Monthly Archives: April 2013

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US – Give Me Barack Obama Over Josiah Bartlet Any Day – He Has The Advantage Of Living In The Real World – Perhaps Maureen Dowd Should Join Us There – 29 April 2013

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2013/04/21/gentry-liberals-and-brass-knuckles-the-case-of-maureen-dowd/ This may be an appropriate addition to my expanded political vocabulary – a while back I learned the term “firebagger”, which seems to me so wonderfully useful that I have since employed it often to castigate the hardcore anti-Obama … Continue reading

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Cuba – “The People” Are Getting Tired Of The Revolution – The Only Question Left Is How Reform Can Play Out – But That’s A Really Good Question – 29 April 2013

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/04/28/cuba-youth-idINDEE93R02C20130428 This link is for the “venceremos” crowd out there with no idea what life in a communist country is actually like. It’s not pretty. After more than fifty years since the 1959 revolution, Cubans still live in meagre conditions. … Continue reading

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US – Barack Obama Is Today’s Trustee – We Should All Realise What’s At Stake For Reform – 29 April 2013

“You have made yourself the trustee for those in every country who seek to mend the evils of our condition by reasoned experiment within the framework of the existing social system. If you fail, rational change will be gravely prejudiced … Continue reading

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Spain – If A Spaniard Lost A Job In 2009-2010, Chances Are Good They Still Don’t Have One Yet – Thank Human Resource Offices For That One, Folks – 28 April 2013

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/business/SpainUnemployment1.png In Spain, starting in 2009, people were thrown out of work at a massive scale. Unemployment there is now a whopping 26.6%. That’s the Great Depression, folks…that’s not the mere “crisis” the rest of us are dealing with. But … Continue reading

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Italy – An Isolated Shooter? – Or Part Of The Social Climate Beppe Grillo Is Now Creating? – 28 April 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/world/europe/2-officers-shot-as-italys-government-sworn-in.html?_r=0 Italy has been awash in anti-government hysteria for some time now, thanks to the activism of Beppe Grillo, whose Five Star Movement parliamentarians did their best to prevent any government from forming, and consistently represented all of the alternatives … Continue reading

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US – Never Mind “Obama Bots”, The Old Clinton/Blair Crowd Actually Think Cutting Social Security Is Desirable In Itself, Not Even As Part Of A Bargain With Republicans – 25 April 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-marshall/austerity-obama-budget_b_3117732.html I’m sure there are at least some of you out there in Internet Land who wonder why I go on and on about how terrible Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were. The general attitude amongst most North American lefties … Continue reading

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US – If The Point Is That Americans Should Be Ashamed Of Some Americans, And That Muslims Should Be Ashamed Of Some Muslims, I Agree – 25 April 2013

http://www.ericgarland.co/2013/04/22/if-media-covered-american-culture-the-way-we-cover-foreign-cultures/ I like the idea behind this…writing about Americans as if they were a bunch of violent, tribalist, religious zanies does somewhat make it clear what people from other cultures have to deal with when people are talking about _their_ … Continue reading

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Canada – There Is No God But Allah, So Please Present The Arguments In This Case Directly To Him, I Guess… – 24 April 2013

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/24/via-train-terror-plot.html Two individuals are now in the RCMP’s custody after apparently having plotted to blow up a Via Rail passenger train going from Toronto to New York City. One of them seems to have some opinions about Canada’s criminal code, … Continue reading

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