Swiss Handshake – Credit to Washington Post

It’s widespread practice for schoolchildren in Switzerland to shake the hands of their teacher at the beginning and end of each day. Now, one school’s decision to exempt two children from this tradition – because the children are Muslim and their teacher is a woman – has caused a storm of controversy across the European state.

The two pupils at the school in the town of Therwil, near Basel, had requested an exemption from shaking a female teacher’s hand, citing their belief that it would go against Islamic teachings. The local school district later came up with what they felt was an acceptable compromise that could avoid discrimination: The pupils, who are age 14 and 15, would not be required to shake any teachers’ hands, whether they were male or female.

However, the plan hit a hitch when the Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper reported on it, sparking a public debate about the compromise. “We cannot accept this in the name of religious freedom,” Swiss Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said in an interview with Swiss-German broadcaster SRF. “The handshake is part of our culture.”

Others agreed. “Today’s it’s the handshake, and what will it be tomorrow?” Felix Mueri, a member of the anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party and head of the Swiss Parliament’s education commission, said in an interview with the 20 Minuten news site.

Both the Swiss Teacher’s Union and the local Therwil council have also come out against the plan. However, the school itself has defended the decision, despite the controversy.  “They are no longer allowed to shake the hand of any teacher, male or female,” headmaster Jurg Lauener told SRF. “For us, that addresses the question of discrimination.”

Authorities in the local Basel-Country canton could overturn the decision, but have not done so. Canton education chief Monica Gschwind suggested to reporters that it was a temporary and “pragmatic” measure.

The situation is the latest controversy over the integration of Islam into Swiss society, where Muslims are thought to make up around 5 percent of the population. In 2009, Swiss voters banned the construction of minarets, and last year the canton of Ticino passed a law that made the wearing of a burqa in public punishable by a $10,000 fine.

The Swiss Muslim community has largely suggested that the boys are misinterpreting Islamic teachings with their refusal to shake their teachers’ hands. “[To] the students and parents I would suggest the following reflection: Can the denial of shaking hands be more important than the Islamic commandment of mutual respect?” Montassar Ben Mrad, president of Federation of Islamic Organizations in Switzerland, said in the statement.

However, another group said the backlash against the boys was overblown. “One would think that the continued existence of Switzerland’s core values was at stake, when this particular case in fact involves just two high school students who have
said they wish to greet their teacher in a different way than with a handshake,” a statement from the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland said.

What Do Conservatives Really Want?

NeoCons

Chameleons

If your only source of political information is the Lamestream Mainstream Media, you would never realize that the movement known as the Tea Party Movement isn’t a monolithic group of people who support homogeneous political positions.  As a dues paying (make that Ron Paul campaign contributing) member of the original reconstituted Tea Party that began on December 16, 2007, I and many others were uniformly opposed to Congressman Ron Paul’s REPUBLICAN OPPONENTS in the race for the 2008 Republican nominee.  Since then a variety of ordinary NeoCon politicians labeled as Conservatives or Republicans have succeeded in representing themselves as Tea Party members.  I guess they’re free to do so, since there’s no formal Tea Party membership and no formal membership criteria.  Nevertheless, I am compelled to make the point that people like Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain and all the others on the stage with Ron Paul – are impostors.

Tom Mullen recently published an article on his blog that makes my point better than I can.  Read it HERE.

When The MSM Does Not Ignore Ron Paul

In my previous post, I pointed out the way the mainstream media is attempting to ignore Ron Paul or when they do mention his polling numbers, the polls themselves become suspect.  In this post, I will point out that the only thing worse than the mainstream media ignoring Ron Paul is when it decides not to ignore him but instead attempts to denegrate, or ridicule his views.  What’s interesting is that the rivalry that exists between Fox and CNN is put aside as they find the most contraversial Ron Paul statements made during an interview by their competitors and attempt to put him in the position of either defending what’s presented as an outrageous statement, denying it, or admitting that he didn’t mean it.  

