Let’s rally!

So sorry. I just couldn’t help myself:

Who needs a free press anyway

Since the current U.S. president took office, we have witnessed a very special White House conduct towards the press, not least when he declared the press an enemy of all Americans the other day – and, of course, yesterday, prompting me to pose the following question, which I hope you find the time to answer:

Granted CNN wasn’t the only news outlet to be excluded from yesterday’s White House press briefing*. Seeing, however, that I used to work for said network (and a red heart’s colour so matches its logo), I thought it only natural to feature it.

*The list includes The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, BuzzFeed, BBC and the Guradian, among others.

Sleep well!

For about a week or so the Nedtegnelser blog has been all about utter non-sense – or quick visual posts with perhaps a deeper meaning, but with an air of apparent indifference, which is all-too true, I’m afraid, as the political posts have been modest attempts at contributing to the prevention of certain developments, rather than moaning over them in retrospect.

Which would explain the blog’s incessant attention to this merry band of nationalists in particular:

While a warm defender og western values, I can see no reason why I should defend the attitudes and actions of the western world’s most powerful leader. Of course, that is so because he’s everything but a champion of western values. In short, when ever a leader, or any politician, for that matter, show strongman or national and isolationist tendencies there’s much cause for alarm.

So far we’ve seen them succeed, which may very well be all it takes to bring about dark times the likes of which we haven’t seen for over 70 years, but their European henchmen aren’t about to stop, in what we know to be a crucial election year for Europe:

No rest for the wicked

Leaving yours truly – and, hopefully, you – with no option but to carry on. Chances are we’ll lose this battle, too, but shouldn’t use that as an excuse to relax. The battle may be lost, but the war?

Hell no!

Which is where I’m compelled to recite Norwegian poet Arnulf Øverland’s (1889–1968) 1936 anti-fascist poem Dare not to sleep (translated to English American by Lars-Toralf Storstrand):

I was awakened one morning, by the quaintest of dreams
‘twas like a voice, spoken to me
It sounded afar – like an underground stream,
I rose and said: Why do you call me?

Dare not to slumber! Dare not to sleep!
Dare not believe, it was merely a dream!
Yore I was judged.
The gallows were built in the court this evening,
They’ll come for me — 5’ in the morning

This dungeon is teeming,
And barracks stand dungeon by dungeon
we lie here, awaiting, in cold cells of stone,
We lie here, we rot, in these murky holes.

We know not ourselves, what does lie ahead
Who will be the next one they’ll reach for.
We moan and we shriek: But do you take heed?
Is there none among you who’ll hearken?

No one can see us,
None know what befalls us.
Yet more:
None will believe – what the day will bring us!

And then You defy: This dare not be true!
That men can be utterly evil.
There has to be some one with merits pure
Oh, brother, you still have a great deal to learn

They said: You will give your life, if commanded
We’ve given it now, for naught it was handed
The world has forgotten, we’ve all been deceived
Dare not to sleep in this hour – this eve.

You oughtn’t go to your business hence,
Or think: What’s your loss – or what is your gain?
You oughtn’t attribute your fields and your kine,
Nor say you’ve enough – with all that is thine.

You oughn’t abide, sitting calm in your home
Saying: Dismal it is, poor they are, and alone
You cannot permit it! You dare not, at all.
Accepting that outrage on all else may fall!
I cry with the final gasps of my breath:
You dare not repose, nor stand and forget

Pardon them not – they know what they do!
They breathe on hate-glows, and evil pursue,
They fancy to slay, they revel with cries,
Their desire is to gloat, when our world is at fire!
In blood they are yearning to drown one and all!
Don’t you believe it? You’ve heard the call!

You know how infants will soldiers remain,
While dashing through streets, fields, chanting ‘bout pain
Aroused by their mothers‘ assurance of glory
They’ll shelter their land – and they’ll never worry

You know the fatality of the lies,
that glory and faith and honor abides
You discern the dauntless dreams of a child,
A saber, a banner, he’ll flaunt them so wild,

And then they’ll leave home for a rainfall of steel,
‘Till last they hang ragged on barbed wire will,
Decaying for Hitler’s Aryan call,
That is what a man’s for – after all…

I couldn’t imagine – too late now it is
My sentence is just: The verdict’s no miss
I believed in prosperity, dreamt about peace
In labor and fellowship; love’s fragrant kiss
Yet those who don’t die on the battlefield,
Their heads for the axeman, will certainly yield

I cry in the gloom – if only you’d knew
There is but one thing – befitting to do
Defend yourself, while your hands are still yearning,
Protect your offspring – Europe is burning.


I shook from the chill. To dress, up I rose
Without stars were shining, so far, yet so close
‘twere simply a brilliant ray in the east,
Admonishing warning from the dream that just ceased

The day that soared up from earths furthermost strand
Augmenting with blood — and with firebrand
It grew with terror – like a breath that was lost
It seemed like the starlight – was slain by the frost.

