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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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There's a show in the United States called "America's Dumbest Criminals", which does what it said on the tin. The show's main fodder is grainy surveillance camera footage, with some "dramatic re-enactments" when that wasn't available. Über-stoned robbers who forgot... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at German Joys
You may be under the impression that the posts on this blog are all intended to make some moral or political point. Nothing could be more tedious. I'm already pushing the limit with posts about immigration, but that's only because there's such a rich mine of stupidity and self-delusion there that it practically cries out to be critiqued. The post is mean to point out amusing coincidences, that's all. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
I'm not at all astonished by the FCC's decision, it's clearly correct. The Court did not say the book couldn't be restricted, it said merely that the book's artistic qualities had to be taken into account when making that decision. The same kind of reasoning that applies to Joyce's Ulysses, de Sade, etc. The level of artistic accomplishment is different, the princpe is he same. Written pornography is harmless in all legally relevant senses. Fantasies which are read only by adults who have consented to read them should not be regulated by the state. The US Supreme Court has reached a similar conclusion: the government “cannot constitutionally premise legislation on the desirability of controlling a person’s private thoughts” and “may not prohibit speech because it increases the chance an unlawful act will be committed ‘at some indefinite future time.”'1140 The government also argued that the existence of “virtual” child pornography “can make it harder to prosecute pornographers who do use real minors,” because, “[a]s imaging technology improves . . . , it becomes more difficult to prove that a particular picture was produced using actual children.”1141 This rationale, the Court found, “turns the First Amendment upside down. The Government may not suppress lawful speech as a means to suppress unlawful speech.”1142 http://law.justia.com/constitution/us/amendment-01/51-child-pornography.html As for your other points, I stick by my rule of thumb: All political arguments which are premised on the idea of one people committing some kind of non-literal 'genocide' against another...are ipso facto bullshit. Nichts für Ungut!
I've pointed out repeatedly on this blog that I suspect a large portion of the young males who've poured into German in the past few years are not right in the head. Say you live in a place like Kosovo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at German Joys
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You know, living as I do at the top of an apartment building, I find the distinction between accidental, intentional, and mental-illness related fires to be unimportant. Each of them is just as likely to kill you. And I definitely don't want people from any of those categories living in my building. Period. Is that too much to ask? I think not. As for assholes who intentionally commit a life-threatening felony, they *are* absolutely excluded from asylum law. The UN refugee convention requires those seeking refuge to obey the law of host countries. They can and should be deported back to where they came from, and international law and the law of most countries properly allows this. Proof: "Article 33 (2) of the 1951 Convention provides that the benefit of the non-refoulement principle may not be claimed by a refugee 'whom there are reasonable grounds for regarding as a danger to the security of the country ... or who, having been convicted by a final judgement of a particularly serious crime, constitutes a danger to the community of that country'. This means in essence that refugees can exceptionally be returned on two grounds: (i) in case of threat to the national security of the host country; and (ii) in case their proven criminal nature and record constitute a danger to the community." http://www.refworld.org/docid/438c6d972.html This is the odd thing about Germans: they simply assume that asylum law *must* contain a bunch of bizarre, masochistic, and impractical principles. Such as the principle that refugees who are violent criminals who endanger the host country cannot be deported back where they came from. This would be an absurd policy for any country to have. Yet Germans assume it must be the case. I wonder why. In any case, it isn't. Arsonists should be imprisoned and then immediately deported, no questions asked, no exceptions, period. And that's completely lawful.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2017 on 60 Men And One Child at German Joys
Bonus fact: The Hoaxmap contains only two (2) debunked reports of arson. You know how many genuine, non-debunked reports that leaves? See for yourself: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zuhpUcvp_sYG-dVGCd3yMDdqzasISmCT543qdxv2vtc/edit#gid=0
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2017 on 60 Men And One Child at German Joys
The debate about 'safe' countries of origin is irrelevant here. Since none of the countries listed is in a state of war, none of the young males from these countries can be classified as a refugee merely based on the nation they come from. Therefore, the only way they can establish any entitlement to live in Germany is if they demonstrate that they are the target of severe individual persecution in their countries of origin AND cannot find any place in their home country which might be safe AND did not travel to any other countries in which they could safely live before entering Germany. Read the 1951 convention, it's all there! This is why the success rates of asylum applications from these places are, quite reasonably, extremely low. When you come from a stable democracy in which 1.3 billion people somehow manage to live, you've got a long uphill battle to claim asylum in any country which follows international law. All of these economic migrants should have never been allowed into Germany, and once in, should have been swiftly deported. 'Hoaxmap' is fine, as far as it goes, but for every account of exaggerated or fabricated migrant misdeeds, there are 100 completely reliable ones. As you well know. It basically is devoted to finding the exceptions which prove the rule. There are, by now, hundreds of reliable reports of migrants burning down all or part of the places where they live. You also know that as well as I do, so what's the point of quibbling?
