Category Archive: Europe

Gorby’s Empire

One of the most baffling developments of the 1980′s was the Cult of Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev had his qualities. He was one of the few leaders in the Soviet Union who understood that the system wasn’t working and was absurdly corrupt (I met a general who identified Gorbachev as a potential reformer back in 1983). He reigned in some of the worst parts of the police state and, unlike his predecessors, did not use military … Read more

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Russia?

Let’s not beat around the bush. Russia has invaded the Ukraine, violating their sovereignty, breaking the treaty they signed and violating international rules of warfare. The Ukraine gave up their massive arsenal of nuclear weapons on the promise that the Russians would respect their sovereignty. That agreement is now dead.

The Russian excuse — that Crimea is ethnically Russian — is flimsy at best. Crimea is self-governing and is only 60% Russian. And Putin hasn’t … Read more

Getting Real in the Ukraine

So the Ukraine’s murderous Russophile prime minster was driven out of Kyiv last week. Earlier today, the Ukraine parliament elected the opposition leader as PM. Everyone has been wondering what Russia is going to do now that they don’t have to pretend to be (sorta) nice for the Olympics.

I think we’re finding out:

Dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region Thursday and raised

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You have got your facts wrong buddy

Peter Hatcher at “The Sidney Morning Herald” has an editorial post titled Poll shock as Swiss vote to slam the door shut dealing with the recent vote in Switzerland to curtail immigration.

So it seemed unlikely the Swiss would vote to put new limits on their country’s immigration intake in the referendum held at the weekend. The opinion polls concurred – surveys showed most Swiss opposed the idea of putting a cap on annual immigration

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You Can Keep Him

If you are Global Warming, you better have a thick skin, cancer has a better rep. But not to worry, your days are numbered. See, a UK politician has figured it out, to beat you silly they just need to expand foreign aid, money spent over there will fix our climate problems over here, and you thought Joe Biden was a boner;

Eric Pickles: Spend aid abroad to stop flooding in the UK
Sustainable

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European Pussies

Before I get in to the meat of the post, feel free to substitute European for liberal, progressive, or any thin skinned crybaby who makes a living out of victimhood and somehow thinks he/she should be protected from the world meanees out there who just might hurt their feelings, there.

There is a faux outrage story making the rounds about European sensibilities getting irritated by an ambassador making an off color comment. This whole … Read more

What could possibly go wrong with this?

Leave it to those crazy Dutchmen to think up an idea like this:

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The men streaming in and out of a small clubhouse in east Amsterdam could almost be construction workers at the end of a hard day, taking off their orange reflective vests and cracking jokes as they suck down a few Heinekens, waiting for their paychecks. But it’s only noon, the men are alcoholics and the beers themselves are

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Thank you Keynesians, marxists, and progressives!

At least some people are admitting that we are running out of other people’s money, and that the cost to address this problem is going to be brutal:

Much of the Western world will require defaults, a savings tax and higher inflation to clear the way for recovery as debt levels reach a 200-year high, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF working paper said debt burdens in developed

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When you run out of other people’s money…

You get something like this in social paradise:
Welfare advocates regularly urge Americans to look to the European welfare state as a model. At least in the case of the Netherlands, they might be on to something.

The Dutch have just announced a massive reform of their welfare system, designed to reduce dependency and put a new emphasis on work. For example, welfare applicants will now be required to prove that they spent at least

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Yule Log

Christmas time is my favorite time of the year. I will be posting some other Christmas related posts in the next week or so, no War on Christmas posts are coming so relax, and to start it off (they will get better, I promise) I will “roll out” this one;

I really don’t know what to say, other than, you’ve got to be kidding me? Tourists will buy anything, I guess.

I remember years ago … Read more

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