Monday, May 31, 2010
Reaction in Sarajevo to the attack on the aid flotilla
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Happy Memorial Day to our Vetrans!
I shared my bench with a very nice family with a relative who has done many tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Good people. Whatever I think of both those wars, I do respect the people who volunteer to go.
Not every war the United States has gone to has been a mistake, and mostly our military are good people.
Certainly I feel for the left behind families. It is hard not to and this family were really nice people with sweet children. Oh Miz Dee's choo choo barbeque thing went by and smelled soo tantalizing.
There was MASSIVE Tea Party presence. I really resent them using the parade like that.
Here is a quote I like.
But the truth is that we have disempowered government and handed vast responsibilities over to a private sector that will never see protecting the public interest as its primary task." EJ Dionne
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Mladic's family wants an official declaration that he is dead:
Diaspora students share their experience in film:
The Hague Tribunal gets the Mladic diaries:
Wait a minute... WHAT HE CAN WRITE? WHO KNEW??
Actually it is a wonder more of this doesn't happen in Bosnia, after what people went through:
Komerc Korner! Reklama Reklama! :)
When I lived in BiH I had a HT Eronet prepaid phone and guess what I saw the same ad discussed in this story, and there is film of it.
HT Eronet and just about all Balkans pre-paid phone services let you have calls come in FREE whether you are a subscriber (have a contract) or you are using pre-paid.
Christo is a Balkanac and of course HT Eronet is a company active in BiH and Croatia. Anyway, at least AT&T should not copy their ads until they can say they too give free incoming calls.
Monday, May 24, 2010
My favorite Kultur Shock song...
I still love it.
Quick.. somebody just outlawed bagpipes...
What's a guy to do?
New stuff I hope will come the way of the masses...
than the current high prices.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
A Nice Celebration of Yakima's 125th Birthday:
My favorite was a picture of a circus parade, with both Dromedary and Bactrian camels which were incredibly fat. They were followed by a cart pulled by a miniature donkey. The very thought of camels marching down Yakima Avenue was pleasant. :)
I talked to the current mayor, and some of the former mayors all of whom know me. I have lived through like five mayors here. feels weird to think about it.
Looks like Folklife will be in it's usual place. I will go then it is hardly even a walk to go there now. I won't go to in town venues at night though. Too tiring now. Too expensive as well.
The cake was from Essencia Bakery. A large official cake with the city seal, and four dark chocolate sheet cakes frosted in dark chocolate. I had some of each type of cake. I had some 7 up and then rode on the wagon, cuz it was free and I love horses. These horses were called the 'James Brothers ' and were matched sorrels. I love sorel horses anyway, and these guys had some zebra striping on their lower legs.
I went and had a taco in the Farmer's Market. NEVER AGAIN! I was royally ill after that later. Ran into the mother of one of my daughter's friends and then came home. I am really really tired.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Eye situation: Progress! :)
My new glasses are going to have a bi-focal lens for my left eye and a balance lens for my right eye.
I hope this will make me able to post better information. I will retain the large print, because frankly, I think small print is too hard on too many people to go with the smaller print. Yes Owen, you had an influence there!
Monday, May 17, 2010
The spam really was awful stuff..
For anyone who may have LEGITIMATELY commented:
Thee weather here continues a bit stormy at times. I have to unplug when that happens, this will affect my schedule. Also a housemate is thinking of moving, meaning less or no internet availability for me if that happens. He is really being silly.
These people supposedly offered him a rent free little house if he will do repairs. He is a big procrastinator and not especially handy. So it is silly of them to offer it. They ought to have a look at our lawn here if they think that is a good idea. The lawn is SIMPLE next to other sorts of repairs.
He has been annoyed because the manager does not want him moving upstairs. she could get more rent for upstairs, it is a larger space than I have and she prefers to have females rent it, say 2 who could share because that would be quieter. This particular housemate has fairly noisy musical tastes. He has noisy relatives and friends too. She doesn't want them tromping through the main floor in their mud boots. So he has been a bit well I can't say it here, the content filter might not like the mildly naughty language involved.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Then there was a rain storm. I was not sure if we got thunder or not, but it knocked out my TV.I can't get my remote to work. I guess I will try the first fix and see if it just needs new batteries. Then get help. Right in the middle of the REa
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Oil Spill and a way to help:
There is ONE small but fairly effective way you can help! If you have hair, you can donate your hair cuttings to be made into oil absorbent hair mats, yes the hair that you comb off and throw away can be donated and you can at least render some assistance to the critters out there who need to live in the water.
