The outrage following congressman Todd Atkins’ comments about “legitimate rape” was racked up again when he corrected himself (sic):
I was talking about forcible rape. I used the wrong word.
For those latecomers, the controversy began with an interview in which Atkins’ compounded his oxymoronic thinking with the purely moronic:
New oxymoron: Legitimate rape
After a series of workshops at the University of Amsterdam, we retired to Café Van Zuylen for beer and soup, waiting out the Friday evening traffic before heading south on a three-hour drive done in 2 hrs 10″, thanks to my driver’s belief that speed radars don’t work at night.
Mobile photo, edited in-camera
Continue reading Delving A’dam, espying Eve
I love following American politics. It’s so much more fun than in other countries. I think my fascination comes down to the exceptional degree of chutzpah shown by candidates and commentators, and the almost inevitable exposure of the mismatch between what they say and what they do. Once the flaw is exposed, it is fascinating
Continue reading Freedom means the right to choose your own truth
The Dutch like to think of themselves as an exceptionally, even uniquely, tolerant people. The precedent is often cited as Amsterdam’s reception of refugees fleeing religious persecution in the 17th century, although London too hosted Huguenots and Jews, in perhaps greater numbers than Amsterdam. And to the outsider today, the Netherlands is not obviously more
Continue reading The limits of tolerance
News just in: seven out of ten Dutch people have participated in a poll about Geert Wilders.
Whatever issue Wilders addresses becomes the discussion of the day, and in such a way that Wilders himself becomes the issue once again. I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories, but I read somewhere that someone’s brother-in-law overheard
Continue reading Thanks a lot, Voltaire