Monday, February 3, 2014

I hear this ruffled a few feathers:

Of course, I couldn't give a rat's arse about the Superbowl, but having furren languages sing a patriotic song was a bit too much for some people. but, I bet the same people didn't know that German was almost made an official language pre-14-18 War (that's the First World War for you lot who didn't want to be "over there" until it was nearly over over there, but that lateness was also due to the large German population).  Unfortunately, lots of nasty propaganda about Germans and Germany, which was a trend that continued into the next war (and possibly beyond that).

On the other hand, just think what the world would be like today if people like Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Lillian Gish, and this crowd had their way.

Anyway, some of the ATMs in these here parts can have more languages than an Austro-Hungarian banknote or an EU passport.  Not to mention that if you use a furren credit card your card's language will come up in a lot of credit card machines (even in the USA).  One of my bank's ATMs actually has a Chinese option (No, it's not HSBC or the one in the picture).  BTW, the pictured company's ATMs may actually also have an Irish option!

Gach ceart!

So much for asking about the German or French (or Dutch) option. Still, I wish they would give more language options in the US besides English or Spanish.

In fact, it would be nice if the US caught up with the rest of the world--rather than fall behind it.

Oh, yeah.  You lead the world in Mass shootings.  I think you have more than Afghanistan does.


  1. "For what it’s worth, part of the reason the #boycottcoke hashtag took off was righteous tweeters trolling xenophobes like the ones above. So we’re not all terrible."

    I'm afraid to disappoint, but I thought it was a lovely commercial which shows the concept of this country taking in all who love liberty. While I don't "tweet" at all, from what I've heard, you could start a thread about baby animals and get someone to say something stupid.

    Interestingly, the homicide rate is about half of that of the United States, but then we are in essence talking about a country occupied by a foreign military force. And considering that those who like to deal in mass murder in that country seem to prefer explosive devices, we could always look and see the difference between civilians killed by IEDs in Afghanistan and the US.

    "The increase in deaths and injuries so far this year was mainly driven by the stepped up use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in its report.
    Civilian deaths increased 14% from the first six months of 2012 to 1,319, the report said, while injuries rose 28% to 2,533."

  2. Laci, if your only point is to confirm to yourself how superior you fear to everyone else, why do you bother to post articles? That commercial was beautiful, in so far as an ad can be.

  3. Please don't encourage him. Remember the cardinal rule of blogging. Never feed the troll. We want him to go away, right?