Posted: 03 Sep 2012 09:51 AM PDT
I occasionally click through to Willie Brown’s rambling column in the San Francisco Chronicle–he’s obviously trying to channel or emulate the format of the legendary Herb Caen–in large part because I always regarded Brown as the smartest and most able politician in America during his heyday as Speaker of the California State Assembly. He flummoxed Republicans at every turn (and several ethics investigations, too, if you believe the rumors).
Today he doesn’t think much of Eastwooding, but then there’s this interesting paragraph on public employee unions:
Willie better start checking for a horse’s head in his basement (or tailor’s dressing room more likely).
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 08:09 AM PDT
I’ve given up following the Eurozone crisis on a daily basis—as has much of the media it seems—because it has settled into Groundhog Day territory. Greece—still a basket case. Spain—still having trouble selling its bonds. Italy and France—still behaving irresponsibly. Germany: cough up more dough you tight-fisted Teutonic bastards. How long can this circus go on? It’s been going on for better than two years now at least, and perhaps the crisis might well be patched up for a long while yet.
But not forever, and the end of “forever” may be coming into sight. Germany has finally gotten France over the last few weeks to tell the Greeks that “No” really means “NO” about further bailouts. The New York Times reports ominously that more and more multinational companies are beginning to prepare for Greece to exit from the Euro. This sounds really serious:
Walter Russell Mead offers a good roundup of the scene this morning, including this warning about Spain:
But the real ground zero of the Eurozone crisis may be shifting to France:
This may explain why France has joined the Germans in telling the Greeks that the game is over for them. The French had been playing something of a double game up to this point, but even the new French socialist government may be starting to get the message that they’re in deep deep trouble themselves. Dan Mitchell offers additional observations in his indispensible blog. Both Mitchell and Mead say the thing to watch is French bond rates. If they spike like Spain and Italy, the next inflection point of the Eurozone crisis will be at hand.
What might set this off? Hmmm—how about the prospect that Obama is re-elected?
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 07:40 AM PDT
I tell ya, that Eastwood guy started something. Wish I didn’t have to catch a plane back to Washington today, or I’d be talking to empty chairs and checking out the local scene. The empty chair bids to become a better political statement than the old fashioned lawn sign. Can we get a clever bumper sticker from somewhere? Enjoy:
Finally, this post wouldn’t be complete without a mashup. (Hat tip: BadgerPundit/William Jacobson at LegalInsurrection/PL reader Jean Y.)
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 07:29 AM PDT
At the Middle East Forum, Raymond Ibrahim continues his series on Muslim persecution of Christians around the world. It is remarkable how many such instances occur, even though, as Ibrahim says, he provides only a sampling. Ibrahim is doing a great service with his monthly compilations. We can only hope that somewhere, policymakers and voters are paying attention.
This is how Ibrahim sums up the month of July:
To that depressing catalog I will add only a couple more items; please do follow the link and read them all:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Muslim persecution of Christians
Posted by Jewish Education at 6:01 PM