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Jose Batistuta: “Why I hate America” / Jose Batistuta: “Proc nenavidim Ameriku”

Jose BatuistaHere is a great post from Jose Batistuta, a blogger for a local Czech on-line newspaper (my translation):

Jose Batistuta: ‘Every other Czech hates America although he has never been there. Their opinion is straight forward: America sucks! And that’s when I remembered that I also hate America and here is why: 

I hate America because it’s inhabited by beautiful, proactive and productive people, who tend to overflow with good humor, great inventiveness and – most of all – with a strong self-esteem. These people came from all over the world, they left behind their homes in order to give their children better life.

 I hate America because it was built on mistakes of Europe. It guarantees freedom to all.

 I hate America because I live in dingy one-bedroom apartment on a 5th floor of a commie building we call ‘panelak’, surrounded by neurotic neighbors, who complain about every step I make. When you ask an American why does he have a 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom and 2 kitchen house surrounded by a edge-dissapearing pool and palm trees, he smiles and answers: Why not?

 I hate America, because it gave us many things that we cannot live without. Even the frickin’ Internet was invented there!

I hate America because it gave us Mc Donnalds – restaurants which serve unhealthy food. I hate America because every time I go by it’s crowded up to the roof, not by Americans but by Czechs.


I hate America because it clothes us. Yes, I wear jeans Levis and a T-shirt with some american slogan on it.

 I hate America because Americans drive huge cars with AC and power steering, which eat ten times more gas than my  mini Peugot beater car.

 I hate America because in America you find endless beaches, dry prairies, dreamy mountains, sandy deserts, beautiful nature and fantastic skiing…and fishing.

 I hate America because it stuffs its culture up our throats: we listen to American music, we watch American sit comes and we pay to see American movies in the movie theatres. Although we dislike all of this, we keep consuming these products.

 I hate America because it has the worse schools in the world: Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Princeton. Even that dummy Albert Einstein didn’t have any other place to teach his funny business but at Princeton. Anyone who graduates from these schools gets hired by the biggest corporations in the world and makes millions of dollars. And what about the Czech people? When the opportunity arises all of a sudden Czech people would love to study in America.

  I hate America because I don’t understand it. It’s hidden somewhere on the other side of the world. It’s way too far which adds to it’s mystic qualities.

That’s why I hate America….

And last but not least, I hate America, because it goes to the war for all of us in order for us to have food on the table and so we could live comfortably; so that would not need to be afraid of another Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, Pol Pot or other psycho leaders.

America takes care of us so we can wake up in the morning, kiss our wife and kids and peacefully leave for work.

That’s why I hate America!’

 

CZ: Originalni cesky clanek je zde (kliknete zde)

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75 comments… add one
  • Adi Gaskell March 25, 2013, 12:07 am

    Like it. I’m a Londoner and I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks as I’m currently learning Czech (8 weeks in). Where in America are you?

  • Simone March 25, 2013, 7:23 am

    Yes, America has beautiful mountains, forests, beaches and desserts. For tourists these are amazing sites. But that is where it ends. A tourist goes back and sees only the beauty. He doesn’t live here, has no concept of day to day life. Your 6 bedroom “mansions” ? Those are for the top 1%, the rest of the people worry about paying their mortgage on a 3-4 bedroom home or less because tomorrow they may not have a job. In Virginia, like many other states, you can get fired from day to day without warning. Unemployment benefits are minimal and short term. Health care- we won’t even go there. Today America itself is aware in what crisis their health care system is. Education- yes we have the best Universities, but basic education leaves us way down in world ranks sometimes even behind underdeveloped nations, and many times behind the Czechs. War to provide food for the Czechs? Really? They have supported numerous dictators throughout their history who then murdered their innocent civilians while the Americans turned a blind eye. They never really cared about the Czechs ( think about Munich) unless its beneficial to them in some way.
    P.S. Yes Czechs have a love-hate relationship with America. And America has done a great job selling their “American Dream” to the rest of the world. But reality is very different. I suggest you spend some quality time looking for work, getting sick, getting your kids educated here and then we can perhaps talk.

  • Tina March 25, 2013, 7:52 am

    A VERY disappointing article. Unrealistic perception! A far away from the real life in the States!!!

  • rajani March 25, 2013, 9:01 am

    Simone…

    I am American, born and raised. I am not in the top 1% by a long shot – I would consider myself typical middle class. But I live in a large, comfortable house on a nice piece of land in a good neighborhood. Not quite 6 bedrooms, but not because we don’t want them, but because we don’t need them. No worries about paying my mortgage, because through my life I have saved just for such occasions. We have two cars, and an ATV. We go on a couple of vacations a year (which we save for) and have a pretty fun, full life with lots of activities. I am currently unemployed, and am about 6 months through benefits that last a year, and longer if I apply for extended benefits. As someone who is currently looking for work, if you can’t find a job within a year, enough to pay your bills and food, then you aren’t looking hard enough or have set too many conditions on what you will accept – there are plenty of opportunities out there. Basic education is quite good where I live. I grew up in good public schools and my kids went to good public schools (different ones than I attended). My kids have completed university programs by taking advantage of educational financial aid and working during their study years to help pay for the cost, and are now in good jobs, have comfortable homes and good lives. Again, like finding a job, you get out of it what you put into it – study hard and work, and you will come out on top.

    I agree that the health care system here has problems, but most of it is related to cost, not to quality, and most people who are working or have a working family member have access to at least basic health care benefits. And the health care here is some of the best in the world (I know first hand – I have gone through care for a very serious illness and spent over 25 years in continuing care for this illness).

    But the comment that bothers me the most is when you say Americans don’t care unless it benefits themselves…. WRONG. Americans are some of the most caring people in the world. Tell me what other country sends billions of dollars in aid to tsunami and earthquake victims when we have our own people here that could use that money? And who sent the USA aid when hurricane Katrina destroyed most of our southern coast? What other country sends billions of dollars in financial aid to countries all over the world including European nations? What other country has dead soldiers filling the cemeteries at Normandy to prevent a dictator from overrunning an entire continent that they were not even a part of? It’s funny, but most of the nations that whine about how horrible America is, are the first ones to complain when they don’t get money or other aid from us. Somehow we got ourselves into the position where we seem to be caretakers of the world. We can’t be everywhere and we can’t do it all, and many Americans don’t think we should even do it, when it is not appreciated and we have our own citizens to take care of.

    I HAVE spent quality time looking for work, getting sick, getting my kids educated here. The picture you paint is not my experience nor the experience of Americans I know or have known throughout my life.

    I have relatives who are Czech/Slovak. This blog post describes them to a T. I have spent considerable time in Europe, and while I love it there, and appreciate that it is different and I enjoy the differences, I am ALWAYS glad when I pass customs on my return trip and the customs officer says “Welcome Home”. America does have problems, yes. America isn’t perfect, sometimes its actions aren’t right – we admit that. But compared to the rest of the world out there, it’s a pretty damned good place to live and I am proud to be a citizen of this country.

