And You Thought American Politics Were Screwed Up

Europe manages to be more screwed up than the US on most days. Which is saying a lot.

First there is the continuing chaos in France. ‘Yellow vest’ protests: cars burn and looters raid shops in Paris.

Can we call it an uprising yet?

The mounted officers advanced behind serried ranks of police on foot holding up their shields like Roman legionaries. In front of them, on the fashionable Rue de Bretagne in central Paris, were the “yellow-vest” protesters and masked, black-clad youths, sending shoppers and patrons of pavement ­cafés scurrying indoors for cover.

There have been more than 1000 arrests, and this story is from Saturday.

Merkel’s ruling CDU party in Germany thought they put the worst behind them with the recent election of a new party leader. CDU party members quit in protest at Merkel successor as split widens in Germany’s ruling party.

Just a day after the CDU appeared to end weeks of infighting by voting in Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as “mini Merkel”, delegates at the party’s congress told The Sunday Telegraph of a wave of resignations among rank and file members.

Victory for Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer is seen by many as a failure of the party to learn from the mistakes of Mrs Merkel, and a missed opportunity to regain ground on the Right on key issues such as immigration.

No word on what party the disaffected will join.

Italy is still on a collision course with the EU over its budget. Italy’s Populist Budget Wins First Key Vote in Parliament

Italy’s populist government won a key parliamentary vote, moving a step closer to final approval of a budget that has been rejected by the European Union.

I’m surprised they didn’t list it as a “far right” government.

And finally in the UK, Prime Minster Theresa May’s government has been found to be “In Contempt of Parliament.” UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit.

The Brexit deal she “negotiated” with the EU is tremendously unpopular.

Aside from the vote on contempt…

In another sign of the government’s weakness, lawmakers also passed an amendment giving Parliament more say over the government’s next steps if the assembly rejects the divorce deal in a vote set for Dec. 11.

Many lawmakers saw the government’s defeats as developments of huge significance — a tipping point in the EU saga.


Modern Civilization Was Fun While It Lasted

But the insanity around the use of antibiotics is, in the end, going to kill us. Dangerous new superbug confirmed in India as antibiotic resistance spreads.

India has found its first cases of a superbug that can lead to blindness, flesh-eating infections and meningitis, according to researchers.

The bug – which seems to be one of the in-hospital infections – is both “resistant to antibiotics and hypervirulent.”

And in the spirit of “Kill the Messenger,” the doctors say talking about the issue is a risk.

We have published the findings at great risk as it brings a bad name to the hospital and will potentially lead to panic among people.

The numbers aren’t clear, but even the low estimates are disturbing.

The hypervirulent Klebsiella strain has been associated with high mortality of up to 42% in other countries. However, the Vellore study found a mortality rate of up to 84 per cent – with the hypervirulent strain also resistant to multiple antibiotics.

84% mortality isn’t QUITE the bug Stephen King described in The Stand, but it is even higher that the mortality rate from the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Gun Crime

Under the heading of “Bail Reform.” No injuries after gunfire erupts on LSD near Belmont Harbor; Also, a look at some recent gun cases. (So no one has been convicted, but…)

1st case: Officers smell marijuana and order everyone out of a car. Find a loaded handgun inside a panel of the front passenger side. Miscreant released on a recognizance bond.

2nd case: Guy runs a red-light. Claims he didn’t have his license. Cops wonder why he didn’t check the “man purse” next to him. Police eventually find a loaded handgun with a defaced serial number. Released on recognizance bond.

3rd case: Guy ran from police because he was (allegedly) carrying a weapon. Since is was already AWOL on a previous recognizance bond from March when he was arrested in November, judge set bail at $30,000. That means he can walk free for 3 grand.

If you make something cheap, you will get more of it.

The Left Doesn’t Like The “Law of Parties”

Because being held accountable for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions is so 20th Century. Or something. ‘Texas 7’ Member Set To Die Under Controversial Law.

He participated in a robbery. One of his accomplices murdered someone. He is confused.

Garcia was sentenced to death under the “Law of Parties,” which holds a non-shooter accomplice just as criminally liable as the person pulling the trigger.

He doesn’t think the law should apply to him, and the Left hates the law in general. (Do they hate all law?)

Democrats Are the Sweetest People. Not

When you question how they will pay for one of their projects, they don’t answer your question, just wish you and your family ill. Democratic state rep is called on to resign after she said she wanted to poison her Republican opponent’s family with a ‘broth of Legionella’.

The Republican had raised questions about the financial ramifications of the plan, which would raise the cap on damages the state could pay in civil cases from $100,000 to $2million.

So instead of answering the questions, this loving, sweet embodiment of the DNC’s attitude of inclusion, went straight to “Death to your family!”

‘To the representative from Lombard, I would like to make him a broth of Legionella and pump it into the water system of his loved one so that they can be infected, they can be mistreated, they can sit and suffer by getting aspirin instead of being properly treated and ultimately die.’

Now she says her words have been “twisted.” I’d say she’s a bit twisted as well.

Illinois is in bad shape financially, and while helping veterans is a good thing, that state needs to stop writing checks they can’t cover. And why is this important? Because before long Illinois, and a few other bankrupt states, are going to in Washington DC with their hands out, claiming they are “too big to fail.” Or something. (Hat tip to Trigger Reset.)

Someone in the NFL Has a Backbone After All

Or I should say the Kansas City Chiefs front office has a backbone. Kareem Hunt’s release a warning to players, but exposes NFL’s limits.

NFL player beats up a woman. Lies about it. But then a video of the incident it released.

For about six hours, it felt like a same-old, same-old, “NFL gets it wrong again” kind of day. Another ugly Friday for a league that never can seem to get out of its own way when it comes to investigating bad off-field behavior by its players. A video surfaced of a star player in a physical altercation with a woman, hours went by, and the league put the player on the commissioner’s exempt list — a nebulous move that barely resonates with a public that doesn’t fully understand what it even means.

Then the Chiefs announced they were releasing Kareem Hunt.

It’s a big deal because he is a pretty good player. And it is also a big deal because FINALLY someone in the NFL said “Bad behavior will NOT be tolerated.

The Chiefs are 9-2 and in position for their best chance at a Super Bowl title since they won it in 1970. Releasing a player of Hunt’s caliber and value was, from a pure-football standpoint, one of the most difficult and detrimental things they could have done to their team.