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Thinking Blogger Award

One of my most loyal Spanish readers, Snipfer, has awarded me with the Thinking Blogger Award. ūüėÜ

So now I have to nominate myself five bloggers who make me think. Difficult thing really, specially with so many bright bloggers around.

1. My friend since I began blogging, Pastorius from Cuanas. He has a thoughtful and very beautiful blog and … even knowing he is not going to do this, I really believe that I have to mention him. The videos he posts are also very amusing (even if sometimes I don’t like their music ūüėÜ )

2. Fausta, from Fausta’s blog. She is one of the leading bloggers of the blogosphere. Her blog is really witty. And her vision about South America is unique.

3. Angel: Hehe, one of the best women bloggers around. Incisive, bright… She ever makes you think about the subject she writes, wherever it’s pasta (those photos were a crime!!), tennis or political matters.

4. Kamangir, from Kamangir. It was for me an honor that he accepted being in the Liberty Alliance, given his accuracy and his brightness reporting about the abuses of Human Rights in Iran. He is one of the best bloggers around. And if you really want to know how the Iranian people fight everyday with not a lot of international support, you must read his blog.

5. Jeremayakovka: What can I say about him? Just go over, read him for some days and… you’ll discover him as one of the best bloggers around.

Lastly for the rules:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,

2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,

3. Optional: Proudly display the ‚ÄėThinking Blogger Award‚Äô with a link to the post that you wrote. (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn‚Äôt fit your blog).

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Nice matters Award

Well, this has been a total surprise. I didn’t even know there was such a prize ūüėČ My friend Velvet Hammer from Ironic Surrealism has given me this award.

I don’t know if this blog is “of nice matters” but, even if it has been so hard at times writing it because of the stories one has to read ( ūüė° ), altogether it has been (and still is) a magnificent experience, mostly because of the readers and the friends I have done writing it. And that certainly has been a “nice matter”.

I have to give it to another 7 lady-bloggers (sorry lords, no award for you, unless you want some pink and laces award… :mrgreen: ). It has been really difficult as there are so many great women bloggers around. NOTE: inactive blogs have been discarded for obvious reasons…

Kate: A Colombo-Americana’s perspective.

Incognito: Confessions of a closet republican.
Always on Watch: Always on Watch.

Stefania: Free Thoughts.

Fausta: Fausta’s blog.

Vicki: Not Ready for My Burqa.

Beth: Blue Star Chronicles.

Happy Award for all!

ūüė≥ I was forgetting. Each of you would have to name another 7 women bloggers for the award.

(Yes, I hate memes, but this was soooo cute…. :mrgreen: ).

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Shut during holidays

I’m just shutting the blog because of holidays. I don’t know if I could blog when I get back. But comments will be opened to anyone who wants to comment.

If someone wants to contact me, just leave a comment here.

I hope that the 8-year-old boy about whom Crispal asked for a prayer will get better and if not, that God comforts his family in this hour of need. 

Greetings for my four favourite bloggers Kate, Chaim, Enzo y Mike. ūüėÄ Even if I’m not blogging when I return, I would try to read you four.

I will leave you with “Within Temptation” and “Stand my Ground“.

This is the American version song. The drawings are from Vampire Hunter D. [The differences between the two of them are not very much but the drawings are good, although a little bit dark for my taste… ūüėÄ ]

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Dead PC

I’m sorry for not blogging but my PC is definitively kaputt. It has been going very bad lately, but, just after we have returned from Easter, it has said “No” to turning itself on. So I have lost all bookmarks, the RSS, etc. ;(
When I have the new one running I will blog again.

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My good blog-friend snipfer has left me the photos he has done at the demonstration. You can see them here. I have selected this one -it’s beautiful-:

Manifestación 10M Snipfer

Feels like you’re in the demonstration, eh?

