America is not European. Americans by and large do not care what the Dutch think or the French or the Germans or the Belgians. We’ll listen to them, but if they are going to go tell us we “have to” do this or we “have to” do that, they can put a sock in it.
He’ll probably apologize for the remark later but Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos of California, the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, told it like it is to some Dutch politicians: “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay.”
The hope of the world is the dissent-tolerating, freedom-loving Europeans. Of course, you aren’t actually going to be allowed to give your own opinion unless you are a “professional journalist”, pay a tax, and be subject to prison for giving those opinions.Sure makes me feel better about Europe.
The Levi-Prodi law lays out
that anyone with a blog or a website has to register it with the ROC, a register of the Communications Authority, produce certificates, pay a tax, even if they provide information without any intention to make money.
the Levi-Prodi law obliges anyone who has a website or a blog to get a publishing company and to have a journalist who is on the register of professionals as the responsible director.
99% would close down.
The lucky 1% still surviving on the Internet according to the Levi-Prodi law would have to respond in the case of the lack of control on defamatory content in accordance with articles 57 and 57 bis of the penal code. Basically almost sure to be in prison.
Today was Budget Day; 6 million euro extra for ‘animal welfare’, 2.5 million for ‘homo emancipation’, 20 million extra for ‘global human rights’, an increase in the EU contribution to 7 billion euro, and a nice 4% pay increase for the Queen (she will now get 26 times the average Dutch pre-tax income). Put that against more tax on beer, cigarettes, diesel fuel, LPG fuel, an environment tax on air tickets, an increase in VAT to 20%, and a lot of other measures aimed at reducing the national debt and “preparing us for the additional financial burden of the aging population”.
And it must be remembered that the Dutch were one of two countries to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution where they voted NO (along with France). However, the Eurocrats recently got together and decided that they had enough of these unwashed peasants trying to decide their own political fate. They took the Constitution removed about three words (basically took out the Flag and the EU Song) and declared it no longer a Constitution – just a treaty. This is so the Euroweenies in Holland and France (and it is hoped in England) can bypass this messy voting thing and just have their governments declare agreement to the treaty.
The citizens who’s will is being subverted recognize this, but apparently are just too lethargic from paying almost all their income in taxes to do anything about it:
The cabinet passed the new treaty to the Raad van Staat (our version of the Privy Council, staffed by non-elected lawyers, academics and industrialists whose task is to advise the government on constitutional issues) who, surprisingly, have seemingly (the judgement is secret until the government has made its decision) decided that all the constitutional elements have been removed and there is therefore no need for the government to call a referendum. That will no doubt make the government very happy as the leading CDA party have been always been opposed to referenda. After all, in a country where something like 90% of those in power are not elected, why ask the people?
Actually standing up and demanding your rights has apparently been beaten out of the peasants in Europe. Well, we certainly would welcome any of those who wanted to come here and start over in a place where real work leads to real rewards (for the time being anyway).
José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, warned Poland on Tuesday to expect a backlash from other European countries if it blocks a deal later this week designed to make the EU more effective.
Barroso’s harshest criticism was reserved for countries that joined the EU in 2004 – including Poland – which have sometimes appeared to be reluctant members of the 27-member bloc. It was, Barroso argued, “in their interest to show that their membership of the EU is not making the life of the Union more difficult.”
The comments are the closest indication yet by a top EU official that if Poland obstructs a deal at the EU summit meeting that starts Thursday it could find itself isolated when the bloc discusses its finances in 2008 and the biggest contributors to the budget decide how much aid to pump into poorer member states.
In a political U-turn, the Dutch parliament has approved residence permits for 30,000 immigrants who applied for and failed to get asylum before 2001. Anyone convicted of war crimes or sentenced to more than a month in jail is excluded from the new measure. The amnesty was proposed last November by the parliament elected in polls that led to the centre-left Labour party entering the governing coalition at the expense of the Liberal VVD party. The governing coalition is led by the Christian Democrats (CDA).
Former immigration minister, hardliner Rita Verdonk, ordered the deportation of 26,000 asylum seekers. However, the previous government collapsed last June following a political row sparked by its handling of the disputed citizenship of Somali-born Dutch politician and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
The immigration issue has gripped Dutch politics since the murders of two prominent campaigners against Muslim extremism – rightwing independent politician Pim Fortuyn and film-maker Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh was murdered in an Amsterdam street in 2004 by a Muslim extremist after his film ‘Submission’ highlighting domestic violence against Muslim women was aired on Dutch television. Hirsi Ali received death threats over the short film, for which she wrote the screenplay.
Why exclude the war criminals and those in jail for more than a month? They only committed their crimes against non-Muslims, right?
Aside from becoming much more liberal on everything except trade issues – the Economist has become really peeved at the whole notion of Eurabia. In a review of a new book “The Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent” by Walter Laqueur – the Economist seems rather upset with Mr. Laqueur’s conclusions: (link needs subscription – sorry)
Combining this with the EU‘s demographic decline, Mr Laqueur goes on to echo the fears of some of the wilder American neocons that Europe risks becoming a Muslim-dominated Eurabia, to the extent of adopting sharialaw.
The issue, say some, is not multiculturalism but Islam. Such generalisations are invidious. Britain’s Muslims range from sophisticated professional people to simple village folk. Some Muslims shop at (or even own) Harrods, some run a corner store. Devout Muslims may follow Sufism, or Wahhabism, or neither; and some are no more observant than most Anglicans (ie, not very). Perhaps 14,000 are converts. And if there is one thing many of them have in common, it is a dislike of being classed mainly as Muslims, rather than as doctors, shopkeepers or just individuals.
Of course, when your citizens start blowing themselves up on the tube and the busses – the problem just might possibly be the fact that you have allowed the worst of Isalm to nest inside your country for decades now.