  • Vlastimil March 25, 2013, 9:41 am

    test….

  • Zdenek March 25, 2013, 10:21 am

    Simone, I’ve had the same thoughts while reading this piece of ..nonsense. I couldn’t say it better.
    This piece makes me mad” “When you ask an American why does he have a 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom and 2 kitchen house surrounded by a edge-dissapearing pool and palm trees, he smiles and answers: Why not?” Of course he will. ANYONE rich enough to afford it ANYWHERE in the world would give you the same answer dumbass.
    My wife and I are working hard to be able afford 55 years old 2 bedroom house. I can’t afford to go to dentist to get 2 crowns and that’s WITH health insurance and we made almost $80,000 last year.
    America goes to war for us to have food on the table? He must be kidding because I haven’t read bigger BS since Soviet Union times.
    Although there are many things I wish to be better, I don’t hate America. It’s my home now and one has to love his home with all its pros and cons.
    Who the hell is this Jose Batistuta anyway?

  • Martin March 25, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Love it! From what see the original article in Czech got a lot of readers and positive grading (too bad there’s no discussion with it). As a naturalized American, I must say that most foreigners I’ve met who hated America were A- very ignorant about her, B- were not exactly happy with anything, including themselves 🙁

  • Jan Chlumsky March 25, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Love it and love Martin’s comment too. By working for someone you’ll never get rich. You have to have your own initiative and drive to get somewhere else than just to own your 2 bedroom house. Think about it. You do something wrong with your life, but do not blame others. And I’m sure you woted for Obama. He will leave his signature on USA a long time he’s gone. He also did not have his own business, he always sucked his salary from american taxpayers without really producing value for others. Now he screwed the system financially and Amerika will have to pay for it. So, expect another crowd of unhappy people. Because people like you will pay for bad management. Here is small fence test for you decide which side of fence you belong to.:

    If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

    If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
    If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

    If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
    If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

    If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
    If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

    If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
    If a Democrat is down-and-out he wonders who is going to take care of him.

    If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
    A Democrat demands that those they don’t like be shut down.

    If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
    If a A Democrat decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his.

    If a Republican reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
    A Democrat will delete it because he’s “offended”.
    Well, I forwarded it.

  • Zdenek March 25, 2013, 2:56 pm

    Actually, you’ve got it backward. Republicans tout personal freedoms, but want to force their fundamentalist religious beliefs (which includes who you marry or if you are able to terminate an unwanted pregnancy) and Darwinian economics on everyone. Frankly, I’m not getting sucked into defending a political position, since both parties suck and are equally backed by corporate and banking sector interests. I wouldn’t change what I do for a living or what my wife does, and I’m quite happy with our life, but others are not as fortunate. She has a degree and is a substance abuse counselor, is she doing something valuable? If you live anywhere in the world, you get into banking if you want to make money! You can make a fortune burying people in debt (especially in America) with interest, because of crap wages, and just sit on your ass. What a valuable contribution to the world! An essential American value is that if you don’t like the direction society is taking, you speak out. You don’t pretend everything is perfect and that society cannot be improved. You speak out and if the majority agrees, then there is change. So Jan, come over here sometime and check it out, or maybe you have (and started watching Fox News). I think that even with your self-starter initiative and work-for-yourself philosophy you might not find it as easy as you think, unless you become a stock broker, work for Monsanto, or work in some other despicable line of self-interested business. Oh, and don’t worry the worst of American life will be coming your way soon; enjoy our genetically modified food, market generated inflation, manufacturing planned obsolesce, expensive healthcare, and devalued educational system. And….when your frustrated with the whole circus, you can buy an assault weapon and take it out on a crowd of innocent people. Thanks for you input, Jan, but I’ll be actively practicing my right to free speech and trying to improve my country. By the way, nobody pays for my insurance or anything else for that matter. I just have this thing called empathy (check it out sometime) for people less fortunate than myself.

  • Tanja March 25, 2013, 3:33 pm

    I totally agree with the people that like this post. And it’s good to say it out loud because you do not hear much of that anymore, especially in the liberal media!
    Zdenku, to your question ‘who the hell is Jose Batuista’, I don’t really know, it may just be a regular Joe who expresses his opinion accurately and with wit. That doesn’t mean we can’t take him seriously!

  • Zdenek March 25, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Tanja, you left out a few details from the original. Namely the part where he’s saying how equal everybody here is and also about “inferior Mexico and dependent Canada”. Dependent Canada? Really? I hope someone from Canada reads this blog and will be nice enough to try to explain to me how and on what or who is Canada dependent.

    If that is his opinion, that’s fine. Everyone has the right to have one. So I believe I have right to debunk some of his “misconceptions”
    2. paragraph: Pure generalization. Certainly nobody believes that everybody in America is so heavenly awesome as the author wants us to believe.
    3. paragraph: Sure, America was built with the intention to avoid Europe’s mistakes but big parts of Europe’s policies were included and let’s not forget the great influence of Native American governing system.
    I already mentioned the “equality”. Nobody who actually lived here can take it seriously.
    How much different is freedom in America different from freedom in CZ, France, Poland or England???
    4. paragraph: If he lives how he says he lives, it seems like he’s made some bad decisions in his life.
    He could have house like that in Czech Republic too if he’d made better decisions.
    5. paragraph: Sure. There are plenty of things we enjoy thanks to America. So there are a plenty of other things we enjoy thanks to some other countries. Contact lenses serve as a great example. Moot point.
    Btw, while the basic Internet protocols and ARPANET was invented in America, the Internet as we know it (World Wide Web) was invented In CERN by an English professor.
    6. paragraph: McDonald? I have nothing.
    7. paragraph: America clothes us? I don’t remember seeing clothes that were not made in China or some other Asian country with cheap child labor.
    8. paragraph: And what’s good about that???
    9. and 10. paragraph: I actually agree with that one.
    11. paragraph: And who’s able to go to those Ivy League universities? Who’s able to afford over $100,000 a year? I wouldn’t mention Einstein here since he went to America so he wouldn’t have to invent atomic bomb for Hitler. And if I had the opportunity to study at an Ivy League school… “Why not?”
    Basic education is terrible (in the south) and we already had a discussion right here about American’s knowledge of geography and history.
    12. paragraph: Goes both ways. I can say Americans don’t understand rest of the world. A lot of them, if not most, don’t even have any desire to learn anything about the rest of the world.
    13. paragraph: That would be sooo nice it it was true. Unfortunately the truth is that America goes to war for profit more that for anything else. CIA installed numerous dictators including Shah, Pol Pot and they indirectly helped Saddam to come to power. Hitler? We all know very well what they did about Hitler. Nothing. Until they were attacked by Japan. What did they do about Russian invading Czechoslovakia? Nothing. No oil in Czechoslovakia.

  • Zdenek March 25, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Btw, I numbered the paragraphs by the original.

