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Friday, January 23, 2009

Facing Prosecution

Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, noted for distributing the documentary Fitna over the Internet, is facing criminal prosecution for anti-Islamic statements.

In a statement, the appeals court wrote: "The Amsterdam appeals court has ordered the prosecution of member of parliament Geert Wilders for inciting hatred and discrimination, based on comments by him in various media on Muslims and their beliefs.
"Regarding this turn of events, Wilders recently made an appearance (clip embedded below) on the Glenn Beck show, where he rightly likened Europe's Moslem immigrants to colonists.

Somehow, I don't think the savage holding the sign that read, "God bless Hitler," will have to defend himself in court similarly, not that airing an opinion should ever result in prosecution, outside of incitement.

Obama's "One-Letter-Off" Presidency

Ian Hamet titles a post with the exact same sentiment I had regarding other news pertaining to Barack Obama. First, he quotes from an Instapundit post discussing an Obama nominee: "[Tax] rules, it seems, do not apply to the lofty," to which he says, "There seems to be a typo. The last word ought to read 'lefty'."

That's close to how my mind reacted the other day to Obama's calls for a "new maturity", of which one of his aids said, "He will buck up the American people."

"Buck up?" Yeah. That's one letter off, too!

Zimbabwe Hyperinflation Update

Andrew Dalton recently linked to a news report that Zimbabwe has issued a Z$ 100 trillion note.

In the process, he reminded me of a back-of-the envelope calculation I did some time back when I realized that Mardi Gras doubloons were probably worth much more than Zimbawean currency.

Here it is, revised for the new exchange rate, which is already two orders of magnitude lower than when I did the original calculation a month or so ago.

(3.40 USD /100 gold plastic doubloons)*(26,255,633 ZWD/1 USD) = Z$ 892,691.53 per cheap plastic doubloon

Myrhaf on the Era of Clarity

Myrhaf notes that Obama has started his Presidency off on the left foot: "Obama signed three executive orders appeasing an enemy that wants to destroy America." The three orders pertain to closing Guantanamo Bay, reviewing the use of military tribunals against terrorists, and banning certain forms of torture. And, oh yeah. He snubbed the Salute to Heroes Ball and made his first presidential phone call to Mahmoud Abbas.

Objectivist Roundup

Travelling, I forgot to contribute, but it's hosted by Rule of Reason this week.

Watkins on Big Government vs. Freedom of Speech

Read it and be prepared for the next time some hippie complains about Clear Channel.

How He Does It

Recently, I said, "Paul Hsieh has been such an effective advocate of individual rights in medicine that it seems almost superfluous to mention his appearance in a major news media outlet."

Today, Diana posts on how he does it! Worth the read.

-- CAV


Anonymous said...

I really like Geert Wilders. He is a Conservative (although I don't know what European Conservatives stand for besides opposition to immigration) and he doesn't understand the freedom of speech as he wants the Koran banned. So he is far from perfect. But he is mounting an opposition to multiculturalism which is the dominant ideology of the Left (the most powerful form of egalitarianism which they embrace, I think).

I wish he had better ideas but all he has is Conservatism and maybe some elements of Classical Liberalism. He does call for immigration controls which in theory I don't agree with but I do have difficulty in coming up with a way that Europe could save itself in the short run - given that they have an entrenched welfare state mentality - without preventing more Muslim colonists from destroying the freer elements of their culture.

He's admirable for his courage and the stand he's taking even if he is not perfect. Sadly, I don't think America would accept a politician like Wilders. Its strange, in some ways we are better than Europe and in others we are worse. Funny that.


Gus Van Horn said...

That's about where I stand with Wilders, on the good and the bad.

Paul Hsieh said...

Wilders does have a site up where he is accepting donations for his legal defense. This information was forwarded to me by a non-Objectivist free speech advocate:


Gus Van Horn said...

Thanks for the information, Paul.

Jim May said...

A heads up re: Geert Wilders: in the past he's considered making common cause with some rather stinky European groups over the anti-jihad "common cause".

This is the left-right synergy happening again; pay attention to what Wilders does, lest he lay down with dogs; no need for us to share in the fleas.

For those interested in the jihad-related news front, Little Green Footballs is a good source; Charles Johnson, the owner, has shown unusual intellectual consistency, in attacking religious creationists in this country with as much zeal as jihadis overseas.

Gus Van Horn said...

Thanks for the further info, Jim.

This is one of those times that I am really glad you keep up with my blog!