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Europe
France's president-elect raps Britain
[Iran Press TV] La Belle France's President-elect Francois Hollande
...the impending Socialist president of La Belle France...
has launched a scathing attack on the British government saying Britannia "is indifferent to the fate of the euro area".

La Belle France's Socialist leader said Britannia is only obsessed with the protection of the interests of the City of London, reported The Mail

"The British have been particularly shy about the issues of financial regulation, and attentive only to the interests of the City - hence their reluctance to see the introduction of a tax on financial transactions and tax harmonisation in Europe," said Hollande.

Hollande is an advocate of an EU-wide transaction tax on financial deals and a fresh push for tax harmonization in Europe, to which Britannia is opposed.

After Hollande's victory over Nicolas Sarkozy
...23rd President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit...
on Sunday night, British Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
called him and said he looked forward to "building on the very close relationship that already exists between the UK and La Belle France".

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
Hollande has a closer relationship with opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband as they held high-level talks when he visited London in February.

Hollande believes that a shift in focus away from austerity to growth could be a way towards pain-free economic growth for La Belle France and the eurozone saying "austerity can no longer be the only option". Nevertheless, the British press have accused him of creating "cruel illusion".
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  tax harmonisation

YJCMTSU.
Posted by: no mo uro || 05/09/2012 5:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Extortion cartel?

FOAD.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/09/2012 5:53 Comments || Top||

#3  You can have austerity and trade, or growth and no trade (or at least much reduced trade).
Posted by: phil_b || 05/09/2012 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  The Brits were smart not to go Euro. For that, they will not be forgiven.
Posted by: Spot || 05/09/2012 9:25 Comments || Top||

#5  tax harmonisation

WTF? So the Brits have more sense than to get themselves entangled in Europe's fiscal malfeasance. C'est dommage.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/09/2012 11:28 Comments || Top||

#6  The only recorded instance in history of a rat swimming towards a sinking ship.
Churchill
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2012 12:30 Comments || Top||

#7  It is too bad 0 is such an Anglophobe. Now is the time to be tying them closer to the Anglosphere.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 05/09/2012 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  NS, would that we could. I'm afraid that the toy boy and the rest of his ilk are firmly embedded in the EU elite and are just playing their role. Things haven't gone exactly as planned or Blair, Brown or Cameron would already have the UK in the Euro.

Anything Cameron says seems to be nothing but blue smoke or stupidity. He, as far as I can see, has no desire to move the slightest bit away from the EU. There will come a time when the EU tells the UK to $#!t or get off the pot on the Euro and after much huffing and puffing Cameron would bend right over.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/09/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Barack Obama endorses gay marriage
President Barack Obama on Wednesday night risked incurring the electoral wrath of America’s socially conservative heartlands by announcing that he now favours legalising gay marriage across the US.
Posted by: tipper || 05/09/2012 16:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ANYTHING FOR A VOTE(Until he's re-elected then AMNESIA)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/09/2012 17:02 Comments || Top||

#2  If Biden had been able to stay on message Obama might have been able to keep a lid on this issue. Now he risks alienating all but the looniest of voters with an issue that is peripheral at most. Anyone giving odds on Biden being kept on as VP?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/09/2012 17:28 Comments || Top||

#3  In other news, he was also calling to legalize soft emeralds, light neutron stars, and paruline penguins.
Posted by: Korora || 05/09/2012 18:57 Comments || Top||

#4  IMO it's not marriage, but it also is inevitable. And it is a relatively trivial issue being used primarily as a distraction -- oooh, shiny....
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/09/2012 19:51 Comments || Top||

#5  It was a lame attempt as a (ahem) straddle. Says his personal beleif is in favor but policy is that it belongs to the states. Since when did Obumble become a federalist?
Posted by: OldSpook || 05/09/2012 20:29 Comments || Top||

#6  B-HO is taking a wide stance on the issue.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2012 23:33 Comments || Top||


