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Social Democratic Sweden headed for private health insurance?

Posted by: Phineas on January 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas The poster-child for European social democracy seems to be learning that government-controlled healthcare just doesn’t work. Via Reason: According to Sweden’s insurance trade industry organization, Svensk Försäkring: “The number of private health care insurance policies has increased in recent years. In 2011 about 440,000 people had private health care insurance. Most of these […]


Public Service Reminder: Vladimir Putin is not a nice man

Posted by: Phineas on January 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas “Not nice,” as in “probably blew up 300 of his own people to pave his way to the presidency.” Via Michael Barone, David Satter is an American journalist for The Wall Street Journal who specializes in modern Russia. He also has the honor of being the first US reporter expelled from Russia […]


Consistency: Obama lied *before* #Benghazi, too

Posted by: Phineas on January 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I know it will come to a shock to you –well, at least that portion of you that has been hiding under a rock for the last five years– but the man we chose twice to head our government lied through his teeth about taking steps to ensure our facilities in Libya […]


#Benghazi: Obama knew that night that it was a terrorist strike

Posted by: Phineas on January 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And not some lousy video made by a two-bit crook. Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a […]


Kim Jong Un may have out-psycho’d his father and grandfather

Posted by: Phineas on January 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas I mean, we’ve heard he was hammered when he ordered the trial and execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, but to carry out the sentence by feeding him alive to the dogs? Dude! According to the report, unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine […]


Americans held in Libya, head-meets-desk quote. Update: released?

Posted by: Phineas on December 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas There’s breaking news tonight that four Americans, likely military, are in the custody of the Libyan government, having been taken during a visit to the Roman ruins at Sabratha. As of this writing, no information has been released as to any charges, and the State Department has issued no statement. (Probably wise, […]


I’ve heard of drunk dialing, but drunk executing? Updated.

Posted by: Phineas on December 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, aka “Tiny Psycho Dictator III,” is not what one would call a happy drunk: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was drunk when he ordered the execution of two aides close to his uncle Jang Song-thaek, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday. The Yomiuri cited a […]


Cult of Personality Watch: US Embassy becomes Obama Embassy

Posted by: Phineas on December 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm » 12 Comments

**Posted by Phineas (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) Sure, all US embassies and consulates have portraits of the current president hanging in the offices; he is, after all, Head of State. But… Well… This is just a bit much: Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London […]


Elian Gonzalez’s Miami family not surprised at all by his recent pro-Cuba comments

Posted by: ST on December 12, 2013 at 10:34 am » 2 Comments

Via CNN: Miami (CNN) – The words that spill out of Elian Gonzalez’s mouth now make his great uncle shrug his shoulders. But Delfin Gonzalez says he’s not surprised by pro-Cuba comments his nephew made in an interview with CNN this week. “He understands and says what they have taught him,” Delfin Gonzalez told CNN en […]


Tweet of the Day on Obama/Castro coverage: “This is why the Oxford comma exists”

Posted by: ST on December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm » 7 Comments

The disturbingly warm Obama/Raul Castro handshake was not a joke but some humor was to be found in some of the coverage of it: THIS IS WHY THE OXFORD COMMA EXISTS RT @rafsanchez The Obama-Castro relationship is moving pretty quickly pic.twitter.com/PFq0slPqGj — Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) December 10, 2013 Heh. On a more serious note, […]