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From: US Sterling Heigths, MI
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Interests: Polish history, genealogy

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Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Food / Hare, rabbit, boar, venison, pheasant, grouse, squirrel, etc.? [21]

Absolutely no leg-pulling involved! I didn't mean to suggest I eat nothing but squirrel, in fact had it only a coupla times (when granddad who went pheasant and rabbit shooting in the Richmond and Smith's Creek areas of Michigan brought home a few). But they do have many devotees in my home state. For the culinarily adventurous, here are some ideas: woodybobs.com/bestsquirrelrecipes.html

S M A C Z N E G O !
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Language / Pronouncing final -ą as -oł (Czech infleunce?) [14]

Seems in some native Polish speakers I have detected a tendency to pronounce
the final -ą as -oł with no nasality whatsoever, hence bendoł or bendou rather than bendą.
Could that be an influence of Czech which has no nasal vowels? Is that pronunciaton more common in any regions of Poland?
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Food / Polish comfort food [12]

Are you referring tot eh Polish ersatz coffee? If so, it's better tasting than our American Postum.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Food / Hare, rabbit, boar, venison, pheasant, grouse, squirrel, etc.? [21]

Has anyone sampled these game species? If so, what do you think? I have and like them all. (Incidentally, I like and will eat most everything except for bitter-tasting Belgian endive, curry and the tumeric in that sour, yucky-yellow American mustard!)

In Poland people don't eat squirrel which is actually quite nice. But when you skin and dress one it does look like a rat. BTW, our greyish-brown Michigan squirrels are much bigger and therefore meatier than the tiny red squirrels that predominate in Poland.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
UK, Ireland / To Brits only trout are not coarse? [18]

Fish of the perch and pike family are not bottom feeders by any means but predators and true game fish. Walleye from the Great Lakes are far superior eating to trout, BTW. If you haven't tried it, don't knock it.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
News / 14 year old rape victim from Warsaw denied abortion! [348]

Super Express reports that 14-year-old Agnieszka Porawska has given birth to a baby conceived by a rapist but loves the child dearly and plans to raise it herself.

se.pl/archiwum/?q=Urodzi%C5%82%C4%85m+dziecko+gwa%C5%82ciciela&x=12&y=13
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
News / Clamping down on Internet gambling in Poland? [11]

Yes, but tax revenues help bankroll the woefully udnerfinanced health service and other cash-strpped areas..... Theoretically at least, because tax-payers also bankroll the big limos and VIP lifestyles of fat-cat politicians.

However, nobody has answered my basic question as to whether and to what extent the control of Internet content (not necessarily gambling) is technically and financially feasible.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Life / Polish Fairytales [25]

I couldn't find a translation of the Konopnicka poem. In essence it says: Elves DO exist in the world. Just ask an old nanny, and she'll tell you so.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Life / What is the position of Esperanto in Poland? [16]

I wanted to ask you to provide a sample text in esperanto - maybe something everybody knows like the Lord's Prayer, but decided to look it up myself:

Patro nia, kiu estas en la ĉielo,
sanktigata estu Via nomo.
Venu Via regno.
Fariĝu Via volo,
kiel en la ĉielo, tiel ankaŭ sur la tero.

Nian panon ĉiutagan donu al ni hodiaŭ.
Kaj pardonu al ni niajn ŝuldojn,
kiel ankaŭ ni pardonas al niaj ŝuldantoj.
Kaj ne konduku nin en tenton,
sed liberigu nin de la malbono.

Ĉar Via estas la regno
kaj la potenco
kaj la gloro eterne.

Amen.

Dunno why old Dr Zamenhof did it this way, but using 'via' for 'your' doesn't sound too reasonable since it is the Italian word for road (Fr. - vie). IMHO something like 'vo' (eg French votre, vos, Sp. vuestro) would have been a better choice for the possessive adj. 'your'.
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
UK, Ireland / To Brits only trout are not coarse? [18]

I can appreciate that boney, muddy-tasting cyprinoids can cause misgivings, but pike, pike-perch (walleyes, zanders), perch...these are delicacies in America, Poland and elsewhere,and only the weirdo Brits seem to have some inexplicable hangups on this score!
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
Food / Horsemeat, anyone? [62]

Why is it that cuddly little lambs, pink piglets and cute little calves, which also can serve as pets, do not generate the sympathy and commiseration that horses do as potential edibles?
Polonius3   
1 Nov 2009
News / Clamping down on Internet gambling in Poland? [11]

