Category Archives: Netherlands

Light Up In Amsterdam!

To live in the United States of America is to inhabit a land in which common sense has long since been replaced by misguided efforts to control social habits and thinking. Not since the debacle of Prohibition has the American nation been treated to constant failure to enforce laws. However, over in the Netherlands, tourists visiting the city of Amsterdam will now be able to light up and get a bit high at the local cannabis cafe of their choice.

The issue of allowing tourists to use cannabis has been argued for the past several years since some believe letting anyone get high will lead to –anyone getting high? Make use of drugs a crime and one has opened the pandora box of crime. The cry of drug lords simply means that drug lords will not be able to gain huge amounts of money. In Amsterdam, just relax, light up and go on a nice trip inside your mind that will not cost a penny. And, neither will drug lords get a penny!

On Reporting Racism In A Society

Those who write on the Internet or in  the media are daily confronted by issues related to acts of racism. A person is beaten to death by some youths and it appears the victim was a member of an immigrant group. Does one report there murder as an act of racism or as a murder? In the Netherlands, right wing anti-Muslim leader, Geert Wilders continually blames all societal ills on immigrants. He hates Muslims and believes Islam is a violent religion.

For years Wilders has upheld a typical Dutch family headed by “Henk and Ingrid” as the prototype of what it means to be Dutch–unlike those Muslim immigrants, none of whom is named Henk or Ingrid. Last week, a Dutch couple, named Henk and Ingrid, murdered a Turkish immigrant. Should this  be reported as an act of racism? Does one single out A  murder and claim that murder is symbolic of racism?

Perhaps, it is time for the media to be more selective as to what represents racism. After all, people murder one another each day.

Nothing To Sneeze At?

The United States government took the unprecedented step of asking scientists to withhold important information about research that might be used by terrorist groups. They want key parts of work describing how  scientists managed to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that become infectious . The new strain could be spread by a  cough or sneeze. There is fear a terrorist or criminal gang could obtain the strain and use it to kill or for blackmail purposes.

Some raise questions as to whether such research should take place in a university setting lacking adequate security procedures. On the other hand, some scientists are concerned that important information that could assist the research of other scientists will not be shared. Frankly, as a non-scientist, it is scary what could happen. Are there times when open information can become open dangerous information?

Geert Wilders, Man Alone Defending World

Dutch political leader Geert Wilders regards himself as the man whose hand is in the dike preventing Muslims from overflowing into western lands. Geert has a new book: “Marked For Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me.” As the title indicates, the entire western world depends upon this Dutch superman for protection against the horde of Muslims clamoring to get into the West and force Sharia law upon them.  Of course, Geert insists the book is a solid historical analysis dealing with the dangers of Islam to the world.

We recommend that Geert hook up with New Gingrich since both regard themselves as “scholars” and “historians.” Newt the other day insisted the Founding Fathers would support the idea of our president sending federal marshals to lock up judges whose decisions did not accord with those of the president. Anyway, I will sleep peacefully tonight knowing that Geert has his finger in the dike and no bad Muslim will come to my house and kill me.

Wither Iran?

The storming of England’s Embassy in Tehran has unleashed a flurry of  demands concerning how to hanlde Iran. Michele Bachmann has promised, if elected  president, to close the American Embassy in Tehran. I assume since it was closed in  1980, Michele will first open it in order to close it. Hopefully, she will fly to Tehran in order to open the Embassy, get seized as a hostage and initiate a nuclear war. But, then again, she really has no idea what a “nuclear war” means. In the meantime,  British Foreign Secretary William Hague has ordered Iranian staff at their Embassy to get the hell out of England.

The Netherlands has ordered  diplomats in Iran to return home as have numerous European nations. The real questions are: why did the Iranian government decide to have thugs storm the British Embassy? What is the plan of Iran? Does the Iranian government have a plan? Is there division within the Iranian government?

Iran’s  Foreign Minister apologized for the attack, but there is no word from the  Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Perhaps, the  Ayatollah was deliberately placing President Ahmadinejad in a tough spot. Or, was he attempting to humilitate Ahmadinejad? We suspect Iranian leaders continue  reacting to years of being humiliated by western nations and remain defensive and angry.

Unfortunately, such behavior will in the long run only damage Iran.

Pee-Bags For Congress?

