Those Superior Germans

So those superior Germans that the liberals want us to emulate now are using the power of the state to push women into prostitution…yeah, you read right…

Telegraph | News | ‘If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits’
Under Germany’s welfare reforms, any woman under 55 who has been out of work for more than a year can be forced to take an available job – including in the sex industry – or lose her unemployment benefit.

So, I see two morals to this story. One, the division between economic and personal freedom is once again proven artificial. When the state controls the economy to that extent, it controls everything even women’s bodies. Second, it’s just one more thing to point to when liberals point to Europe and say, “But Germany doesn’t support removing dictators” or “But Germany ratified the Kyoto Protocol.” Yeah, Germany also makes women work as hookers or lose the unemployment they’re otherwise entitled to.

Just an aside, I can’t imagine this not happening if prostitutes are legal employees. As employees, they’d certainly be entitled to benefits if fired. So, do you say to a fired prostitute, “we can make you take a job in a different brothel” but then say to the waitress “we won’t make you work in one”? A strange country with a strange legal and economic system.

Pointer from the Volokh Conspiracy.

An update via Volokh indicates that the job offer was only to work as bar staff in the brothel and, though the law technically may require a woman to take a job as a prostitute German unemployment officials are backpedaling very quickly. I imagine there’s a bit of damage control combined with a bit of hype, but the points that the German’s aren’t perfect and the state shouldn’t control our livelihoods stand even if it’s only a ‘technical’ possibility.

Also, a link from Volokh’s article quadrupled my daily visits. Thanks guys!

From Xlrq lots more information on this. Apparently any scraps of truth were so twisted as to make the whole thing meaningless. Also, he apparently pronounced Alan Keyes an idiot about half a day before I did – obviously, I should have been reading his blog.

Democrats eager for disaster

has a great point about the Democrats attitude toward the Iraqi election.

You know, the MSM and the Demoncrats predicted disaster for this election just like they predicated disaster for the Afghanistan elections. Actually they seemed eager for disaster. In both cases they were proven incredibly wrong.

This seems to be a recurring theme for the Democrats. The economy: lie that it’s worse than it is, predict that it is getting worse and hope that it does. Afghanistan: predict that it will be “another Vietnam,” then predict the election won’t happen, then complain that Afghans are growing opium (as they have for hundreds of years). Need to start calling them Doomocrats.

(Noahware is the work of a fellow southwest Missourian, who goes by the moniker “Noah Bawdy”. Great to see more web/blog presence happening from this area.)

When you're to the left of al Jazeera…

you prove you’re like gravity to stupid.

You know, I really wish Iraq were having an honest, safe, real election. But that isn’t happening…

His fellow travellers of course have to make comments about “mr. adolph bush,” which has me confused. Adolphus BusCh was the beer baron. AdolF Hitler was the Nazi madman. I wonder what exactly the satellite thinks he’s implying. Is there a secret GOP plot to put Oliver and Company to work in a beer production camp? Damn, I never get in on any of the good secret plots.

This was Wizbang’s Quote of the Day complete with a good pictorial representation of the guy who wrote it.

How could 8 million people be so brave?

From Lebanon’s Daily Star — People power: Iraqi voters make their mark

Iraq’s Shiite majority and long-suffering Kurds flocked to polling stations Sunday and even in the Sunni heartland some ventured out despite the deadly unrest overshadowing the election. While in some areas turnout was scant, in most places, including violent Sunni Arab regions, it exceeded expectations.

From the Daily Times of Pakistan:

Iraqis defied violence and calls for a boycott to cast ballots in Iraq’s first free election in a half-century on Sunday. Insurgents seeking to wreck the vote struck polling stations with a string of suicide bombings and mortar volleys, killing at least 44 people, including nine suicide bombers.

From al Jazeera:

Speaking to Aljazeera from the northern city of Mosul, Mustafa Ibrahim, an independent Iraqi journalist, said the turnout in Mosul had been “fair” despite some problems.

“There was a fair attendance compared to the expectations of many in the city.

“In general, the election held in Mosul was a surprise to all as the number of voters was more than expected when considering the daily messages and posters threatening voters with death if they went to polling stations,” Ibrahim added.