From Neal Boortz:
To say that Europeans are fond of Barack Obama would be an understatement. It seems that he has reached the same level of adulation and worship as he has in the United States. So when asked who Europeans would prefer to see elected as the next US president, it is no surprise that citizens of France, Germany and the UK all chose Barack Obama … by a landslide. In the UK, Obama was favored 60-15. In France, 64-4. And in Germany, they chose Barack Obama by a margin of 62-10 over John McCain. Frankly, I’m surprised that the numbers were this low.
Now if it were up to people like Barack Obama, the opinions of these foreign countries would matter. Remember Obama’s thermostat comment … “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.” What does it matter what other countries think about our habits? In fact, what business is it of our president? But the Europeans sure can’t wait for this guy to be in power.
Now here’s something that you won’t hear from any of the networks when it comes to analyzing the European infatuation over Obama. Several months ago the Pew Research Center did some polling in Europe. That polling showed that 58 percent of Europeans want the United States to be weakened. They want a weaker America. Oddly, that 58 percent figure is pretty close to the margin for Obama. So how are you going to feel about European attitudes about our presidential election if you walk up to someone on the street and have this dialogue:
“Would you like the United States to be weaker or stronger.”
“Who do you support, then, for president?”
Does anyone care to look into the motives behind this European love affair with The Messiah?
It’s quite simple: Euros don’t like America and want us weak, and they think Barry O is just the guy for the job of weakening us. A pretty good barometer of who you should vote for is whoever the Euros don’t want to win.
The dhimmitude of the UK continues. From the Daily Mail:
State school pupils are set to be taught Islamic traditions and values in compulsory citizenship lessons.
The move - part of a package of initiatives announced by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears yesterday - is designed to curb extremism. (Yeah, good luck with that. – Ed.)
Education campaigners warned however against giving Islam a privileged position over other faiths. (Too late. – Ed.)
I notice they’re not mandating Hindu, Buddhist, Catholic, etc., education for this. How sad that this once powerful empire has succumbed to political correctness.
Maybe if his German was better than that “embarrassing” “merci beaucoup” French that the linguistically challenged rubes he derided us for a couple of weeks ago, this wouldn’t have nearly the hilarity factor that is currently has for me! From Germany’s Spiegel:
Still, even as the issue of his speech’s location has now been settled, a number of politicians in Berlin are still dissatisfied with the site. The Siegessäule — or Victory Column — was erected in memory of Prussia’s victories over Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870/71). The column originally stood in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, but was moved by Adolf Hitler to its current location in 1939 to make way for his planned transformation of Berlin into the Nazi capital “Germania.”
“The Siegessäule in Berlin was moved to where it is now by Adolf Hitler. He saw it as a symbol of German superiority and of the victorious wars against Denmark, Austria and France,” the deputy leader of the Free Democrats, Rainer Brüderle, told Bild am Sonntag. He raised the question as to “whether Barack Obama was advised correctly in his choice of the Siegessäule as the site to hold a speech on his vision for a more cooperative world.”
Just another “inartful” expression of his depth of historical knowledge, I guess. Wait, wait, lemme guess: “This is not the Germany I knew!” Actually, in his case, I could believe it.
Yes, you read that correctly. A law-abiding citizen in the UK had his car stolen, and a police chase with the car thief ensued. During the chase, a police car was damaged. The police have decided to send a bill for damages…to the car owner!
And the left wants us to emulate the Euros? I don’t think so.
Considering the British government routinely grabs its ankles for the worshipers of “The Religion of Perpetual Outrage”, I imagine they’ll fold like a French soldier on this matter, too. From Double Plus Undead:
From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department:
Bristol City Council wants to prune bushes and remove cover from an area known as the Downs to improve the landscape and encourage rare wildlife.
But its own gay rights group has opposed the move, claiming that cutting back the bushes was “discriminating” to homosexual men who used the area for late night outdoor sex known as dogging.
Work on the beauty spot has been temporarily delayed while talks with gay rights groups take place to try and break the deadlock.
