Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A few days ago Marja wrote in comments

that the True Finn party had made big gains in their election. Ran across this article telling how the rise of groups like True Finn is scaring crap out of the EU clowns in Brussels. Two things in the article stand out to me: one is that they're scared to death that if such parties continue to gain power the effort to bail out Portugal and others will be endangered("How dare they try to stop us looting their economy for the common good!"); the other is that they throw 'xenophobic' around a lot to try and shut people up. You have a problem with muslim immigrants who want to take over, you're a xenophobe, etc.

Appears the Brussels aristocrats really don't like being told "You can't do whatever you want", whereas even people who support the EU have big problems with how Brussels & Co. is acting:
His criticism of the euro and the government's crisis management stems from classic liberal convictions about the constitutional state and democracy. He wants the German parliament, the Bundestag, to be making decisions about government finances, and he cites the European treaties that forbid an EU member from taking on the debts of other countries.

But the first year of overcoming the euro crisis has produced precisely the opposite outcome, Schäffler complains. "We have pledged two-thirds of the federal government's tax revenues to cover the national debts of other countries -- without the Bundestag being required to approve the issuance of loan guarantees and without a firm basis in the European treaties."
Well, there were only two ways this could go: nations would quietly surrender to the bureaucracy and EU elites and die, or people would get pissed and say "Just a minute! Stop!" And enough of the latter is happening to cause constipation in the EUnuchs.

Damn. Go over to Blackfive, read the linked article. And remember, for every whiny progressive asshole, there are men like these.

Well, whoever wrote Stuxnet, they seem to have screwed the Iranian nuclear program. So we owe them a drink.

Personally, I don't think telling a school "You can't teach about homosexuality below 9th grade" is a big deal; to liberal activists, it's infuriating. Screw 'em(metaphorically, that is).

Further demonstration of why the TSA should be disbanded. And various members of the group prosecuted. That these clowns can do this to people and be protected from any consequences is disgusting.

"I'm against violence, but I know people who aren't, and if you don't do what we want..." Also known as "Screw what the locals want, WE know what's best for them!"

The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a variety of other information. According to the proposed form, “failure to provide the information requested may result in … the denial of your U.S. passport application.”
Proving that they're either liars or fools, they say the average respondent would be able to compile all this information in just 45 minutes, which is a a huge load of crap. Because saying "We want to make it about impossible for some people to get a passport" is beyond them.



Sigivald said...

As commented on at the BoingBoing article on the passport thing, the "some passport applicants" is people who don't have a BC or other proof of citizenship.

And also, the request for comments is in part on the accuracy of that estimate, and remember that the people in question are definitionally not the typical applicant.

So maybe that is reasonable for the tiny subset of people it's actually aimed at? I don't know.

Ted said...

Actually under the current system some people getasked for more. I was asked to provide 5 additional pieces of ID. I was staying in a really crappy place at the time, which was what I think flagged me.

5 ADDITIONAL pieces of ID. They suggested things like my yearbook.

Staying in crappy places pretty much meant I did not have any of my yearbooks.