  • Katerina March 25, 2013, 10:01 pm

    A jeje. Koukam, ze namisto humorneho pojeti clanku se nasel samozrejme clovek, ktery mi svymi radikalnimi nazory okamzite skazil naladu. Z vlastni zkusenosti znam pojeti zavistivych Cechu, co USA znaji pouze z Bay Watch nebo BH 90210 a tim padem cely clanek vidim s nadsazkou. A hledani chybicek pro ospravedlneni at uz jakekoliv strany je podle me hovadina, se kterou si akorat tak kazime den. Mily Zdenku, prosim o prehodnoceni sveho drastickeho nazoru. Protoze ted mam akorat tak chut ti dat facana.

  • Tanja March 25, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Hey guys, there is a bunch of black helicopters circling above my house. Any idea why? 😉

  • Katerina March 25, 2013, 10:13 pm

    I do! Zdenek sent them! :)))

  • Lena March 25, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Dear Zdenek, it is only an article, you understand that, right? And even though you might be right with one thing or two, the style of your writing is very.. very, hmm, what is that word.. angry? Like you said, the US is your home and you should love it, so treat it with respect at least. Maybe I should write an article: Why do I love Czech Republic? (I love that country, because I have to always check my purse and wallet to make sure it’s there). And who the hell is Zdenek anyway?

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 3:55 am

    Sure Tanya. They came to protect your freedom.

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 4:35 am

    I just wanted to add that there are MANY reasons to love America for but majority of them as listed by Jose just aren’t them.

  • Jan Chlumsky March 26, 2013, 6:22 am

    Zdenek. Paragraf 4. You must be lomg time gone from Czech republic. Vast majority of ordinary Czech people live in “panelak” like him and they are happy to do so. He is just telling the general truth. My brother after all life working for the system still lives like that, but has now house. He had to steal it from us, 2 other brothers living here. You could say he made the right decision, but not many people have the same oportunity. Genrally, if you are not thief with no moral standards or mafia guy or have not Klaus or member of senate as a good friend over there, or God forbid you are retired, you fight for simple survival being glad to have this kind of accommodation. The spanish guy, they say he is Cuban living in Prague, is telling the truth and nothing but the truth. Every soul on the street is wearing jeans or dreams about having one. where they originated? My vizitting brother here was buying stupid hat here because he wanted to look like American. That is what he meant by clothig us. It is part of American freedom that people were allowed to export capital and practicaly built up China while shrinking the US manufacturing industry. But that is freedom, and no president have the guts to do anything about it. Czechs first do not have the capital and secondly would impose import duty high enough to make this kind of actin non profitable. I live in Canada and 3 days each week I am doing business in States. Canada is now less dependent on US, because we have after long time waiting good conservative goverment. We are definitely dependent on US calling you our biggest trading partner. We have manufacturing business (cars), originating in states and any no good news in US is affecting us the first. If the construction of pipeline from Alberta to US is postponed, we start panicking. Our oil and gas prices are directly following the prices in US. Many Canadians are crossing the border to buy groceries and gas, because it is cheaper in US. The cross border basic exemption was doubled to encourage canadian competition with US. If we want to buy quality goods, we look for label Made in USA. Army equipment? Dont want to go into this, but almost all is made in the US. Canadian wood industry is panicking if US starts impose duties on our lumber and it is immediately big issue here. Don’t you think that the guy is telling the truth calling us dependent on the US? I do.

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 8:50 am

    Jan, so the difference between US and CR isn’t that great. Or do you believe that a regular Joe in America working for living can purchase a 6br house surrounded by edge-disappearing pool? Most of regular workers are having hard time to pay for their apartment, utility, car loan… Want to put your kids to a good college? You better get a second job. And pray not to get sick.
    Like it was already mentioned here BY YOU, nobody will get rich working for someone. Read your own comment. There isn’t any less freedom (than here) to open a business in CR and get rich. As you said, ” You have to have your own initiative and drive to get somewhere else than just to own your 2 bedroom house” so I say he surely DID make some bad choices in his life if he can’t afford a big house in CR. And majority of Czechs with him. But not everyone is cut for that. That’s true in CR as in US.

    Jeans. I already said that. They surely didn’t originate in USA. They are all made in China with American BRAND on them.
    Btw, there are MANY Czech businesses outsourced their manufacturing to China. Many typical and recognized Czech product were discontinued and businesses put out of business because of cheap Chinese imports. Just recently I was looking for quality hand meat grinder. You can get one if you’re lucky enough for about $450. Czech made. No longer available. But i guess that’s beyond the point.
    I surely WISH that the US government imposes huge import duty on all import because what’s going on here is not a freedom or free market. If a country CANNOT compete with imports, it MUST protect its own economy any (legislative) means necessary. Levi’s CANNOT just move their manufacture back to US just out of patriotism. They won’t be able to get labor as cheap as in China.
    Nice idea would be to have those CEO’s taking lower paycheck and pay their workers a decent wage.
    Read THIS “propaganda”: http://www.alternet.org/economy/five-ugly-extremes-inequality-america-contrasts-will-drop-your-chin-floor
    Don’t get me wrong, there is many things made in US that are top quality but don’t you remember the times when things were made to actually LAST? But that’s another can of worms.
    As I said before. I don’t hate America. I love living here very much. But the article arguments reeked of propaganda or/and naivety or/and ignorance.

  • Vlastimil March 26, 2013, 9:31 am

    Of course Jose is exaggerating , but it is part of the fun. I hope y’all understand 🙂
    USA is not about how much you have , USA is about opportunities , about what you can achieve.
    Unlike in other countries, here in USA people can think big, sometimes it works out , sometimes it does not. That’s a simple reality of life … Unleash your will, unleash your desire and you will make it.
    At the same time it is a duty of every American to see all the problems we have here and try to deal
    with it without swiping it under the carpet. Do you think something sucks? Go and and “unsuck” it by your very own actions.

  • Vlastimil March 26, 2013, 9:55 am

    Zdenek….does somebody make $3,000,000 per hour? Why not? Does somebody make $7.50 per hour? Go and find better paying job…
    I actually think, that un-equality is good. What would gold-diggers do, if there were nor rich men???

  • Andres Berman March 26, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Intriguing perception. but I think it’s all tongue in cheek if you know what I mean. I got a good laugh from your “czech” humor. Congratulations

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Katerina: Nemám co přehodnocovat. Já tady žiju a vidím to na vlastní oči. Facana dej sobě, možná tě to vzpamatuje.

    Lena: Only an article? What that even means?
    I’m not angry but getting there. I’ve been fed lies by communists for a long time to keep my mouth shut when I see this kind of propaganda.
    It looks to me like the author is very dissapointed with life in ČR so why don’t he move to this utopia he’s writing about?
    So you’re saying that if I write the real state of affairs in the country I live for a LONG time, I’mbeing disrespectful? So I need to put up with BS to be “respectful”? What a nonsense.
    Btw if you wrote” Why do I love CR… ” that’d be completely fine with me because that’s true. Jose’s” article” are how it Should be and not how it is.

