Come on, peoples, we’ve gots to keep up with The World:
Vladimir Putin is back as president of Russia, pledging to “strengthen Russian democracy, constitutional rights and freedoms.” Yes, and free vodka for everyone!
The new president, whose election was no doubt fraudulent, was greeted by protesters on Sunday with a hardy, “Putin is a thief!,” after which the man who pledged to strengthen democracy, rights, and freedom had police bash the protesters’ heads and arrest them by the hundreds.
Now, that is the Russian democracy we all know and love! Welcome back, Pootie-Poot!
Ah, that European debt crisis thingy: The French have given the finger to the Germans and other austerity fanatics in Europe by electing a real honest-to-goodness Socialist to run the country. Francois Hollande promises to renegotiate the deal the outgoing president, Nicolas Sarkozy, made with Germany’s Angela Merkel on government debt.
I for one am glad that the world now has another prominent socialist making decisions, as Barack Obama is certainly getting tired of carrying the load.
And the Greeks have also sort of flipped the bird to their austerity-minded handlers in high places like Germany by abandoning in droves their two main political parties in parliamentary elections.
Nobody now knows what will happen to the cut-your-way-to-prosperity philosophy imposed on the Greeks and across Europe, but the hardliners are vowing that Greece must stay the course.
A very critical Michael Brenner put it nicely recently:
Europe in effect has been locked into a fiscal chastity belt made in Germany according to German specifications.
Which means, Brenner argues,
relegating Greeks, Irish, Portuguese, et. al. to a condition of debt servitude for the foreseeable future. Severest penalties will be imposed on the poor and those of modest means, on the old, on the sick, on all whose well-being depends on the network of social programs which, all across the continent, has made Europe the most enlightened and humane society the world has ever known.
Yes, but the banks will come out okay, so all is good!
And speaking of the leader of Europe’s anti-Keynesian fiscal policy, there is some trouble brewing at home:
Voters in Germany’s northernmost state ousted a governing center-right government made up of the same parties as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal coalition, according to exit polls based on partial results.
For Merkel, the defeat of her local allies in Schleswig-Holstein state could be an omen of worse to come.
Now, after having read all that, aren’t you glad you live in America, where our only real problem is our Kenyan socialist president who hates the country and apologizes for us everywhere he goes around the world?
And speaking of the Kenyan socialist who hates America, Big O followed yet another terrorist SOB to Joe Biden’s “gates of hell” and killed an al-Qaeda leader who may have thunk we had forgotten all about him.
This time it was Fahd al-Quso who enjoyed the brief company of a U.S. drone before the missile sent him packing, piece by piece, to Allah.
Of course it will take some time before Allah gets the pieces put back together, but when he does I am sure he will have a nice heavenly reward for Quso, who was wanted in connection with the bombing of the USS Cole way back in 2000.
Finally, I think it is important to note that Big O, who Republicans claim is weak on national security issues, has now sent more fragments of anti-American terrorist leaders to an afterlife with Allah than George W. Bush and Dick Cheney ever dreamed of. Okay, okay, Bush and Cheney probably did dream big dreams about killing terrorists, but Big O is gittin’ ‘er dun!