Remember Ron Paul on the 5th of November

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

we the people

 

I truly believe that Ron Paul represents the only hope that we have to get The Amerika back to what it’s supposed to be – a country of true liberty without surveillance that doesn’t interfere with the sovereignty of other countries or of the individual.

Ron Paul is not a conventional politician. He is a man of principle who stands up for what he believes in and who doesn’t waver because his position is unpopular or because others see it as untenable. As I have said before, he is the only candidate of any party that I would vote for in the elections next November.

“This November 5th” is a fundraising drive for Ron Paul that is aiming to raise $10 million in $100 donations in one day. Please have a look at the website and consider pledging your $100. If you love your freedom…

From www.ronpaul2008.com:

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution…

Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Another colleague observed, “There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few.”

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record

He has never voted to raise taxes.

He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.

He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.

He has never voted to raise congressional pay.

He has never taken a government-paid junket.

He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.

He voted against regulating the Internet.

He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.

He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year…

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Der Prozeß – continued

Monday, 29 October 2007

 

 

kafka

the man, the myth

The letter is dated the 16th of October. I am sure I received it about 10 days ago, but I have the bad habit of ignoring my post and so I just read it last night.

The heading: Upozornění na zánik živnostenského oprávnění – Notice of cancellation of trade licence.

Martin had fixed the previous problem. He had obtained a new printout of my trade licence with a later date and refiled for registration with the commercial court. I didn’t have to do anything except pay an additional 5000 Kč, and the commercial court registered me and everything seemed to be fine.

But apparently the commercial court had sent a letter to the trade licence office the first time round notifying them that my registration had been refused. And the letter the trade licence office sent to me will also have been sent to the financial authorities, the social insurance office and the foreigner police. So the next notice I get will be that my visa has been cancelled. If Martin can’t fix this, I will have to start all over again.

The joy I feel at the sheer absurdity of it all would almost be worth it if it weren’t costing me quite so much money.


On parents

Monday, 29 October 2007

no guilt jesus

Thank you, Jesus!

 

I went to my parents’ hotel this morning to say goodbye. That over, I wanted to run out the doors of the hotel and down the street proclaiming my renewed freedom. But one does not run on cobblestones in heels – far too dangerous. Also, I am not that publicly demonstrative about personal emotions. The point is that I felt an immense sense of relief, which I know will grow even stronger once I know their plane has actually left Czech soil.

I do not feel guilty for being happy my parents are leaving. As I rode to work on the tram, I analysed why having them here makes me so uncomfortable, and whether or not I should try a bit harder – an exercise I have indulged in before.

My conclusions were, as usual, all in my own favour. But really, it would be silly and counter-productive to end with a judgment against myself.

The thing is that I have developed my own life around my own routines and around a few carefully chosen friends. I like my life, but there is a balance to be achieved everyday – a balance between being selfish and being there for my friends, looking after myself and taking care of my professional responsibilities, having enough fun and getting enough sleep. And it’s not always easy.

Visitors disrupt my balances. Whilst a visiting friend that more or less fits right into my life is easy to deal with, my parents simply do not fall into that category. And whilst I can send friends off to do some sightseeing or shopping on their own, or leave them to lie in when I go to the gym on Saturday morning, I can’t do that with my parents. They are here exclusively to spend time with me. My dad even went to the gym with me. Twice.

I guess the biggest thing with my parents is that they make me feel that I am not in control of my own life. I chose the bars and I chose the restaurants, but I never felt free to say, “I don’t feel like going out with you tonight.” I had mentioned a trip to Plzeň and the Pilsner Urquell brewery there as a possibility of something different to do. But when they picked up on that and ran with it, I couldn’t say, “Actually, that sounds too exhausting to me, and I would prefer to spend my Sunday doing something more relaxing.” And I wouldn’t send them on their own because they are old and monolingual and because they are my parents and I can’t.

I gave my parents about 6 to 7 days in total on this visit. I wasn’t consistently the most pleasant person to be with, but they seemed to accept my moodiness. I cannot help that I find spending so much time with them difficult, and I will not feel guilty that I am glad they are going.


Nazis in Prague

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

plac bohaterów getta kraków

Plac Bohaterów Getta, Kraków

 

I flew back from Kraków this afternoon. I had gone there with my parents; it was their first time in Poland. Of course our sightseeing focused on the Jewish sites. I showed them the former Jewish district of Kazimierz and, together with my Polish-American friend A who has lived in Kraków for 22 years, the wartime ghetto over the river in Podgórze.

There were new Jewish things in Kraków since I had last been there in July 2006.

The Galicia Jewish Museum documents Jewish life and culture in Galicia.

There is now a memorial to the Jews of the Podgórze ghetto that takes up all of Plac Bohaterów Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square).

And Schindler’s factory is to become a museum – half modern art and half museum of righteous gentiles.

That was all very positive.

I took my parents to Auschwitz and Birkenau. But first we went into the town of Oświęcim to see my friend Tomek at the Auschwitz Jewish Center, which celebrates the rich Jewish life that existed in Oświęcim before the Nazis established their death camp there. My parents saw the students visiting the center and the young Germans who were volunteering there. They heard about the cross-cultural understanding and tolerance work that goes on there and at the International Youth Meeting Center in Oświęcim. All of that saved the day from being entirely depressing.

Today my parents went on to Warsaw and I came home to Prague. When I checked my email, I found the news that on the coming anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Nazi pogrom of 9-10 November 1938 – a neo-Nazi group will be marching through Josefov, the historically Jewish district of Prague. Prague Town Hall had tried to block the march, but the Municipal Court of Prague has overturned the ban.

Fine, I say, because freedom of speech is holy and the Nazis should be allowed to march. But we who vehemently disagree with them are also free to express ourselves. So if you live in Prague and you know me personally, expect an email, expect a phone call. The Jewish Liberal Union is organising a counter-demonstration and we all need to be there. It is our presence and the simple act of outnumbering the fascists that will demonstrate to the world and to the fascists themselves that their politics and their beliefs are not acceptable here.


Max is away

Saturday, 20 October 2007

krakow rynek


Inevitable

Friday, 19 October 2007

military cemetery

 

I want to share Monkey’s reaction to my draft post of 5 days ago (no link – just see below).

 

Read your blog post re the draft and wanted to let you know that I support it, though with a very heavy heart.

It’s the only way to bring the reality of war home to the huddled masses of Walmart shoppers and Superbowlers, and the only way to force change.

The country has been led down the road of militarization since 1945 and I think the sheeple funding the machine deserve what they get. Harsh, I know.

They still support the war by buying Coke, Marlboro, GE, etc and don’t see the big picture and obviously never will until their lives are affected.

I fear the next 12 months.


More fodder for Max

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

beavis and butthead

 

I had thought that the people that work in government offices could not get any stupider. Alas, I was wrong.

Yesterday I received a letter from the social insurance office with a summary of how I am doing in terms of any future pension I might hope to receive from the Czech state. It made me laugh out loud because it contained 5 errors, two of them that were really ridiculous.

  1. My birthday was wrong, but only by 10 days.
  2. My ex-husband’s last name was written under maiden name.
  3. All other former surnames’ had been left blank.
  4. My place of birth was listed as Florida. I was born in Pennsylvania.
  5. My country of citizenship was listed as England. I am American, and England is not actually a country of anyone’s citizenship.

It just doesn’t stop.