The Chimes at Midnight
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Don't Inhale Liz...(part two)
I see Senator Warren made a Big Splash on the Campaign Trail with Citizeness Clinton, the usual suspects promptly starting stoking Vice Presidential Rumors.
All I can say is, DON'T DO IT LIZ!! We need yuh here!
Besides its a dead end job, even a jobber like Scot Lehigh knows it...
But strangely, Senator Warren remains silent on the prospect, the positive spin would imply she is using her current popularity to leverage the platform, a darker interpretation would assert she does indeed covet the Vice Presidential Nomination.
Whatever the reason, SENATOR DON'T DO IT!!
I don't wanna fight that fight for a vacant senate seat.....not now at least.
And the Commonwealth deserves her full and undivided attention as well...
PLEASE LIZ!!! C'MON I THREW DOWN FOR YOU IN 2012!!!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Now Scotland wants another go at Independence
and there was wild talk in Belfast about a union with the Irish Republic all to keep themselves safely inside the E.U.
That is of course assuming the European Union even survives the current crisis...and it may not.
And if it does not, then let that be a global lesson in political science 101, that no exclusive economic combination long survives without thorough political arrangements. Literally the E.U. was a huge economic bureaucracy answerable to no executive or true legislative authority....seen in that light it seems bound for failure since constituents will bail or make better more advantageous arrangements as soon they no longer extract benefit from said economic combination.
In short politics will always supercede economics, "Brexit" is the perfect case study on that topic.
And in a larger sense, twenty eight sovereign nations (many of which are democracies) do not willingly submit to an outside executive save by right of conquest....and the EU ain't conquering nothing.
The EU might survive it'll have to scale back it's scope and make some hard decisions on the refugee issue and kill England with kindness without granting them any undeserved perks....but all that will require some wise heads at the top and of that I am not so sure.
Friday, June 24, 2016
I take it back...
I once favorably compared British Prime Minister David Cameron to Richard Nixon, clearly this was a slur on the acumen of the Late Trickster as Cameron has proved the Dumbest PM of the UK since Neville Chamberlain (and yeah that is saying a lot!).
Cuz as of last night England is exiting the EU, mostly because Dumbass David Cameron got backed into promising a referendum on the same in the last election cycle....trust me if this was Richard Nixon he'd a found a way to weasel out of the commitment, Cameron should have done the same.
It's simple elemental politics...
YOU NEVER expose your coalition to a referendum if you can avoid it, Cameron must've thought on the basis of Scottish Independence that he knew the magic secret to outwitting these situations, clearly HE WAS WRONG.
YOU NEVER test the xenophobia of the British Electorate outside a parliamentary election where there are always mitigating cross currents....
Of course there was a conceptual issue at the core, Cameron was forced to defend a flawed monolithic institution while the "leave" faction was free to deal equally in fear and utopian promises....
And there was David Cameron blithely leading a fundamentally unnatural coalition right off a cliff he's lost his job, bungled a referendum, world financial markets are imploding, politically Europe is dialing back to 1946 oh and Donald Fricking Trump is in Scotland, braying like this is his own personal Reichstag Fire.
SHEER GENIUS DAVID!
That having been said I pity whoever follows Cameron into #10 Downing Street, the diplomatic caseload alone occasioned by the "Brexit" would tax the talents of a Prince Metternich...and the economic consequences simply can't yet be summarized or understood.
In sum, let this whole catastrophic episode stand as mute testimony to the Power of the Franchise Freely Expressed, Britain Voted for Chaos, America had best pay heed...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
If Bob Kraft wants to build a soccer stadium somewhere close to Boston
Then by all means let him do so.....just as long as we the taxpayers are not stuck with the bill!
Ah but that is not the way it works under the defacto system of reactionary socialism we got in this country, costs are paid by the public, profits go to the private entity, this is been going on in the USA since the Empire Days of Collis P. Huntington and the South Pacific Railroad.
So forget bond issues and sweet heard deals on the property tax etc....maybe we can afford a few sweeteners to get ground broken but nothing should be agreed to that is not publicly known and understood.
I can't stop guys like Bob Kraft from boodling their way to glory but at the least lets make it as difficult a process by making it a transparent process.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in Menotomy....
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian was talking with the local Spartans last night and made a very very favorable impression.
He came off as knowledgeable on a variety of criminal justice issues, decisive and yet sublimely realistic about the limits of his current office. He is furthermore seemingly happily married, tall, presentable, with a diverse resume and makes a good impression behind the podium.
I say He Is A Man To Watch....at the moment state politics is in a torpid state but that can change in an instant and I want good honest people with growth potential on our bench.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Call me crazy, but I think Britain is about to bail on the E.U.
Mostly my thesis is anecdotal in nature, the British Lower Classes are profoundly xenophobic even today, Cameron leads an "unnatural coalition" and his own personal charisma (Nixonian though it is) is insufficient to force a yes vote.
I suspect this whole thing is psychologically playing out as de facto "vote of confidence" in the current Admin...so its almost a way to beat up Cameron without actually deposing him.
This is a temptation when the electorate is divided yet unwilling to embrace alternates...its a sort of blight that settles over democracies for short periods...it doesn't last but it might be enough to scuttle the EU.
The results though for an EU no vote could be pretty big though, it dials The UK back to pre-common market days in terms of trade, finance and European Diplomacy....all sorts of things will have to be laboriously renegotiated likely on a bilateral basis as well. And if Britain bails whats to stop the Greeks or whoever from doing likewise?
But then...I've been wrong before....
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Brown For Veep
Trump's sudden nose-drive in the polls, coupled with his "no internal governor" speechmaking style seems to have severely restricted his Vice Presidential Prospects...or so it seems to me.
And then there is his famous narcissism and ego...can The Donald really tolerate having anyone of status or worth on his ticket?
There are a few twitchy bums out there he could dredge up Dr. Ben Carson or even Herman Cain...the likeliest self-loathing specimen Marco Rubio is pondering reelection this year a sure sign he thinks Trump is bound for disaster and than he should wait for the Wheel of Destiny to stop spinning from a comfy perch in the US Senate.
So I'm thinking, Trump might be looking at someone like NH's Most Famous Carpetbagger, Scott Brown as his Veep.
Brown's chief qualification he is stupid enough to run for Vice President on a ticket headed by Donald Trump.....
Considering the GOP seems on the verge of going up in flaming chunks this is no small consideration.
Brown is also from a swing state and an "empty suit" of such vacuity as to suggest one of the pale grinning semi teachables that used to compete on "The Apprentice" before that show went all Hollywood.
Of course Brown likely doesn't have a dime to his name, and his fundraising potential has to be classed as minimal and the spectacle of a twice defeated senatorial candidate for Veep has to be a sad commentary on the Decline of Movement Conservatism in the USA....but what the hell Scott Brown beats nominating Gary Bauer or Wally George or Penn Gillette....but not by much he don't...