a church , i think that’s a real offense to true believers.

    ERC’s Tardá wanted also to retire crucifixes from concertado schools, even if the majority of those schools are Christian and mostly Catholic. The Law’s article is so open that they can be included as they are public in the sense they are receiving public funds.
    But the people is not only angry at retiring crucifixes, but that (I repeat) it’s not the same an aconfessional state that laic one. Spain is aconfessional, not laic, whatever Zapatero and Peces-Barba keep on saying. People are angry because they are retiring them now wasting Parliament’s time in these things and other imbecilades (like giving money away to the Moriscs -are we going to ask Berlusconi for compensation after Roman conquest of Spain?-), while the number of families who can’t reach the end of the month continues to grow. I mean, come on: don’t trash people NOW, while being worried about unjustices which happened 3 centuries ago (well, Moriscs were going to get help from Ottoman Empire, money and weapons, to have an Islamic state again. I, for one, can really understand the measure, considering the time it was taken).
    About the marriage of couples who don’t believe, well, that’s something I keep on telling my entourage. For me it’s a insult, but a lot of people think that they could be socially rejected or that they are going to quarrel with their families. It’s disgusting (I repeat), but priests can be fooled somewhat easily. Normally their parents go to Mass and are friends with the church’s priests, so it’s easy to convince them that “well, they are young, you know, the youths’ sins, but they will change later“. 🙄

    This government and others from Spain have never care for the parents and the costs of having and raising babies, this is the one that has made the most , but it’s clearly bad done and more a kind of aesthetical measures than real ones for promoting births and raising.

    No, because it’s just a machine to earn large quantities of money.
    By the way, thanks for not considering me a franquist. But in your first comment, you did. You said that only retrograde, franquists and similar went to this demonstration. I didn’t go not because I didn’t want but because I just don’t see now the need to go. I mean, I think they are useless… 😦

    I talked about franquists in the demonstartion because they didn´t went out in the streets when the government of the “Partido Popular”(funded by a exminister of the dictator) voted for the abortion law ,

    Well, the pro-life movement has never been so well organised as it is now. I don’t blame them for not going out when Aznar was president. I would blame them if PP gets back to the Government and they don’t go out to critizise their policies. Leftists have a lot of well-organised platforms (unions, lots of NGOs, anti-capitalists, anti-globalists, ecologists…) which played a huge role in ousting PP from power. The rise of pro-lifers has been under Zapatero’s Government (mainly because of blogs and internet platforms which didn’t exist before).
    About the “exminister dictator”, who must be Fraga, you also forget he is one of the 9 guys who wrote Spanish Constitution, and that has been Galician Autonomous President for a decade. But I am certainly no fan of him and think that he should have gone from active political activity long time ago.

    and that they don´t say anything when some of them glorify the dictator (abortion is an assasination and God forbids human killing but they think that the man who ordered a lot of assesinations is not bad), thats what i think is not right if they had gone to the streets against the PP , i think that would be normal, if someone is against abortion, is against it it doesn’t matter who has the power. I’m not against catholic church, but the ones that control the power have nothing to do with the message of Christ, they bless the powerful, they give coverage to pederasts , they don’t go to demonstrations against poverty or war (which is a killing), but they go to other organized by extreme right. I don’t think that most of the catholics in Spain agree with that, and i don’t put them in the same bag.

    Well, that’s a typical master leftist comment: “hey I am not against Catholic Church but they really don’t go against hunger or war demonstration“. I am sorry, but I prefer than going to demonstrations (and believe me, I have experience but I don’t feel I am doing anything by shouting), is to act. But in this case, they see that, while a lot of people go to demonstrations against hunger, poverty and war, because they are “appealing” causes, not many of them go to defend the nasciturus“. I mean, I am not seeing the Nunca Mais platform or the “Platform of Actors against Iraqi War” organising a pro-life demonstration, do you? So there are people from all ideologic background who feel that nasciturus should also be defended. And so, why the Catholic Church can’t do it? By the way, pro-lifers are not only Catholics, there are Jewish, Muslims, atheists, gnostics, Protestants, etc, who are also pro-lifers.
    But again, there are priests and nuns all over the world fighting poverty and hunger. In fact, Catholic Church is one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) and greatest NGO fighting against poverty and hunger, in places where they are actually hated by Government and risking their lifes. And then a high number of Westerners only judge the Church by pederasts and so on. Well, I sincerely can’t agree with that.
    I don’t think you go to Mass very often, but there are petitions made in all of them about people abandoning violence. As a Catholic, I believe in the power of prayer and meditation. I don’t think that Catholics have to go out in demonstrations when we can all be against war, although I am not pacifist in any way and I believe in self-defence and in the military as a deterrence power.
    Pederasts… well, that’s a a terrible and absolute mistake from the clergy. Man, if it would have been me, I would have expelled them the first minute I have known about them. But there are also pederasts in non-Catholic institutions, and I don’t see the same level of criticism against them. I mean, attackers of clergy have found a marvellous reason to attack them, while they don’t when the pederasts are nets of policemen, judges, etc. I am not saying that the clergy’s behaviour there was acceptable, I am saying that being so disgusting a crime, it looks like only priests are bad enough to be pederasts.