I weighed: Something is imminent – and it’s dire
Our era is over — Europe’s on fire!

Ringing truer today than at any given time after WW2. While Russia, Turkey and America are lost, for the time being at any rate, I’ll have to carry on, then, incessantly as ever, and to those among you who have simply had enough of my restless ramblings:

Sleep well!

Top illustration: Norwegian, now mostly dismantled, Soldiers of Odin marching. Blogger’s drawing.

Please understand that I’m not trying to offend anyone. I’m not saying that the 43.9 percent who voted NSDAP in 1933 knew what to expect.

Just making sure that I, too, will be refused entry in the United States (as well as in Russia, I’m sure), begging decent Americans’ forgiveness.

LATE EDIT: I’m afraid I tend to assume that my readers always know what I’m on about, but fear I have to realise that although most of them do, some may not, so in order to clarify, the above pastiche (for want of a better word) is based on these well-known German belt-buckles:

Gott mit uns
German military belt-buckle of WW2, with old Prussian GOTT MIT UNS slogan. Photographer: StromBer/Wikimedia Commons.

You may ask yourself how the German Nazi party managed to rise to autocratic power, in spite of democratic branches of government in place, following Adolf Hitler’s 5 March 1933 federal election victory.

Considering current events, my immediate answer would simply be:

Pay attention.

Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

(CNN) — The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in «bad faith.»

Trump signed an executive order Friday barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspending the admission of all refugees for 120 days. The order also indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program.

The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has applauded US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and said a backlash to the measure was in «bad faith.»

Source: Trump travel ban: French far-right leader Le Pen applauds – CNN.com

Clearly we live in a day and age in which granting far-right extremists access to a global audience is considered a given.

OK, so we’re screwed – so now what?

I think I will leave U.S. madman/strongman Donald J. Trump be for now, seeing as there’s precious little any of us can do to counter or alleviate the outcome of his political rampage, for the time being, except, maybe, to reconsider our relations with his nationalist regime.

Granted this blogger never really thought it would come to this, putting all my trust in the U.S. checks and balances arrangement, put in place to secure that no single branch of government oversteps its mandate.

Except with a Congress in perfect alignment with The White House – and a president firing members of his administration for «insubordination», after just a week and a half – that really doesn’t matter much, does it? Which is probably why we have yet to see The Capitol meddle with the would-be dictator’s ongoing frenzy.

So much for checks and balances, then. So now what, Europe? Maybe we’d better resign in acceptance of Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders and Frauke Petry’s rise to power, for all I know – and come to terms with the clearly undeniable fact that human kind is essentially evil* to the core.

After all, with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and America’s Donald Trump already in place, what difference would it really make?

I really don’t know any more, but I can tell you this much: Some people’s faith in a grass root uprising is charming, however futile. Entire countries, governments included, will have to oppose this in order to bring it to a halt.

Photo: Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. U.S.A. Photographer: M. Fitzsimmons/Wikimedia Commons.

*Based on the assertion that stupidity is the very foundation of evil.

Slim outlook, despite occasional protests

U.S. President Trump’s rapid issue of fairly hostile executive orders haven’t failed to stir international contempt, despite UK PM Theresa May’s apparent praise.

Yesterday saw Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau’s Twitter statement:

As you may know, the blog you’re currently reading has a long history of slamming Norwegian governments, regardless the orientation, but today’s Twitter feed brought a pleasant surprise:

Seeing as I very rarely get a chance to take pride in my citizenship, I am happy to announce that today one felt an immediate urge to declare one’s nationality out loud, for a minute or two – until it dawned on me that our government is a coalition leaning to the right, including a Minister of Immigration and Integration from the far-right Progress Party, championing and enforcing Europe’s strictest immigration, refugee and asylum regime, which has, believe it or not, resounded quite well with a large portion of the Norwegian electorate.

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Inspired by Donald Trump’s «success» Europe’s far-right parties stand to experience landslide victories in this year’s upcoming elections, including my own country, leaving yours truly very cautious, despite our own Minister of Foreign Affairs’ promising statement. On the contrary I fear the coming of an international nationalist movement, contradictory as it may sound, not unlike the one seen in the early stages of the 20th century.

Be that as it may, I am grateful for Mr. Brende’s public statement, offering a glimmer of hope, however small, even though I fear we’re not about to see him tweet #WelcomeToNorway any time soon.

Top photo: Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende (Conservatives). Source: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr

Donald Trump’s administration will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants — Quartz

It’s a move reminiscent of Breitbart News, which infamously had a «black crime» section.

On day six of Donald Trump’s administration, the president signed two immigration-related executive orders, officially moving forward on some of the key promises of his campaign: deporting undocumented immigrants, building a wall between the US and Mexico, and placing extra scrutiny on immigrants from Muslim countries.

Source: Donald Trump’s administration will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants — Quartz

Adolf Hitler
Give him a chance.