Friday, November 25, 2011
Poland: Neo-Nazis Register Anti-Gay Symbol & A Celtic Cross As Official Party Logo
In a little-noticed decision at the end of October, a court allowed the small National Rebirth of Poland (NOP) party to register two symbols. One was the Celtic cross, used by far-right movements internationally, while the other was a stylized illustration of gay sex with a bar through it. The NOP trumpeted the court ruling on its website earlier this week, saying it capped a two-year legal battle. Grzegorz Schetyna, a senior player in Poland’s ruling centrist Civic Platform, accused the judge who made the ruling of failing in his duties. “Such symbols are unacceptable,” he told the station Radio Zet. The NOP turns out regularly to oppose gay rights rallies in Poland.
RELATED: Last summer friends of mine were attacked by neo-Nazi and Catholic extremists while attending EuroPride in Warsaw. Over 2000 Polish riot police were deployed to protect those attending the parade.
As many might not know, the Celtic Cross is used by many far-right wing groups. Does is say something to ya?
It’s kind of ironic what can happen when people forget its own history, right?
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
ALABAMA: State’s Xenophobia Gets Its First High-Profile Victim, German Mercedes-Benz Executive Arrested
- Alabama’s economy is suffering because of HB 56, the state’s draconian immigration law, as workers flee out of fear. State Sen. Scott Beason (R), who sponsored the anti-immigrant bill in the Alabama legislature, once called it a “jobs bill,” but the state’s immigration law is leaving entire industries withoutenough workers instead.
- And the extreme law, which legislators are now reconsidering, could seriously damage the state’s reputation as well after police arrested a German Mercedes-Benz executive last week under the immigration law. Mercedes opened its first American manufacturing plant in Vance, Alabama in 1993, spurring a trend of foreign car makers and suppliers opening factories in the state. They may be rethinking that decision, however, after one of their German executives was arrested for simply not having his passport with him:
- Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson told The Associated Press an officer stopped a rental vehicle for not having a tag Wednesday night and asked the driver for his license. The man only had a German identification card, so he was arrested and taken to police headquarters, Anderson said.
- The 46-year-old executive was charged with violating the immigration law for not having proper identification, but he was released after an associate retrieved his passport, visa and German driver’s license from the hotel where he was staying, Anderson said.
- The length of his detainment and the status of his court case weren’t immediately known.
- Bentley…called the state’s homeland security director, Spencer Collier, after hearing of the arrest to get details about what had happened, Collier said in an interview.
- “Initially I didn’t have them, so I called Chief Anderson to find out what happened,” Collier said. “It sounds like the officer followed the statute correctly.”
- Before Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed HB 56, drivers who did not have a license were given a ticket and court summons, Collier said. “If it were not for the immigration law, a person without a license in their possession wouldn’t be arrested like this,” he told the AP.
- In October, the New York Times speculated in an editorial that despite best efforts to recruit foreign automakers to Alabama, the state was now “infamous as a regional capital of xenophobia.” And if the immigration law scared away a manufacturer like Mercedes, which employs about 2,800 Alabamians, or Hyundai, which announced anexpansion at its Montgomery, Alabama plant in May, would only compound the state’seconomic woes. The unfortunate arrest of a visiting Mercedes executive only underscores the damage Alabama’s harmful anti-immigrant law will continue to do to the state’s economy — and its reputation.
- UPDATE: Reuters reports that the Mercedes executive is Detlev Hager. In an email to ThinkProgress, Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said the company was not commenting on any link between this incident and the state’s immigration law and called the arrest an “unfortunate situation.” She added, “Mercedes-Benz will take steps to educate our visiting business guests and employees stationed in the U.S. of the documentation requirements for the State of Alabama.”
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Here are some of the (according to BuzzFeed) 12 Appropriate Quotes From The Great American Conservative Women Of 2011, which I like to call The Great American Bimbos (with the exception of Ann Coulter, whom I think that thou she’s a bitch and mostly very radical, she ain’t no fool).
If You want to see the other 7 evolution abortions, click here.