Sudan: Where there is black people to exploit and America to be blamed, Jesse Jackson will be there! I love how blaming the Sudanese government is a second choice for him. Meanwhile, The Janjaweed is running at least 16 military camps in Darfur still. Germany: Schroeder to his credit says he is not going to back down on cutting back on the welfare state to kickstart the German economy. Watch out for those eggs. France: Article on the French about their continued decline in influence in world affairs and the threats to the ideal of the French Republic. Just a whole lotta whining.
"Overtaken by the democratic vitality and technological advance of the US," writes Baverez, "downgraded industrially and challenged commercially by China and Asia, the decline of France is accelerating at the same rhythm as the vast changes in the world."Kerry: Cambodia revisted, now a retired admiral who is not with the swiftboat group or anyone says Kerry is lying about the circumstances where he got his first purple heart. So they trot out this friend of Kerry, Robert Lambert who says,
"...not only did both men come under enemy fire, but also that his own boat commander, who has challenged the official account, was too distracted to notice the gunfire. "This brings up the question, what the hell was so distracting he didn't notice gunfire? Novak interviewed the Admiral.
"Schachte described the use of the skimmer operating very close to shore as a technique that he personally designed to flush enemy forces on the banks of Mekong River so that the larger Swift boats could move in. At about 3 a.m. on Dec. 2, Schachte said, the skimmer -- code-named "Batman" -- fired a hand-held flare. He said that after Kerry's M-16 rifle jammed, the new officer picked up the M-79 and "I heard a 'thunk.' There was no fire from the enemy," he said. "I guess at the same time he fired a flare, gunfire erupted. Tories: Sun is reporting that Tory leader Michael Howard has been banned from the White House and will never meet President Bush after his actions calling for Tony Blair to resign earlier this year. I doubt the events happened that dramatically as the Sun is reporting, but considering the bitchslapping Blair gave him after the Butler report gave him, he deserves that and more. The Tories under Howard are so desperate to regain power they have becomed political opportunists than a principled political party. I may not like the Liberal Democrats and their goofy stances like allowing 16 year olds to appear in porn films. But they do not do a 180 change in their stances if it seems it might work for them.