Saturday, April 23, 2005

We Have Ways of Making You Walk

First the pope and now this. What is this preoccupation with anything remotely connected to Germany. Soon we won't be able to send our kids to camp because someone might be offended. No more German chocolate cake and what exactly does kindergarten mean? Who ordered the sauerkraut, do you have relatives in Argentina? Check out what happened to this lady in Australia...and oh yeah, let me see their papers!

The Hobart Anzac Day committee says there are alternatives to german shepherd dogs participating in the march on Monday.

Annette Batchelor wanted to march wearing her grandparents' medals, with her two shepherds to honour dog handlers and their animals.

But she was rejected on the grounds the breed was used to patrol prisoner-of-war camps and some former POWs or people from other cultures may be offended.

The president of the Hobart Anzac Day Committee, Mike Priest, says instead Ms Batchelor is marching with her dogs in the Glenorchy parade.

"The committee's made a decision, there's nothing I can do about that.

"But if she likes to contact me after this parade in Hobart, I'm sure we can work out a banner that would be appropriate with recognising the dogs and that could be paraded."

From ABC

I also encourage you to read this woman's own words at U.S. Wardogs Assoc.


Janette said...


Thanks for finding this. I can't believe how stupid people are.

I linked to your post.

Housewife said...

My ancestors were German, which means I have German blood. What am I to do? Some sarcasm there. Thanks for the post.

Maggie said...

Next thing you know, they'll be telling me that Rin-Tin-Tin was a member of the Gestapo.

Maggie said...

MORE AMERICANS CLAIM TO HAVE GERMAN HERITAGE THAN ANY OTHER NATIONAL ANCESTRY, according to the report for 2000 released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly 43 million Americans — about 15% of respondents — listed German as their primary cultural heritage in 2000.

That doesn't even include me: who is only 25% German!

Stacy said...

Really, I'm speechless. How ridiculous is this? This is similar to "well you're ancestors were white and from the South, so you must be racist". What?!?! (thanks for pointing me out to your daughter's blog, sounds like you're doing a fine job of raising her.)