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Documented

I’m now a Norwegian! I am no longer a documented alien or immigrant. I am a documented Norwegian citizen now. Check this out: The document with my mug shot is my Norwegian passport. My country of birth is a variable and in black type. In red type above it, it says I am a Norwegian citizen. […]

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US presidential election 2016

This morning I doddle at home so I can catch the latest news at 7:30 AM. I learn that Pennsylvania has ensured Trump’s win. To my own surprise, I burst into tears. I repair my make-up and go to work. There, I discover I am the office political commentator, being the only American here. “What […]

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Voting California-style

I got my absentee ballot today from the Los Angeles Country Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Voting in the US is quite different than in Norway. And a lot more fun. I just voted on condom use for adult film performers. In Norway, you vote for the party you most agree with by picking their list of names. […]

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Thank God we’re not Swedes!

No, this is not the usual cheer roared by Norwegians, but a sentiment stated by US republicans. Today’s dead-tree edition of my local paper, Bergens Tidende, has a hilarious editorial on the GOP panic in the US that America is turning into Sweden. Illustrated with a photo from the opening of an IKEA store in […]

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Best meme ever

The most beautiful thing I’ve read lately is this: Rosa sat,so Martin could walk, so Barack could run, so our children could fly. (It seems have first been said on NPR/BBC.)

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Wordless Wednesday – Horoscope of the first black US president

Wordless Wednesday

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Election night and other thoughts

Yes, I’ve been missing in action, without saying why. Nothing serious. A bit of idea drought, RSI, and happy moments that involve friends that are not comfortable with being blogged about. About that latter, I will merely say that I made a new friend on my trip to Trondheim this summer. About the RSI (repetitive […]

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Ballot 2008

Finally! My absentee ballot arrived in the mail. My choices for president are: John McCain (pres.), Sarah Palin (VP) – Republican Cynthia McKinney (pres.), Rosa Clemente (VP) – Green Alan Keyes (pres.), Wiley S. Drake, Sr. – American Independent Ralph Nader (pres.), Matt Gonzalez (VP) – Peace and Freedom Barack Obama (pres.), Joe Biden (VP) […]

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Political choices

I started to get carried away replying to my own blog comments, so I had to make a decision and a link loop. I must be under the influence of: Translation: SV = Socialist Left Høyre = Right (anything but left) Ap = Labor (left-winged, but not always progressive, as you can see) KrF = […]

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Definitely blue

Bergen has decided. The Right party (blue) has chosen a coalition with the Progressive party (dark blue). Now they’re trying to get the Christian Folk party (light blue) to go in with them. The Progressive party has been not so much progressive (quite the contrary) as it has been, well, contrary. It’s been the protest […]

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Waking up blue

No, I’m not blue. The city is. It’s the day after local elections, and Oslo and Bergen are blue (still), and Trondheim is red (still). In the US, somebody fiddled with the colors on the chart showing where Republicans and Democrats are strongest and so went against an old tradition: That of assigning blue to […]

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I voted

It’s local election time in Norway. And I voted today. Norway is a constitutional monarchy that holds elections in odd-numbered years. Every four years there’s a national election, when they elect their parliament (Storting). The other every four years are local, when we elect our municipal and county parliaments. Apparantly, the deal with parliaments is […]