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Hi Adam, I just discovered your blog and I simply love it... :o)

Just wanted to add that I thought the official Austrian reaction (state secretary Ernst Strasser, conservative) on Schwarzenegger's speech for Bush was hilarious: "Learn history!" - and it was said in an informal way that almost sounded like "learn history, boy". Lots of people reacted on Schwarzenegger's picture he drew about Austria, which is total crap.

Schwarzenegger meant with "breathing fresh air" when he heard Nixon, that he just could escape the socialist Austria with it's Soviet tanks, right? And he felt free and home right away when he heard Nixon.

Now... the historical facts about Austria are:

first of all, 1945 - 1955 Austria is occupied after WWII by all 4 allies; the US (Salzburg, southern side of the Danube in upper austria), the Brits (east tirl, carinthia, STYRIA), the French (west of austria) and the Russian (upper austria north of the Danube, lower austria and the burgenland) each had their section. Vienna was split among all 4 allies. which means that where Schwarzenegger grew up (styria), there were first of all the BRITS and not the Soviets.

secondly, Schwarzenegger left Austria in 1968, which is 13 years after the last soviet and other foreign tank had left Austria.

thirdly, Schwarzenegger claimed that what made him leave austria was the socialist regime (don't know how he said it exactly - please correct me). after WWII (after 1945) until Schwarzenegger had left Austria, there were ONLY conservative chancellors and in Austria, the strongest party has the chancellor (head of the government; our president is only representative). so: no socialist politics Schwarzenegger would have had to flee from.

OK, now the fun part, and I don't think it got on CNN the attention that Schwarzenegger's speech at the Bush nomination convent got. Schwarzenegger complained in Austrian media that "I ALWAYS get misinterpreted (in Austria)" *sniffsniffsniff*. confronted with the facts, he brought up these excuses:

1) and no, he did not lie *stomps* he says. because he can remember when he was a small kid, he drove with his uncle over the Semmering (mountainrange between styria and lower austria, which was back then soviet territory) in an old VW beetle and there he saw one soviet tank. ok. let's not call it a lie, but it obviously was not THAT important for Schwarzenegger to go to the US because of it, because he only went some 15-20 years later.

2) confronted with the fact that there has not been any social-democratic government in Austria until the time he had left Austria, but yet he fled from a socialist regime, Schwarzenegger answered the following: he did not mean any party, when he spoke about "socialist", but the political climate. doh!?!?!?! huh?!?!?!? what now?

i am no patriot and i am happy for everyone who is happy whereever he/she is. i disagree with arnie in many points politically, and i am critical on Austria as well.
but what Schwarzenegger has done here, was a totally creepy job for bush to fish for the immigrants. and i think it is utterly embarassing how Schwarzenegger (or whoever wrote this idiotic speech) twist the truth in a totally ridiculous way (ok: HE LIED!), in order to take the piss out of their voters and catch people on the emotional level, because obviously they kinda lack the FACTS to argue and pursuede.


ooops *hehe* i actually just wanted to post the "learn history, boy!" because i found it so funnily cute. *grins* excuse my babble in your precious space, Adam. :o)


Bine, you can babble in my brook anytime... ;)


enter "babble in my book" into google and you'll get somethin saying "babble in my brook"...


Babbling on inside my book,
babbling on, like a brook.
Until someone takes a look,
at all the babble in my book.

All the time that I have spent,
never making a single cent.
And now I'm behind, on my rent,
because of all the time that I have spent.

So on and on the words do come,
but where are they all comming from?
This may seem real odd to some,
But those are the words that decided to come.

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