I like walks on the beach…

July 12, 2008

But maybe not in North Korea:

A South Korean woman visiting Mt. Geumgang, a resort in North Korea, was shot and killed by a North Korean soldier for entering an off-limit area.

Just another day in Kim Jong-Il’s prison camp masquerading as a real nation.

(hat tip: Claudia Rosett)



EUtopia watch

July 12, 2008

The German parliament is seriously considering a measure to give babies voting rights.

Dozens of German politicians have tabled a new law to extend voting rights to babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.

The bill, which has won the cross-party backing of some heavyweight German politicians, would wipe away decades of "exclusion" and "discrimination" against minors, according to its supporters.

Currently the voting threshold in Germany is 18, with an exception in some states, where 16-year-olds are allowed to cast a ballot.

But that does not go far enough for the new law’s backers, who want to ensure voting rights from cradle to grave. If the bill gets adopted, babies will have the same powers to voice their opinion on government handling of macro-economic performance in a global downturn enjoyed by their parents.

Toddlers will be able to take a stand on issues such as whether German armed forces should be deployed abroad.

According to the head of the liberal Free Democratic Party ­ traditional coalition partner of Chancellor Merkel’s CDU party ­ the constitutional change would enfranchise 14 million people.

"Unfortunately in Germany, 17 per cent of the population, namely the children and adolescent, are excluded from political decision making," said FDP chief Dirk Niebel.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Spain’s ruling Socialists have seriously argued for granting human rights to simians, so why shouldn’t human children be given the franchise?

Just so long as they’re alert to the ever-present danger of infant racism.

Great, now I have this image stuck in my head of rioting skinhead babies in leather diapers wielding spiked rattles. Hee hee

Quote of the day

July 12, 2008

During the Vietnam War there was a lot of talk about the “limits of American power”; and I’ve always wondered whether this was subject to the same constraints that govern the limits of liberal fantasy.

Richard Fernandez on Obama, logistics, and "Yes, we can."