According to the article, yes, screwing in the bushes is illegal, but they’re having this ridiculous debate anyway. I mean, it’s not like there aren’t any hotels in the Bristol area. I’m sure they’d be happy to have these “gentlemen” as paying guests, but yeah, cutting back overgrown bushes where people congregate to have illegal public sex is discrimination. I’d say “Get a room,” if I wasn’t afraid of a Hate Crime lawsuit.
Oh, come on, Englandistan! I mean, just where are a couple of limpwrists supposed to ride the Hershey Highway…indoors? That’s just crazy talk!
Update(s) at the bottom, post bumped to the top.
I don’t think many folks would argue that learning to speak a foreign language isn’t a bad idea. I took French in high school and college, though I may never visit France (or any other French-speaking nation). Others I knew took Spanish. No big whoop.
But that elitist prick from IL weighed in with this piece of snobbery:
It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup.
Well, Mon Dieu! Or, in English, “WTF??”
I mean, he’s saying that it’s OK for Europeans who speak languages other than English come to our country and speak in their native tongue without learning our language, but if we go to Europe and speak in our native tongue, then it’s “embarrassing”?
Let’s take a further look here, shall we?
Earlier in the same speech, he also said that instead of immigrants (illegal or not) learning our language, we should learn theirs…particularly Spanish. First Spanish, then French…why stop there? Maybe we should teach our kids Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi…ad nauseum. That ought to put them in the graduating class of 2030, eh?
Also, why is it that the Obamaliar expects us to speak the language of immigrants who move here to live, but also expects us to speak the language whenever we temporarily visit another country? Geez, dude, pick a sentiment and stick with it! Actually, he has picked a sentiment: abandon English, kowtow to the Euros, and destroy American identity.
But hey, maybe he was just “inartfully” expressing his thoughts, rather than giving us yet additional insight into how bad he really detests this country.
Look, if I moved to a country where my language was not the predominant language, I guarantee you that I would not expect to “Press 1 for English”! I would learn the predominantly spoken language so that I could function and thrive there. But I’m kinda funny normal that way.
UPDATE (07/09/2008 – 07:30 PM EST): Hat tip to The Bad for bringing this to my attention. It seems as though Snobama was lecturing Americans to learn a language (Spanish) that he doesn’t even speak himself! I wonder if he can speak French beyond that “merci beaucoup”? I’ve gone ahead and added the “hypocrisy” tag to this post.
The Islamification of Eurabia continues. From the UK:
HERTFORD’S new state-of-the-art police station was unveiled on Monday, in a move to put policing “back in the centre of town”.
The hi-tech, £46 million project boasts up to date IT support, a confidential witness room and a ‘reflection room’ which will house a prayer mat, religious texts and a compass to allow Muslim staff members to pinpoint Mecca.
Tell me again: why we should emulate the Euros and their dhimmitude-based society?
Of course it is. After all, Bush made the Danes publish the Mohammed cartoons that got the weirdbeards’ collective turbans in a bunch, right? Idiot Euros.
Al Qaeda, though, doesn’t quite see it the same way as the Euros, and they want credit where it’s due. The stupid Euros, though, blame the exterminator instead of the cockroaches.
I suppose Ellen Goodman’s “Holocaust deniers” analogy had run its course, so some nitwit Euro junk science fad subscriber had to come up with another “shocking, yet completely dissimilar” comparison. From FNC:
A senior bishop in the Church of England has compared people who ignore climate change to Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept his daughter locked in a cellar for 24 years, repeatedly raping her and fathering seven of her children.
The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Rev. Gordon Mursell, made the comparison in a parish “pastoral” newsletter and said that people who fail to act to prevent global warming are “as guilty as” Fritzl and “destroying the future of our children,” the Times of London reported Monday.
The bishop denied Monday that he was accusing those who ignore climate change of being child abusers, but said Fritzl was “the most extreme form” of a common selfish streak in humankind.
“In fact you could argue that, by our refusal to face the truth about climate change, we are as guilty as he is — we are in effect locking our children and grandchildren into a world with no future and throwing away the key,” he wrote in the letter entitled “following our dream,” distributed around the Diocese of Lichfield.
