Monday, January 15, 2018

My Life-Long Love Affair with Shithole Countries

Annamaria on Monday

Norway is renaming itself in solidarity with the shithole countries


Stan calls him The SCROTUS.  Just this week my friend Ann Daniels gave him a new moniker: His Shitholiness--in honor of this past week's new low in Trump's presidential pronunciamentos: a declaration that some countries are shitholes.  (He would, he declared, rather that we bring in people of better countries, like Norway.)  Thereby, he vilified many of my favorite places.  And he inspired me to show you how happy it has made me, over the past thirty years or so, to visit sixteen of our sacred planet's marvelous, splendid "shitholes."

Take a look a these photos, arranged by continent.  Here they are--my favorite places that are NOT Norway:

Argentina



Bolivia







Brazil





Cuba








Ecuador





Paraguay

Jordan



Turkey






Botswana






Egypt






Two of the smiling men in this photo are of Norwegian descent.  Neither one is
wishing he had gone to Oslo instead of Cairo




Kenya









Morocco






Namibia







South Africa









Tanzania







Zambia


 


I set out here. not to try, with my photos, to prove how wonderful these countries are.  Many photos better than mine are readily viewable on the Internet.  I want to show you how happy these places have made me and my friends.  All those smiles come from being in beautiful places where we found fabulous sites and great people.  True the citizens of the shithole countries are not all tall and pale like Norwegians, but I found the them to be fun, funny, warm, welcoming, and brilliant.

His Shitholiness is famous for not stopping to think.  But if we do, we will remember that Norwegians were the most dangerous, violent, destructive immigrants in human history.  In fact, one might conclude that they invented terrorism.


Just sayin'

23 comments:

  1. Three of the MIE bloggers are from shithole countries. I hedged my bets by having a Norwegian grandmother.

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    1. Stan, our grandparents left their native countries and went to settle elsewhere. Immigrants, by definition, think the place they are going to is preferable to the place where they were born. But of course, you know this. You’ve been an immigrant.

      Even by His Shitholiness’s shit-for-brains standard, you would be let into your adopted country today, because you pass his real (racist) acceptability test.

      How does it feel to have rejected racism and now find yourself a citizen of a country with a racist at the helm? I know. Shitty!

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  2. Have you seen the World Map According to Trump on the net? 3/4 of the Uk is covered by the word 'Brexit', the bit were I am is labelled 'golf'.
    When is his Trumpiness going to go away?

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  3. Caro, we are working on it. The secret to the US’s power is the political stability our constitution provides. Toppling our government is possible,but we must cross a high bar to do it. In the meanwhile, his mental instability makes him politically very weak and limits the real damage he can do. The RepublicanParty backed him because they wanted their tax policy passed. They have that now, but the voters here are beginning to slap them silly. Right now, he’s a huge embarrassment, but almost as weak in office as he is in the head.

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  4. If you haven't visited Nigerian, you haven't been to the most shitholli of the shithollies. We Nigerians take pride in always being first, so we proudly claim our shithollihood.
    In a way, Donal Crap is correct: a lot of places on our planet are shit holes. Look at Syria. Afghanistan... And Africa. Well, Nigeria is such a shit hole after 400 years of slavery followed by the equally despicable crime against humanity of colonisation. We build the west by blood and by tears. Mr Trump and his ilk referring to us as a shit hole country is very much like a molester saying of his victim, 'Look at her, she's so messed up.' Ok. That's reaching. The truth is, there is no one alive today who was directly responsible for the transatlantic slave trade or colonisation that followed, and we must always start conversations on these topics from that acknowledgement. But mr Trump is a whole new specie of wrong. And how will history record him? We won't be here to correct the edited pages and redacted tweets. After all, King Leopold has still not been formally accused genocide on a scale that beats all modern acts of genocide.

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    1. Leye, Whether they feel any personal guilt or not, the best of us see the formerly subjugated countries as troubled because of slavery and colonialism, followed by marginalization. We think they should now be helped by favored status and development efforts to ameliorate past oppression.