The Dutch National Railways has purchased trains that run on their short routes, but for some strange reason these trains do not have toilets. One can assume the manufacturers believed a man or woman could simply lean and then do it. However, the creative thinking Dutch Railways have found a solution to this unusual problem. They now will hand out pee bags to those in need of letting go of it. The pee or shit is reduced to gel and the bag is then disposed of either by throwing it into a bin or throwing it onto a nearby field.

How about pee bags for Congress?

After all, its members continually piss on the American people or the shit which comes  from their mouths could readily fill a football stadium.

From now on,each member of Congress will receive his or her engraved pee-bag.

HATE AND FREE SPEECH OK

Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician who plays the hate game in order to gain power. He argues that the Muslim religion is one that fosters violence and discriminates against women. He wants to forbid migration of Muslims into his land. A Dutch court ruled that Geert has the right to hate since the essence of a democratic society is that everyone has the right to be a damned fool. It is interesting that Wilders argues to be a member of the Muslim religion is to be part of a violent organization. Hmm. As I recall, the Christian nation of Nazi Germany was responsible for the murder of over thirty million people in World War II. As I recall, in World War I, Christian nations of Europe engaged in a war that resulted in death for over twenty million. I will not go into other wars in colonial areas where innocent people were murdered. Heck in the Congo, over 4,000,000 have died over the past decade and they were not killed by Muslims.

Let’s face it, every religion in the world has its own history of hate, violence and death. The important aspect of this decision is the right of people to express hate, love, misinformation. If spreading lies was a crime, we would have to place in prison every person now seeking the nomination for president of the US as a member of the Republican party.

White Man Kills People

He was described as a white male in his twenties who wore a leather jacket and camouflage pants. The mall was crowded in a small town about twenty miles south of Amsterdam as people were shopping and laughing and enjoying the pleasant day. He apparently halted, looked around, nodded toward a couple who walked by him, and then reached under his coat for something. It was a machine gun. He loaded a clip and pointed the machine gun at people. At least five fell dead, others lay on the ground moaning from their wounds, parents fled the scene clutching children, there were shouts of terror. After a few moments, he halted firing. He placed the machine gun pointed toward his chest and blasted himself.

We can well imagine if the man turned out to be a Muslim how people in the Netherlands would react. The anti-Muslim political leaders would be demanding new police action against the entire Muslim community. Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin would be declaring how this incident proved the need for all people to walk around with guns. Yes, Sarah, imagine if everyone had guns in that mall and began firing!

Just another day on Planet Earth.

Headscarves And Headscarves

The most important issue for many educators is whether a female can wear something on her head. At times, it surpasses whether boys and girls can wear a cap to school. Of course, years ago, the great debate revolved around hair and its length. A secondary school in the Netherlands was granted permission by the court to deny a Muslim student her right to wear the headscarve. Don Bosco High School is a Catholic institution which bans expressions of other faiths than Catholicism on school grounds.

Initially, the school did not have a policy about headscarves, but when the girl asked permission to wear one, the wheels of fury began to churn. The school headmaster argues, “we welcome students of any faith. But, we can only do so on the basis of respect. In our view that respect does not include walking around wearing all kinds of outward signs that you believe in something else.”

We are confused. If the school accepts someone who makes clear she is Muslim, and you accept her in the school, don’t you expect that she believes in her religion? One can only deduce from the comment that it is OK to retain another religion in one’s heart but never display it on your sleeve–or head!

WARNING–Stay Out Of Iran!

I am continued to be baffled why people visit Iran or its environs. Hikers walk up mountains which border on Iran and then are shocked to be captured and sent to jail. Why does anyone with an ounce of common sense get anywhere within twenty miles of the borders of Iran is beyond my comprehension. Zahra Bahrami, an Iranian born woman who became a Dutch citizen returned to her native land in 2009 and was arrested while joining with thousands in protests against the fraudulent election of Ahmadinejad. She was denied access to Dutch officials in Iran and disappeared into the labyrinth known as the “Iranian judicial system.” There was a trial and she was accused of something termed, “serious crimes.” Of course, in Iran, serious crimes can constitute anything from mumbling negative comments about Ahmadinejad to being a Christian or Bahai. On Friday, Ms. Bahrami was hung by her neck until dead despite comments to the Dutch government by Iranian Ambassador Abadi that she still had legal routes to utilize.

The Netherlands has frozen relations with Iran. They are waning anyone who shares joint Dutch-Iranian citizenship to stay out of that country. This is what we term, “serious advice.”