Together forever

France has sent a stiff complaint to Brussels about the European Union’s choice of logo to commemorate its 50th birthday next year. The offending image, a child-like rendition of the English word together, does nothing to serve the cause of European unity, the French Government claims.

Their objections come after a shower of rude comment throughout Europe about the logo, which was chosen at a cost of €200,000 (£134,000) last month by a jury of experts from EU institutions and member states. The winning entry from among 1,700 submissions was the work of a Polish art student. A common gibe on the internet is that the jumbled letters evoke a ransom note more than festive celebration of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. The full slogan says: “Together since 1957”.

The interesting thing is that for most of those 50 years, the citizens of the EU did not realize they were subject to Brussels. I wonder when we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Union? My guess is 2042.

We are all Mexamericanadians now.

Better to leave it at Byron

I may be somewhat of an anti-abortion extremist, but I have to say that I have seen better cases against the ongoing atrocity than this unusual one:

Imagine what our cultural conversation would have been without… Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, the 17th century Mexican dramatist, who also was a hunchback and wrote some 20 dramas including “La Verdad Sospechosa.”

Actually, that’s really not all that hard for, oh, I don’t know, PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE! Seriously, while there’s certainly a time to show off your knowledge of obscure literary figures, any such urge is probably better resisted while making an argument designed to play on the emotions of the masses.

And the long list of “accomplished people with birth defects” doesn’t strike me as all that impressive considering that it starts with a retired ice skater and a Congressman dead for more than a century.

Next time, stick with Byron, baby. You can’t go wrong with Byron… okay, you can, and in fact probably will, but you’ll have a good time anyhow.

Spectrum confusion

From the Sunday Telegraph:

Labour heartland turning to BNP, warns Cruddas

More and more disgruntled Labour voters are switching to support the far-right British National Party, deputy leadership hopeful Jon Cruddas will warn today. Mr Cruddas, a former Downing Street aide, will suggest people in Labour heartlands have lost hope and turned to the BNP in protest at mainstream politics….

“There are signs that the fascist party is becoming a home for many disgruntled former Labour voters.”

The human ability to rationalize away clear and incontravertible evidence in favor of its cherished beliefs never ceases to astound me. Setting aside the question of whether the BNP is actually fascist or not, this movement of left-wingers towards fascism is not the mysterious and unusual counter-intuitive phenomenon it is usually described to be. From the very start, when the Socialist Mussolini first penned the Manifesto of the Fascist struggle, leftists from British suffragettes to Le Pen supporters have been drawn to the evolved form of socialism that is fascism.

One would think the fact that fascist parties inevitably draw primarily from other left-wing parties would suffice to demonstrate its nature, (never mind the host of similarities between the ideologies and governing practices), but it seems that many, if not most, leftists are more than happy to sacrifice consistency and credibility in favor of baseless attack propaganda.

Of course, as various faux conservatives have shown with their silly accusations of “Islamo-fascists” and “Nazi libertarians”, this is not solely a left-wing phenomenon.