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(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

 During an average seven-day time span Trump produces a fair amount of nonsense, but this time he was exceptionally productive.  His most bizarre statement was, literally: ‘Right now, in a number of states the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month.  It is wrong, it has to change.’  On another occasion he complained about LED lights that ‘make you look orange,’ which he doesn’t like because he’s ‘vain.’  Apparently the president doesn’t know that he looks orange in any light, and even at night in the dark.  In what appeared to be a meeting with plumbers Trump philosophized about ‘many states where they have so much water that’s coming down,’ adding ‘it’s called rain.’  In spite of all that water many sinks and showers are apparently barely functional, and the president said ‘we’re looking very strongly at that.’  Possibly an even bigger problem are toilets, some of which according to Donald the Plumber have to be flushed up to fifteen times!  Speaking to a Jewish audience Trump repeated an anti-semitic trope by saying ‘you’ll have to vote for me, because the Democrats are after your money.’

Following all that gloom and doom about bathroom fixtures the president also had some good news.  He had called with the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia after one of their officers killed three people at a naval base where he was in training, and they promised to pay cash to the relatives of the victims.  Cash, in Trump’s eyes, is the ultimate remedy for everything.  Maybe the disproportionate number of insanities the president supplied this week had something to do with the articles of impeachment the House Judiciary Committee has drawn up.  To keep it simple Trump will ‘only’ be charged with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.  A House vote on his impeachment is expected early next week and a trial in the Senate in January.  In probably the most provocative move he (or Putin) could think of, on the day the articles of impeachment were drafted the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in the Oval Office.  Afterwards Trump told the White House press corps that he had issued a warning about possible Russian meddling in future US elections, something Lavrov immediately denied.

In anticipation of testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Inspector General of the Justice Department, Horowitz, the president attacked FBI Director Wray, who had stood up for his agency, calling him ‘the current director’ and the involved FBI agents ‘scum.’  In spite of Attorney General Barr’s stated opinion that the FBI investigation into Russian impingement on the Trump campaign had been insufficiently predicated, Horowitz maintained that the FBI had every reason to start the investigation, although serious mistakes were made with FISA applications.

The length of Trump’s trial in the Senate is yet to be determined.  Mitch McConnell wants it over as fast as possible, but the White House wants a big show, including an interrogation of Hunter Biden.  Democrats also prefer to keep it short, because they want to get back to the people’s regular business, but if they have to they’ll subpoena Mike Pompeo, Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton, making the president’s obstruction of Congress even more visible than it is now, something McConnell wants to prevent.

Lost in the avalanche of reporting about House committees and Senate hearings was the news that Trump paid a $2 million fine for stealing from his own foundation, while Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric must be about to enroll in mandatory training how to run a charity.   In all, Washington’s ‘Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics’ counted 2,300 conflicts of interest for the Trump family, which is definitely a national record.

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Een heel verstandig besluit

Dus Jeroen Pauw houdt op met zijn praatshow. Dat is een heel verstandig besluit.
Ik zei het de laatste tijd nogal eens: ‘’Eerlijk gezegd ben ik een beetje uitgePauwd’’.
Altijd met diezelfde mensen praten, altijd dat gemaakte ‘’We gaan beginnen’’, altijd dat nerveuze getrommel met die vingers, Nooit de tijd om echt een boek te lezen als er een schrijver komt. Altijd maar weer met andere mensen van de televisie over de televisie praten.
      ‘Jongen hou er toch eens mee op; ga wat anders doen. Want dat kan je’’.

In zijn interview-programma ''5 jaar later'' werd hem een jaar of twee geleden eens gevraagd wat hijzelf over vijf jaar zou doen. Hij antwoordde toen iets in de trant van: ‘’Dat weet ik eigenlijk niet. Maar misschien zit ik dan wel in New York. Correspondent of zo’’.

Toen dacht ik al: ‘’Jongen ga dat doen. Daar word je veel gelukkiger van dan dat gebabbel in de marge van het ‘’Vandaag dit: Morgen dat’’.