Being rather ignorant of the overall logistics of the Internet, I'm wondering how techncially feasible controlling Internet content -- any content -- is. China has legions (I read somewhere 50,000) computer experts who do nothing else but scrutinise the net and excise poltically objectionable content. And one does hear from time to time of paedophilic and hate portals being shut down.
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
News / THE HOMINTERN IN POLAND? [80]

Whatever your positon on homosexual equality, rights, promotion, glamourisation, etc., what do you feel about the Komsomol-like tendence to drive a wedge between school children and their parents by enforcing pledges of secrecy? Here is onele of many examples of the secretive approach used by glib homo brain-washers for tax-payers' money:

Washington, D.C. - In a shocking and brazen act of governmental abuse of parental rights, Deerfield High School (DHS) in Deerfield, Illinois, has required fourteen-year-old freshmen to attend a "Straight Gay Alliance Network" (GSA) panel discussion led by "gay" and "lesbian" upperclassmen during a "freshman advisory" class which secretively featured inappropriate discussions of a sexual nature in promotion of high-risk homosexual behaviors.

Not only has DHS required that its young and impressionable freshmen be exposed to radical homosexual propaganda, the school has further required that students sign a "confidentiality agreement" promising not to tell anyone - including their own parents - about the discussion.


cwfa.org/articles/12546/MEDIA/family/index.htm
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
Life / Polish Fairytales [25]

One that immediately comes to mind is the one about the elves and Sierotka Marysia (Little Orphan Mary), written by Maria Konopnicka. Dunno if one in verse is what you had in mind.

O krasnoludkach i sierotce Marysi

Maria Konopnicka

Czy to bajka, czy nie bajka,
Myślcie sobie, jak tam chcecie.
A ja przecież wam powiadam:
Krasnoludki są na świecie.
Naród wielce osobliwy.
Drobny - niby ziarnka w bani:
Jeśli które z was nie wierzy,
Niech zapyta starej niani.
W górach, w jamach, pod kamykiem,
Na zapiecku czy w komorze
Siedzą sobie Krasnoludki
W byle jakiej mysiej norze.
Pod kominem czy pod progiem -
Wszędzie ich napotkać można:
Czasem który za kucharkę
Poobraca pieczeń z rożna...
Czasem skwarków porwie z rynki
Albo liźnie cukru nieco
I pozbiera okruszynki,
Co ze stołu w obiad zlecą.
Czasem w stajni z bicza trzaśnie,
Koniom spląta długie grzywy,
Czasem dzieciom prawi baśnie...
Istne cuda! Istne dziwy!
Gdzie chce - wejdzie, co chce - zrobi,
Jak cień chyżo, jak cień cicho,
Nie odżegnać się od niego,
Takie sprytne małe licho!
Zresztą myślcie, jako chcecie,
Czy kto chwali, czy kto gani,
Krasnoludki są na świecie!
Spytajcie się tylko niani.
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
News / Clamping down on Internet gambling in Poland? [11]

There is talk these days in Poland according to Polish online news portals on trying to remove one-armed bandits from supermarkets, petrol stations, bars, etc. and limit them to licensed casinos. Also to clamp down on online gaming. Some say that Internet is uncontrollable or shouldn't be controlled.

Do you believe the Internet should be the only medium not subjected to the kind of editorial control and government scrutiny that the print and electronic media area?

If so, why? If not, why?
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / To Brits only trout are not coarse? [18]

Sad to say, the grayling disappeared from Michigan waters about three decades ago. They require only the purest of H2O, and that is in increasingly short supply.

BTW, while we're on about fish, is the small-mouth and/or large-mouth black bass known in the UK and elsewhere in Europe? I understand in Poland they go under the misnomer of okoniopstrąg (perch-trout) wielkogębowy and małogębowy but I have never heard of anyone in Poland actually catching one.
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / To Brits only trout are not coarse? [18]

Each of our states has its own fishing and hunting regulations. Usually there are catch limits on gamefish and none of small panfish. The latter (perch, sunfish, rockbass, bluegills, bullheads) are usually the first fish caught by kids using worms as bait.