He defended his comments, saying he did not wish “to shock people unnecessarily.” But he said: “I am simply trying to use an analogy to get people to wake up to the consequences of what we are failing to do, because if we don’t there won’t be a future for our children either.” …
Got that? If you’re not sold on the manmade global “warming” junk science, it’s like you’re raping your kids in a dungeon somewhere. Wow…just “wow”!
Germany doesn’t seem to give a wet fart on a dry January Monday what the UN thinks. From Moonbattery:
Germany’s sovereignty survived the loss of two world wars. Let’s hope it can endure the U.N.’s endless grasping for control.
With the approval of its residents, Dresden is building a bridge across the Elbe to ease traffic congestion. Bureauweenie Francesco Bandarin of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization is enraged.
Earlier this year, UNESCO rejected a revised bridge design presented by Dresden, arguing that any bridge in the city’s famed Elbe River Valley would destroy the landscape and ruin the views of Dresden’s famous landmarks. UNESCO says the only acceptable solution is for Dresden to build a tunnel under the river.
Bandarin said unless Dresden immediately halted work on the bridge, it was impossible to seek any compromises. Bandarin also urged politicians in Dresden and the state of Saxony to hold a second referendum on the issue, even if it took two years to realize it.
If it doesn’t stop being impertinent and obey the will of the world community as decreed by U.N. chair-warmers, Dresden will lose its allegedly precious World Heritage status.
Worse things have happened to the city.
I’d love to see the Useless Nations try that crap in America to see how our leftist legislators respond.
Three decades have passed since the movie Jaws sent terrified bathers scrambling out of the ocean. But as any beach lifeguard knows, there’s still nothing like a gory shark attack to stoke public hysteria and paranoia.
Two deaths in the waters off California and Mexico last week and a spate of shark-inflicted injuries to surfers off Florida’s Atlantic coast have left beachgoers seeking an explanation for a sudden surge in the number of strikes.
Some experts suggest that an abundance of seals has attracted high numbers of sharks, while others believe that overfishing has hit their food chain. ‘I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s a convenient excuse,’ Burgess said. Another contributory factor to the location of shark attacks could be global warming and rising sea temperatures. ‘You’ll find that some species will begin to appear in places they didn’t in the past with some regularity,’ he said. …
Just when I thought they couldn’t blame anything else on that junk science fad known as global “warming”, I get proven wrong again.
Seriously, did the bunnyhuggers at PETA think that their barbarism would go unnoticed? The senseless slaughter of arugula has left untold gallons of chlorophyll on your hands, you PEAT punks!Snicker…Karma’s a female dog, ain’t it? From the Weekly Standard:
You just knew it was coming: At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the “dignity” of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called “plant rights” is being seriously debated.
A few years ago the Swiss added to their national constitution a provision requiring “account to be taken of the dignity of creation when handling animals, plants and other organisms.” No one knew exactly what it meant, so they asked the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology to figure it out. The resulting report, “The Dignity of Living Beings with Regard to Plants,” is enough to short circuit the brain.
A “clear majority” of the panel adopted what it called a “biocentric” moral view, meaning that “living organisms should be considered morally for their own sake because they are alive.” Thus, the panel determined that we cannot claim “absolute ownership” over plants and, moreover, that “individual plants have an inherent worth.” (Oh, I see! Human individualism is bad, but plant individualism is good? Got it. Thanks for the clarification. – Ed.) This means that “we may not use them just as we please, even if the plant community is not in danger, or if our actions do not endanger the species, or if we are not acting arbitrarily.”
No, it’s not a hoax. This is another case of Euros doing what Euros do best: wallowing in moonbattery.
Exit question: We’re not supposed to eat animals, and now we’re not supposed to eat plants…so just what in the blue hell are we supposed to eat? Paint chips?
Boris Johnson has won the race to become the next mayor of London – ending Ken Livingstone’s eight-year reign at City Hall.
The Conservative candidate won with 1,168,738 first and second preference votes, compared with Mr Livingstone’s 1,028,966 on a record turnout of 45%.
In a message that American liberals should (but won’t) take to heart…:
However, Justice Secretary Jack Straw said Labour as a whole should shoulder the blame for Mr Livingstone’s loss.
