Geert Wilders, the Dutch Anti-Immigrant Microphone

September 29, 2008 by Stephen Piggott · 1 Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Politics 

When you ask the Average Joe what they know about Holland, the answer you get is almost always the same; a country that is one of the most liberal in the world whose capital Amsterdam is famous for its Red Light District and its relaxed laws on drugs. The Dutch people are often thought of as carefree men and women who don’t like to mix work with pleasure. With this mental image it is hard to picture the Dutch as a nation getting upset or angry over a single issue and blowing it totally out of proportion. However this is exactly what they are doing regarding the issue of immigration and more specifically immigrants who practice the Islamic faith. Read more

Floods, Drought, & a Population on the Brink

September 23, 2008 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Economy, Politics 

Several years ago my Dad said something rather prophetic during a family conversation about living in California. A few of us were expressing our reservations about ever moving to a state that was a couple dozen earthquakes away from falling into the ocean. He said “Californians are going to sink themselves long before earthquakes do.” He was referring to the housing market there, where lenders were handing out mortgages like candy. Of course many who followed the financial markets knew what was coming, the writing, as they say, was on the wall. But ordinary Americans were blissfully unaware and lenders liked it that way. The bubble unfortunately hasn’t burst in one catastrophic moment, it seems to be bursting in slow motion, the devastation mounting with each passing month. Read more