As most of you know, I was hoping for a “Yes” vote in the Greek referendum, especially as the proposal which the Tsipras government put forth this week encompassed most of the demands which Greece’s creditors had been making.
The Syriza proposals were approved by the creditors, and sent to the Eurozone finance ministers. And then Germany got in the act.
In an act of suicidal hubris, Germany is demanding nothing short of humiliation for Greece. Even though I had hoped for a Yes vote, this petty revenge is unbelievable from a country which plunged Europe into two World Wars. It is Germany’s gambit to establish the EU as merely a Greater German Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Here is where we stand at the moment.
Translation: Trust has been lost; Doubts of Greece’s willingness to reform.
Translation: Greece has driven a wedge between France and Germany
Tsar Vladimir I is making his gambit. He’s signed a treaty with the Crimean “government” annexing it to Russia. A Ukrainian soldier has been killed in a clash with Russia troops. And Russian economy officials are saying that the Ukraine adventure is sending the Russian economy into a crisis. These next few weeks may decide what kind of world—if any—we live in.
If it’s March, it must be time for that annual gathering of general douchebaggery known as CPAC. Mitch McConnell waving around a rifle? Check. Donald Trump’s hair flapping? Check. Rand Paul fulminating against domestic spying which the GOP loved under Dumbya? Check. A minority outreach panel which no one attends? Double check, baby.
And, as always, we liberals are just funnier. A few of us have imagined what the randy CPACker would say to get a fellow Rightie into the sheets. Because what happens at CPAC stays at CPAC. Here are a few of the efforts