    Vlastimil: Nope. I don’t understand that kind of fun.

    Jan: If America is so awesome, why do you live in Canada?
    Easy to talk when you’ve got socialized medicine (among other things)

    Anyone not living in USA should keep his/her thoughts for themselves because they don’t have a clue about reality.

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Vlastimil : Thank you for explaining it to me the inequality in wages problem.
    So people are poor because they are uncomfortable to find a better paying job.
    Ok I’ll tell them stupid, lazy people with 2 – 3 jobs your advice.
    I’msure it ‘ll help them tremendously.

    I see a whole bunch of conservative numbness got together here.
    I’ve expected just a little bit more critical and sober thinking from Czechs.

  • Katerina March 26, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Zdenek: Facana jsem si dala, a jedine, na co jsem v tu chvili prisla je to, co vlastne uz vim davno, a to, ze absolutne nema cenu se dohadovat se lidskou hlouposti. Kazdopadne vubec nemam problem se s Tebou potkat, a toho facana ti vratit. Alespon by se mi ulevilo.

    Tano, gratuluji, mas na triku nekoho, kdo se rozciluje pro nic za nic. jeden myslel hlavou, druhy zadeli. Alespon mas dobrou navstevnost na blogu 😉

  • Lena March 26, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Mr. Zdenek, not many people make me laugh like you and I want to thank you for that. Now, let’s get to the point. What does “it’s only an article” even mean? That means that you should probably read it one more time, because first: I don’t see any propaganda there, second: nobody is complaining about living in CR. The author only pointed his tiredness against people (like you) who are happily using US products, US companies and then bitch (like you) about this country. Booo hooo. That’s all. You don’t have to get all fired up, jeez.
    And also, Mr. Smarty pants, you want to say about people in CR who live in panelak that they made bad choices?? Are you kidding me? They didn’t make bad choices, the government did that for them. Or should I say that you made bad choices because you can’t afford to pay 2 crowns for your teeth? You are probably a lazy person and don’t work enough. Does that sound nice to you? Probably not.
    And trust me, a regular American can probably afford a house with 6 bedrooms, because in the middle of nowhere the housing market is pretty affordable. Now show me how can a regular Czech person afford 6 bedroom house somewhere in Czech.
    See, we can play this game all day long, you are pretty entertaining. But you are not going to win this one, sorry.

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Lena: But I’m not complaining about US products I use. I’m pointing out untrue statements in the article.
    My remark about people living in panelak in CR was an ironic response to Jan Chlumsky’s comment. Please re-read and put in context. Btw, that’s exactly my point. Only because people live in 55 years old 2br house or a “panelak” doesn’t mean they’re lazy or stupid or with no drive. That’s pretty much what Jan is suggesting.

    If you think a regular American can afford 6br house ANYWHERE, you’re clueless. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself.
    What is your idea about who is that regular American and how much he/she makes anyway? Btw, median “regular” HOUSEHOLD (family) income in US is around $46,000. Please explain to me how is this regular family able to get a mortgage for 6br house and how are they going to make payments on it? I’m not even gonna entertain the idea that they saved enough to make a downpayment for $300,000 (in really shitty area) to 6MIL (in premium area) house?

    I know what’s going on here. You people live in some different awesome world and I’m communicating with you through wormhole. Come visit me here on Earth, then talk.

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 3:17 pm

    Katerino, vsechno napovida tomu, ze hloupa husa jsi ty a ja nemam vubec zadny zajem s tebou rozvijet dalsi komunikaci.
    Kdyz dochazeji argumenty, prichazi na radu facky. Kdyz chybi jakykoliv argument od pocatku, facky litaji hned.
    Fakt, ze jsi zena dela tvoji argumentaci jeste vice nechutnou a stupidni.

  • Lena March 26, 2013, 6:27 pm

    Clueless, really? I did check it for myself. http://realestate.oodle.com/detail/842-brookline-st-atlanta-ga-30310/3328628106-atlanta-ga/

    You are just one rude person. That is all.

  • Mates March 26, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Well, well, well.

    Jose wrote it pretty well.
    Yes, it is not easy to swallow and yes, some things he totally over did, but when we look at it as a whole he was pretty damn right on lots of things.

    Yes, people that WORK for it can have those houses and much more. I am one of them. And no, I do not make milions of dollars a year (yet), but one day I will. And you know why? Because I CAN. Because America allowes small businesses like mine to grow into a huge company. In Czech republic I was happy to get a stinky job in an office, I would not even dream about starting a business.
    America is a place of opportunities a place where if you work hard enough, you can have what you want. But if you are just a complainer that only likes to point out what he doesnt have, than you will probably stay that way forever.

    I have traveled the world, I have lived in many other countries. I am highly educated, I am a liberal and yes I am a woman. I lived through the communist era like all of us with the difference that I had parents put into political jail and saw them to be nearly shot by soldiers, I was in political asylum and I was a refugee hoping someday I will have a better life . I went through so much stuff that I no longer look at things the same way.
    It is not easy to make good living, but that goes for every place in the world. You just have to try, you just have to believe that YOU can do it and it will work out.

    I agree that Amerians don’t understrand the rest of the world and I think the Educational system should be better. I like European education way better and believe European children are not only smarter but also better behaved.

    Czech Republic has its beauty, it has its good and it has its bad, but if I could choose (and I did), I would choose America again as a place to grow as a family, to grow as a person and to grow as a whole. I love visiting Czech but I love even more, coming back to America

    I loved that Republican vs Democrat comment. I don’t think I have laughed so much in my whole entire life. One smart cookie that guy is huh…. you have it completely backwards dude ! I don’t think you quite understand how this whole political system works. Maybe you should re-educate yourself in such. 😉 Just an idea.

    To call someone “hloupa husa” is however not very nice. You only show all Czech women (once again) why they left their homeland and rather married those “horrible” Americans and now live in those 6 bedroom houses, cause quite frankly Zdenek, they’d rather have that, than a lazy ass complaining Czech chauvinistic racist pig, sleeping on a couch all day, drinking beer seven times a week with his buddies, and blaming everyone but himself for his misserable life (I am talking about Czech men as a whole, not you in particular)! I have felt myself like this my whole entire life and refused to end up like all the women I know back in Czech.

    I know America is not all rainbows and unicorns and everyone is happy and healthy .. they are not. Hey, I lived in a shit hole of Brooklyn NY at some point and believe me, I have seen some crap. But than I go visit Czech republic and I see the way they treat Gypsy people and I am disgusted as well. Every place has good and has bad. Thats all. All we should be doing as people is to stick together and understand each other not hate each other !

    I do think that this post that Jose wrote is well written with some fun in it … some stuff little over done and some very true …

    But people, lets just take this as a fun post and stop hating each others guts because it is soooo not worth it !

