Double-check the Envelope…

So, the oscars were given away… I case you missed it or live in an inconvenient time zone (which is the case, I’m sad to say, of most of the readers of this blog), here are some clips for you to enjoy.

Forrest Whithaker won an oscar for Best actor in a leading role for The Last King of Scotland

Helen Mirren picks up an oscar for best actress in a leading role for The Queen. Some stupid ass voiceover is present because someone made a screen capture.

Host Ellen DeGeneres wants a to have her picture taken with Marty Scorsese.

Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton (remember them from Something’s Gotta Give?) give away an oscar for the best picture (The Departed). Unfortunatelly with Spanish commentary.

Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas give away an oscar for best director to Marty Scorsese.

My favourite… Al Gore getting an oscar for best feature documentary and – with a little help from Leo Di Paprico – teasing people about running for the White House

Melissa Etheridge picks up an oscar for “I Need to Wake Up“, best original song

Since I couldn’t find this years intro, here’s the last year’s with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart hosting

A little souvenir by Billy Crystal from 10 years ago – can you imagine that it’s been that long sicne the English Patient?

Ordnung und Disziplin

The Prez allegedly insulted these people while visiting Ambrus in late December 06 (source)

Slovenia is apparently regressing into a post-communist state. Yes, it is not a mistake. We are regressing. We’ve had the privilige of jumping from a relatively liberal socialist state/republic to a relatively inconspicious democratic market economy. The phase in between is called “a post-communist state“.

I fell a slight addition to the rather inadequate definition of post-communism by Wiki is necesary: On a political level, a government of a post-communist state often uses all means necesary to remove its political oponents. Since a post-communist government’s file rouge is actually anti-communism (in all its forms and manners) it often employs exactly the same methods as its counterpart in communist times.

Well then… After successfully removing Mitja Gaspari, the Prime Minister’s henchmen went after Janša’s current arch-rival. The President of the Republic of Slovenia. A never-before-heard-of group calling itself “Citizens’ Initiative – Stop Communist Mafia” has filed charges against Janez Drnovšek for allegedly abusing his powers – amongst other things, granting clemency to Danilo Kovačič and for offending religious feelings of the people of Ambrus

Am I the only one seeing a pattern emerging? First dig up some suspicious looking papers (if none exist, fabricate!), then make sure they get into the hands of “your” journalists, create a media frenzy and make as many people as you can throw mud at your target.

Or to put in the now-legendary words of former president Milan Kučan, when – some 10+ year ago – he described tactics of Janez Janša: “First comes discreditation, followed by elimination – physical, if necesary

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out, what’s happening. Janša is shaping this country according to his own image. He is enacting “Ordnung und Disziplin” as he sees fit. The only real obstacle is the President, who is up for reelection in the autumn and what we are seeing are the first steps of yet another character assasination. And although the Prez is still somewhat undecided on whether to run again or not, the smart money is on him running again should attacks on him persist, if only out of stubborness.

Luckily, the President is slightly more protected than the Governor, so Drle was quick to respond.

I just wonder… Who’s next?

A Symphony in White

Music clips used: Hop Marinka (Atomik Harmonik), Sirni & Mesni (Ali En), Bela Simfonija (Zoran Predin); Special Guest Stars: Sonja, Nina and Sašo; Video shot and edited by Pengovsky

A long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…

When I was just a kid we all had our skiing idols. Naturally, probably the most idolized skier in Slovenia was Bojan Križaj, the “blonde bringer of happines”, who found his arch rival in Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark. The fact that they both used Slovene made Elan skis only added to rivalry. Every self-respecting Slovene boy wanted to be Bojan Križaj and he more often than not likened his childhood arch-enemy to Ingermar Stenmark.

Almost simultaneously Mateja Svet equaled Bojan Križaj in women’s alpine skiing putting Slovenia (well, Yugoslavia) next to world’s skiing superpowers. Her rival was Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider, who (like Stenmark) all-in-all won more titles and medals than her Slovene coutnerpart, but it was Kiržaj’s and Svet’s successes that made history

And if you’re wondering, where is “Bojan Križaj” in this video… Behind the camera, of course :))))

Shooting Oneself In the Knee

A slip of a tongue by Jože Tanko

I love this country 😀 Some time ago I quoted Robert Newman who in turn quoted an issue of The Times which – contrary to the prevalent WMD-rhetoric – unknowingly qouted true reasons for war in Iraq.

As you probably know, dear readers, this country (S-Love-Enia, can you feel it?) is currently in between Governors of Central Bank (much like some people are in between jobs, lawyers, appartaments…). After Prime Minister JJ orchestrated an assasination-of-character of the original candidate Mitja Gaspari, the Prez nominated another candidate: former minister of economy, former rector of Ljubljana University and a self-declared general pain-in-the-arse Jože Mencinger. Drnovšek later withdrew the nomination, claiming to have done so upon a strong negative response by the PM. The latter, however, denied ever having a formal confabulation with the Prez (the link is unfortunately only in Slovene). Here is a short and translated excerpt of PM’s press release:

During a press conference on February 13, Prime Minister Janez Janša denied allegations that the Government or himself ever rejected a nominee for the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia. The PM added that no formal discussion between him and the President of the Republic ever took place.

So until yesterday evening we had a dotty Prez, who claimed to have had talked with the PM and a mischevious PM, who claimed exactly the opposite.

Enter Jože Tanko, chief whip of Janša’s party SDS, who experienced a classic Freudian slip (or parapraxis) during yesterday’s press conference. In terms of Slovene politics this is also called “Shooting oneself in the knee”. Tanko’s statement can be found inside this piece by TV SLO, here is the translation:

I must deny this insinuation. Although the President did inform the Prime Minister about his choices [of the candidates for the Governor of the Central Bank] the Prime Minister advised him in good faith which procedure to follow in this matter. The fact remains that the President ignores the proposed procedure until now.

In other words, Janša and Drnovšek did talk about Menciger’s nomination. At least according to Tanko 🙂 Liar, liar, pants on fire…