Here in Yakima this is where you can do it!
follow the link:
The CNN video of Tuzla I promised:
CNN international's 'World View' has a variety of interesting videos. I liked this one, and did promise to lay my little hands on it when I could. They seem to put stuff up weekly.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Fistfull of Friday Lynx:
Srebenica Pillar of Shame:
The economic woes in Greece are affecting politics in Albania:
I did notice quite a few Turkish tourists in BiH when I was there.
and 'How's crime these days?'
The Weather Report:
I have been having some kind of problem getting stuff up lately. don't know what the deal is...
Anyway, have a nice weekend dear discerning readers! :)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Alright people chill down now!
4 shot trying to cross into Macedonia: Suspected of carrying weapons into Macedonia:
Teacher in Novi Sad suspended for sexual abuse:
And Captain Dragan is going to jail.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Gen Krstic Shanked:
I think it was fairly inept to put these guys in enough proximity for this to happen. Judging by the attacker's name he would be actually of Albanian ethnicity. I have to say I am not a fan of former General Krstic. I read about what he did back when he was in the war. Not a nice man. The same thing happens all the time in American jails. People get shanked for far less.
Mass Grave Found in Serbia
I think that part of what was said by Serbian authorities during the war was there were no mass graves in Kosovo ..well moving the graves to other places is not going to work forever.. It is not exactly the first such grave found. I remember reading accounts of truck loads of bodies being driven to Serbia during the time of the Kosovo war.
It is a sign of progress to have these cases out in the open though.
a judgement will be delivered in the Srebenica case soon
More of the Zaimovic testimony, with details not present in my last post that included her testimony:
More from the Karadzic trial:
and I did not realize Balkans leaders were at the Victory Over Fascism Day celebrations in Moscow!
I was living in Sarajevo when the monument to the children who died in the siege was being built in Velika Park it now has been unveiled:
Blogger is giving me fits tonight so I am going to call this enough for now . It can be hard on me rounding up and setting up the links sometimes.
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Happy Victory over Fascism Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who read this blog. C'mon I know you are out there! :)
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Macedonnia also on CNN
Tuzla on CNN
Anyway they interviewed the mayor of Tuzla and showed film of the town which is lovely despite the war damage and the fact the city is sinking.
I as usual can't get the link I want today, so this has to do. Warning lots of nerdy complicated engineering stuff.
and until I can get what I want on CNN, this will do medjuvrijeme. This site has lovely photos of Tuzla.
Friday, May 07, 2010
From the Clipping Service:
A friend sent me this and I thought my readers would like this little memory of Marshall Tito.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
I really am glad when they bust some war criminals...
and a suspect in war crimes related to Kosovo also was arrested.
and Seselj again famous for his linguistic fireworks:
And not like it is going to happen... the bastard thinks he is right after all....
Witness calls on Karadzic to repent
And a brief comment on what has been going on in Greece. I think things have the potential to get wildly out of hand there. People do not like to be out of work or hungry. It is important to make sure that people have honest work, and enough pay to live on.
Failing that, appropriate benefits make a difference.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Happy Cinco de Mayo to my Mexican readers!
The wind we can't totally avoid, it is natural, but I am so tired of politics ruining people's fun.
A castle in the making... Thanks MeFi!
I do wonder if castles in reality took so very long to build, I think they just threw on as much labor as possible.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I do hope Mladic is actually arrested sometime soon, but it was heartening to know there is some mechanism in place to try remaining fugitives.
Sorry I missed this earlier story.
Monday, May 03, 2010
So if the Lynx are dumped on Monday does that make them Mynx?
and in Sarajevo, something unprecedented.
on above link, the police presence was totally justified and needed...
When Obama was a candidate I worried whether he would care enough about Bosnia or not.
He needs to care, for the very reasons reasons Mr. Tihic mentions. A lot of people I am in touch with are concerned about how much Dodik is simply getting away with. We can't trust the EU in Bosniaa Hercegovina. Not alone anyway.
Institutionalization of mentally disabled people is common in the Balkans. It is not just the case in Croatia. Physically handicapped people can have a tough time getting around as well. Both groups often are institutionalized.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Thanks again MetaFilter:
This is for all those Jugonostalgiaks out there!