Escape from London

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

When Donald Trump runs out of town without giving a scheduled press conference you know something bad has happened.  His appearance at the 70 years of NATO celebration was littered with his foul-ups and barely hidden insults by the parties he was meeting.  He started by attacking Emmanuel Macron, who had called NATO ‘braindead,’ something Trump apparently took as a personal insult because he considers himself the brain of NATO, in spite of having called the alliance ‘obsolete’ a couple of years ago.  Then he broke a cardinal rule of US political protocol by calling Adam Schiff ‘a maniac’ and ‘a deranged human being’ and extending the honor to Nancy Pelosi.  Asked whether the US supports Iranian protesters the president said ‘no,’ without an explanation, and to top it off he claimed that if he were impeached future presidents might undergo the same treatment for picking an orange out of a fridge.  Trump’s babbling like the village idiot caused Macron,  Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and Princes Anne to joke about him while being video-taped, which resulted in images being shown all over the world.

The president did hardly any better with the Royals.  He denied knowing Prince Andrew, in spite of pictures showing them together last June and once calling him ‘a lot of fun.’  During a reception by the Queen Princess Anne ostensibly refused to come over and greet the Trumps, while Price Charles quite noticeably flipped them off by lifting his middle finger next to his nose.  After all those signs of disrespect Trump left in a hurry, calling Trudeau ‘two-faced’ on the way to the airport.   Back home meanwhile Lisa Page, a formerg FBI attorney involved in the early stages of the Mueller probe and often ridiculed by the president, had decided to break her silence, triggered by Trump’s faking an orgasm at one of his rallies when talking about Page and her former lover, Peter Strzok.  In light of the fact that the president and Melania sleep on different floors of the White House and that Trump had a lock installed on his bedroom door it is safe to assume that this is the only sex he’s getting these days.  More damaging to the president was the news that the Inspector General of the Justice Department had found no irregularities in the start of the probe.

Before the House Intelligence Committee could hand over its report on the impeachment inquiry to the Judiciary Committee the Republican members released their own report, exonerating the president and stating that all the witnesses were Trump haters.  White House lawyers are still pondering if they will participate in the hearings of the Judiciary Committee, with a deadline that expires today, and if they decide to stay away they’ll undoubtedly come up with something to complain about.  The phone logs linking Rudy Giuliani to the Office of Management & Budget were the shocker of the report.

During the first day of the hearings by the Judiciary Committee three constitutional scholars from Harvard, Stanford and the University of North Carolina testified, as did Jonathan Turley of George Washington University, the latter as the witness of the Republican minority.  The three were in agreement that Trump deserved to be impeached for abuse of his office, bribery and obstruction of justice and Congress, while Turley saw no grounds for impeachment yet and wanted the investigation to be extended

On Monday the Inspector General’s report is due, unless Attorney General Barr, who disagrees with its findings even though it exonerates ‘his’ FBI, succeeds in blocking the release.  Meanwhile Hizzoner is in Ukraine, hanging out with a rats’ nest of corrupt former prosecutors like himself, still hoping to find proof of meddling in the 2016 elections that never took place.  That man won’t learn until he’s in the slammer.

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Saving Thanksgiving

(Door Hugo Kijne te Hoboken USA)

After the House Intelligence Committee hearings Donald Trump phoned in on FOX & Friends to perpetuate the myth that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 elections and possessed the DNC server.  It started a week with only bad news for the president.  Emails revealed that the Office of Management and Budget had retroactively tried to come up with a justification for withholding military aid to Ukraine, and it turned out that two employees of OMB resigned after Trump had ordered the aid to be blocked.  It also became clear that the president knew about the whistleblower complaint before the aid was released.  A federal judge ruled that former White House Counsel Don McGahn has to comply with the congressional subpoena to testify, and in an attempt to save his skin Giuliani goon Lev Parnas revealed that he has audio and video linking both Trump and Giuliani to the Ukraine scandal.  In an interview the president told Bill O’Reilly that he never ordered Giuliani to do anything, which makes it inexplicable why he told Zelensky to talk to Giuliani, and Hizzoner said on FOX News that he has ‘insurance’ if he is thrown under the bus.

