“Zero-to-jackboots” is the kind of thing I wish I’d written.

In May, 2013, Tam observed

Euros have a proven zero-to-jackboots time lower than just about anybody on the planet. Get Gunter or Pierre all backed into a corner and feeling existentially threatened and you’ll be wishing you hadn’t, faster than you can say “Arbeit Macht Frei”.

In January, 2016, after the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne and other German cities

[Thomas Jaeger, a political scientist at Cologne University,] said that opinion might have been evenly divided in Germany before the attacks in Cologne came to light earlier this week, with many Germans already leery about or outright opposed to the surging numbers of refugees arriving. “Before it was about 50-50 for and against allowing in more refugees, but that’s changing very fast now,” he said.


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