Pablo Molina wrote before the demonstraci√≥n: “Los dirigentes del PSOE no pueden, sin caer en el rid√≠culo, denunciar que en las manifestaciones que apoya el PP aparecen ense√Īas preconstitucionales, sencillamente porque lo que en las convocatorias a las que acude la derecha es un suceso marginal, en las algaradas de la izquierda es la norma. Rep√°sese el archivo fotogr√°fico de cualquier manifestaci√≥n organizada por la izquierda, con los pol√≠ticos del PSOE en primera fila, y si alguien consigue detectar una bandera constitucional de Espa√Īa que lo diga para inscribirlo en el Libro Guinness por su agudeza visual sobrehumana. Tiene gracia tambi√©n que Jos√© Blanco ponga el grito en el cielo porque alg√ļn grup√ļsculo friki cante el Cara al Sol, cuando su partido acaba sus reuniones tarareando La Internacional (la izquierda progre actual ya no se sabe la letra), que no es tampoco una oda a los valores democr√°ticos ni a la libertad precisamente”.

The PSOE leaders cannot really denounce the use of the preconstitutional flags because in the demonstrations supported by PP that is a marginal thing, while in the disorders of the left that is the normal thing. Just take another view to the photographic archives of any demonstration organised by the left and if someone can detect ONE constitutional flag of Spain, please tell it to the rest so he can have a Guiness record because of his extreme visual acuteness. It is also a very comical situation to listen Jos√© Blanco -PSOE’s Secretary of Organization- lamenting the freaky mini-group singing the Cara al Sol -the tradictional falangista and Franco-ist song- when his party finishes his own reunions singing The International, that is neither a song to the democratical values or to freedom precisely“.

Vice-President De la Vega: “This is the main party of agitation“. She did not said that when she was in the opposition and Zapatero was nicknamed pancartero, that is, the one, who carries a banner, because of all the demonstration and banners he went to.

Manifestación 10M banderas ABC

PM Zapatero and Interior Minister Rubalcaba are not going to attend the concert dedicated to the terrorism victims. The Kings have invited them with all the terrorism victims today at night. They do not want to see the victims after the massive demonstration.

Another marvellous photo:

Manifestaci√≥n 10M ABC bandera espa√Ī√≥la

More comment in Aragón Liberal HT Cartas y artículos. 2 millions just to begin with.

Barcepundit and Publius Pundit has both commented and linked to me. Thanks!

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More reaction:

Gateway Pundit: MASSIVE Rally Against Terrorism in Madrid!

MASSIVE Rally Against Terrorism in Madrid! Hundreds of Thousands of protesters rallied against surrendering to terrorists in Madrid!

Antes de que empiece la guerra de n√ļmeros ¬Ľ Desde el exilio

Me da igual. No importa si son un mill√≥n, medio, m√°s o menos. Son muchos. Much√≠simos. Demasiados para ser todos fascistas, liberticidas, franquistas, crispadores, marionetas al servicio del PP o de un ‚ÄúLosantos‚ÄĚ (cu√°nto poder en sus manos de ser as√≠!) No percibo ni mareo, ni v√≥mitos ni me apetece apagar la televisi√≥n (Por cierto, s√≥lo Tele-Madrid ofrece cumplida informaci√≥n de lo que ocurre a los que vivimos en el extranjero). No veo ira, ni armas, ni pu√Īos cerrados por el odio.

Fernando Savater, de la may√ļscula al punto, hoy en El Correo (via Daniel Tercero.net):

La argumentaci√≥n m√°s inconsistente y menos convincente para apoyar el disparate gubernamental con De Juana es apelar a las supuestas excarcelaciones de etarras antes del plazo debido por parte del Gobierno de Aznar o los acercamientos de presos realizados en el mismo per√≠odo, para probar la ‘hipocres√≠a’ de la oposici√≥n (la palma se la lleva la ‘Ser’, que siempre bate el r√©cord de bajura con este tema, proclamando la gran noticia de que ‘el Gobierno de Aznar’ no actu√≥ contra De Juana cuando el miserable pidi√≥ ‘champ√°n y langostinos’ para celebrar el asesinato de Tom√°s Caballero: ¬Ņs√≥lo le falta decir que se los envi√≥ Aznar pagados de su bolsillo!). Como sabe cualquiera que se moleste en enterarse de las cosas, el PP insist√≠a en cambiar la legislaci√≥n para hacer cumplir √≠ntegras las penas pero entretanto, como no pod√≠a ser de otro modo, cumpl√≠a con la legislaci√≥n vigente y sus reducciones de condena. En cuanto a los acercamientos de presos, no respond√≠an al chantaje de ning√ļn recluso, sino a reiteradas peticiones parlamentarias y de medios ilustrados de comunicaci√≥n. Pero en fin, aunque no fuera as√≠: ¬Ņy qu√©? Si el Gobierno Aznar lo hizo mal entonces (aunque lo que hizo nada tiene que ver con la excarcelaci√≥n mediante chantaje de De Juana Chaos) ¬Ņpor qu√© el PSOE no se lo reproch√≥ en su d√≠a, cuando tantas cosas le censuraba en otros campos? A√ļn peor: si aquello fue un error, ¬Ņpor qu√© ahora se utiliza como justificante en lugar de haberlo tomado como advertencia de lo que no debe hacerse, visto el resultado? Es floja excusa para equivocarse el que otros se hayan equivocado antes y uno repita de buena fe los errores.

