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It occurred to me this weekend (as we were slinking through yet another Medieval relic) that I live in a complete cocoon. I wake up in the morning in my 16th Century farmhouse. I have a short, pleasant trip into town across unspoiled farmland. I get paid to shuffle ancient objects around in a scheduled monument. Then home to watch episodes of Antiques Roadshow or the Hidden History of Archaeology.

Weekends is all village fetes, church flower festivals and historic buildings.

My life. England porn. Week in, week out.

I probably shouldn’t say this bit, but I never see a Face of Color, except on advertisements, or if the chef from the local tandoori steps out for a cigarette. The South of England is Whitemanistan.

I didn’t plan it this way. I wasn’t, like, working toward this place my whole life. It was just a supremely happy accident.

The idea of repopulating this lovely corner of the world with ululating splodey-dopes fills me with rage.


Comment from mojo
Time: September 22, 2015, 9:39 pm

Pretty much the Austrian attitude. And the Hungarians, and the Serbs…

1682, take 2.

Comment from Nina
Time: September 22, 2015, 9:50 pm

The idea of them infesting Norway and my soon-to-be-born little grandson’s should-be-idyllic childhood makes me feel the same.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 22, 2015, 10:24 pm

Rage will be fruitless unless it can be vented in a way that affects policy. I’m pretty sure that with the exception of the UKIP, the rest of the political parties that make up the Nomenklatura over there really wants to do whatever Brussels wants; even if it means suicide.

I am a …. pragmatic, and evil minded observer of events with some knowledge of military matters. Fences are starting to go up on some European borders. Not enough, but some. However, that will not be enough. Fences, walls, fortifications in and of themselves will not stop any invasion [which is what you are dealing with, just as Rome had to deal with “The Freezing/Crossing of the Rhine” on 31 December 406 q.v.]. Fences, walls, fortifications are only useful if they are covered with fire and create a killing zone that is kept clear of the enemy by any means necessary.

Europe is in for what we Chinese refer to as “interesting times”. I understand that you are about to become one of HM subjects. As such, it would be difficult for you and Uncle Badger to come to the US in stressful times. And to be honest, this may not be the place to come. But I hear that the climate is lovely in both Canada and Australia, and that may bear inquiry.

Comment from Tim
Time: September 22, 2015, 11:48 pm

Ha! “splodey dopes”. I just moved to the capitol of Wisconsin, and there are wayy more minorities than you’d expect. Why do they want to live here? Don’t they realize that it gets cold here in the winter? What do they do then?

Comment from Some Nut
Time: September 23, 2015, 1:02 am

I suppose that this mass migration from the poor and savage undeveloped part of the world is historically inevitable. As Subotai Bahadur points out, it happened to the Roman Empire for much the same reasons: The lure of enjoying the comforts of the empire combined with an undefendable border brings the Vandals to storm the gates every time. And they destroy the empire every time.

It’s hard to believe that we could enter a modern variation of the Dark Ages but I am sure that the Romans had a hard believing it could happen either. All we need to trigger things is a plague that wipes out a substantial portion of the population.

It’s true that history isn’t quite repeating itself but it IS rhyming, as Twain said it would. If you think about it we are having a variation of the Crusades (substitute Saudi Oil for Jerusalem) and a rebuilding of a variation of the Ottoman Empire.

Forunately for all of you this is all just crazy talk

Comment from mojo
Time: September 23, 2015, 2:10 am

The most horrific thing I’ve seen in Years. Plus, Ann Margaret. How can that be so wrong?


Comment from mojo
Time: September 23, 2015, 2:12 am

^^ The Huns had some help – they had Odogai Khan and his friendly Mongol horde chwing on their asses to the east, so they moved west.

Comment from Some Nut
Time: September 23, 2015, 2:43 am

^^ The Huns had some help – they had Odogai Khan and his friendly Mongol horde chwing on their asses to the east, so they moved west.

Kind of like ISIS pushing people to move out of Syria et al?

Comment from P2
Time: September 23, 2015, 5:24 am

I so want your life………

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 23, 2015, 6:26 am

The Mongols [1206-1368 AD] were a thousand years after the Huns .

The Huns were originally nomad barbarians, actually not that different from the Mongols in warfare. When they were attacking China during the Han dynasty [206 BC- 220 AD] they were called the Hsiung Nu. If you look at the map of the Later Han, you see this salient running west along what became the Silk Road. This is because the Emperor told one of his generals, “I want them all dead, or chased so far away that I never hear of them again.”. The general was smarter than the average Chinese general and trained an army, much larger than the Hsiung Nu, in nomad tactics. And chased them west.

The Hsiung Nu hit other tribes as Mojo said, and they caromed off each other, and hit the Roman Empire sequentially. By the time they themselves hit Rome, the name had become shortened to “Huns”.

Yeah, *sigh* we Chinese killed the Roman Empire.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 23, 2015, 9:14 am

It’s not all glee and balloons, P2 – Her Stoatliness also has to put up with a grumnpy old badger…

Comment from dissent555
Time: September 23, 2015, 11:29 am

on another note, I think xul wins the Dead Pool with Yogi Berra.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: September 23, 2015, 12:10 pm

Any politician that advocates relocating refugees into their country should be required to settle a large chunk of the little bastards in their back yard.

Comment from mojo
Time: September 23, 2015, 1:59 pm

Yogi? Damn.

Comment from dissent555
Time: September 23, 2015, 2:23 pm

Aw, man. Tom Petty told me ya don’t have to live like a refugee. What the heck.

Comment from Alan Prendergast
Time: September 23, 2015, 3:03 pm

Well, except for the idyllic setting which you cannot get – you can get the same sense of Whitemanistan in Fort Scott Kansas.

I found it a little disconcerting, though demographically akin to the city I grew up in back in New England long ago.

Now, why you’d want to move to Fort Scott unless you’re a National Park Ranger is another question.

Comment from xul
Time: September 23, 2015, 4:25 pm

Just saw the news…looks like Yogi carked it. Time to dick me again, Weasel Woman! 😉

Comment from P2
Time: September 24, 2015, 1:32 am

Perhaps, uncle B….. But I do so miss all that is England. Had a wonderful 8 years there…(even if it was Suffolk.)

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