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2017 on 60 Men And One Child at German Joys
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The Sächsische Zeitung reports (g) on the nearly-completed renovation of a former military barracks in Döbeln, Germany which has serve for 20 years as a migrant shelter. The walls were painted, fresh linoleum installed, kitchens and bathrooms installed or renovated,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at German Joys
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The reaction to Donald Trump's comments on Sweden among American liberals has...developed. At first, there were the reflexive, snarky "What? Unrest in idyllic Sweden, land of luxury prisons, Pippi Longstocking, and the wholesome musical stylings of Abba? What's Trump been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at German Joys
Trump's comments about Sweden have sparked interest in the USA on the subject of just how well Sweden's immigrants are doing. This is unfortunate, since anything related to Trump immediately becomes mired in controversy. But a number of American news... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at German Joys
OH: "#SXSW is kind of over" "Really? Why?" "Well, whenever all the Germans attend an industry event, you know its no longer cutting edge" — Wolfgang Blau (@wblau) March 3, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at German Joys
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[from the extremely NSFW website Slutbambi] If you're a fan of Roald Dahl, you know that in addition to the beloved children's classics such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he also published a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at German Joys
Outsourced to Philip Oltermann: German "Tohuwabohu", meaning "confusion"/"chaos", based on Biblical Hebrew "Tohu va vohu" (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ), approx: "shapeless & formless" — Philip Oltermann (@philipoltermann) March 2, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at German Joys
A point I've made here a few times is that we can't really judge the effect of the huge migrant influx of 2015-2016 (which is still ongoing on a smaller scale) until all those migrants enter the workforce in Germany... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at German Joys
Over at the Washington Post, an American and a Swedish professor team up to write an op-ed entitled "No, Sweden isn't Hiding and Immigrant Crime Problem, This is the Real Story". They run through the litany of excuses and explanations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at German Joys
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Source: Milwaukee's German Newspapers [http://milwaukeesgermannewspapers.blogspot.de/] In my free time I've been dipping into the Netflix documentary 'Making a Murderer', which is about the trial of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin junkyard owner, for the murder of a young woman. It's pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at German Joys
Donald Trump seemed to suggest that some terrorist incident happened in Sweden a few days ago. For this he was justly mocked. Then it turned out he was merely commenting on a news report he had seen on Fox about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at German Joys
Danisch definitely has a bee in his bonnet about feminism, genderism, etc. His posts about Susanne Baer are truly pathological, nothing but collections of enraged insults. He is lucky not to have been sued by her, because a lot of what he writes about her could arguably be defamation. But as the old saying goes, even a blind dog finds a bone now and then, and Danisch's response to the MDR is pretty interesting, I find.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Danisch v. MDR: Clash of the Titans at German Joys
Oh, come on, live a little! I have always had a soft spot for cranks, and Danisch is Olympian in his obsessiveness. And you have to admit, he's got a point about the MDR letter to him.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2017 on Danisch v. MDR: Clash of the Titans at German Joys
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Moritz Stefaner, at truth and beauty, put together a list of the geographical frequency of place names in Germany. The whole map can be seen here. A few selections: I get that -ow and -itz are going to be mostly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at German Joys
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MDR (right) has the full power of broadcasting behind it (see tower). Danisch, on the left, is armed only with time, a fast Internet connection, and a ZFG attitude. One of the most amusing and distinctive voices on the German... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at German Joys
American writer Rebecca Schuman on her book about Germany, Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Kafka is the muse of the book. Does his work encapsulate the German character—even though, as you are reminded again and again in the book, he wasn’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at German Joys
The English historian Richard Evans is one of the foremost experts on Germany history writing in English. In fact, he wrote by far the most thorough and important book on the death penalty in Germany. In English. It had to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at German Joys