Russia’s “Gas Offensive” Expands

    One of the supposed side-benefits of the collapse of the price of hydrocarbons is that various noxious jurisdictions – which had been flush on petro-dollars – have much lower cash-flow and thus much less ability to cause trouble. However, one overlooked economic error involves focusing solely on the “price” of something in the open marketplace. If you need something but can’t get it, the price | Read More »

    Why Are Most Jews Politically Liberal?

    bs asked in his recent diary (see not far below in Member Diaries) why so many Jews are politically liberal, even going so far as to support an arguably anti-Israel candidate such as Barack Obama. VanishingNYRep gets some of the answer, I think: long Jewish resistance to the Right in Europe (kings, kaisers, and tsars). It is probably true that anti-Judaism came more from the | Read More »

    Europe By The Numbers

    As most of you know, your humble correspondent makes multiple business trips a year to Europe – and thus has had plenty of time and experience with which to sort fact from illusion. What follows is based on a comment that was requested to be upgraded to a diary entry. So here goes. We are continually pelted with various forms of goading, that somehow “Europe” | Read More »

    A Lousy Start To 2009 . . . For Ukraine And For Much Of Europe As Well

    For those who still have doubts concerning Russia’s desire to bully its neighbors, I refer you to this story, which reveals the degree to which Russia is willing to go to show just how much hegemonic power it can exercise over other former Soviet states–and by extension, over Europe itself: Russia was preparing to turn off gas deliveries to neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday, raising the | Read More »

    I’m Going To Defend Barack Obama

    Have you heard? President elect Barack Obama has made it cool again to be American. Well, at least that’s the sentiment from our global friends and Americans living and or working abroad. The Americans abroad were saying that they now feel proud to call themselves American as oppose to being not so proud? Well I mean one of the most unfair charges America as a | Read More »

    US/Polish Alliance and the new “Cuban Missle Crisis”

    It has become apparent that Russia, now growing strong on petrodollars and new trade with China, will antagonize the West over every issue it can. It started years ago with small trade disagreements with Poland and Germany. Moved to natural gas supplies with the Ukraine and Europe. Then we have the Russian/Georgian War of 2008. There is also Russia’s massive military sale going to Venezuela | Read More »

    Graffiti Wall ‘Vandalized’ By… um, Graffiti?

    Only on the Island nation of England, a place that has literally become a living recreation of Alice’s Wonderland world, can this story exist. Only in a world where logic, laws and traditions have been summarily erased only to be replaced by frivolity and situational ethics can the situation that spawned this laughable tale even be possible. In England we find a world upside down. | Read More »

    Obama Job Shopping/Europe

    *Introduction of Obama letter to Europe* Dear Europeans, I have recently learned of your extremely informed opinion that one Mr. Barack H. Obama enjoys your overwhelming support over ‘there’.*Mr. Obama is very lucky indeed to have your endorsement.* As you might have heard Mr. Obama is extremely intelligent and ranks as our best known community organizer. Mr. Obama has attended the Harvard Law School and | Read More »

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    The Delusions of a Whinging Pommie

    It seems there are those in Great Britain who will follow the example of their Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, regardless of how execrable it may be. The Honorable Mr. Brown recently told the world who he thought really deserved to win a US election. “Around the world, it is progressive politicians who are grappling with these challenges….In the electrifying US Presidential campaign, it is the | Read More »

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    Georgia/Russian War: Blame Obama

    General Wesley Clark had one thing right during his tenure as a general in the U.S. military. He understood the portentous nature of the Russian’s move to take control of the airport in Pristina, Kosovo at the end of the 1999 NATO engagement in Yugoslavia. He ordered NATO forces to gear up to prevent the Russians from taking the airport but was opposed by British | Read More »

    Brits, Inat’l Community, Subsidizing Torture With Aid

    By now, we are all familiar with the specious European efforts to bring President Bush up on charges of “crimes against humanity” because of the authorized torture he and his administration supposedly instituted. Oh, the Euros are in high dudgeon over their assumed sense of moral superiority in their claims against the evil, evil America. Despite the rapidly improving situation in Iraq, the calls to | Read More »

    England: Stabbed, Gutted and Bleeding Out

    Most haughty Europeans look down their nose at we “violent Americans.” They sniff the air at the ugly American and assume that they are, one and all, more “civilized” than we gauche colonials. Look at all the gun violence in America, they say. They tsk. tsk us for the deaths by gun. Certainly they are better than we? Now shocking news emerges out of England | Read More »

    CNN Adds Video of Riots in Budapest to Report of Riots in Belgrade

    Apparently, CNN decided that they didn’t have enough video of rioting in their recent story on unrest in Belgrade, Serbia, so they decided to add in footage of rioting in Budapest to sexy up the story. I have to say, if the Kosovars intend to make the cut with CNN in the future, they’d better start rioting to the satisfaction of CNN’s video editors. Either | Read More »

    Barack’s Lousy European Vacation

    If the objective test of the value of Barack Obama’s recent European jaunt is whether or not it helped or hurt his chances of becoming president, it would seem the verdict is in. Intrade shows a steady slide since Barack left the U.S., for a total loss of about 8 percent in the value of a share of Obama as president: Was it the refusal | Read More »

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    CNN’s Questionable Use of Tabloid’s Poll to Tally German Obama Support

    How many Germans would vote for Barack Obama for our president? CNN claims to know. During the last weekend that Barack Obama was in Germany, CNN used a graphic on the Wolf Blitzer show that claimed that 72% of Germans preferred Obama with only a mere 11% who favored John McCain. Of course, CNN didn’t think it relevant to mention that only 501 Germans were | Read More »