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I'm sitting in a Starbucks in Georgetown doing an interview with ZDF Television from Germany and they're getting ready to shoot some B-roll film for the segment, so I'm trying to demonstrate how the blogging software works. You can put words in italics or boldface or even put in a link to a site you like.

UPDATE: Okay, now we're going and there's demand for me to write something so here it is. "Something!" I assume Germans all understand about the evils of Bushism, so there's no particular need to emphasize the point in this context. And then, you post the thing.

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Comments

then people comment, like this.

Posted by: quisp | Oct 25, 2004 6:31:26 PM

Then people with strange nicknames add really vicious comments in realtime.Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer | Oct 25, 2004 6:34:38 PM

Not this German, I've missed out. Whats wrong with Bushism again?

Posted by: Reg | Oct 25, 2004 6:41:33 PM

Occasionally an intellectual, like me, of course, will post a relevant comment, with an absolutely irrefutable analysis that has to be accepted by all. Just as I just did.

Posted by: Vaughn Hopkins | Oct 25, 2004 6:48:50 PM

Often, Zizka will write something mean about Reg, who appears to be German.

Posted by: praktike | Oct 25, 2004 6:56:01 PM

Then a true red-stater, such as myself, will butt in to observe that real Americans do not need pointy-headed intellectuals OR foreigners to run this great country.

Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer | Oct 25, 2004 6:56:46 PM

Stop collaborating with enemy media Matt. The EUrabian Fourth Reich is a sworn enemy of the Jews, even self-hating assimilated apostate atheist Jews like you. You are a traitor, not only to America, but to your own Jewish people.

Posted by: Modern Crusader | Oct 25, 2004 7:07:37 PM

Hi Germany! Guten tag! The US isn't really all that bad... (we're better than Bush or Kerry, to be sure)

Posted by: right | Oct 25, 2004 7:16:33 PM

Guten tag! Wie gehts? Then someone says something really stupid. Often me.

Posted by: snotnose | Oct 25, 2004 7:18:03 PM

"Something!"

dH, "Irgend etwas"

Posted by: raj | Oct 25, 2004 7:26:28 PM

And then some idiot will double-post a comment.

Posted by: fling93 | Oct 25, 2004 7:45:38 PM

And then some idiot will double-post a comment.

Posted by: fling93 | Oct 25, 2004 7:45:58 PM

and then a commenter will check back to see if anyone appreciated his witty comment, only to find that no one did.

Posted by: quisp | Oct 25, 2004 7:48:50 PM

Generic Opposite-Side Troll here: assume terms of abuse such as "moronic brownshirt fucks" or "treasonous america-hating liberal scum" are used.

Suggest that other political side are out of touch with reality, and will be buried on November 2nd.

Show obession with largely irrelevant minutiae, e.g. Kerry in Cambodia or Bush in TANG.

Sign off with a swearword. Never darken thread again.

Posted by: Urinated State of America | Oct 25, 2004 7:51:18 PM

Good to see you notice how undevelopped Germany is. Compared to The United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands or even Belgium, Germany is a third world blogging country.

Posted by: Ben Winden | Oct 25, 2004 7:55:15 PM

Nitpicky comment that completely misses the point of the post.

An example: when Matt refers to Germans in--

"I assume Germans all understand about the evils of Bushism" - does he mean German nationals or Germans as a wider ethnic group> As, Arnold Schwarznegger, a German-speaker, certainly doesn't see the evils of Bushism.

Posted by: Urinated State of America | Oct 25, 2004 7:55:25 PM

In all seriousness, Matt, this New Yorker piece on Wolfowitz answers yours and Oxblog's question from last week.

Posted by: praktike | Oct 25, 2004 7:55:42 PM

Why is it that "Germans all understand about the evils of Bushism" but Poles, like me, seem to get along just fine with Bushism? I think Matthew should do a post on German - Polish relations.

BTW, Matthew's post is not realistic AT ALL. I mean, where are his spelling errors?

Posted by: Al | Oct 25, 2004 8:11:37 PM

and josh marshall just wet himself thinking of all the german traffic he'll now scoop up.

Posted by: jackietreehorn | Oct 25, 2004 8:18:15 PM

Never mind on my request for a post on German-Polish relations vis-a-vis America, Matthew. I actually found the answer in the New Yorker article that Praktike posted:

"After his faltering start, Wolfowitz, nearing the midpoint of his speech, began to find his voice. He recounted the events of Poland’s darkest days, and the civilized world’s acquiescence to Hitler’s ambitions which preceded them. When Hitler began to rearm Germany, Wolfowitz said, “the world’s hollow warnings formed weak defenses.” When Hitler annexed Austria, “the world sat by.” When German troops marched into Czechoslovakia before the war, “the world sat still once again.” When Britain and France warned Hitler to stay out of Poland, the Führer had little reason to pay heed.

“Poles understand perhaps better than anyone the consequences of making toothless warnings to brutal tyrants and terrorist regimes,” Wolfowitz said. “And, yes, I do include Saddam Hussein.” He then laid out the case against Saddam, reciting once again the dictator’s numberless crimes against his own people. He spoke of severed hands and videotaped torture sessions. He told of the time, on a trip to Iraq, he’d been shown a “torture tree,” the bark of which had been worn away by ropes used to bind Saddam’s victims, both men and women. He said that field commanders recently told him that workers had come across a new mass grave, and had stopped excavation when they encountered the remains of several dozen women and children, “some still with little dresses and toys.”

Wolfowitz observed that some people—meaning the “realists” in the foreignpolicy community, including Secretary of State Colin Powell—believed that the Cold War balance of power had brought a measure of stability to the Persian Gulf. But, Wolfowitz continued, “Poland had a phrase that correctly characterized that as ‘the stability of the graveyard.’ The so-called stability that Saddam Hussein provided was something even worse.”

Finally, Wolfowitz thanked the Poles for joining in a war that much of Europe had repudiated, and continues to oppose. His message was clear: history, especially Europe’s in the last century, has proved that it is smarter to side with the U.S. than against it. “We will not forget Poland’s commitment,” he promised. “Just as you have stood with us, we will stand with you.”

Posted by: Al | Oct 25, 2004 8:19:34 PM

Al: BTW, Matthew's post is not realistic AT ALL. I mean, where are his spelling errors?

Well, the post is missing at least two commas.

Posted by: fling93 | Oct 25, 2004 8:20:37 PM

You forgot Poland!

Posted by: Dave Hollander | Oct 25, 2004 8:24:49 PM

Why is it that "Germans all understand about the evils of Bushism" but Poles, like me, seem to get along just fine with Bushism?

(Must...resist...Polish joke...)

Posted by: Toadmonster | Oct 25, 2004 8:52:29 PM

So, did Dieter let you touch his monkey?

Posted by: Larry B | Oct 25, 2004 8:58:38 PM

Now is the time on MY's blog when we dance!

Posted by: JP | Oct 25, 2004 9:48:03 PM

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