Monday, January 22, 2018

ICE Detains Lukasz Niec, Polish-American Doctor, in the US for Forty Years

ICE has detained a Polish-American doctor, Lukasz Niec, who has been in the US for almost forty years. This is being widely covered in the press. One article is here

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jack Black's Polish Accent in The Polka King

The AV Club features an article about Netflix's "The Polka King." In the comments section, readers discuss whether Jack Black's Polish accent is offensive. 

The film is about a Polish immigrant who becomes a Polka king and starts a Ponzi scheme, defrauding his fans and ending in jail. He wears outlandish costumes. 

You can read "Jack Black’s Polish accent stars in the trailer for Netflix’s The Polka King" by Matt Gerardi here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tomasz Wroblewski: "Poland: Patriotic, not authoritarian There are legitimate reasons to criticize the Polish government. But accusations of fascism are absurd."

In Politico, Tomasz Wroblewski argues that Poland's Independence Day March was not the horror show many in the Western mainstream press have accused it of being. He says that a small minority participated in extremist behavior and those extremists were not representational of the larger march, which mostly consisted of average citizens who just happen to love their country. He suggests that a double standard is at work, and other countries like France -- whose Jews are fleeing for their lives -- are not judged and condemned as Poland is. You can read Tomasz Wroblewski's article, "Poland: patriotic, not authoritarian. There are legitimate reasons to criticize the polish government. But accusations of fascism are absurd" here

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Maciej Kisilowski: PiS Is about Power, not Patriotism

Maciej Kisilowski, an associate professor of law and public management at Central European University in Budapest, argues "Poland: authoritarian, not patriotic: Jarosław Kaczyński is building a state apparatus that will do whatever it takes to protect the regime," that PiS is about consolidating and maintaining power, not about patriotism. 

Kisilowski points to PiS and the media, PiS and the judiciary, and PiS and public projects. PiS, he says, is currently aided by economically comfortable times, but when times get lean, PiS will tighten its grip to maintain power. Kisilowski points to fascist elements in the Independence Day March and asks why these elements were not prevented from participating, while, he says, peaceful anti-fascist marchers were arrested. 

In the comments section under the article, readers curse in Polish at Kisilowski, wish him dead, and accuse him of being secretly Jewish. 

One comment reads, "What an eye opener, one does not need need to live in Poland to experience fascism, even just looking at the comments of some of the fascist minded commentators here can immagine what really is going on in that country. The xenophobia, swearing at people, labeling anyone with a different vew a traidor, the hate aimed towards anyone who questions them. it is obvious that the PiS has found very fertile ground to sow its seeds of hatred"

Another comment reads, "the march itself was sponsored, among others, by the far-right ONR, something that the PiS authorities must surely have been aware of."

You can read the article here.

Lifesite News: Western, Mainstream Press Misrepresents Poland's Independence Day March

Lifesite news ran an article arguing that Western, mainstream press misrepresented Poland's Independence Day March. I can't recommend the article. I don't think it brings much new to the table. 

In the comments section, a couple of posters said, paraphrase, If, as you say, the fascists, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists were such a small percentage of the marchers, why didn't the majority of marchers demand that the objectionable element not participate? That's a valid question. 

One comment argued that the fascists were paid agents of George Soros. A pretty far-fetched conspiracy theory. Another comment argued that homosexuals and abortionists are out to destroy Poland. Not a helpful point of view. 

You can read the article, "Here’s What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About The Poland Independence Day March," by Dorothy Cummings Mclean here.