    About the US politics, it’s not about US politics it’s about big industry lobbies preasuring in the USA and Spain to adapt the world to their bussiness and how some politician try to use it for their own benfit and to cut rights to the people.
    And about the light franquists , it was a really loved (i think) president of the USA that said that the international brigades fought in the wrong band , Ronald Reagan.

    Well, no, I think that was Kennedy (he made some reports during Civil War as a correspondant) after he saw the barbarities some of them have done to non-partisan or non-communist people. As some of my family members are buried in Paracuellos del Jarama in a mass grave, you can understand that all this “Historical Memory” business, is not what I can call reasonable. You want memory? Well, let’s try all violent people from all sides. But the Government doesn’t want that: this is just another pretext to divide society and to resurrect old demons that were long forgotten.
    It’s interesting also to read George Orwell’s writings. He was an International Brigadist himself and was horrified of what the pro-republic were doing. Specially he recalled with horror the hate against Catholic believers, which reached to the level of erasing crucifixes carved in tombs and substituting them with moons or suns.

    they usually defend their commercial interests not the democracy,

    States have find meaning in protecting citizens. But not all citizens, only their citizens. So, I am not against US defending their interests abroad. If the rest of the countries are not intelligent enough to defend them, that’s not a US problem, is it?
    China is now colonising Central Africa. Well, I am not seeing any demonstrations, any critics, anything against them. What is more, it’s as if they are not critisized because they are a communist state.
    Anyway, I would like to have primaries in all parties lasting for a year with polling stations to vote for the candidate each party’s basis like the most, as happens in US. And certainly not, this kind of … thing… we have in Spain.

    And commies are not moderate leftists, they are leftists.And it’s been demostrated that their sysmtem doesn’t work, at least with human beings.

    Wow, well, that’s a huge relief. 😆 Yes, I agree.

    Publico is not accurate, is a little bit of yellow(and some days strong yellow) but is more accurate than El País, El Mundo (also known as “Tales of mystery and imagination”) or “La Razón” .

    Well, I am not a deep fan of newspapers or of TVs. I think they are very biased. I don’t like Público, El País (also known as “The very dependant diary of the morning) or El Mundo (I was truly misled by Pedro J but not anymore…), but I read La Razón sometimes on the internet. Anyway, I normally hear Onda Cero’s Herrera. I am a big fan of him, although I don’t agree with him 100%.

    bout the education, this country is going down every year , from the last 20 till now and it will continue because all the politicians (from all the major and minor parties) are not interested in find a solution, they only think four years ahead and education it’s along term project (for all the society or country) with no return in the short term for them, and i think we both agree that politicians in Spain only think about themselves) , all the parties should make an agreement to solve a problem that is costing and going to cost us a lot of money and lives (yes, i think bad education has a big price). And we are having the previews now on TV , it’s full of monsters avid for being famous without working.

    Well, it’s clear that they are not interesting in solving the issue, because the less people with independent thinking and free spirit, the less they are going to intrude in their “politics”. I remember Los del Río (US readers: Macarena’s singers) said that “they were voting yes to the European Union’s Constitution because the politicians, the people who knew about it, have told them they should“. WOW… that’s what I call citizens controlling power.