    Life is short 😉

  • Zdenek March 26, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Lena: I don’t think the kind of house you found was on the author’s mind when he said 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 2 kitchens surrounded by edge-disappearing pool.
    But you’ve won. It’s 6br house people could afford. Btw, did you look how much is the current tenant rent? $928. Boy I hope it’s all included LOL

    Mates: I usually don’t call people names but when someone starts slapping me without even trying to rebuke my comment, I get irritated. The fact that a woman is threating with slapping someone only adds more trashiness to it. I’m treating trash as trash.
    Btw, I liked your comment and it’s nice to read a reasonable comment for change.
    Just to clear things up a little, even though I don’t find the article funny at all, this whole dispute wouldn’t get blown out of proportions if so many commenters who don’t even live here didn’t defend the article as it’s 100% truth and I’m some America hater when all I was trying to do was to bring them back to Earth because they must live on some different planet.

  • Sarka March 27, 2013, 2:41 am

    Asi nemám ten vhodný typ smyslu pro humor, abych ten článek dostatečně ocenila. Ale nebudu v tom rejpat 🙂 Ztráta času 🙂

    I probably doesn’t have the right type of sense of humour to truly appreciate the article. But I won’t criticize it. Waste of time 🙂

  • Katerina March 27, 2013, 10:09 am

    Zdenek: I usually don’t call people names but when someone starts slapping me without even trying to rebuke my comment, I get irritated. The fact that a woman is threating (threatening – pozn.red.)with slapping someone only adds more trashiness to it. I’m treating trash as trash.
    You usually don’t call people names? Really? Napsala jsem, ze mam chyt ti dat facana, protoze se tu akorat predvadis se svymi uzasnymi ne-znalostmi o USA a CR, a delas ze sebe neco vic, nez doopravdy jsi. Takze, pro poradek, pokud chces padne argumenty, tak je nemusim ani vypisovat, souhlasim temer se vsemi zde na blogu, krome tebe. Mas zrejme anger issues, ktere volaji do nebe. Nikdo te rozhodne netouzi potkat, protoze by to byla naprosta ztrata casu a nervu. Prober se z tvych zakomplexovanych post komunistickych zazitku a zacni se divat na svet trochu jinak, protoze pokud v tomhle stadiu zustanes, tak se muzes tesit akorat tak na ty facany, at uz virtualni nebo realne. A urazet me tim, ze jsem zena? Jak vis, ze jsem zena?? A TRASH?? To je tvuj jediny argument, ktery mas? Ovsem, krome toho, ze me tu nazyvas hloupou husou? Wow, I am impressed.

    Vis, co je na tom nejkrasnejsi? Ze jsi me nejdriv vytocil, a ted uz jen kroutim hlavou nad tim, kde nas svet bere takove lidi jako jsi ty. Takze radeji se podivej do zrcadla, hodne z hluboka se nadechni a rekni si, ze tohle absolutne nema cenu. Rozcilujes se tu pro nic za nic.
    Jak uz jsem rekla, nejvic je mi lito Tani, ktera se tu snazi davat lidi dohromady, aby nam tu nebylo smutno po rodinach a kulture, ze ktere pochazime. A namisto toho to tu akorat rozestvavas svymi “uzasnymi” komentari. Ztracim timto zajem o veskerou komunikaci zde na blogu.

  • Vlastimil March 27, 2013, 4:08 pm

    Citim se tu jako v zakourene hospode….

  • Zdenek March 27, 2013, 5:14 pm

    Katerina: Jem par vet protoze mi opravdu nestojis za ten cas.
    1. Kdyz nekdo zacne nekomu z fleku tykat a rozdavat “facany”, nemuze cekat, ze bude treated with respect.
    2. Pokud si nechas rikat na internetu Katerina a nejsi zena, mel byses nad sebou hluboce zamyslet.
    3. Whatever dude

  • Tanja March 27, 2013, 6:18 pm

    No tak mladezi, mladezi….co kdybychom si dali vsichni facana dohromady – na probuzeni – a zacneme od zacatku? :))) Co by tomu rekl pan Batistuta…

  • Vlastimil March 28, 2013, 9:29 am

    Chtel jsem neco napsat, ale nejak nemam ted cas….. Musim vyplnit danove priznani ….(Mr. Pr. Obama mi zvysil dane) , musim zaplatit mortgage, musim zaplatit splatky na auta, musim zaplatit pojisteni (auto, zivotni, na barak), musim zaplatit poplatek za sklad, kde mam veci co normalni lidi vyhazuji, musim zaplatit za elektrinu , musim zaplatit za satelitni televizi, musim zaplatit za zubare ….. musim zaplatit za odklizovani smeti, musim zaplatit za potraviny , ktere chci jist, a zase jsem bez penez …. pak se divite, ze Jose nenavidi Ameriku :))

  • Vlastimil March 28, 2013, 9:31 am

    a jeste jsem zapomel napsat, ze si musim koupit pivo …..jinak bych to v te hrozne Americe nevydrzel :))

  • Vlastimil March 28, 2013, 9:38 am

    Jinak tenhle Jose je docela vtipny a jeho clanky jsou zajimave a kdo nerozumi umelecke nadsazce, at to radsi necte 🙂

  • Vlastimil March 28, 2013, 9:41 am

    Lena, I have checked out the house , the link you have provided for ….. It is really house of my dreams 🙂 Charming, cozy and of course….location, location, location :))

  • Lena March 28, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Vlastimil, maybe you should my comments. I didn’t say it’s going to be a house of your dreams, I said it’s possible to have a 6 br house in a middle if nowhere in the US.

  • Sarah March 28, 2013, 3:50 pm

    First of all, I’m not American or Czech, I haven’t lived in America (though I have lived in Canada), and now I live in Moravia, so perhaps I have a kind of neutral view.

    Perhaps the article is tongue-in-cheek – some of the points seem so wildly exaggerated that it makes me think it must be sarcasm! America clothes us all? America goes to war for us all?

    But I think that if America is not quite as great as the article says, then CR is also not as bad as some of you people seem to be suggesting. Sure, some of the panelak buildings are in a really bad condition, but many were built as temporary housing after extensive bombing during the WWII, so it’s understandable that they haven’t weathered well. And surely you can’t say that there aren’t any tower blocks/buildings that are badly in need of repair or demolishing in the US. As has been said here already, not everyone lives in a 6 bedroom mansion with palm trees and a pool. But while there’s quite a stigma around living in government funded buildings in the US (see “projects”), I think that living in a panelak doesn’t carry any connotations of poverty or poor living conditions – so who says that if you live in a panelak, you haven’t done well? How many Czechs have a flat in the city plus a cottage in the country?

    I think the one thing that Czechs could learn from Americans is a positive attitude and not to be so down on yourselves and Czech life!

  • Vlastimil March 28, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Extensive bombing in Czech Republic? Dresden and Berlin is in Germany….

  • Zdenek March 28, 2013, 7:08 pm

    Sarah: THANK you!!!

  • Tanja March 28, 2013, 9:32 pm

    I agree with your last line Sarah, the most important thing the Czechs should learn from the Americans is the positive attitude, then all of the other things kind of automatically come with it (prosperity, happiness…). But I am sorry, if you live in panelak, it is a little bit of a downer. No Czech really wants to live in panelak.

