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Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'll be going to jail any day now

In case you didn't know, it's a crime in Poland to insult the head of state.

Think they'll give me three years for calling the duck a dunderhead?

8 Comments:



Blogger Aaron Fowles said...

Poland is searching for a 31-year-old homeless man after he failed to appear in court to answer a charge of insulting President Lech Kaczynski.

The man is accused of slandering Mr Kaczynski during a drunken outburst as police were questioning him at Warsaw's main train station last winter.


Wow. Y'all must be pretty bored up in Warsaw to spend so much time chasing a homeless guy. If I were held accountable for the things I said when I was drunk, I probably wouldn't be allowed to enter public airspace anymore.

8/25/2006 02:28:00 AM  


Blogger beatroot said...

Unbelievable. But it makes me wonder how the prosecutions go ahead? Does someone ring up Duckie and say: “Look, this guy was pissed, right, loads of vodka…and he said you were a bit of a c#nt. Should we prosecute?

President: I don’t mind if he called me a c#nt but did he say nasty things about my mum and her lodger? Did he call Jaroslaw’s cat a c#nt?

Prosectutor: “Er….well, he was slurring a lot and the policeman didn’t catch all he said…but he did say something about how he thought you were a paranoid, insecure, dribbling idiot who has got a chip on his shoulder. He also mentioned something about potatoes…

President: …..“Right…sue the f#cker!”

8/25/2006 07:43:00 AM  


Blogger Becca said...

If that story hadn't been on the bbc I would have thought someone was having a laugh. Seriously. There are so many better things they could spend their time and money on.

Nice one though Beatroot, you know that's EXACTLY the way the conversation went.

8/25/2006 09:11:00 AM  


Blogger Gustav said...

Could this possibly jibe with European freedom of expression laws?

You guys seriously need a bill of rights over here. This should get you started.

You can forget about #2 though, that one causes too much trouble.

8/25/2006 09:58:00 AM  


Anonymous Chuck said...

Naw... You're safe. After all, you can easily prove your case!

8/25/2006 04:02:00 PM  


Anonymous Amy said...

I really "love" the way they "entertain" us in here.

I remember one conversation with my Mom, I was maybe 6 or 7 and we talked about America, about the freedom of speech. She said: "in America one can say whatever he/she wants, can even say the president is stupid..." and I asked: "And in Poland we can't?". She replied: "Oh, noooo in here one can go to jail for this kind of behavior". And my Dad added: "it's because they have democracy there, anyone can say whatever they want..."

And this was about 20 years ago... How much did we change in here? Especially those who 'fought' to enlighten us with DEMOCRACY...

8/25/2006 10:44:00 PM  


Blogger Ed said...

Deocracy...

Better that a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, however I think nowadays I'll take the stick!

Keep up the good work.

8/25/2006 11:53:00 PM  


Blogger Gustav said...

I'll take the Democracy, thanks.

Welcome Ed, and thanks.

8/26/2006 12:02:00 AM  

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