As we careen toward Election Day, the rest of the world drones on. Across the Atlantic, the European Union has decided to try reducing carbon emissions by 40% over the next fifteen years. Anthony Watts thinks it’s nuts… Eric Worrall writes: The European Union has just committed economic suicide, by agreement a landmark deal, to… More Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement
This summer, most eyes were on Brazil for the World Cup. Far fewer noticed the uproar in the country over how badly the Brazilian government went through $11 billion to prepare for it. Once Brazil was embarrassingly bounced from the tournament by Germany, I felt that uproar would be a lot more important. Well, yesterday,… More Meanwhile, in Brazil…
In the span of a couple of weeks, we are seeing three signs that Europe is falling into Yeats’ most well-known phrase (“Things fall apart; the center does not hold”). The first took place in France, of all places. A recent IFOP poll revealed that Marine Le Pen, daughter of fascist Jean-Marie Le Pen and… More Meanwhile, Europe continues to fray at the edges
Senator Lindsay Graham it talking about impeaching President Obama. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/208264-gop-senator-obama-faces-impeachment-push-if-more-prisoners-leave-gitmo Impeachment over this would not be wise: 1) The President is Commander in Chief and so he is the person that runs wars, not Congress. President Obama has argued that Congress did not have the power to impose this restriction on presidential powers. One can… More Impeachment?
Unlike the painful situation in the 7th District, Republican voters in the 1st (which included me until I moved into the 4th last year) are blessed with two superior choices: incumbent Rob Wittman and challenger Anthony Riedel. They are both near-perfect on the issues (the only major blemishes are Wittman’s farm policy votes and Riedel’s overly doctrinaire… More Rob Wittman for Re-election
It’s easy to claim “consensus” when you suppress dissenting voices (Times of London): Research which heaped doubt on the rate of global warming was deliberately suppressed by scientists because it was “less than helpful” to their cause, it was claimed last night. In an echo of the infamous “Climategate” scandal at the University of East Anglia,… More They did it again: global warming alarmists caught politicizing the science
No matter what the situation, no matter how bad the problem, no matter how catastrophic the state of affairs, a nation can always count on the International Monetary Fund to make things worse. This week, Ukraine is about to learn that painful lesson. The IMF is sending $18 billion to the new Ukraine government, but… More IMF Introduces Ukraine to Faux-sterity
There will be a temptation to consider the Crimea “lost” after Sunday’s plebiscite (under armed guard) and Putin’s dramatic acceptance of the same this morning (Telegraph, UK). Despite the fanfare and forces on the ground in Crimea, the Ukrainian province can still be saved. For starters, the fellow who claims to speak for the province isn’t from… More Can the Crimea be saved? Yes.
It is a painful irony that the right seems to have dropped the “What would Reagan do?” meme at the very moment when it is most apt. As Vladimir Putin tries to carve off the Crimea from Ukraine, the argument about how to react has devolved into two sides talking past each other on the… More Why we must come to Ukraine’s aid
…the supposed nirvana in health care policy (single-payer) takes another hit (National Post): Two Albertans who paid thousands of dollars for surgery in the United States after facing long waits for treatment back home will argue their constitutional challenge of the province’s ban on private medical insurance before a Calgary judge on Thursday. The lawyer… More Meanwhile, in Canada…
While so many conservatives here in the United States worry about Robertscare turning the country “into Europe,” the folks who actually live in Europe are showing that the trend doesn’t always fall in the leftist direction. The British government privatized its post office (the Royal Mail) this week, and as Fraser Nelson (Spectator Coffee House)… More Britain sells the Post Office
The single currency has become such a strait-jacket for Greece that it’s encouraging the one thing “ever closer union” was supposed to prevent: a rise in violent fascism (The Corner): So what’s the state of the opinion polls in Greece, a few days after the arrest of a large slice of the leadership of the… More More wonderful news from the EUtopia
It appears Spain didn’t get the memo. As the Spaniards suffer under policies designed not to bring them prosperity but to keep them trapped in the single-currency eurozone, their feckless leader has embarked on a typical distraction campaign aimed at…fellow EU member Britain (Telegraph), replete with new art celebrating a potential invasion of Gibraltar and… More Remember when the EU was supposed to bring Europe closer together?
Damn. Alternative for Germany came less than a third of a percent shy of qualifying for the German Parliament. While all of the talk in Germany is about Angela Merkel’s strong performance, it should be noted that the left actually has a majority of seats. They could freeze her out, if they choose (Open Europe).… More AfD misses the cut
If the poll is correct (and most pollsters actually presume they’re underestimating the euroskeptic party’s support due to a German equivalent of the Shy Tory factor – see UK Polling Report for what I mean), then AfD (its German initials) would pass the threshold needed to enter the Bundestag…and put a serious crack in the… More Alternative for Germany hits 5% in INSA/YouGov Poll
Remember my post last week about the Assad regime and al Qaeda working together? Turns out now they’re both explicitly taking aim at the Free Syrian Army (Wall Street Journal): An al Qaeda spinoff operating near Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, last week began a new battle campaign it dubbed “Expunging Filth.” The target wasn’t their… More Whaddya know…al Qaeda in Syria now fighting against the Free Syrian Army
…election polls are showing an increase for the euroskeptic Alternative for Germany Party. If they can hit 5%, they would become the first overtly euroskeptic party in the Bundestag. Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal
Bridget Johnson drops what could be a geopolitical bombshell on the entire Syrian debate (Pajamas Media): In a chilling alliance that could turn conventional wisdom about the current Syria debate — and the revolution’s players — on its head, signs continue to mount that show al-Qaeda is working not against Bashar al-Assad but in concert… More Are Assad and al Qaeda working together?
I have found it to be painfully ironic that Democrats are increasingly calling for “single-payer” health care just as the one nation most identified with it (the United Kingdom) is coming to terms with its titanic flaws. Another example of this came today via Conservative Home: New analysis by Professor Brian Jarman, the respected expert… More If Britain is America’s future in health care, we’re in big trouble
Once again, the Administration revealed that it is just not serious about Syria (Corner): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough defined success for American intervention in Syria as deterring the Syrian regime from using chemical weapons again, rather than changing the balance of forces in the country’s ongoing civil war. Overthrowing the Assad regime… More White House Chief of Staff calls “victory” what I would call vanilla
After seeing the initial draft of the Senate’s Syrian military force authorization resolution, I declared that it met none of the three conditions I need to support the use of force there. To recap, the conditions are: 1) Commitment to removing Assad from power and replacing him with a non-al-Qaedist regime; 2) Having a plan and the commitment to follow… More The Senate resolution on Syria was amended, but not enough to win my support
This morning I listed three criteria the president had to meet in order to win my support for military action in Syria: 1) Commitment to removing Assad from power and replacing him with a non-al-Qaedist regime; 2) Having a plan and the commitment to follow through on it; and 3) An explanation for how military action will… More I have seen the Senate resolution on Syria, and it fails the first test