Trump’s ‘you’ll have to ask Rudy’ and mentioning that ‘Giuliani also has other clients’ sounded eerily familiar to the way he severed his ties with Michael Cohen, and it puts both Trump and Giuliani in a bind, because the president cannot risk that Hizzoner starts singing to the FBI, while Giuliani’s only hope may be a presidential pardon if he’s convicted for some of the potentially criminal actions he’s being investigated for.  In a bizarre tweet the president declared that he would ‘love to have everybody testify’ to Congress, something he explicitly prohibited, but that he cannot allow it for the sake of future presidents.  After giving Turkey access to north-eastern Syria Trump continued his servile subjection to its president by asking the Department of Justice to look into Erdogan’s concerns about sanctions on a state-owned Turkish bank, and by instructing Lindsey Graham to block a resolution recognizing the genocide of Armenians by the Turks.   Since significant earnings of the Trump Organization apparently come from Russia and Turkey this is an explanation for the president’s attitude towards Putin and Erdogan.

In an unprecedented move Trump intervened in the military justice process by restoring a Navy Seal, who had been convicted of a war crime by his peers, to his rank and status, forcing the Secretary of the Navy to resign.  The president justified his action by stating that the US trains its soldiers to be ‘killers’ and cannot abandon them for doing what they have been taught to do, a remark that many in the military leadership find deeply insulting.  Trump also announced that in 2020 he is planning to campaign with three convicted war criminals he already has pardoned.

On a lighter note, the president got into a spat with the military because he insisted that Conan the Dog, who assisted in the killing of Al Baghdadi, is male, while the Pentagon maintained that Conan is female, which was pretty obvious from pictures taken at her White House recognition event.  Additionally, in a tweet Trump wondered why the commemoration of 100 years of women’s voting rights in 2020 has not been celebrated years ago, leaving mathematicians and historians puzzled.

At a Florida rally Tuesday night the president told his base to their own amazement that they went to great colleges, and informed them that he was ready to fight a war to save Thanksgiving, just like he had saved Christmas.  During a surprise visit to Afghanistan Trump announced the resumption of negotiations with the Taliban, which was to be expected after his success in dealing with Kim Jong-un and China.


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Een tweetalig land

Noorwegen is tweetalig.
‘Hè ’, denkt u nu. ‘Ze spreken daar toch gewoon Noors’.
Ik dacht dat ook. Tot ik in mei 1997 voor het radioprogramma Wereldnet (VPRO/Wereldomroep) sprak met oud-omroepman Dick Passchier.

      Dick woonde toen in Fure aan een fjord aan de Westkust van Noorwegen.
Hij had een grote liefde voor dat land ontwikkeld, sprak de taal en had zich verdiept in de cultuur & geschiedenis.

Dick vertelde dat er in Noorwegen officieel twee talen zijn, of eigenlijk twee schrijftalen. Bokmål en Nynorsk.
      De meeste inwoners gebruikten Bokmål, maar allerlei geschriften en rapporten van de overheid verschenen in twee talen. Dat was verplicht. Beide talen werden natuurlijk geschreven in het Latijnse alfabet, maar daar zijn drie letters aan toegevoegd: æ , ø en å .

Een paar dagen later stuurde Dick mij een voorbeeld van zo’n overheidsfolder.
      Dat was heel attent van hem.



''Hey Dikkie"                                   

Dick Passchier was in de tweede helft van de vorige eeuw een zeer populair T.V.presentator.
      Hij deed vooral grote spelshows als Tweekamp, Zeskamp en Spel zonder grenzen. Ook was hij jarenlang presentator op Koninginnedagen.
Hij kon niet zo goed tegen die bekendheid.
      Vooral als de mensen ’Hey Dikkie’ gingen roepen kreeg hij het benauwd.
In Fure had hij daar geen last van, want daar kenden ze hem niet als T.V.-persoonlijkheid.
      Hij overleed in september 2017

 Hieronder een bladzijde uit de folder in de twee Noorse talen.