Mr Straw admitted that the row over the 10p tax rate had left some voters “understandably very upset”.
WHAT?? Increased taxes don’t resonate with the electorate? Who knew?
Hopefully, Johnson will lead London away from its fatal politically correct dhimmitude and oppressive tax policies Time will tell.
Bright ladies = bad sex, dumb broads = great sex? Hey, don’t get mad at me, ladies…get mad at the Euros! It’s their study, not mine!
The German survey found that the more educated a woman was, the less likely it was that she would be satisfied by sex.
In the study 62 per cent of women who had completed their education said they often had problems achieving orgasm.
Only 38 per cent of women with a lower educational qualification said they had such problems.
The study conducted by a German lifestyle website surveyed over 2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 49.
The moral of the story is this: Guys, if your lady isn’t satisfied by you in the rack, it’s nothing you’re doing wrong…if she’s smart, that is. If she’s a ditz and she’s still not satisfied, then you need to change your techniques!
Yes, sir…you’ll get the hard-hitting (no pun intended) analysis of the important issues du jour here at Crush Liberalism!
The religion of perpetual outrage and bloodlust still has its collective turbans in a bunch over the infidels’ Mohammed cartoons. Osama took time out from his busy schedule being a punk ass bitch hiding in a cave like a coward to issue a threat to the Euros over such an unforgiveable (and, apparently, punishable by death) infraction. From bin Laden’s mouthpiece, aka al-Reuters:
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened the European Union with grave punishment over the re-publication of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad that Muslims saw as offensive.
Bin Laden in an audio recording posted on the Internet said that the drawings which were published by Danish and other newspapers were part of a “crusade” in which the Catholic Pope was involved.
Knowing the reputation of al-Reuters, OBL probably personally gave them a jingle to give ‘em a turbans-up where to find his rant.
Exit question, mainly for the Euros: considering that Euros have kept their candy asses out of Afghanistan and Iraq, thinking that such spinelessness will spare them the wrath of the bloodthirsty camelhumping jihadists, I’ve got to know…how’s that working for you? Seeing as how you’re now marked for death, apparently it’s not working that well at all for you. Kinda shoots to hell your theory of “they’re just pissed at America and the UK for being in their territory”, wouldn’t you say? I mean, it couldn’t possibly be that we were right in recognizing what a bunch of barbaric savages they are and would find any reason possible to want us all dead, could it?
If by “talk”, you mean “Bomb them into oblivion and fry them to a crispy shell”, then I agree. If not, you’re a tool. From al-Reuters:
The Foreign Office on Saturday dismissed as “inconceivable” calls by an ex-aide to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to open a channel of communication with al Qaeda.
Jonathan Powell, who served as Blair’s chief of staff between 1995 and 2007, said he would “want to find a channel to al Qaeda” if he was still in government, the Guardian newspaper reported.
He was quoted as saying that a secret back channel between the British government and the IRA, first opened in the 1970s, was a key factor that contributed to a peace deal in Northern Ireland three decades later, which he was central to securing.
Only by talking to al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan could Western governments hope to secure a long-term halt in their campaigns of violence, he was reported as saying.
He told the Guardian: “There’s nothing to say to al Qaeda and they’ve got nothing to say to us at the moment, but at some stage you’re going to have to come to a political solution as well as a security solution. And that means you need the ability to talk.”
He added: “It’s very difficult for democratic governments to do — talk to a terrorist movement that’s killing your people.
“[But] if I was in government now I would want to have been talking to Hamas, I would be wanting to communicate with the Taliban; and I would want to find a channel to al Qaeda.” …
Aside from the obvious point that negotiating with terrorists gives any would-be jihadist with a bomb vest the incentive to blow shiite up (knowing that they, too, have a chance at getting what they want through negotiations), this needs to be asked: When one side’s starting point in a discussion is “We want all of you infidels dead, dead, dead”, then what, pray tell, is the point of “talks”?
