America just got interesting again

It’s Friday and we’re hosting an overnight party for eleven 13-year-olds, so I won’t be opining on anything this evening. I just thought I’d leave this post here like this because this is what Danish coverage of America looks like when the international left wants to get a message out. DR TV2 BT Berlingske Politiken…

DR: It’s hot in Spain—and that’s on you

You may think my headline is interpretive: that I’m paraphrasing what I perceive to be the subtext of an article in DR. Unfortunately, however, my headline is actually just a loose translation of DR’s own: The temperature in Southern Europe is breaking records – and it’s your faultSilas Bay Nielsen, DR.dk, May 23 (“Temperaturen i Sydeuropa slår…

A Generation Robbed of Its Youth

Terese Hauschultz is a young woman: she claims to have just turned 22, and I have no reason to doubt her. She was therefore born early in 2000: part of the last cohort to be born in the twentieth century or among the first to be born in the twentieth, depending on where you draw…

“Take That, Putin”

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday Night. To nobody’s surprise, they racked up the most points of any country in the history of the competition. To my own surprise, however, the Danish media have been very transparent about the fact that the Ukrainian song wasn’t very good and that this was obviously a…

The Horribles Parade

I grew up in a small New England town that celebrated the Fourth of July with special vigor. Among the festivities was (and remains) something called the Horribles Parade. We didn’t move to Marblehead until I was within a few months of my tenth birthday, so I was at a more or less perfect age…

Calm Down Wade

Whenever I need to translate Danish passages of more than a sentence or two for this blog, I let Google translate do the heavy lifting and then I just tidy up whatever it got wrong (or awkward). The most frequent mistranslation I encounter is “The Bite” for Biden: en bid is “a bite,” biden is…

Democracy Under Attack

We begin this post with two quick items before getting into our headline event. First: last night’s Fredagsrock at Tivoli appears to have been a calm affair. Youngest attended with four friends: they were able to enter the park at about three in the afternoon, the crowd never got out of hand, and they enjoyed…

The Dangerous, Violent, and Barbaric Lunatics of the Thoughtful Left

Mikkel Danielsen has another big story about Trump out today, but that’s about as noteworthy as a rainy day in Denmark. He’s billed as Berlingske’s USA Correspondent, but for all practicaly purposes Danielsen is now their Trump correspondent. It gets tedious. There’s an actual American president out there right now who’s even less popular than…

Is DR Deceitful or Just Oblivious?

I have to ask this of the DR editorial staff, at least those responsible for coverage of the United States: are they willfully dishonest, or just ignorant? It went the right way for many years, but crime is now rising in New YorkMads Vestergaard, DR.dk, Apr 14 That’s an article that’s “hooked” to the recent…

Pre-Emptive Sliming

At this point in the 2022 election cycle Democrats are mostly bracing for impact. By that I mean that their focus is not on retaining their slender majority in the House, but on “battlefield prep” to delegitimize the Republicans’ probable victory and cripple their legislative agenda.  Their thinking, in other words, is that if you…

Rejectivism and Done-With-It-ism

From Ace of Spades, Sunday: I find some of the vaccine takes and Putin takes to go too far, as some of you might know (and as some of you might find annoying). What all of this has in common, of course, is that people have been lied to too often, too many times, about…

Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?

Henry Higgins, call your office. Over the past few years there’s been a slow but steady drumbeat on an amorphous issue, or set of issues, that seem finally to have congealed into something covered under the rubric of “the feminization of politics” (or of culture). A single writer has finally, in a single column, pulled…

Hard, Ugly Truth

Let’s get right to it. The Golden State Warriors public relations team is distancing the franchise from minority owner, Chamath Palihapitiya, after the billionaire boldly stated “nobody cares” about the Uyghur genocide in China on Saturday. That’s from an article in the insufferably progressive NPR, but it’s all true: Palihapitiya did say it, he is…

A Soldier, a Cougar, and Some Numbers

Soldierly Language DR followed up on yesterday’s widely-run wire story about Swedish conscripts being sent home to recover from “rough treatment” with a little more depth later in the day. It doesn’t really add to or change the original story, or affect my initial reaction, but there was a bit more detail in one respect:…

Lighten Up, Sven

There was a story in Berlingske Tidende yesterday about something I’d caught in the English language press a week or two ago: the Scottish Ballet’s plans to “help drive anti-racism” by introducing changes to their annual production of The Nutcracker. The headline on the Berlingske story by Amalie Haun is “Famous Christmas classic being remade:…

No MAGA Country for Smart Men

I lived six years of my life in Chicago. I have many friends who still live there. I have some family there. It’s a one-party town. Has been forever. The last Republican mayor of Chicago left office in 1931. There are a few Chicago precincts in which Donald Trump outpolled Joe Biden in 2020—the Dread…

Apologies Our Sorry Media Won’t Report

On September 29th, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting, in its own words (and capitalization), “Federal Assistance to Stop Threats and Acts of Violence Against Public Schoolchildren, Public School Board Members, and Other Public School District Officials and Educators.” In that letter, signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia…