Wednesday, June 01, 2005

General Veers' Report

"Com scan has detected an energy field protecting an area of the third planet on the Sol system. The field is strong enough to deflect European bombardment." The thrust of this article might be obvious, but if it's not, here's the deal: The EU Constitutions fall to 0-2 in the 2005 season, losing this time to the Dutch Hedonists in regulation play, 61-39. OK, all kidding aside, the Dutch said 'No' to the EU constitution for whatever reason, and I don't have anyone on the ground in the Netherlands to explain it to me. CNN has the article that I turned to. It's got an amusing quote from the Dutch PM, a chap named an Peter Balkenende: ""The Dutch voters have a clear and uncomplimentary solution, and we will have to respect the voters' choice. No means no, and this is the choice of the people." I don't know what his definition of "uncomplimentary" in this instance is---be fair, English is probably his second or third language---but I hear a whiff of "The people have spoken, the bastards".1 I'm sure his media guys were not happy with him essentially calling the Dutch voters stupid. At any rate, hopefully this means that this pitiful European rebellion will be crushed with one swift stroke, and the Old World nations can get on with the process of market reforms et cetera so that they're capable of playing a meaningful role against serious concerns, like the Islamists. Pull their own weight, such as it were. This is pleasant news at the end of the day. 1 Reportedly attributed to Mark Twain, but I heard that it attributed to Dick Tuck, a dirtbag operative for the Democratic Party active from the 1950s until the 1970s. Theme for this post gratuitously stolen from The Llama Butchers.

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