Not only are George W. Bush and Elliot Spitzer’s dad’s Monopoly terrorism responsible for Little Elliot’s decision to solicit hookers, but yet another cuplrit has been discovered: Wall Street. From the UK:
Yet in one key respect, Spitzer’s self-inflicted ordeal differs from the Monica extravaganza that stained Bill Clinton’s presidency as severely as it did her blue velvet dress.
There are intriguing reports in New York that the man who was once dubbed Eliot Ness – after the “untouchable” FBI crime-buster – may have owed his fall at least in part to the bankers he once pursued with ruthless moral zeal.
Was the governor a victim of Wall Street’s revenge? “Only one thing is certain – it’s an Eliot mess,” declared one former prosecutor.
I’m waiting for the “Wall Street supplied the hookers, as well as the ‘inability to resist hooker charm’ serum” story any day now. In the meantime, I’d be content with just a little more, oh, I dunno…proof!
The MSM is scrambling (to the point of absurdity) to find someone, anyone to blame for Spitz’ hooker fetish, other than the obvious candidate. For those of you on the left, “the obvious candidate” refers to Ellito Spitzer himself, and not Dick Cheney, Halliburton, Diebold, or Exxon/Mobil.
Martina Navratilova has regained Czech nationality more than 30 years after fleeing a Communist regime she now compares favourably to that of her adopted country America under President George Bush.
The nine-time Wimbledon champion and one of the world’s greatest ever tennis players, Ms Navratilova was born in Prague. She fled in 1975 at the height of the Cold War after being denied the right to compete in professional tennis in the US, where most major tournaments were then played and to where she later moved.
After angering the Communist authorities and living in America for six years, she became a US citizen.
Yesterday, however, she told a press conference in Tokyo that she now has her home citizenship back. “I lost it at the time I defected. I got it back on 9 January,” she said.
The widely respected star had previously spoken of her disdain of the government of her adopted nation. “The thing is that we elected Bush,” she told the Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny. “That is worse. Against that, nobody chose a Communist government in Czechoslovakia.” …
I don’t get it! I mean, I thought if anyone loved bush, it was the strict vagitarian Martina Navratilova! Oh, well, don’t let the door hit you on the schlong on the way out of the country, Martina.
Rightly ridiculed for his claim of having invented the Internet, Al Gore has been the butt of jokes for his propensity to absurdly claim credit for things with which he had diddly to do. Apparently, Her Highness hasn’t learned from his plight. From the UK:
Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a “wee bit silly” for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province.
“I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around,” he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely “the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets” during elections. “She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.”
Mrs Clinton has made Northern Ireland key to her claims of having extensive foreign policy experience, which helped her defeat Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday after she presented herself as being ready to tackle foreign policy crises at 3am.
“I helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland,” she told CNN on Wednesday. But negotiators from the parties that helped broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 told The Daily Telegraph that her role was peripheral and that she played no part in the gruelling political talks over the years. …
Enjoy the savory flavor of a liberal being ridiculed by Euros!
Anywho, the Hildebeast is fond of touting her 35+ years of public service experience, but as her preposterous claim of brokering peace in Ireland shows, she considers being attached to Bubba’s side the same thing as accomplishing something. Then again, she considers Bubba’s presidency as more of a “co-presidency”, a sentiment she displayed when she said this: “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.”
A video of French President Nicolas Sarkozy telling a bystander to “get lost” has become a hit on the Internet.
Sarkozy was filmed by a journalist from the daily Le Parisien on a walkabout at the annual farm fair in Paris on Saturday.
Sarkozy offered his hand to a man who said: “Don’t touch me, you are soiling me.” In reply, Sarkozy said, without dropping his smile: “Get lost, dumb ass.”
Presidential-like? No. Called for? Absolutely.
Euros have decided it’s both presumptuous and offensive to attribute two heterosexual parents to a schoolchild…even if 99% of them do indeed have a mother and father. From the UK:
Teachers should not assume that their pupils have a “mum and dad” under guidance aimed at tackling anti-gay bullying in schools.
It says primary pupils as young as four should be familiarised with the idea of same-sex couples to help combat homophobic attitudes.
Teachers should attempt to avoid assumptions that pupils will have a conventional family background, it urges.
It goes on to suggest the word “parents” may be more appropriate than “mum and dad”, particularly in letters and emails to the child’s home.
