The IAEA: Whatever Are We To Do?
From The Political and Financial Markets Commentator I Think This Situation Even Supersedes The Health Care Debate, Because Health Care Will Not Matter During A Nuclear Winter Sequel To The Iranian Nuclear Situation As mentioned yesterday (Iran and North Korea: Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends), the Iranian nuclear weapons development situation is extremely disconcerting for the entire world. In addition, | Read More »
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Aux Armes, Citoyens!
Maybe some societies should take their own national anthems to heart. E.g., excerpt: Aux armes, citoyens! Formez vos battalions! (Citizens, to arms! Form your battalions!) Happy Bastille Day from…. Bucharest. Bastille Day open thread….
Obama’s Health Surtax to Push U.S. Tax Rates Higher than France, Italy
President Obama’s health reform surtax will push U.S. tax rates higher than they are in France and Italy. How does a 51% tax rate sound to you? In the midst of a recession, the government wants more than half, to fund a $1.6 Trillion plan that leaves tens of millions uninsured. Members of Congress could get fired for these numbers. (In fact, the last time | Read More »
Busby Burqa’s Fashion Follies
The French definitely know fashion. From the elegance of Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent to the theatricality of Jean Paul Gaultier, they know how to dress the female form. Even their First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, was a fashion model and earned up to $7.5 million a year during the ‘90s for strutting the catwalks of such designers as Sonia Rykiel, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy | Read More »
Our Modest President
On Friday, the Labor Department announced an estimated 14.5 million Americans are out of work, with the nation’s unemployment rate rising to 9.4 percent – the highest in 26 years. Meanwhile, during the European leg of President Obama’s trip abroad, the AFP brings word that a “taste tester” joined the Obama family at dinner at a French restaurant. A US “taster” tested the food being | Read More »
White House picks ambassadors for Great Britian, France.
OK, I admit it: the Ambassador to France part is mostly mentioned because of the Yo Gabba Gabba thing. Which is something that I’ve never actually watched, although I have a sinking feeling that as the kids get older I will be forced to correct that. Anyway, it’s business as usual when it comes to giving out the prestige diplomatic appointments: Big Dem Donors Score | Read More »
Obama’s Snubs are Polarizing Europe
One at a time, President Barack Obama is alienating America’s European allies. First there was the embarrassingly crude snub of Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Great Britain, who was denied the courtesy of a joint press conference with the president on his recent Washington trip and was sent packing with a disastrously cheap official gift: a DVD collection that Brown cannot even view in London. | Read More »
Bowing to Kings, Bowed By Pirates, Obama Shows His Weakness
As Obama bows in supplication before a Saudi King then tries to spin his way out of his own actions, America is being humiliated by whelps at sea. He was just leaning, we’re told, not bowing. It was because the Saudi King is short or so goes the White House spin. But the Queen of England is even shorter than the Saudi King and there | Read More »
The video French officials don’t want anyone to see
Further proof of the “superiority” of the European way. The assault was recorded by bus CCTV. A policeman posted the video on a Facebook site: He has been arrested and suspended from his post. The authorities fear the video is being used by right-wing sites to stir up fear about racist violence by black and arab youths against French citizens. … The delegate for Sud-RATP, | Read More »
No stop at Normandy.
Our own Mark Impomeni lets us know over at AOL that we’re snubbing the French for a change: Reports out of London indicate that President Barack Obama declined an inviation from French President Nicholas Sarkozy to visit Normandy’s Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer on his way to Strasbourg for the NATO summit last week. The Daily Telegraph reports that White House officials | Read More »
Obama Hacks Off France In Latest Foreign Policy Blunder
We would like to think that this is a joke. Sadly, the French media is reporting as true that Barack Obama sent a letter to the President of France pledging support and friendship. His actual words were “I am certain that we will be able to work together, in the coming four years, in a spirit of peace and friendship to build a safer world.” | Read More »
Paris (Hilton) rejects ‘Obama-style’ stimulus program…
The article from International Herald Tribune: Paris rejects ‘Obama-style’ stimulus program What’s worse, that I immediately thought of Paris as in Paris Hilton or that it never even crossed my mind that this was about Paris, FRANCE. Kinda sad really. Also at PhxGonline.com
Dorgan: Let’s Be Like France
Both the House and Senate stimulus bills contain some pleasant-sounding ‘Buy America’ provisions, which require that all the steel used for construction funded in the bill be American-made. Rules like ‘Buy American’ may sound nice, but they are inherently unhelpful. In a global economy, what does ‘American-made’ mean? And how much of a premium should taxpayers cover to purchase ‘American-made’ products instead of others? Why | Read More »
The Cheap Path Towards Political Popularity
The most dangerous politician around is the kind whose bad policies are enabled by an adoring public. Nicolas Sarkozy has become a very dangerous politician: At 4 a.m. on Sept. 30, as the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. was shaking up investors on six continents, President Nicolas Sarkozy convened an emergency meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris to broker the bailout of French-Belgian bank | Read More »
Foreign Policy For DUMMIES- The Book(s) Obama Needs to Read
France has a longstanding tradition of realism in foreign policy, as well as an unapologetic resolve to protect her national interests. Both were on display recently as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner visited Israel and succinctly warned that Israel will hit Iranian nuclear sites before Iran can finish its race to build nuclear weapons. “First, because you will hit them before. And this is the | Read More »