      The worst vilify them for being shitholes.

      The evil (sometimes the powerful within those countries) use the situation to continue to bleed them, even when they are bleeding their own brothers and sisters.

      I would love to go to Nigeria when you are there to show me around. Just say when, and I'll show up.

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    2. Opps, Leye, my first sentence got deleted for reasons I can't understand. (Is anyone besides me experiencing difficulties and disappearances while trying to comment?)
      Anyway I tried to being: Right you are, especially about trump being a whole new species of wrong,....

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  5. His Holiness is the title of religious leaders including the Pope, Patriarch and Dali Lama. Your witty nomenclature might be offensive to those of us both Catholic and catholic.

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you for your comment. After seventeen years in Catholic school, I do understand about the proper use of "His Holiness," when it applies to religious leaders, like the great Pope Francis. I mean no offense to him or the Dalai Lama or their offices. Or to their followers. I think the term I used satirically properly characterizes the current US president as a person who wallows in self-aggrandizement and thinks he has the right to vilify anyone or anything that his capricious personality chooses to target.

      I am out to pillory hime, just him. And I think he absolutely deserves it.

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    2. Thank you for your reply. Your point is not lost on me but compounding crudity is.

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  6. I don’t know about the rest of you immigrant types with roots in now disparaged lands, but we whose ancestors arrived in Pittsburgh have special dispensation, because DJT famously said, “I was elected to represent the people of Pittsburgh, not Paris”

    I wonder if he realizes the Pittsburgh vote actually went fo HRC?

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    1. Bro, You know! What are facts in relation to DJT? He doesn't believe in facts. His epic levels of self-delusion keep such mundane issues totally off his radar.

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  7. What a wonderful set of pictures, Annamaria! Travelling with you always looks such a delightful experience.

    Did you see in the news today that someone projected 'This Place is a Shithole' onto the front of one of El Presidente's hotels? lol

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    1. Z, I would love a chance to travel with you!!!

      Hooray for the projectionists. The ONLY good thing about our crazy prez is how easiest it is to come up with ways to laugh at him. LOL, me too.

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  8. The pictures say it all, and very eloquently.

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    1. Thanks, Triss. Each place has its only particular kind of beauty.

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  9. I just keep thinking he can't sink any lower, and then he does.

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  10. Oh, Lisa, you are so right. To me, our situation is so unreal that it makes sense only as farce. My response, as you can see, is satire. And a strong, secret hope that the Republicans' supporting him will be their political doom.

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  11. Great word. Will circulate it. And the sign on one of #45's hotels is priceless. (Will not call him president on principle.)

    Just a point made on a TV show I watch: No one wants to emigrate here from Norway anyway. Why would Norwegians want to come here? They have free health care, education and childcare and gun control.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I can't call him President either. It's a gag reflex, not a principle that makes it impossible for me.

      I maintain that all immigrants come from countries that are shitholes in their estimation, in one way or another. My grandparents all left Italy at the end of the 19th century. Children were eating dirt in Italy south of Rome in those days. And it was not the children's or the parents' fault. FORTUNATELY for me they had a welcoming place to come to. America in those days knew that the road the prosperity for the entire country had only three steps, which hadworked their magic for our home town since the early 17th century: Take in the refugees, give them jobs, educate their children. BINGO. The otherwise unattractive work gets done by people determined to do a good job and make a go of their new lives. The worst real estate in the area gets inhabited and fixed up. The children become a creative and inventive force with a great work ethic.
      What I don't understand is why this is not OBVIOUS to anyone with half a brain.

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  12. One set of my great-grandparents came from Irish poverty and famine. My other grandparents came from Russian poverty and fleeing anti-Jewish programs.

    These were impoverished areas. Both my parents loved potatoes -- this is because that is what was primarily eaten in their communities and what was available. (Also, another point made by a friend whose parents also fled pogroms in the Russian empire: Not everyone who migrated here had all the documents. To save their lives, many grabbed children, funds, and left.)

    I don't understand the outright cruelty of this administration against migrant children and their parents. Most people support DACA,for one thing.

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