Doofus Of The Day #948 – or, NOT more cowbell!

Today’s doofus is from Switzerland.

Nancy Holten, 42, moved to Switzerland from the Netherlands when she was eight years old and now has children who are Swiss nationals.

However, when she tried to get a Swiss passport for herself, residents of Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau rejected her application.

Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals.

The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national.

. . .

Ms Holten … has also campaigned against a number of other Swiss traditions like hunting, pig races and the noisy church bells in town.

She was previously rejected for citizenship in 2015 after residents voted to block her initial application.

There’s more at the link.

Can’t see a problem here.  If you clearly don’t fit in to the local community, why should they want to recognize you officially as a part of themselves?  Wouldn’t it make more sense to go to a community where you fit in better?

(Yes, that applies to the current ‘refugee’ crisis in Europe and the illegal alien crisis in the USA, as well – and no, the fact that you fit into a US neighborhood that’s teeming with illegal aliens is no reason to legalize your presence, much less grant you a path to citizenship!)



  1. Unfortunately, she will almost certainly get citizenzhip. She lives not far from us, so I am familiar with the local situation. Ms. Holten has appealed the rejection to the cantonal government. Away from the local town, where she has pissed everyone off, her appeal will most likely be successful. The truth is: she is basically Swiss, since she's lived here since she was 8 – she's gone to school here, speaks the local dialect, etc..

    What she is, is one of that (thankfully small) minority of people who think that their preferences are more important than everyone else's. She wants to be vegan – farmers shouldn't keep animals. She doesn't personally enjoy church bells – they should stop ringing.

    There was another guy, somewhere around Zürich if I remember correctly, who moved into an apartment literally next door to a church with a bell tower. And then had the gall to complain that the bells were too loud.

    I have no patience for nitwits like this. It would be fun if the canton were to reject her appeal, but I don't think it likely to happen…

  2. Could we please apply the same treatment to expat Californians who flee the ridiculous prices, restrictive laws, and obscene tax structure of that state only to come where we live and try to impose their ever so much superior leftist progressive crap on the rest of us?
    Call it the FIFO rule, Fit In or F Off.

  3. Sounds like the city-slickers who move here to the country and then complain when the farmers clean their barns.

  4. Way back in days of yore there was the practice of burning witches. The more I read about it and research the subject it seems that it rarely had much to do with actual witchcraft or satanic practices. It seems it was more a mechanism to keep busybodies, trouble makers, corruptors of the young, the dis-civic and harridans in check. When I look at our modern crumbling society I'm becoming convinced the practice had merit.

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