10
Mar
08

Stories for Monday 10 March

Hi there from a rainy and wind swept London.. A number of things have caught our eye today.  Do Americans have the rights to keep out people they consider a threat; do we have a right to happiness; more doom and gloom from Iraq and an old British comedy about France under Nazi occupattion is to be screened on German TV.

When was the last time you let a bunch of terrorists in your house? Writes Stephen Pollard in the Times news paper this morning… His point why are Europeans up in arms about US Homeland Security Secretary demanding some basic background information about air passengers? Do Americans have the right to keep out people they consider a threat?

Now what does it take to make people happy?  Eric Weiner, a former New York Times journalist, has spent a year seeking out the world’s unheralded happy places. Countries that, in their own way, are busy pursuing that most American of pursuits: happiness. And who did he find to be unhappy.. ?

“I feel sorry for the Brits; they don’t merely enjoy misery, they get off on it.”

Do we have a right to happiness?

Which brings me to the comedy.. Sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo, about France under the Nazi occupation, is to be screened on German TV for the first time. All eight series of the BBC comedy, which ran from 1982 to 1992, have been sold to broadcaster ProSiebenSat1.  Is this a victory for humour or will some be offended?

And sadly to Iraq and more doom and gloom.. Police in Iraq say a prominent Sunni Arab tribal leader has been killed in a suicide bomb attack at his house southeast of Baquba.


7 Responses to “Stories for Monday 10 March”


  1. March 10, 2008 at 11:18

    Do Israelis and Palestinians really want peace? Looking at the events of the past couple of weeks I find it hard to believe they do. Just today, as Israel reduces its operations in the Gaza Strip it also approves a plan for more building in the West Bank.

  2. March 10, 2008 at 11:43

    Do you need a qualification to teach your children? Apparently you do in California – a court has ruled that the state’s law requires parents to send their children to full-time public or private schools or have them taught by credentialed tutors at home. Read about it here.

  3. 3 Brett
    March 10, 2008 at 11:44

    On the information gathering of flight passengers:

    While I do not agree with the credit card details of flight reservations being handed over, I can see the rest of the information as relevant information that the US has a right to request for persons entering its own country.

    “If you don’t like America’s terms of entry, don’t go. “

    Wonderfully stated.

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  4. 4 bjay
    March 10, 2008 at 12:18

    Rainy and wind swept London?
    YE ! THE MONDAY BLUSE

    ‘Singing in the rain’ or ‘rain just falling on my head’ – just like the song.

    Do Americans have the rights to keep out people

    they consider a threat? The simple answer,YES.

    Do we have a right to happiness?

    NO! Just only to be hungry,that’s making the worlds go round.

    By the way, ‘let the spirit move you not fool you’.

    Bjay connotation with accent.

  5. 5 steve
    March 10, 2008 at 12:52

    I’m not sure what the right of happiness topic suggestion is, limited to that TV show? It sounds kind of like Hogan’s Heroes a little bit. Right of Happiness? Of course not in General. In the Declaration of Independence, the authors stated that we have an inaleniable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but they didn’t put the pursuit of happiness into the Constitution because of the disasterous results it could bring. Remember, many people are mentally ill, and while your concept of ha ppiness could be having friends, relationships, etc, someone else’s might be pedophelia and murder or rape.

  6. 6 Will Rhodes
    March 10, 2008 at 14:28

    Allo, Allo is one of the funniest programs ever.

    No – it is now obvious the Israeli’s and Palestinians do not want peace.

    Do the Americans have a right to know who enters their nation? Yes – the same as any other nation. The right to personal information, no. I believe that is why all nations have passports – the information needed is supposed to be collected by the issuing nation.

    “I feel sorry for the Brits; they don’t merely enjoy misery, they get off on it.” to wit, they are happy! I really don’t know which nook of Britain he sat in while watching the magpies fly by – probably London. Tisk.

  7. 7 eric aka eks321
    March 10, 2008 at 15:53

    the people of each country in the world set the terms of the way they want their society ordered. this is the ideal; however, in many countries dictatorial regimes force their own rules of law on their populace. america is a federal republic. this form of government is supported by the democratic majority of our population. therefore, the laws governing the right to enter our country are supported by the american people. which means that the right to enter the usa is subject to the regulations that our government deems to be in the best interests of the american people as a whole. so, yes, we do have the right to restrict who enters the usa.


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