Red part translated: “If Aznar’s Government was wrong at that time (he did not do anything which could be levelled with De Juana’s blackmail), why PSOE did not critisize that then, when Socialists were so hard critisizing PP? What is even worse: if that was an error: why now is used as a justification, and not as a advise of what it should not be done, once we have seen its result?

Also Barcepudit.

Nauscopio has a lot of links both to news and to blogs. Among them: Juan Pedro Qui√Īonero: Madrid’s demonstration viewed from Europe: he links to IHT, Le Monde,

Specially interesting for me is Le Monde’s treatment of this demonstration: on the first page up and with the title: “Massive demonstration of the Spanish opposition in Madrid“. In another link, it considers “historic” the demonstration … to consider afterwards the “apparition of the symbols that we here call preconstitutionals, that have the Franco’s eagle“.

Manifestaci√≥n Espa√Īa 10M Le Monde

Le Figaro: The right in mass against Zapatero‘s clemence.

Manifestación PP 10M Le Figaro

Il corriere della Sera: Chieste le dimissioni del premier. 1 milione in piazza contro l’Eta e Zapatero. Grande folla a Madrid, convocata dal Partito Popolare (opposizione di centrodestra), per denunciare la scarcerazione del membro dell’Eta Inaki de Juana Chaos.

Triste Romeo: The success is a fact. Now we have to echarle huevos.

I had laughed when I had seen this photo:

Manifestación 10M Madrid El Mundo

Zapatero dressed as a bride acting as bridegroom Otegi, the speaker from BATASUNA-ETA.

Reflexiones Iracuandas reflects upon how the Spanish left has seen the demonstration: Orwell reloaded: The demonstration has been below hopes“. It reminds me to a comment in El Pais website: Only if 45 million Spanish demonstrate, it will be a success. Hmmm, yes, of course….

With all the pressure about the flags, some people have tried to expell from the demonstration, a woman who was carrying the flag of the pollo, as here is called the eagle’s flag. Video.

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Today’s demonstration.

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NOTE: This post will be updated as more news coverage is realeased.

Madrid Autonomous Community (PP) raises the number to 2.125.000 demonstrators!

Saturday’s demonstration to protest the De Juana’s 2nd grade cannot be considered but as a great and marvellous success. Probably it has been the most important gathering -in numbers- in Spanish history. Before, only the Pope John Paul II had gathered so much presence (700 buses and estimated more than 1 million people). Today 1.000 buses have driven people who live outside Madrid. So we can safely state that at least 1 million people have gathered there. LD considers that possibly between 1,5 and 2 million have demonstrated against the Government’s decision..

Anyway, whatever the number, there has been a huge quantity of people… and that’s what I really like…

Manifestación del PP en Madrid

Photo found in El Pais website.
The exhibition of Spanish flag has been done PROUDLY, something which is MARVELLOUS. For so long the constitutional Spanish flag has been considered as something which should be hidden. And now, after weeks of hearing stupid statements as “only the far-right demonstrates with the flag” or “the demonstrators are coup d’√©tat fans“, seeing too many flags -and people carrying them- has been a reward worthy of sustaining all critics.

There are some Spanish journalists who are fearing the use of the flag. PSOE supporters consider that people who carry the Spanish flag -a symbol of unity- have stolen it from the citizenship.

What happens? That PSOE supporters cannot use the flag? We have been seen throughout all the anti-Iraqi war demonstrations huge numbers of the Republican flag, and no one has said nothing.

