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Thursday, October 05, 2006

What's in a flag?



Another diplomatic meeting, another hilarious faux pas

If the government was trying to convince the Russians that they want a relationship of mutual respect, they failed miserably - again - as the Foreign Ministry's employees hung the wrong flag - that of the Czech Republic- in the Ministry building today for the official welcoming of Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

Before the meeting took place, the workers were caught on tape scurrying around changing the flags at the last moment.

What more do Poles need to be convinced that this government is incompetent?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you really think all Foreign Ministry's employees belong to the PIS party and to kaczynski ???

i think you should cool down a little bit...

10/06/2006 10:01:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

Of course they don't. Actually most Polish foreign minsitry officials are just functionaries. Professional functionaries. Who function for a living.

Maybe even the dog catcher in America really IS elected?

10/07/2006 12:08:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Of course not. But those at the top have to take responsibility for those they're managing.

And by the way -- PiS has been notorious for its micromanagement since it got into office. If you think there wasn't somebody from PiS involved in the preparations for this meeting then you're kidding yourself.

When a team loses (given the time of year, I can't keep away from the sports metaphors), the coach takes responsibility.

I'm not saying we go all the way up to the Duck brothers, I'm saying this is yet another example of PiS being unable to properly run the government they were elected to.

So maybe you should cool down and think for a moment before you flippantly try to reduce my arguments ad absurdum.

They functioned pretty badly this time, didn't they.

10/07/2006 01:05:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

..if the "coach takes responsibility" the US "coaches" should retire every two months or so...



-hiroshima (was it REALLY tho only way to stop the war ?)
-kissingers massacre in Chile
-the creation of the taliban movement and saddam hussain during the war against russia and iran.
-secret CIA prisons (tortures)
-pollution (Kyoto Protocol)
-Mark Foleys
-monica levinsky

.I could go on...

10/07/2006 03:55:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

the creation of the taliban movement and saddam hussain during the war against russia and iran.

You know that is not true. Taliban was an indigenous movement, encouraged and paid for by the Pakistan secret service (to get rid of the Northern Alliance).The US funded all sorts of groups in Afghanistan during the 1980s but they did not ‘create’ the Taliban.

Same with Saddam. He is a product of the old Arab ba'athist nationalism. The US helped destabilize Iraq right from the 1950s (Cold War stuff) and they encouraged Iraq into war with Iran…But they did not ‘create’ Saddam. Iraq did.

And who gives a toss about Lewinski? Not important. Neither, in the long run, is Foley.

10/07/2006 05:57:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet! Tigers win. Even sweeter: Yankees lose AGAIN!

Quite a scene in Detroit after the game. Never saw the players of a winning team running around dousing the fans with champagne like the Tigers did. Wonderful pandemonium!

Let's cheer them on all the way!

10/08/2006 03:21:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great! Who thought the Tigers could beat the hated Yankees. Huge upset.

Next game Tuesday in Oakland..


10/08/2006 03:57:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foley is bringing about the downfall of the Republican Party.

An epochal shift.


10/08/2006 08:39:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Thank you for bringing some sense into this conversation beatroot. But I won't argue with anonymous that US leaders (especially THIS administration) have shown their share of incompetence. But that US leaders are incompetent doesn't make this Polish administration less incompetent either.

The Tigers -

I really don't like baseball, and still I'm ecstatic. The lowly Tigers have downed the mighty Yankees. During the regular season the Tigers had plenty of problems with the A's though. It ain't over yet. But I love to see an underdog win -- especially if it's a Detroit underdog (or should I say undercat?).


Bringing about the downfall of the Republican party? I'm not that optimistic. The Repub's are great spinners, and Dems always find a way to look terribly opportunistic when it comes to these things. That turns people off. My prediction for next month's elections is that the Dems won't do nearly as well as everybody thinks they will, but they may just squeak it out in the House. That may not be all bad. If they win in Congress now, they will share the blame for everything that goes wrong between now and the Presidential elections in 2008. I'd rather they won the Presidency (and maybe the Congress at the same time....). I can wait two years.

10/09/2006 10:09:00 AM  

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