Thursday, April 30, 2009

This is where hate laws will take us.

A zealous local prosecutor in the Swiss canton of Wallis took offense on behalf of Muslims over an “Islamophobic” campaign poster and initiated a judicial action against the disgusting racist political party that created it. Even the local cantonal judge ruled against the prosecutor, and now the highest court in Switzerland has confirmed the verdict: the poster is harmless.

"An election poster for the SVP [Swiss People’s Party] in the Swiss canton of Wallis insulted Muslims and caused an outrage. It shows Muslims praying in front of the Federal Parliament in Bern (photo) and on the picture are printed the words: “Utilisez vos TĂȘtes!” [“Use your heads!”], followed by “Votez UDC — Suisse, toujours libre” [“Vote SVP — Switzerland will always be free”]. The Swiss Federal Court has now reached a final decision that this poster was acceptable because it does not violate the prohibition of racial discrimination.

The public prosecutor of Wallis demanded a punishment for racial discrimination against the unknown designer and distributor of the poster. The Cantonal Judge did not agree with the accusations, and this was confirmed last July by the Wallis Cantonal Court.
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The Federal Court at its public session on Monday finally dismissed the appeal against the verdict by the public prosecutor of Wallis. Four of the five judges of the criminal department came to the conclusion that the poster does not infringe the ban on racial discrimination.

The image merely shows praying Muslims and calls for them to use their heads. The fact that people feel it is addressed to them and thereby feel insulted actually allows more conclusions about the insulted than about the poster itself.

That the Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne still prefer to use their brains for something other than giving in to Muslim outrage has been proven in previous cases."

Gates of Vienna."

This is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. A hate law is used by Muslims to have a political opponent charged with a crime, something the fuzzy headed Lefties who wrote the law probably never thought about. And even though the charges were ultimately dismissed, just the costs and time consumed will have a chilling effect on freedom of speech.

I would say I wonder if our stupid elected congress whatevers understand this, but I know that they most of those who voted for the hate law now going to the Senate either don't know, don't care or do know and want that result.

I have posted time and again that I am for gay rights, including marriage... But that is EQUAL rights. And any law that treats a crime against YOU differently than a crime against ME creates UNEQUAL rights.

Shark Attack!

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A live shark dumped on the doorstep of an Australian country newspaper office had local police puzzled Thursday, with authorities vowing to charge the person who left it with animal cruelty.

A shark on the doorstep of a newspaper office? Probably just visiting a relative.

Above from William Katz at UrgentAgenda.

I hate to disagree with Bill, but it must have been a law office. If it had been a newspaper it would have been this.

What scares me about Obamie

From USA Today:

Rebuffing criticism from former vice president Dick Cheney and others, Obama said information gained might have been obtained in ways "that are consistent with our values."


You see, it is "might" that grabs me. Might is a qualifier. I might win the lottery... I might live to be a 100... But if I don't I won't be a multi-millionaire.... And if I don't I will be dead.

The Left in its trashy, snarky and out of touch with reality way opined, "Bush lied and men died." No, Bush didn't lie. Bush looked at all the information and came up with the conclusion that Saddam "might" have WMD's. He came to the rightful decision that he couldn't afford to gamble the nation's security so he acted. As he said in his 2003 SOTU speech.

Before September the 11th, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents, lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained.

Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans, this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known.

We will do everything in our power to make sure that that day never comes.

Obamie has never engaged in any activity in which the loss means death. He has never had to make life and death decisions. He even voted present 134 times in the Senate fearful of doing the wrong thing. When faced with his first big life and death test, the Somali pirates, the strongest he could be was to tell his Naval commander to use his judgment. That wasn't heroic. That was damanably weak and despicable.

But forget the pirates. That was small stuff. Think about terrorist attacks.

Think about information "might have been obtained....."

(This is an expanded version of a Post I made in The Tennesseean.)