  • Sarah March 29, 2013, 1:17 am

    Indeed Prague was bombed. The American pilots said they thought it was Dresden…

  • Zdenek March 29, 2013, 5:05 am

    Tanja: And no American wants to live in an apartment or mobile home but a lot of them are quite happy living there.
    I think Czechs do have a plenty of positive attitude and are quite optimistic because if they weren’t, they’d have to commit mass suicide long time ago. What they need to learn is to be more proud of being Czechs and realize that Czech people made significant contributions to the world and that they aren’t just some insignificant place on the map and stop being such a pushovers (as a nation).

    Sarah: Many cities were bombed either by Americans or Russians. Not to the extend of total destruction like other western countries but it’s pointless to argue with ignorants.

    Btw virtually every country in Europe have their versions of “panelak” it’s not something Czechs have to feel “special” about. Btw, look at some London’s flats. Many have even smaller rooms than panelak’s.
    And those extremely ugly apartment buildings in the poor part of London? I think people would be happy if they’d have Czech “panelak” there.

  • Vlastimil March 29, 2013, 8:26 am

    Sarah: Maybe the facts with bombing were the other way? Maybe American pilots wanted to bomb Prague and they simply missed. And as they flew pretty fast, the bombs happened to fall on beautiful Dresden…. Shit happens (as we say it politically correct: “collateral damage”) ….

  • Vlastimil March 29, 2013, 8:28 am

    Sarah: the rumors that American pilots thought Prague was Dresden is simply a suburban legend, the same as “Bloody Marry” legend….

  • Jan Chlumsky March 29, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Sara, I am baby boomer and I lived in Prague during the WW2 and 22 years after. I remember the “bombings” as you say. They were ment for industrial factories and life lines of GermanWehrmacht. I do not know about any extensive bombing of residential districts as you say. Yes, Dresden and Polish Warsava were destroyed. Dresden by Americans, to get German population message to stop the masochistic fighting, Warsava by Germans because Polish people resisted to be occupied. On the end of war, Russian army stalled moving forward, waiting for Germans to finish the job of killing the Warsaw’s uprising and destroying what was left from Warsava at that time. Stalin did not like “Polaks” for their resisting nature and did not feel well about his splitting of Poland half and half with Hitler at the beginning of the war. Czechs? They cooperated with Germans and after the war again with Russian communists and there was no excessive bombing of residential parts of Czech cities as far as I know.
    Now about “Panelaks” They were build by communist regime to show growing polulation that their beautiful ideology works. Panelaks were NOT temporary housing, people still live in them. My brother lives in my unit some 45 years now. They were inferior quality apartmenthouses and still are, for young people who had no choice if they wanted live apart from their parents. Holes in walls between panels plugged by ciment, cold beton walls just painted white, no soundproofing, “jadra” (kitchen, bath and toilettes) made of thin sheets (papundekl), so one could hear what people bellow and above were talking about, exactly as Jose describes. But at least, we had something. It was caused by communist regime, not by our bad choices. I was in this situation and I prfectly know, what Jose is talking about. People had to pay 40-50 monthly sallaries for the apartments before the condo company even started to build. For that money we got just blueprints of our future apartment and promise… Waiting lists were discussed on meetings and if you were not social case, you had 10 sometimes 20 years ahead of you to wait to get a small apartment to live in with your old disabled mother (real example). People there are still living in these buildings, paying for added exterior insulation (zateplovani), spending money for renovations of their apartments and trying to get some decent living out of it. People park their cars on streets blocking one another, not ingaging hand brakes or speed shift, so the car can be pushed a side to gain room for other driver to leave (Praha sidliste Prosek). And everybody’s happy, saying we have it bad here. Czechs are snobish population hating and criticizing anybody who is not in the same shit as they are, or who got the guts to leave their “vlast” and let them suffer alone under the communist regime. They pretend to be the most sofisticated, smart and inteligent creatures on the Earth. In States people live as they wish or as their abilities are (Zdenek’s case). For Czechs to live in trailer or small run down house is out of question. They call american houses “chaty”, because they are not build thick walls, brick and beton as in Europe and they do not mind to pay crazy koherent sums to heat these thick walls monsters. I like Amerika because there is less pretending and everyone has the same chances. If you are lazy, live from pay check to pay check, do not save, do not think ahead or simply do not care, you live as you live. I know Americans living in old school bus isolated by stocks of straws and being perfectly happy.
    By “dressing us” Jose mean Czechs being crazy to wear the same stuff Americans do. Nike, Wranglers, Addidas, Roots, nevermind where or whom it was manufactured. Sometimes illegally by Prague’s vietnameese immigrants, taking advantage of Czech stupidity.
    Btw Zdenek, Czechs must have a lot of optimism judging by what they voted for president just recently. And you better believe the suicides are picking up, hopelessnes and lack of positive attitude being main reason for it. Personally, I am sorry for them, but happy for not having to live there.
    Lastly, Jose wrote this article with good chunk of sarcasm but also with lot of good smart observation. I think his article is perfest picture of the mood in Czech Republic. It is stupid to dig in it and blame him for not telling the truth about Amerika. It seems to me he mean more to give inside wiev to the Czech way of thinking. Generally he is right. I had excellent time to read it some time ago and I enjoyd it again now.

  • Sarah March 29, 2013, 2:34 pm

    The bombs might have been intended for the factories but none were hit. The buildings that were destroyed or extensively damaged were houses and historical buildings.

    Just because people still live in the buildings, doesn’t mean that their original purpose wasn’t a quick-fix. They were built with a “collectivist” idea, but also as a cheap remedy to the housing shortage. Similar buildings were built everywhere, including the US.

    You like America because there’s less pretending? This is one of the reasons I like Czechs. When do you hear two Czechs doing the hi-how-are-you-great-thanks-how-are-you-great thing?

    And what you said about clothing – Adidas is German, and Roots is Canadian. How many Americans are dressed in European fashions?

    And lastly, I think you have a terrible opinion of the Czech Republic and of Czech people, and I feel sorry for you that you have no pride in your home country (if you are Czech that is). You can say that it’s because of your experience, but I haven’t found any evidence to support what you say in all the time I’ve lived here.

  • Simone March 29, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Sarah,

    You are absolutely right. What makes me really sad is how immigrant Czechs in the US do nothing but throw trash on their ex-country. I don’t see Germans or French living in the US doing that. Or the Irish for that matter. And believe me I use to work for Siemens and other international companies so I know. We should be proud of where we came from. The Czechs have accomplished much in their history and have risen from the ashes of communism in a grand way ( not perfect) put still in many ways admirable. Bad mouthing your country of origin does no favors to anyone, especially yourself. It certainly doesn’t make anyone admire you. Be proud of the Czechs and perhaps then the world will take notice. You should all read Madeleine Albright’s
    book ” Prague Winter”. If she could be appreciative her heritage and still live in America so should all of you hard critics!!!!!

