Tag Archive for 'Berlin'

Defiant at the Obama Rally

Berliners turned out in droves to see Barack Obama, and, among the thousands of people, there was one lone McCain supporter, defiantly holding his umbrella with printed-out McCain signs.

A normal, unremarkable type

Wax Hitler at Madame Tussaud\'s, shortly before getting his head ripped off

The controversial sculpture of Hitler at Berlin’s new Madame Tussaud’s wax museum has lasted all of three days. This morning a man described as a “normal, unremarkable type” calmly approached the Führer, then cunningly blitzkrieged him and tore his head off with brute force. After a scuffle with security guards the man was brought to justice. He claimed he was protesting the exhibition.

The wax sculpture of Hitler has been the subject of some controversy. Some are afraid it could turn into a shrine of sorts, and others argue Germany’s history could not possibly be told without making reference to Hitler.

Rumor has it George W. Bush and Tom Cruise still have their heads intact, in case anybody felt like ripping more wax heads off.

Link to article in FAZ (in German)

Link to to article in BBC

Pic above is from the Associated Press

The best taxi drivers in Berlin?

Why do ex-Stasi officers make the best Berlin taxi drivers?
Because you only need to tell them your name and they’ll already know where you live!

I know you’re thinking, That joke is so last century, but whateva, it made me laugh. I can’t afford taxis anyway, so what the hell do I know.

From the Top Ten Communist Jokes, on the Times Online’s Comment Central.

60th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

1949 British propaganda film about the Berlin Airlift

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Berlin Airlift. In June 1948 the Soviet regime blockaded the three western sectors of West Berlin, cutting off all food and logistical supplies. It was an overt effort to push the Allied powers out of Berlin, which lay in the heart of the DDR, communist East Germany.

On June 28, 1948, the British and the Americans began airlifting food and supplies to 2 million West Berliners. Originally decried as a “futile attempt to save face” by the Soviets, and a “lost cause” by the French, the airlift soon became a resounding success. Thousands of tons of supplies were flown in on planes which landed and took off every few minutes. After a year the Soviet regime backed down, and re-opened supply routes to West Berlin.

The End of History … for Bush

Bush in berlin

Bush, on his last official trip to Berlin

Bush just popped in to Berlin to say tchüss to the Germans. Ever the intransigent and “visionary leader”, he still says he has no regrets about his disastrous 8 year mandate. Though he does concede on one point: he could have been a little more tactful in his rhetoric leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Make no bones about it, “The world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.” Which, of course, is just one of the many unprovable facts the neocons try to warp our minds with.

How do we know the world is a safer place? Compared to what? What the world might have been like? Of course, a sharp reversal in public approval ratings won’t make Bush question the spurious logic that drove us into the Iraq war. Because – as his neocon cronies so like to hammer into our heads – history will be the judge of them, and they will win*. Which is, of course, exactly what Fidel Castro says.

Castro: \

Castro – Absolved by history

I love how they both act like they’re beyond good and evil, like they’re tapped into the dialectical synthesis of history, like they know they’re right. They know they will be absolved by history.

The same actors wearing different masks, on the world stage.

* Compare this choice bit of neocon thinking (taken from the article I linked to):
Let’s look at the broad forest rather than the often unlovely trees.
William Kristol

with this:
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Vladamir Lenin