Do we actually have a Republican Senator who gets it? Sounds like Mitch McConnell might:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a likely preview of the Republican line of attack in the general election, said Democratic leaders and Mr. Obama “get up every morning with three things on their minds: more taxes, more regulation and more litigation.”
“It’s pretty clear to me that the Democratic agenda is to turn us into France,” the Kentucky Republican told The Washington Times in an unusually blunt interview at his office in the Capitol. “Americans may want change, but the question is, what kind of change?”
The Norwegian government claims it has directed criticism against China after Chinese authorities put down protests in Tibet over the weekend, but says it doubts a boycott of the Olympics would have any positive effect.
Johansen stressed, however, that there are some “positive” things happening in China in the area of human rights. He therefore has little faith that attempts to isolate China or boycott the upcoming Olympics would do much good.
Speaking for the Italian government, Italian Foreign Undersecretary Gianni Vernetti told Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi that China should avoid using force against demonstrators and should uphold human rights including freedom of expression.
Speaking on Italian radio, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema rejected calls to boycott the Olympics.
He said the Beijing Games were ”an unrepeatable opportunity” to put pressure on China to allow dissidents to voice their grievances.
Bending over for Hamas terrorists, Bernard Kouchner demonstrates why no one believes anything France says:
French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner was in Gaza yesterday and made a total jerk of himself. Kouchner told reporters that Israel shouldn’t inspect trucks from Gaza because ‘not all of them are carrying bombs.’
How does that work out at French airports? Do you want to just inspect “some” of the luggage and hope that you found the ones with the bombs? Idiot.
I take no joy in writing these words, but America’s attempts at imperialism are so half-hearted, so feeble, so stupefyingly inept, that we might as well hoist le Tricolore, print all our legal documents in French, and subjugate ourselves to our superiors in Paris.Maybe being forced under penalty of death to drink their lighter-fluid-flavored wines and laugh at Jerry Lewis movies will teach us how an empire is SUPPOSED to be run.
The venerable Archbishop of Canterbury has criticized America’s imperialism, saying that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.
I find myself agreeing with him.
Britain TOTALLY kicked ass at imperialism! They had subject nations all around the globe. Back when England actually owned a set of bollocks, billions of primitive brown & yellow peoples learned to speak English, dress in suits, and drink tea instead of cow urine.Ok, so that last one wasn’t necessarily a step up, but I think I make my point. England RULED! They were naming entire races of people “Indians” and subjugating the crap out of them centuries before the first Kennedy crashed his Oldsmobile into Plymouth Rock.
How have we fallen so far? Our heritage is rooted deeply in the tyrannical stock of our jackbooted British ancestors, yet when Americans crusade across the ocean to liberate their little brown brothers… they actually liberate the PEOPLE! What incompetence! First you liberate their land, their cattle, their gold,… and a few of the comlier wenches (strictly for purposes of pleasure, mind you, not to actually – heaven forbid – breed with the filthy savages), THEN you start getting around to tossing out a bone or two of political liberty. IF they can prove their worth through prolonged armed resistance.Or dressing in diapers & letting themselves be clubbed into bloody pulp. Either one.
Yet what have we so-called “imperialist” Americans accomplished in Iraq? NOTHING! The Iraqis can vote! They can own property! They don’t even have to bow and avert their eyes when an American walks by! They don’t even have to bow and avert their eyes when an American walks by! Why, the arrogant sand-mongrels aren’t even possessed of sufficient decency or gratitude to make English their country’s official language – AND WE’RE NOT FORCING THE RAG-HEADS TO DO IT! That whirring sound you hear is Queen Victoria spinning in her grave at around the same speed as a NASCAR motor at redline.
Jos� Bov驮 and his minions have hounded to death a French farmer who committed suicide when he learned that Jos� and his civil disobedience road show would soon make a swing by his farm and rip some genetically modified corn out of the ground. Between the impending “Have a nice day” vandalism of his hard labor by Jos�’s crew and the inevitable non-response of the authorities, he decided to snuff himself.
A tourist walked into a Brighton curio/antique shop. After looking around for a while, he noticed a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but it was so striking that he decided to buy it anyway.. He took it to the owner and said: “How much is this bronze rat?” The owner replied: “It’s £12 for the rat, and £100 for the story.”
The tourist gave the owner his £12 and said: “I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story.” As he walked off down the street, he noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the sewers and begun following him. This was a little disconcerting, so he started to walk a little faster, but within a couple of blocks the swarm of rats had grown to hundreds, and they were all squealing and screeching in a very menacing way. He increased his speed & ran on towards the beach, and as he ran, he looked behind him and saw the rats now numbered in their MILLIONS, and they were running faster & faster. By now very concerned, he ran to down the pier and threw the bronze rat far out into the water. Amazingly, the millions of real rats jumped into the water after it and were all drowned.
The man walked back to relate all this to the shop owner, who said: “Ah, you’ve come back for the story then?” “No,” said the tourist, “I came back to see if you’ve got a bronze Muslim fundamentalist cleric, a poftah, a West Ham supporter, and anything French!
While sitting on an ocean of wine from one of the premier wine-growing countries in the world, why would a wine growers be threatening violence? Well, instead of a free market to set prices and which would send appropriate signals about supply and demand – the French have the Common Agricultural Policy where wise men have decided. And now….they get wine terrorists.
The threats of violence, the mise-en-sc�ne, the balaclavas were all horribly familiar. So was the deadline that expired at midnight yesterday.
Except this was not an ultimatum from al-Qaeda but from a group of radical wine growers in the south of France. In a tape sent anonymously to French TV a month ago, the shadowy militant organisation known as CRAV (Comit� R�gional d’Action Viticole or regional winegrowers’ action committee) threatened violent action if new President Nicolas Sarkozy did not take measures to help economically desperate wine growers in the France’s vast Languedoc-Roussillon area.
‘If Sarkozy does not support the interests of the wine industry, he will be entirely responsible for what happens,’ a spokesman in the video said. ‘We are at the point of no return.’
Languedoc-Rousillon, one of the biggest single wine-producing areas in the world with more than half a million acres devoted to vines, produces some good bottles, but huge quantities of vin de table