our 4:20

…certainly beats the Old World version. Then again, we have inherited a bit of that latter in our New World. Founded by Josef Bischof in 1978, the Old World German Restaurant has long hosted periodic celebrations of Hitler’s birthday and conferences of Holocaust revisionists. In 1997 Josef exercised his inalienable rights under the First Amendment thusly: “Aust these no good [Santa Barbara County] supervisors. They deprived me of my property rights! They deserve the Auschwitz treatments.” Here is his daughter putting a spin on it:

He probably would have been better off saying, “The Santa Barbara County Supervisors should be sent to Siberia”—maybe then he wouldn’t have been such a “Bad Guy”. If you know your history, Stalin was just as evil as Hitler, and during WWII, people were deathly afraid of being sent to Siberia. However, the remark about Russia would not have pushed the buttons of so many, nor will Stalin ever be as memorable to the American public because of the significant amount of Jews in this country.

—Cyndie Bischof of Huntington Beach, 20 January 2000, OCWeekly

For my heritage of a GULag survivor, the best part is the mass noun amount used in lieu of numbering Jews.

Unheimlichen Geburtstag, Herr Schicklgruber! I’m taking Bragmardo and my Swiss friends on a stroll in the Old World.

infini rien

J’ai trouvé la définition du Bonheur, — de mon Bonheur.
    Il s’agit d’une manière de se sentir heureux, sinon d’une façon d’agir heureusement, parmi tant de besoins insatisfaisantes et tant de misères insupportables, en faisant une gageure imperdable, que chaque moment de la reste de sa vie et de l’éternité suivante serait justifié par la mémoire éclatante des sentiments retenus et des actions choisies d’auparavant.