Europe embraces its collapse with carbon reduction requirement

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

Meanwhile, in Brazil…

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…

Meanwhile, Europe continues to fray at the edges

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

Impeachment?

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?

They did it again: global warming alarmists caught politicizing the science

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

Meanwhile, in Canada…

…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…

Remember when the EU was supposed to bring Europe closer together?

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?

AfD misses the cut

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

Alternative for Germany hits 5% in INSA/YouGov Poll

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

Whaddya know…al Qaeda in Syria now fighting against the Free Syrian Army

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

Meanwhile, in Germany…

…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

Are Assad and al Qaeda working together?

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?

If Britain is America’s future in health care, we’re in big trouble

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

White House Chief of Staff calls “victory” what I would call vanilla

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

The Senate resolution on Syria was amended, but not enough to win my support

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

I have seen the Senate resolution on Syria, and it fails the first test

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