    Heheheh, you don’t have to apologise for anything, but you know, our US readers are good people, interested in democracy, Human Rights, fighting Islamism, etc. They are mostly republicans and do not fit really in that kind of picture you have drawn. They can speak very roughly sometimes, but I can understand them fully. 😉

    So relax, I can be a neocon regarding terrorists and Human Rights’ abusers: I hate violence specially used against peaceful civilians and the Hitlers-replicants can’t be fought but by force, even if it’s disgusting to employ violent means instead of speaking, but sometimes is necessary. But I can be very reasonable with people who only want a good debate. I understand that my position is not the only one that a reasonable person can have, but it’s also my point of view. 😛

  5. ghostDancer says:

    Hi, back from the dark ages of no internet. Hi iḿ not against catholics, i think that the head of the catholic church have nothing (or little) to do with the message they say they defend or with theis base, if i talk to the priest in my neighborhood he says a lot of different (really different) things, i think the same about a lot of organizations, for example the Poular Party in Spain, i know some people that they have their beliefs, different from mines (no so different) about social services, employment, religion, but they have nothing to do with the voice you hear from the top, i always say that is not bad being rightwinged (to call it somehow) but when you listento some of the “leaders” of the PP i feel both frightened and ashamed . I live in the basque Country where we have to suffer an ärmy of freedom”( well i would call them wannabe dictators) that talk about freedom and human rights and forget the right to live (the first one) and to have a different opinion , they say they are leftists , but i only see some kind of mind controlling mafia , that clean the mind of young people, and they are loosing support, not as fast as i would like or as it should be. I feel also the same about them, i don’t want savers , i want people that work togeteher with different ideas (otherwise life would be really boring).But i don’t want also people who think they have the truth (no talking about religion) and want to impose on others even when they are majority.
    About the “illuminated”that want to retire the crucifies from the concertated schools , i think it’s a really stupid idea , and a nonsense, but if you know the one who has said it , it’s more of a boutade , because he knows that most of the people in this country (even the ones who are not catholic or religious) would be against that idea.
    About the primaries, i think it’s a really good idea, but in Spain we live in a partytocracy and the ones in the power will not risk that, so they know they can control their people. In Spain the ones that can change that won’t do it ,unless there’s a revolution, i mean a political-social one with the people forcing to change that to the leaders ,cause i can’t see a leader that could make this on his/her own, i would really vote for one with that idea no matter which party he/she would be in, but it’s only a dream i’m afraid.
    During the civil war both sides made horrible things and all of them should be public. In a war first casualty itś the truth, and that should be corrected, not in favour of the republicans but only for the truth, i don’t think anyone should be afraid or ashamed of what happened 70+ years ago, and i don’t understand why some people want to hide what the republicans did or why the others don’t want to say that Franco was a dictator and defend their acts, both things are bad. I really can’t understand why the PP can’t condenm the dictator if they have nothing to do with him ( and i think that only a small part of the PP defend that, but they are the ones in charge).
    About the US defending their commercial interest , i think is legit, but the other countries can do the same, but if this happens they put you on a list as a marked country, but if you try to do the same they protest, they talk about open commerce with no barriers with small countries in Africa, but they give money to cotton producers in the States ,that’s not fair, and China it’s using the same systems in Africa but being more helping with africans and they are jumping on china’s bandwagon and USA it’s worried, well they made the rules , it’s offer and demand and China is offering more right now, and i think that is going to be as bad as if they were jumping in the USA train, and time will tell. And not i’m not going to talk about all the dictators promoted by the USA in South America to protect their citizens and commercial interests.:-)
    I like people of the States, the ones i heve met in my life are open and honest ( i don’t think it’s honest the exact word but ..) but also the ones i’ve met , all of them in Europe , outside home so maybe they can’t be representative, but one think i like from all them is that they are optimist (not like me 😉 ) . I have family living there , and they think really different from me , are really religious people and also more serious (no i’m not funny, really bad at that). But i distrust (well sort of) a country that have god ( any god) in their constitution, because i think that we should not mix political and religion , that god should not be responsible for our mistakes and that in the name of god a lot of people have died and killed, and the same apply for any country that hasa god in their constitution, or that put a religion (any) in it. I distrust countries not people , people that live in the USA are not the same that control the country, the same happens everywhere, people ruling in Spain have nothing to do with spanish, even whe supposedly we have vote for them.
    Being religious is not bad, some weeks ago i heard that stripin religion from man it was like striping sex, totally impossible it’s in our nature and i think that is a big true, but a fear “true” believers with no doubts and literal messages, only black&white no shades of gray. And the same for political ideas.