Well, we’d certainly hate for Little Nigel’s fathers to get their #ssless chaps in a bunch, now wouldn’t we? Why, if Little Jane’s mommies get word that “parents” was used in school, they’d have her out of there lickety split!
Thanks to PabloD for the tip.
My guess is the Taliban and al Qaeda will be begging NATO to send more troops, hell they might even chip in some money. I mean if you were a terrorist thug, who would you want hunting your ass down, some Scandi guy in a soldier suit or a US Marine?
This is but another chapter in my forthcoming book “Why We Should Ignore Liberals Who Say We Should Emulate Europeans”, and believe you me, I’ve got tons of material for that book! From the UK:
A convicted criminal has moved in with a married couple against their wishes after giving their address in court as his home.
Shane Sims, 19, has spent the last few days living with Brenda and Robert Cole after he was sentenced to a week’s curfew for breaching a supervision order.
But the couple claim the first they knew about it was when Sims, a friend of their daughter, moved in on Thursday – followed by security contractors who put a box in a bedroom to monitor his movements with an ankle tag.
Sims’ tag keeps him indoors between 7pm and 7am much to the horror of the Coles, who both have learning difficulties.
Mrs Cole, 47, said: “It’s turned our lives upside down.
“He’s taken over the whole place. He sprawls across the sofa and he’s always in the bathroom when you need it.
“It’s an absolute disgrace. They’ve let a criminal come into our home and there is nothing we can do about it.
“How can he get away with giving false details? Can crooks pick anywhere they like and just move in? Who needs to break into a house when the courts will do it all for you?
“When the men turned up and installed the tag box, I thought it was some kind of a joke. I told them there had been a mistake but they just said it wasn’t their problem.”
Sims appeared before magistrates last Thursday where he admitted breaching a two-year supervision order imposed for assault.
He gave the Coles’ Bristol address as his bail address but the Probation Service did not verify it.
Sims claims he was told he could stay by the Coles’ 16-year-old daughter Tanya after he fell out with his father.
He allegedly told Mrs Cole: “I’m staying here until the tag’s off. There’s f**k all you can do about it. The courts have told me to.”
The court said it was looking into the situation but police said they could not act without a court warrant.
Sims said: “I said ‘I’ll be gone before Christmas’ and I will be. I can’t see what the problem is. They keep changing their minds. I don’t even want to be here.”
A spokeswoman for South Gloucestershire Council, whose social workers care for Mr and Mrs Cole, said: “We are seeking legal advice and doing all we can to resolve the situation.”
Stupid. #ss. Euros.
The news is stunning. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce that, “in a bid to end the war in Afghanistan,” he will begin negotiations with the Taliban. The quote from the “senior source” merely adds an exclamation point to it all.
The change of tack will be seen as the latest attempt by the prime minister to distance himself from the foreign policy of Tony Blair and his ally George Bush.
In a landmark statement in the Commons he will say that the Cabinet has agreed a three pronged strategy for Afghanistan which will [include] security guaranteed by NATO and the Afghan national army followed by economic and political development in the country.
The third prong of the plan is likely to be most controversial — to engage Taliban leaders in constructive dialogue.
A senior source said last night: “We need to ask who are we fighting? Do we need to fight them — can we be talking to them?”
Do we need to fight them? Do we need to fight them??? I am at a loss for words. Stunned.
Expect al-Qaeda’s propaganda machine, relentless in engaging the Information War, to bat this out of the park in short order. Recall that bin Laden’s latest message to Europe was a reminder of Russia’s futile struggle in Afghanistan. This, for him and for furthering his message in the region, serves to help bin Laden bolster the parallel.
One prays that Mark Steyn was not more right — and sooner — than we care to admit.
Yet, on the other hand, I prefer to be alone than anywhere near the new British policy.
Is it so inconceivable to end a war by winning it?
General Petraeus, if you have some free time in the relative near future, sir . . .
Here’s how a negotiation with terrorist regimes go:
Good guys (for those of you on the left, that would be the US and its allies): So what do you want?
Taliban: Convert or die.