Kenyan Anger Behind Obama's Slap at Brits Over Fauklands, Churchill
Obama doesn't have a hidden ideological agenda. He's also hiding enthusiastically stumping a personal agenda that dovetails with his radical idology.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2012 02:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bottom line he is no friend of the white capitalists whether in UK or US-We have kept his people down ideology!
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 05/09/2012 9:28 Comments || Top||


-Election 2012
Inmate Gets ~40% of Vote in WV Dem Primary
Moved from Non-War on Terror to Seedy Politicians.
-- tw at 9:16 a.m. ET.
I guess folks there aren't interested in fore more years of this guy.
Barack Obama was not the only Democrat on the ballot on Tuesday in West Virginia's Democratic Presidential Primary. Keith Judd - also known as Inmate No. 11593-051 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas - was running against him.

Judd, who is serving out a 17.5 year sentence for extortion, currently has received 40 percent of the vote, with 83 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. Obama currently has received 60 percent of the vote.

Obama's lack of popularity in West Virginia has been well-documented. The state's governor Earl Ray Tomblin and it's junior senator Joe Manchin, both Democrats, have kept their distance from the president.

A further potential embarrassment for the Democrats, as The Charleston Gazette reports, Judd only needs 15 percent of the vote - which, indeed, it looks like he has accomplished - in order to be entitled to have at least one delegate represent him at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this summer.

Judd would not be the first Democratic challenger to Obama to qualify for delegate representation at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In Oklahoma's Democratic primary in March, Randall Terry, a Democratic candidate who founded the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and has more than 50 arrests under his belt, received 18 percent of the vote in the primary, giving him one delegate.

It is unknown what type of affect Judd's status as a federal prisoner might have on the delegate allocation and selection to the convention.
So it's unlikely he'll get a pardon in time to be in Charlotte himself...
Posted by: gorb || 05/09/2012 01:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Civil War Enrollment Act (buy your way out of the draft), enacted by the Thirty-seventh Congress could be brought back and amended to include Federal prisoners!

Look no further! I have a suitable democratic replacement candidate for Mr. Judd.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/09/2012 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  In Prison for extortion huh? Whats the difference between him and POTUS? One gets to play golf.

I think the guy needs a pardon simply for his zeal and proven ability to hand it to Obama.
Posted by: newc || 05/09/2012 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Some WV folks figure that it's more honest to admit you're a felon, apparently.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/09/2012 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  > Judd, who is serving out a 17.5 year sentence for extortion

Senators win a 4 year term where the help extort from taxpayers.

I think the message being sent here is... Why not just elect convicted crooks rather than unconvicted crooks?!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/09/2012 19:02 Comments || Top||

#5  US Senator terms are six years, not four.
Posted by: badanov || 05/09/2012 19:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Adam Smith weren't no expert in U.S. Civics.
Posted by: Pappy || 05/09/2012 21:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Poor ol' Adam Smith seems to be taking it on the chin these days.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/09/2012 23:30 Comments || Top||


Santorum endorses ex-rival Romney
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Conservative Republican Rick Santorum
...unsuccessful candidate for president and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer before becoming the Representative for suburban Pittsburgh in 1991. He lost his Senate seat in 2006 to Bob Casey, a Democrat machine politician and political dynast. Santorum is a social conservative who thinks the rest of the country is, too...
has endorsed Republican presumptive presidential nominee Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the presumptive Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney's charisma is best defined as soporific, which is probably why he is leading the Publican field. On the plus side, he isn't President B.O...
in an email to supporters, US media reported late Monday.

During his own push for the Republican nomination Santorum, a staunchly Roman Catholic former senator who withdrew from the presidential race last month, said Romney was not conservative enough.

Now however, he has told his supporters to back Romney to beat Democratic President Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
in November, Thew Los Angeles Times and other media reported.

Romney and Santorum met on Friday to do some fence mending after a bitter campaign, but Romney said then he was not expecting his former rival's formal backing yet.
Posted by: Fred || 05/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:



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