  • Jan Chlumsky March 29, 2013, 5:11 pm

    No, u náas na Pankráci žádné budovy Američani nezničili. Howgh.
    Paneláky podle mne nebyly temporary. Prozatímní je pro mne prozatímní, a jestli pro tebe temporary znamená 60 roků, tak asi máme rozdílný pohled na prozatímnost.
    Když na How are you odpovíš I am sick and miserable, nebo I just lost my job, a zjistíš, ze to toho Amíka ale v§bec nezajímá, I consider it to be honestly strait forward explanation,that he is not interested in your problems. Dobrý den je hezké, ale já na to začínám byt alergický, protože to říkaji i reportéři členům vláy, o kterých se ví, že kradou. To je víc pretending and dishonest než to zdejší How are you. Tady alespoň člověk ví, na čem je. Němci nás měli za neprincipielní špínu a mně se zdá, že nebyli tak daleko od pravdy. Dále: Adidas, Roots, or the others, mně je značkovost úplně šuma fuk, a tak se nezlob. Sarko, bazíruješ na volovinách. Oba víme, ze valná většina Čechů má ráda západní zboží a rádi se tím drahým cizím peřím chlubí. Není to jejich vina, vycvičil je v tom nedostatek za komunismu, ale stále to v nich je.
    Sorry se pro mne cítit nemusíš, ano, já a nejenom já, mám velice špatné zkušenosti s Čechy a slušných bych tam na prstech spočítal. Někdy mám dojem, že ti slušní tam již všichni vymřeli. Hrozně mi vadí to, že když se tam dám do řeči s nějakým hodným stařečkem na ulici, najednou mne napadne, že vlastně nevím, jestli ten hodný stařík na penzi nebyl jedním z těch, kteří ve svých mladých svalnatých letech vytloukali nevinným lidem na STB při výslechu zuby. A nerozumím Ti, že alespoň tohle Ti nevadí. To zamíchání příslušníků mezi lidi vám tam zavedl Havel a skoro celý ten Tvůj vysněný národ mu přitom chodí plakat na hrob. Není něco špatného s tím národem, že mu tyhle věci nedocházejí? Podle mne to je neprincipielnost. Za další, ještě jsem nepotkal jednoho jediného emigranta, kterého by v Česku neokradli, známí či neznámí, počítaje v to i vlastní rodinu. My jsme tu boháči, peníze nám tu rostou na stromech a máme tudíž dávat dávat a zase dávat. A běda, když přestaneme. Podle mne je to národ lidí, nasáklých komunizmem a nenávistí k těm, kteří si troufli riskovat nepohodu a utekli, zatím co oni trpěli pod jhem komunismu. A já jim toho ožralku komunistu co si ho tam zvolili, docela přeji. Ten národ má co si zaslouží. You are right, I really have no pride in the country. I realized it when the kommunist Klaus took the pen and then the country voted for Zeman, whom this thief supported.
    OK Sara. You are happy there, I am happy here. Why do I still think I’m better off? Let’s leave it as it is. Žij si dobře, ať Ti to tam doma nějak vyjde, když v to tak hezky vlastenecky veříš.

  • Michael March 29, 2013, 5:28 pm

    First of all – the comment that every other Czech hates America is nonsense and not very smart.
    Some Czechs look up to America and some have reserved feelings about this nation. Nothing unusual or abnormal. The group of people liking the US way of life were most likely never living there and are strongly influenced by the “American Dream” exported since late eighteen hundreds. More reserved, less naïve and also better educated people are capable of developing a more critical and real judgment. These people cannot be easily deceived and are very able to come to a logical conclusion based on facts.
    I’d like to thank Zdenek, Simone and Sarah for their intelligent and factual summaries in their articles and I am really feeling sorry especially for Zdenek that he has to defend simple logic against primitive statements, propaganda and half truths conveyed by not very enlightened and smart individuals. I lived in the US for more than twelve years and I know this country well. I was in a managing position for many years with six digit salary and did effort a four bedroom home (one kitchen only Jose) which was first of all unnecessarily big and also too expensive even for my salary. I have received a hospital bill for $1600 for ½ hour treatment consisting of “gluing” my child’s 3mm (~1/8” ) cut next to his eyebrow with surgical “crazy glue”. I saw the paperwork requirements, the restrictions and the grotesque amount of unemployment payment the government offers in case you get fired for no reason without warning.
    Some had suggested that the initial “Jose’s “ article is supposed to be funny or humorous. No – it was very sad but on the other hand – some people are happy living in a delusional world and it helps them to overcome obstacles.
    The US as any other country in our world has to deal with problems, contributes with some admirable achievements and also some fateful actions and mistakes. Big countries are making big contributions and big mistakes. Small countries are not less or more important but they do not have a big impact on the rest of the world. A critical view is not a sign of hate but a first step on a way to better the circumstances and life for next generations. I wish American main stream media would stop comparing US healthcare with Canada or GB. Why not Germany, Sweden or France? I lived in Germany for more than a decade and enjoyed and contributed to their social safety system. Take Germany as an example with their up to six weeks 100% paid sick days, thirty days paid vacation with 50% monthly salary on top of it as vacation many!

  • Vlastimil March 29, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Madeleine albright actually was hiding her true heritage many years

  • Jan Chlumsky March 29, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Simeone, You dont see trash throwin with Germans, French or Irish, because they are very different from us. So, Czechs rizen from ashes of kommunizm in what way? Grand way? Don’t you know, that Czech republic is the only european country, where Kommunists not only survived, but live, thrive and grow back to the top party in government? . Is this the Grand way of rizing you talk about? The country is bedmouthed by itself and by any representative the nation produces. Josef Masin said …without the first Vaclav there wouldn’t be the other and now the third one. I love my country, but not this corrupted dishonest paskvil which last 23 years produced. Madeline Albright was Jewish lady, so she had more reasons and ties to our land. She was Demokrat and good friend of Havel and I have my own feelings about that. There is few interesting YouTubes and articles on Madelaine in different light then you see her. Believe me, she is not really the best example…

  • Zdenek March 29, 2013, 6:14 pm

    Jan Chlumsky: So you’re baby boomer huh? And you remember WWII huh? Dear sir, you’re full of s**t.
    Looks to me that you are the one with bitterness and anger issue.
    Of course you’re happy where you are. You live in CANADA! Why you’re singing praise on America?
    Come live here to your “dreamland” US of A numbnuts. If you’re really baby boomer (and remember WWII LOL), you’re just around 70 now. Let me know how much was your first medical bill. Let me know how much was your prostate or heart surgery. Although you should start with brain transplant.
    You sound like avid FOX watcher and Limbaugh listener. A few facts skewed beyond recognition surrounded by bunch of half-truths and blatant lies.
    I bet you are racist too. You don’t like Obama? He’s not even your president. Why do you care? Dude, what’s wrong with you? You calling Klaus a communist? You must be completely out of your mind.
    Less pretending in America? You’re nuts.
    Everyone has equal chances in America? Either you live in an alternate universe or you know America from movies and Fox. Try to tell the black dude from projects (if you even know what projects are) that he has an equal chance and equal opportunity as some white dude who was lucky enough to be born in rich family on suburbs.
    Don’t even try to tell me that those blacks people from projects are impoverished by their choice!
    Don’t even try to tell me that they have equal chances to get to Yale or Princeton like somebody born with silver spoon in mouth.
    Yeah there IS equality here for sure. Poor people are equally screwed. It takes EXCEPTIONAL person to get out of that vicious circle of poverty.
    I bet you think poor people are leeches and suck this country dry. Oooh I SO wish to see you trying to live on what they have to live on. Try it for a month I dare you!
    Sure there are some folks taking advantage of the system. They are in every country.