Good guys: We don’t like either option. What else?
Taliban: Die or convert.
Good guys: Sounds an awful lot like the first set of options. Still not liking it. What else you got?
Taliban: Cease living or become Muslim.
Good guys: What if we let you blow up a skyscraper once a decade and kill about 3,000 of our countrymen?
Taliban: That’s a hoot, but it’s not enough.
Good guys: We can throw in a few Hollywood starlets, minus the burqas, so you can beat and/or stone them?
Taliban: My loins tingle with excitement! Keep talking…
Good guys: How about a queer, gift-wrapped in time for Ramadan. The squeal like a pig when whacked with a rock…or so we’ve heard.
Taliban: Since Iran has no gays to give us, this is most definitely an enticing option! Throw in some free couscous and an Afghan goat for each of our mullahs, and we’ll think about it.
Good guys: Awesome! See? We can strike a deal, if we just put our minds to it.
Taliban: Yes. Trust us (*snicker*snicker*)!
Why didn’t we try this a long time ago, right? For those of you on the left, the prior sentence was sarcasm.
I haven’t covered the National Intelligence Estimate report much, mainly because there’s been quite a bit of info out there about it. In short, our intel community (which has been at war with the administration as much as, if not more so than, with Al Qaeda) released a report that says Iran doesn’t have nukes or the ability to make them.
British spy chiefs have grave doubts that Iran has mothballed its nuclear weapons programme, as a US intelligence report claimed last week, and believe the CIA has been hoodwinked by Teheran…
British intelligence is concerned that US spy chiefs were so determined to avoid giving President Bush a reason to go to war – as their reports on Saddam Hussein’s weapons programmes did in Iraq – that they got it wrong this time.
A senior British official delivered a withering assessment of US intelligence-gathering abilities in the Middle East and revealed that British spies shared the concerns of Israeli defence chiefs that Iran was still pursuing nuclear weapons.
The source said British analysts believed that Iranian nuclear staff, knowing their phones were tapped, deliberately gave misinformation. “We are sceptical. We want to know what the basis of it is, where did it come from? Was it on the basis of the defector? Was it on the basis of the intercept material? They say things on the phone because they know we are up on the phones. They say black is white. They will say anything to throw us off.
John Bolton describes the NIE as both “politics disguised as intelligence” and “quasi-putsch”, which is more diplomatic than I would be.
Ah, yes…those coveted Euro electoral votes! From the Beeb:
Guess who is coming to dinner in Dublin?
None other than former US president Bill Clinton, who is mingling with a host of Ireland’s elite at a fundraising bash on Saturday night.
The 1,600 euro (£1,145) a head dinner is in aid of his wife Hillary’s presidential campaign fund – and the places have been much coveted.
The Irish-Americans for Hillary Group said they could sell the 140 available places over and over again.
The paper said that some Irish people who were so desperate to attend the fundraiser have been seeking out US citizens through whom they can channel the $2,300 (1,600 euro) admission charge.
Never let it be said that Shrillary doesn’t adapt. If you can’t get your hands on some Chinese funny money, go for some Irish green. Here’s guessing that there will be no legal repercussions for such a flagrant violation of federal election law.
A convicted pedophile sentenced to do community service in a German kindergarten will return to court next week to face charges of abusing two children there, a regional prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
The man was allowed to work as a janitor at the Evangelical Kindergarten St Petri in Melle, near the northern city of Osnabrueck, because a court worker missed three prior pedophilia convictions on his record, said Alexander Retemeyer, spokesman for the Osnabrueck prosecutor’s office.
The man, identified only as A.B., had been sentenced to 720 hours of community service earlier this year for working on the sly while collecting welfare payments.
“The colleague didn’t pay attention and didn’t see he had a sexual conviction, so she allowed him to serve in a kindergarten,” Retemeyer said. “She didn’t read the file.”
The prior convictions date from 1988-1990, when the man was living in the former East Germany, Retemeyer said. Though the convictions are listed in the man’s criminal record, the details are unclear because prosecutors cannot access his East German police file.
Police arrested the man in April after the head of the kindergarten reported he had fondled himself in front of two children.
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