Signs of panic in Whitehall?

January 25, 2009

Richard Fernandez notes that UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown may be running out of options to prop up the teetering structure of Britain’s economy:

There are reports that Gordon Brown is panicking after firing off his most potent weapons at Britain’s economic monster and watching his laser beams glance off.  “Tonight there are new claims that Gordon Brown is starting to show signs of panic  … sensed a draining of confidence from the UK Treasury and the Prime Minister after literally billions and billions of pounds appear to have been wasted on a number of rescue packages. The situation with the UK economy has taken a serious downward lurch over the last few days amid signs that the government is running out of ideas.”

So, of course, Brown reaches for the one weapon that’s failed him and everyone else time and again, and which President Obama wants to wield — stimulus spending. Be sure to read Fernandez’s follow-up comment that Labour fears Britain’s economic trouble may lead to electoral gains by the neo-fascist British National Party.

To round out this all-Belmont Club post, Fernandez asks in another entry: What happens when Soviet Britain runs out of other people’s money?


Please tell me this is a joke

January 25, 2009

Obama’s Little Blue Book. Time out

(hat tip: Transsylvania Phoenix)


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Good questions

January 25, 2009

Andy McCarthy on the Eric Holder nomination to be Attorney-General:

Now I’ll try these questions: 

  • Would a conservative or Republican attorney general or AG nominee get away with the testimony Holder has given about Marc Rich? 
  • Would a single Democrat vote to confirm him? 
  • Would the media be ignoring his testimony? 
  • Would Republican Senators be holding firm in lockstep support of the president’s choice?

That Holder was nominated at all is scandalous.


It will all end in tears

January 25, 2009

Gerald Warner on the inauguration of President Obama:

This will end in tears. The Obama hysteria is not merely embarrassing to witness, it is itself contributory to the scale of the disaster that is coming. What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief by people of intelligence – la trahison des clercs – in a pathetic effort to hypnotise themselves into the delusion that it will be all right on the night. It will not be all right.

We have been here before.

(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)


All in the family

January 25, 2009

John Wilkes Booth’s father really did threaten to assassinate President Andrew Jackson. I love historical trivia like this!

(hat tip: Instapundit)


Lèse majesté

January 25, 2009

The Kennedy royal family clan is angry with New York Governor Paterson for not picking Sweet Caroline for the open senate seat. This could make for some real drama when Paterson comes up for reelection.

Should be a good show. popcorn

(hat tip:  Melissa Clouthier via Twitter)

UPDATE: Some very interesting observations at he Belmont Club.


Quote of the day

January 25, 2009

Dennis Miller on President Obama, when he was still candidate Obama:

"I don’t support Obama.  What worries me is not the color of his  skin, but the thinness of it."