    Thank you Sarah, thank you Simone. At least two people who actually use their brains.

  • Vlastimil March 29, 2013, 6:27 pm

    What I like about USA is that if I don’t like it here, I can leave and nobody will shoot me in the back

  • Zdenek March 29, 2013, 6:51 pm

    Vlastimil: What does this last masterpiece of yours even mean?

  • Jan Chlumsky March 29, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Wow Vlastimil, you seem to be the only sober guy here. Yes, to leave US could be solution for some people here. To be honest, with Zdenek and Michael, I feel like in company of two drunks, one showing his matematical brightness in calculating my age and calling me racist and dude while talking like totaly drunk, and the other crying over 16 hundred bill for a doctor, lived such a short time in US, achieved such goodies like 6 digit sallary an despite that, moved to German socialistic heaven and remained in socialistic mood forever. Hej guys, you win. I give up. Go sleep like me. I promis not to irritate you anymore. Tania, I thank you for giving oportunity to all previous inteligent people to discuss this topic. It was very interesting and funny. Jan.

  • Zdenek March 29, 2013, 8:05 pm

    At least one of us didn’t forget to count. I bet you are so not used to think, you assume nobody does and will check your “facts” .
    WWII ended 68 years ago. If you “remember” the bombings, you must be older than 68. Unless you are one of “them” people who remember how uterus looks from inside.

    Calling you racist is my educated generalization based on personal experience. Because I know many conservatives and ALL of them are racists, henceforth you most likely are racist too.
    You hating Obama only confirms my extrapolation.

  • keith March 29, 2013, 10:00 pm

    zdenek – I am a conservative, I love MLK, Thomas Sowell ( I bet you have no idea who he is), Jimi Hendrix, and Mia Love, and as much as I despise Obama, I was proud and teary eyed the day he was elected (although I did not vote for him) seeing how far my country had come from the dark days of slavery. Am I a racist?

  • Zdenek March 30, 2013, 2:44 am

    Keith: To answer your question, the fact that you like some black people who happen to be republican nutjobs doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t a racist.
    Btw, the fact you love THIS kind of people (Love wants to defund special education in public schools and the National school lunch program and Sowell compares Obama to Hitler) tells me everything I need to know about your political views and what kind of person you are. I have no desire to engage in any further conversation with you.
    Have a nice day.

  • Vlastimil March 30, 2013, 8:16 am

    Let’s summarize it: Whoever dislikes black democrats is definitely a racist… Whoever likes black republicans may be a rasist (because he dislikes black democrats). Whoever likes white republicans must be definitely white power freak. Whoever dislikes white democrats, may be a rasist….

    BTW, what is so bad about living in Canada and liking USA? Are we not friends now? I know, there is more socialism in Canada than USA but hey, Obama is going that direction.,, soon we will be a big happy family .
    When an Eskymo becomes a president , then it will be legal to eat small children …. Of course, those well off white kids will not be eaten…. after eliminating those kids, the menu will get really scary

  • keith March 30, 2013, 10:03 am

    zdenek – it appears your intellectual abilities are that of a five year old so I will proceed to treat you like one.

    Your response is so utterly typical of a left wing liberal idiot. You can’t handle the true exchange of ideas so you polarize, demonize and then walk away from any potential conversation. You are a totalitarian, fascist, thick headed moron of the infinitely highest order. You have no desire to engage in any conversation because you cannot handle a conversation that would actually cause you to use your brain or God forbid, actually challenge your views or perceptions.

    Continue to live in your intellectually deficient bubble my friend. Surround yourself only with those you agree with and demonize those with different views than yours. And walk away from any real conversation because it might challenge your narrow minded intolerant views. And good luck in life.

    And for the record, I don’t normally resort to invective in this type of discourse but because of your response, it is painfully obvious that any logical conversation is not possible with such a simple mind.

  • Zdenek March 30, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Vlastimil: Please stop embarrassing yourself.

    Keith; Whatever dude.

  • Vlastimil March 31, 2013, 3:27 am

    Zdenek: Anton Cechov was a famous Russian satirist…. You should read some of his books, then maybe you would understand my satire…I read his books in original Russian, that’s why I am so good

  • Zdenek March 31, 2013, 3:29 am

    :facepalm:

  • Vlastimil March 31, 2013, 3:41 am

    Zdenek: example of political satire of Stephen Colbert:
    “Tomorrow you’re all going to wake up in a brave new world, a world where the Constitution gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones, created in a stem-cell research lab run by homosexual doctors who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags. Where tax-and-spend Democrats take all your hard-earned money and use it to buy electric cars for National Public Radio, and teach evolution to illegal immigrants. Oh, and everybody’s high!”

    BTW, Colbert is an Idiot

  • Vlastimil March 31, 2013, 3:43 am

    regarding the :facepalm: :
    A group of mandrills at the Colchester Zoo has adopted a similar gesture to signal the desire to avoid social interaction or to be left alone

  • Martin April 2, 2013, 8:40 am

    Tanja – you’ve stirred it up, baby 🙂 71 comments ! Going through the writings, one can’t help noticing that the Left just never had a sense of humor, and never will. On the other hand – Keith, Jan and Vlastimil, should you get bored sometime, visit my pages about USA – if you read Czech, that is 🙂 Too bad that Jose’s blog seems abandonded.

  • Zdenek April 2, 2013, 6:24 pm

    Yeah. Left just never had a sense of humor, and never will. That must be why vast majority if not all comedians are liberals.
    Another numbnuts. Get together and have a party.

  • Martin April 2, 2013, 8:01 pm

    Zdenda, grow up. If you can’t get past name-calling, you’re not ready to debate yet. And your Marxist rants are not exactly some new ground – every U.S. college is full of it 🙂

  • Zdenek April 3, 2013, 2:21 am

    I hope you realize what you’ve just proven. Educated people think left, numbnuts right. Bigger numbnuts = louder republican.
    Btw, you people can’t discuss. I’ve written many arguments and points which virtually none was even disputed leave alone rebuked. All you can do is patting your comrades backs and continue telling lies and personal attacks. What I’m doing lately is using your own medicine against you because you are non responsive to logic and facts.

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