But the worst attack on Spanish flag has come from a journalist in famous “El Pais newspaper” (the dependent from PSOE diary of the morning) in which he wrote that the constitutional flags in right-wingers’ demonstrations are FALSE. Why? Since the first demonstration, 3 or 4 -literally- fools from far-right political parties have appeared at the demonstrations, all of them carrying -what is believed to be- Franco’s flag. And the TVs and photographers go like hyaenas to rot meat: “grrr! this is going to be tomorrow’s news“.

It is a pity, but they were trying the rest of the “normal and decent” people not to go to this demonstration -and all the others- for that reason. But the normal and decent people HAD gone.

Yesterday, a militant from PP was beaten-yes, you are reading correctly- because he was protesting against De Juana. The attacker tried first to snatch the Spanish flag the attacked had in his neck: he hit hin repeatedly while the attacked was in the ground, till he was succesful and then run away. The conforting scene happened in Tarragona (Catalonia- SPAIN).

But what has made me blink my eyes more -just to see if it was true or not- , has been the statement teh Police Union has made. In an official one, consider “miserables” the people who are demonstrating against De Juana’s penitentiary nowadays state and that Jim√©nez Becerrill’s sister -one of the most important speakers of the Terrorist Victims’ association whose brother was killed by ETA and one of the people about whom De Juana said “Their cries are my laughters“- is “spitting on the blood of their relatives“. Uaughhhh! The curious and appalling thing is that in their website you can read “if it would have been for us, De Juana would have exited the prison when dead“.

Anyway, the relatives of the killed in the terrorist attack of the Barajas airport terminal T4 (Dec 30), Diego Armando Estacio and Carlos Alonso Palate, both of them from Ecuador, have been at the demonstration. Estacio’s mother has said to TV that he was there because Zapatero has promised her justice and because she wanted to “stay with the relatives of other victims and to share with them the lose of a beloved relative“. Hmm, justice and Zapatero in one line…

All my colleagues at antizp.org -today I have written it right-, are there yet. But I have gone only to stay there, to be there, and then I have come back. I am alergic and the spring is in, so you can guess why I am not yet there….

Anyway, there are also demonstrations against the 2nd grade throughout the world…


Marcha por el ‘caso De Juana’ | elmundo.es

Imagen de la cabecera en la que se han situado los l√≠deres del Partido Popular, como su presidente, Mariano Rajoy (c), que conversa con el alcalde de Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallard√≥n, momentos antes del comienzo de la manifestaci√≥n bajo el lema ‘Espa√Īa por la libertad, no m√°s cesiones a ETA’, convocada por el PP en protesta por la concesi√≥n de prisi√≥n atenuada al preso de ETA Jos√© Ignacio de Juana Chaos. (Foto: EFE)

Marcha por el ‘caso De Juana’ | elmundo.es

Varias personas sostienen grandes banderas de Espa√Īa y del Pa√≠s Vasco, ambas con un gran lazo azul. (Foto: EFE)

Denuncian la agresión a un militante del PP de Tenerife tras manifestarse contra la cesión del Gobierno a De Juana РLibertad Digital

El presidente de Nuevas Generaciones del PP de Canarias, Jaime Hern√°ndez Abad, ha denunciado y condenado que el expresidente de dicha organizaci√≥n juvenil en Tenerife, Javier Bueno, ha sufrido este viernes por la noche una “brutal” agresi√≥n tras la protesta convocada por este partido contra la mejor√≠a en la situaci√≥n penitenciaria del etarra De Juana Chaos. Un individuo intent√≥ arrancarle la bandera de Espa√Īa que portaba alrededor de su cuello. Le tir√≥ al suelo propin√°ndole numerosas patadas en la cabeza y en el resto del cuerpo, “hasta que el salvaje agresor consigui√≥ arrebatarle la ense√Īa nacional, tras lo que huy√≥ corriendo del lugar de los hechos”.

