The Demonization Of Sarkozy Continues.
Ségolène Royal intensified a desperate final effort yesterday to tar Nicolas Sarkozy, her presidential opponent, as a dangerous tyrant whose election would threaten the peace of France.
Ms Royal, the left-wing candidate who is about four points behind the conservative Mr Sarkozy in polls, denounced her opponent for the “great violence” and “brutality” of a campaign that she maintained was frightening away voters.
It's interesting to see that anywhere there is a battle for the "heart and soul" of a nation, there will be negative campaigning. When desperation sets into a campaign, it gets worse when the election is only a few days away. In many ways, this election is being made out to be a referendum on America.
Prince Harry To Deploy (For Now).
The on again, off again relationship Harry has with Iraq, is on again.
I am opposed to it for this reason and this reason only: I believe that it will create a heightened state of danger for those that serve around him. He creates a higher value target, just by his presence. If he isn't there, interest is not created.
But beyond all of that, I think he has a death wish. He has to know that he will stand a chance of getting killed or kidnapped. Call it suicide by combat.
Newspapers Continue Circulation Decline.
If you are observant, you will note that the overwhelming majority of those papers showing a decline in circulation are liberal leaning (with many guilty of publishing some extremely irresponsible pieces over the past few years). Freedom of the press is guaranteed and should always be. But with that freedom, comes freedom of the individual to choose whether or not to buy. And with this data we can safely conclude that less are buying these days. As a result, the trend of heading south continues.
Chavez Nationalizes Venezuelan Oil Industry.
What else is there to say here? As per textbook Marxist ideology, private industry puts up the capital, does the hard work necessary, and some Marxist seizes it, declaring it to be a government-owned entity from this point forward.
Latin America will suffer most by this move. American investors will not be apt to risk money in the underdeveloped continent, if there is an increased risk that someone will seize the fruits of that labor.
Mark it down, this will not help the plight of Latin Americans at all. Chavez and his cronies will run this into the ground, in five years.