Friday, July 18, 2008

A minor rant,..a little fun.

Let's talk a little bit about racial prejudice,shall we?

Why is it that whenever people discover that I'm of German descent,the conversation invariably zeros in on Adolph Hitler?
I mean;
a) He wasn't even German fer chrissake!..He was Austrian.
A niggling little point of no real consequence to my argument,but still,..and,
2) Holy flyin' crap!..Are there no other Germans in the history of the world that people can draw some kind of benevolent and enlightening contribution from?..I submit:
  • Martin Luther..Religion
  • Mozart..Music,..wonderful music.
  • Einstein..Science
  • Goethe..Literature
  • Babe Ruth*..Sports
  • Houdini*..Entertainment
That's without even trying!
But no,'s always gotta be about the rotten apple,and I just don't like it!
I fully expect everyone has the right to be proud of their heritage.

It does seem,I know,that stereotypes tend to be largely focused on the negative.
Tools of the ignorant,used to build monuments to hatred...This saddens me.
It saddens me because I think there are things inherent in our ascension that deserve to be celebrated.
You'll have to decide for yourselves how this might apply to you.
As for me,two words..
German engineering!
..end of minor rant.

Well dont'cha know that like so many of us here in these Newnited States,there was bound to be an Irishman in the mix.
Or more correctly,in my case,an auburn haired Irish lass.
This comes as no surprise to me,as I find myself fatally attracted to red-heads.
With any luck at all,..they'll be the death of me.

Comes also,and thoroughly contrary to my thick-necked German propensity for strict adherence to formality,a little tune that I just can't help but wanna dance to!..

'Good bye Mrs. Durkin..The Wolfe tones'..

*Houdini and The Babe were first generation German-Americans.
At least George Herman Ruth was,..I just don't know about Harry.
I blame my complete lack of precision on this subject to the Irish in me



At 2:34 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Germans also make great beer. Or brew it...whatever.

At 2:44 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- Beer actually goes back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians,to give credit where credit is due.
All the Germans did was PERFECT it. ;)

At 3:39 PM , Blogger LostInCO said...

I think of science and music.
Dr. Wernher von Braun, Hertz, Gauss, Neumann, Riemann, Copernicus, Heisenberg, my piano teacher, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Handdel, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Brahms...

At 3:53 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Lost-..To name a few!..I'm not tryin' to brag,..but hey.
Btw..I think Copernicus was let me tell you about my Polish Great-Great Grandma... ;)

At 4:06 PM , Blogger Sling said...

..just an aside..
Can the Irish perform miracles with a Penny whistle,or what?

At 4:11 PM , Blogger LostInCO said...

oh I meant Kepler!

At 4:22 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Lost- I know you did doll. :)

At 4:41 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

im a viking..we kicked all them guys grandfather on my mothers side's name was frank's that for german.

At 4:50 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Big Yeller Dawg G.- We kicked their asses,and sent 'em beggin' didn't we!!..
You know,..the whole reason we consider ourselves Aryan (OH!..MY STARS AND GARTERS!), is because we turned back the Roman Legions with little more than sticks and rocks!..
..They finally said,'Fuck this shit!..

At 11:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years from now, when my non-existent offspring are overseas and tell someone they're American, the first person to come to mind will be George W.

Maybe I shouldn't let them travel...

At 7:19 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

i think gutenberg may have had the most influence of any person in the last 500 years.

At 8:51 AM , Blogger Sling said...

JP- CRAP!..I hadn't even considered that!..I'm having my children's birth certificates changed to 'Canadian'.

billy P.- See!..There's that German engineering thing I was talkin' about.

At 12:39 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

You think I WANT to say this? I do not, but considering the whole point and all ... Houdini was Hungarian. See, any whacko like me who lives that long in Budapest knows stuff like that and it's pretty useless, until we start talking about stuff like this.

Goethe totally makes up for it, though. Oh, and then Sling.

If I were making up a Rocking Germans list, I'd put you at the top.

At 2:07 PM , Blogger Sling said...

booda babe- SEE!..The Irish in me stands corrected..The German is of course,too stubborn to.

At 4:34 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

I can relate to this. I'm 100% German and not Hitler-ish at all.


At 4:36 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Correction: I'm 100% German-American. (Can't ignore the American piece...unfortunately! *grin*)

At 3:02 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Many Irish Australians alkso admit to having German in their background... and many German Australians also admit to having irish in their background -
"Top of the morning to you zeig heil!"

Oh sorry Sling I couldn'nt help myself... it just slipped out..achtung...oops>

Glad to hear about the red heads - my grand dad used to say that the gun he kept under the bed was to scare away all the redheads...which in my childish innocence equated with matches which over here are called redheads.. I was a blondie as a child but came close to a redhead in my teens - its a good colour if you can stand the fire Herr Sling...oops again... slipped out.

At 3:03 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

PS I love the Wolfe Tones... good stuff

At 11:27 AM , Blogger Sling said...

MHP- Sometimes,after a couple shots,I get an inexplicable urge to invade Poland..Other than that I'm not Hitler-ish either. :)

middle child- Ha!..German isn't exactly the most snuggly language is it.
Whenever us kids started to get on my dad's nerves,he'd order us out of the room with a gutteral 'ROUS!'
A habit handed down from his dad.
Your Gramps was wise to keep the gun under the bed.Those red heads will break in and steal your heart.

At 4:51 PM , Blogger jan said...

Well, you people did start two world wars. Oh, wait, I'm part German.


At 5:04 PM , Blogger Sling said...

jan- What can I say..the world was makin' us irritable. ;)

My favorite German joke:
Remember when the Berlin wall was torn down?..Yeah,..The Germans finally figured out a way to invade themselves!

At 7:57 PM , Blogger booda baby said...

Oh good, oh good. MY favorite German joke:

What's the best hospital in Italy?


(It is TOO funny.)

At 8:26 PM , Blogger Sling said...

booda babe- AHAHAHA!..I want more!

At 6:19 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Germans also make some lovely sausage. I think sometimes pigs are involved.

The Spouse just said, "Hey! Are those pigs singing an Irish jig? It's a pig jig!"

He's got some German in his Heinz 57, too.

At 8:54 AM , Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

If you haven't seen it, you gotta watch an old comedy routine by Eddie Izzard (Dressed to Kill) for his riff on Hitler and Germans in general. Oh so funny.

But yeah, now that you mention it, why is it that people always go right to Adolf? Hmmmm...that's gonna keep me puzzling for awhile. Japan doesn't immediately make me think of the emperor or Italy with Mussolini. Oh well, pass me a stein and some pretzels, will ya?

At 6:33 AM , Blogger Willym said...

Okay I'm not going to be pedantic here .. which means of course I am... sorry but Mozart was actually Austrian - though Salzburg is just across the border. Which brings me to my favorite Austrian joke:

Austria is the only place in the world where they will tell you Hitler was German and Beethoven as Austrian! ... Actually that's no joke.

And what this about the Irish and the penny whistle, sure we know how to play the boren drum to... and tap dance relentlessly with expressionaless faces.... from the drink no doubt!

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