The first two videos below illustrate one example of the above tag team strategy used by Fox and CNN.  The last three videos illustrate that Ron Paul knew what he was talking about in the first two videos.  


Chris Wallace (Fox News) interviewing Ron Paul on FEMA in conjunction with hurricane Irene on the Eastern Seaboard asks a series of questions predicated on the premise that Ron Paul’s views are radical, extreme and certainly not mainstream.


Wolf Blitzer (CNN) attempts to get a negative sound bite against Ron Paul from governor O’Malley of Maryland based on Ron Paul’s previous comments about how FEMA is a disaster.  When O’Malley refuses to take the bait and reminds Blitzer to concentrate on the storm and forget politics for a while, Blitzer is shown to be a biased commentator rather than dispassionate news reporter.  Not to worry though, Wolf isn’t ashamed.  When you have no pride in your profession, you don’t worry about shame.


Fox News contemporaneously reporting during and shortly after Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans.  Near the end of this video, a member of Oath Keepers explains why there is a need to get military, as well as, local, state and federal law enforcement officials to swear to obey their oaths to the constitution rather than simply obey a superiors orders when they are clearly unconstitutional.


Wolf Blitzer must have missed the following CNN documentary in which they enumerate and illustrate detail after detail to document FEMA’s irrational, almost unimaginable fraud, waste and symbiotic nature of the corporatism that defines business/government partnerships.
FEMA Waste – part 1.

FEMA Waste – part 2


IN 2012 IT’S RON PAUL
OR
NOBODY AT ALL

In 2012 it’s RON PAUL or NOBODY AT ALL

Message to the GOP leadership and to their willing accomplices in the media:

In 2012, it’s RON PAUL or NOBODY AT ALL.

If the GOP thinks the Republican Party can regain the White House, it had better start recognizing and supporting the candidacy of Congressman, Doctor Ron Paul right now and start to honestly present the history and voting records of his big government, mainstream, media favorite opponents for what they are… regardless of the fact that some of them will come off looking like idiots, corporate shills, socialists and uninformed Tea Party imposters.

The following videos are presented for the simple purpose of illustrating that Ron Paul has been right for AT LEAST 23 years.  The first two videos were recorded in 1988 when Ron Paul ran for the office of president as the Libertarian Party candidate.  Notice that he explains what was going on back then and predicted EXACTLY what the result would be.

Part 1 – 1988 Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Ron Paul interview.

Part 2 – 1988 Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Ron Paul interview.

In this video we see that a mainstream media network isn’t happy that it inadvertently allowed Ron Paul’s accurate message to be aired and potentially heard by the American public.

John Stewart hosts a show on the comedy channel.  Even so, it’s possibly the least biased news outlet around.  In the following video, he exposes the blatent bias that exists on a variety of the so-called “legitimate” news channels.

If you don’t want to see Obama re-elected…  All Independents including libertarian Party, Green Party, Constitution Party members as well as freedom loving Republicans and Democrats need to register as Republicans to insure that Ron Paul becomes the GOP nominee and INSURE that either Ron Paul or Barack Obama will be the next president.

Personally;  If Ron Paul doesn’t win in 2012, I don’t think it matters who wins.

LMAO

I hear you

I hear you

Since the New York Times doesn’t allow me to mirror one of their articles, you’ll have to settle for THIS LINK to their article entitled: U.S. Wants To Make It Easier To Wiretap The Internet.

I’m laughing because me and millions more like me have old copies of PGP as well as programming languages capable of creating encryptions that are difficult if not practically impossible to decrypt.  Not only that, but there are countless ways to pass information between two (or more) people with almost complete confidence that no one will ever discover the encryption medium, or even discover that there is an encryption medium.

First it was an “Internet Kill Switch” and now that they’ve (apparently) discovered that such a thing would be more difficult than keeping our neighbors to the South from visiting us at will, they think they can eavesdrop on it.

Really.  You just have to laugh at these clowns.

Next thing you know, they’ll be appropriating money to build ID Cards that can’t be counterfeited.  Oh wait…