Tuesday, January 19, 2016
This link was meant to be in the previous post.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Melania Trump, International woman of mystery:
I have been following American election news closely. Trump has been important news. I don't like him and have been pretty suspicious of his latest trophy wife.
She is from Slovenia. I don't have a problem with that, however, while Trump's ancestry is not at all a secret, you can't find much about Melania Trump.
I pretty much had her pegged as typical ex- Yu Eurotrash. No question that she is a beautiful woman. On the face of it, she's worked as a model essentially since childhood in her natal village of Sevnice, Slovenia.
Her maternal familymnames are known and fairly typical Slavic Slovenian names.her father's name Knavs or Knauss, is a Germanic name.
In Styria and Carniola this is not odd or remarkable in and of itself.centuries old villages of miners who came originally from Saxony dot the entire Balkans. In the post - WWII era many of these villages were wiped out.
Particularly this was so in Croatia and Slovenia.
If you weren't solidly a Partizan, your family's best option was to attempt to go either to Austria or Italy.
Part why this happened is that ethnic German people were suspected of being sympathetic to the NAZI regime.
This was not always the case. These Saxons, while culturally very German, retaining their language and national dress and customs, they also were intermarried with their neighbors and a certain number were Partizans.
The other reason ethnic Germans were wholesale driven out is that the NAZIs ethnically cleansed Slovene locals, replacing them with people from Germany.
It is very difficult to get complete information on Melania Trump's father. Melania's mother grew up'in the confines of Sevnice Castle'
This means perhaps her family were related to the Countess who fled to Italy, or perhaps her mother's family descent from a family of old retainers who served the family.
The castle was occupied by the NAZI invaders, as was the entire area.
So who are Melania Trump's people? Humble peasants? Descendants of invaders! Aristocrats? The last potentially opens quite an interesting can of worms.
Information and dogged research was contributed by an old, trusted Internet friend.
I will add to this post as other information in English becomes available.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
This is not good news for Bosnia - Hercegovina:
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Another Mass Grave Revealed:
Ms. Subasic often rode the same bus as I did. She's a nice lady.
I am glad someone had the decency and conscience to reveal where this grave was.
Repentance does mean something.
A Mass Grave is Revealed:
Blogger is not easy to use on my device. This is part of why I spend so much less time here. I had the page go totally black.
Anyway, Munira Subasic was practically a neighbor. We often rode the same bus. I'm glad the man revealed the grave to her.
Repentance is a good thing. I'd rather see it than revenge.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
We can hope for better days:
We can hope!
Serbia also has done a LOT to help the refugees from Syria. It's commendable because Serbia is not a wealthy country.
Friday, November 06, 2015
Final Election Results:
Yes it's a sweep. One God Ol' Boy left. One decent Republican. Cathy Coffee actually had good ink in the Progressive Voters Guide. She made it. Female majority council.
I hope they are sucessful in turning this town around!
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
History Was Made!
A thorough sweep of the Good Ol' Boys occurred last night. My district in particular sent a message of desire for real change.
It was well worth being there to witness it all as it happened!
The same night there was a thoroughly crazy City Council meeting which I did not go to. The City Manager rescinded his half - assed resignation.
It seems most Yakima residents are not thrilled with O'Rourke and that the dissatisfaction crosses party lines.
If O'Rourke is staying he needs to roll up his sleeves, get to work and realize that the Sunshine laws exist.
Tony Sandoval did poorly. He considers himself a Democrat, and has over the years been a good Democrat. I think he has slipped right-ward on too many issues in an attempt to get some cross-over votes.
The end result is he upset people who would be his natural supporters.
You win by being yourself. Yes, it's good to get cross-over votes if you can, but you need to do it using issues where you really agree and actually don't have too many such issues.
I think the other exciting thing about this election is so many of the new Cuty Council are bright, young Latinas.
They are coming from a back-ground of Community activism and from having lived the struggle which the out-going council members have not experienced.