I wonder how many Europeans are aware of the North American 'super-pike', the
muskellunge (opposite coloration the northern pike, ie dark spots on lighter body).
A valiant fighter caught on various frog and fish-resembling lures as well as live-fish bait, specimns of 20-25 kg are not uncommon.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskellunge
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / To Brits only trout are not coarse? [18]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I get the imrpession that Brits erroneously regard all fresh-water fish except trout as coarse species that may caght for sport but then released. Excepting all the cyprinoids (bream, tench, carp, crucean, roach, bleak, etc.), in America pike, perch, walleye, all the basses crappies, bluegill) , catfish, etc. are considered good eating, and they really are.
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
Life / Eenie-meenie-miney-moe (Polish versions?) [8]

This kids' game to determine who gets chosen for something is known in Poland, I think, as ene-due-rabe... But I believe there are other such wyliczanki (count-downs). Know of any others from your childhood?

In America it is: Eenie-meenie-miney-moe, catch a ****** (PC censorship) by the toe.
If he hollers let him go. Eenie-meenie-miney-moe
Polonius3   
31 Oct 2009
USA, Canada / Do you think Americans are idiots. [149]

Seanus - couldn't resist this one: News flash: This just in... A man was found dead slumped over his breakfast table with his face in a bowl of corn flakes. Police suspect it was the work of a cereal killer!!!
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
USA, Canada / Do you think Americans are idiots. [149]

Idiots? Land of the free and home of the brave! Aresenal of democracy! Chief exporter of democratic values to wogs the world over. Not to mention culture: comic books, bubble gum, hotdogs, burgers, peanut butter, Heinz baked beans, maple syrup, hoola hoops, Santa Claus, Donald Tusk, er, um, I mean Duck, Minnie Mouse, Superman, Tom & Jerry, Batman, McDonald's, drive-in movies, drive-by shooting, drive-through restaurants, funeral parlours, banks, etc., Hollywood, MTV, Broadway, etc., etc. and a whole world out there rushing about to emulate all this and more.
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
Food / Horsemeat, anyone? [62]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_meat#Belgium

I know many question the accuracy of Wikipedia, but some of this basic info may be of interest.
I hadn't known hosemeat was used by the Germans in sauerbraten and by Poles in kabanosy!
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
Food / Horsemeat, anyone? [62]

Have any of you ever sampled horsemeat (konina)? I have. It's bit like beef but with a sweetish undertone which can be eliminated when marinated.

Horsemeat is not a favourite of Poels, however, but Poland is a major exporter of slaughter horses. I think fanciers are found in Italy, Belgium and France. Know of any other countries where it's a delicacy?
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
Food / AMERICANO COFFEE IN POLAND? [14]

Dice -- Nice photos! But you forgot the Italian stove-top espresso pot, you know that silvery aluminium ones that have had the same classic design for generations. Make great coffee except you don't get the 'crema' (creamy froth) that a café-style espresso machine produces.

BTW I was puzzled why in recent years Polish café had started using the Italian/Spanish term Americano rather than po amerykańsku.
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
News / THE HOMINTERN IN POLAND? [80]

Jonni wanted an example of radical homo activists try to promote homosexuality among innocent school children: A Denver Public Schools Health and Science Education teachers' guide entitled "Gay and Lesbian Youth Tools for Educators" encourages teachers to pass out a questionnaire to students which includes the following questions:

Is it possible your heterosexuality is just a phase you may outgrow?

In addition to aggressively promoting acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality and lesbianism (with graphic descriptions of these behaviors and techniques) this teachers' guide suggests that teachers distribute resources to children including pamphlets containing telephone numbers of adult gays who might possibly serve as mentors, to encourage children to "explore their gay identities" and experiment with gay behavior.

leaderu.com/marco/special/spc36.html
Polonius3   
30 Oct 2009
Genealogy / Tarnowice vs Tarnow - Polish town names [10]

There is also a place called Tarnawce in the extreme SE corner of today's Poland in Podkarpackie (Subcarpathia -- Prezmyśl region).
Polonius3   
29 Oct 2009
Food / Smoked carp are of this world! [13]

There seem to be a lot fo carp-bashers on this forum. Wild carp can indeed have a muddy taste when living in muddy, silty ponds and lakes, but those that are farrmed as in Europe and the Orient are much superior. However, there is also the factor of mind over matter.

In the US carp are regarded as a coarse fish and none too palatable by Caucasians (only Afro Americans eat them). But smoked they are out of this world. I recall one occasion on LAke St Clair near Detroit years ago there was one guy who swore he wouldn't be caught dead eating carp. Well, a fisherman served him a portion of smoked carp saying it was whitefish, and he said it was the best he had ever eaten. I would tend to agree. Except for one major drawback: the tiny Y-bones and I-bones. Dunno if smoked carp are available in Poland.