    And the points you say you defend, are correct we have different views that can coexist withou exterminate one or the other, i’m sure that you have views that i share, but i think that our solutions would be different for same problems.
    If i ever met i’ll buy a beer(or whatever you take), it’s nice to “talk” with you thinking so different from me. You are spanish i think , but i prefer to write (well sort of) in english as your blog is in english.

  6. Claudia says:

    Don’t worry, I have been without time to comment or blog during all week 😀

    I live in the basque Country where we have to suffer an ärmy of freedom”( well i would call them wannabe dictators) that talk about freedom and human rights and forget the right to live (the first one) and to have a different opinion , they say they are leftists , but i only see some kind of mind controlling mafia , that clean the mind of young people, and they are loosing support, not as fast as i would like or as it should be. I feel also the same about them, i don’t want savers , i want people that work togeteher with different ideas (otherwise life would be really boring).But i don’t want also people who think they have the truth (no talking about religion) and want to impose on others even when they are majority.

    Me neither… that’s why I can’t stand teocracies…. I prefer to fulfill the commandments and to have a peaceful conscience, after doing what I believe to be right. But, I was one of John Paul’s so-called “Papa’s boys”, so I’m fully with the Catholic Church, though I want the rest of the people to decide for themselves whether they are for or against it, or just neutral.

    if you know the one who has said it , it’s more of a boutade , because he knows that most of the people in this country (even the ones who are not catholic or religious) would be against that idea.

    Yes, but most people are against the “artists’ canon” and they have already obliged us to pay, even if people like myself would never ever buy any of those artists’ records/films, because I just don’t like them!! Much more download them from internet…

    in Spain we live in a partytocracy and the ones in the power will not risk that

    I agree completely.

    I really can’t understand why the PP can’t condenm the dictator if they have nothing to do with him ( and i think that only a small part of the PP defend that, but they are the ones in charge).

    I have not heard any of PP leaders defending Franco’s dictatorship. And besides, it’s not the same not condemning something (which was what Major Oreja said, if I’m not mistaken), than praising it, that’s what most leftist leaders have done for the past 5 years with the Spanish Republic, which was a total failure. Murders by Police (Casas Viejas, Asturias’ Miners…), Social unstability, lack of respect for basic rights, etc. Anyway, I would like them to condemn it expressly, because right-wingers, even if PP wasn’t even existing at that time, are held liable for Franco’s dictatorship (even if there are so many Socialists whose parents and other relatives were high-ranking officials during the dictatorship…).

    China is offering more right now, and i think that is going to be as bad as if they were jumping in the USA train, and time will tell.

    Well, I don’t like China: a dictatorship doesn’t have public opinion and is not threatened by the next elections…

    but one think i like from all them is that they are optimist (not like me ) . I have family living there , and they think really different from me , are really religious people and also more serious (no i’m not funny, really bad at that).

    So you think you are pessimist and boring (yeah, I am kidding… 😆 ). Well, the situation now is not precisely to be very optimistic, there is an ongoing radicalization with huge economic and social problems and the politicians are more interesting in imbecilades than in adressing serious problems. So, yes, the situation is not good, but we’ll see what happens in the end…

    a fear “true” believers with no doubts and literal messages, only black&white no shades of gray. And the same for political ideas.

    Yeap, because there are sooo many idiots blaming religion for every wrong and what they don’t see is that the problems come when there is a mixture of politics and religion. I don’t see that in the US, by the way, because of its roots. Most people who went to the US were “religious refugees”, that is, people who had been persecuted in Europe by their beliefs, so they wanted to ensure that they could worship any God. Back then, very few people were atheists… 😀

    If i ever met i’ll buy a beer(or whatever you take), it’s nice to “talk” with you thinking so different from me. You are spanish i think , but i prefer to write (well sort of) in english as your blog is in english.

    Thanks, me too (buy you a beer…). Yes, I am Spanish though I don’t live in the Basque Country (I have a lot of respect from people there, but not for Basque Catholic Church I must say that too).
    Most of my readers are English-speaking, so I really appreciate that you write in English. 🙂

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