La madre de Diego Estacio se une a la manifestaci√≥n porque Zapatero “me dijo que se har√≠a justicia” – Libertad Digital

Familiares de las dos v√≠ctimas del atentado contra el aeropuerto de Madrid cometido por ETA el pasado 30 de diciembre se han sumado a la manifestaci√≥n con el lema Por la libertad. No m√°s cesiones a ETA, que este s√°bado ha reunido a entre 1,6 y 2 millones de personas en la capital de Espa√Īa. La madre de Diego Estacio declar√≥ a Telemadrid que su presencia obedece a su “necesidad” de estar junto al resto de las v√≠ctimas del terrorismo de Espa√Īa y “compartir con ellos el dolor por la p√©rdida de un ser querido”. La Confederaci√≥n Espa√Īola de Inmigrantes se ha unido a la manifestaci√≥n, as√≠ como otras organizaciones de inmigrantes con representaci√≥n en todo el pa√≠s.

El SUP acusa a la hermana de Jim√©nez Becerril de “escupir sobre la sangre de sus familiares muertos” – Libertad Digital

LLAMA “MISERABLES” A LOS QUE PROTESTAN POR LA EXCARCELACI√ďN DE CHAOS El SUP acusa a la hermana de Jim√©nez Becerril de “escupir sobre la sangre de sus familiares muertos” El Sindicato Unificado de la Polic√≠a (SUP) ha emitido un documento interno en el que fija su postura sobre la decisi√≥n del Gobierno de excarcelar a De Juana Chaos. Contrariamente a la postura que ven√≠a manteniendo hasta ahora -en su p√°gina web dice que “si llega a ser por nosotros, De Juana habr√≠a salido de la c√°rcel muerto”-, el sindicato cambia en esta nueva circular de parecer, manifiesta su apoyo a Zapatero y arremete contra las v√≠ctimas. Llega a decir que algunas de ellas, y menciona a la hermana de Jim√©nez Becerril concretamente, “parecen escupir sobre la sangre de sus familiares muertos”. Uno de los miembros de este sindicato dijo recientemente que a Luis del Pino “le meter√≠a en una habitaci√≥n sin Estado de Derecho”.

Los primeros datos del PP estiman m√°s de 1,6 millones de personas en Madrid contra ETA – Libertad Digital

Los primeros datos del PP estiman m√°s de 1,6 millones de personas en Madrid contra ETA Panor√°mica de la manifestaci√≥n, este s√°bado en Mad Las primeras estimaciones del PP, convocante, indican una superficie de 400.000 metros cuadrados ocupada por manifestantes, lo que significar√≠a una cantidad aproximada de entre 1,6 millones y 2 millones de personas. Otro dato refuerza que se trata de la mayor manifestaci√≥n de toda la etapa constitucional: la llegada de m√°s de 1.000 autobuses de toda la Espa√Īa peninsular, cuando el hito anterior del que se tiene registro son los 700 autobuses llegados en 2003 con ocasi√≥n de la visita del Papa Juan Pablo II.

El trato de favor a De Juana indigna a medio mundo y habrá concentraciones en América y resto de Europa РLibertad Digital

La decisi√≥n del Gobierno de conceder el segundo grado penitenciario al sanguinario terroristas De Juana Chaos, ha indignado a medio mundo. La gran manifestaci√≥n prevista para este s√°bado en Madrid ser√° reproducida en ciudades como Buenos Aires, Miami, Zurich, Londres, Ciudad de M√©xico, Montevideo o Frankfurt, entre otras. As√≠ pues, la rebeli√≥n c√≠vica que intenta frenar la cesi√≥n del Gobierno al chantaje de ETA ha traspasado fronteras y Zapatero tendr√° que decidir si hace o√≠dos sordos o no a una clamorosa multitud en Espa√Īa y a las voces que llegar√°n desde Am√©rica y el resto de Europa.


Blog reaction:

Batiburrillo: Gigantesca manifestación del Partido Popular (II)

Estamos escuchando a un periodista que ha perdido los papeles hace a√Īos, Antonio Casado. F√≠jense en las dos boutades que ha soltado este se√Īor: 1) que no se puede “patrimonializar” la bandera nacional; 2) que hay un “exceso” de banderas espa√Īolas. Lo que no aclara el periodista es por qu√© la siniestra nunca saca las banderas constitucionales ni cu√°ntas banderas nacionales colman el vaso de lo “tolerable”.

NOTE: I have corrected some things that were wrongly written.

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