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Greece's euro failure due to politics placed above economic reality

Published by carolyn on Mon, 2015-08-03 13:46

The "Birthplace of Democracy" theme has become a political trap.

By Carolyn Yeager

Everything is political … as I have recognized and repeatedly said for a while now.

The Greek euro crisis and collapse was inevitable since it was an impossible union to begin with. Greece was allowed into the Euro Group in 2001 for political reasons, when the economic data was screaming against it.

The director of an American-based 'think tank' has expressed this in her own words on a recent radio program. Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Euro currency project “was a structually flawed project” from the start because it was designed POLITICALLY with the purpose of uniting Europe.

"They were warned about it. This was an economic project designed politically to make Europe more united. But instead it’s pulling Europe apart.”

Georgia Judge says Leo Frank posthumous pardon is not legal

Published by carolyn on Sat, 2015-08-01 15:26

The letter written by retired judge Randall Evans Jr. is currently on sale at Ebay. Enlarge

By Carolyn Yeager

On May 15, 1983, retired Georgia Appeals Court Judge Randall Evans Jr. published a statement on the Leo Frank case in The Augusta Chronicle-Herald in which he claimed that the proposed posthumous pardon of Frank was "completely ridiculous" because a dead man can't be pardoned.*

[*the actual article from the Chronicle-Herald cannot now be accessed, but it was commented on and quoted from at the time.]

Evans also said that the evidence of Frank's guilt "was overwhelming" and described the commutation of Frank's sentence as "the rape of the judicial process" by Govenor Slaton.

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Resistance lives - in Dresden

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2015-07-28 21:54

On Monday, over 2000 heroic German souls marched in a PEGIDA-sponsored demonstration against their government's acceptance of asylum-seekers and migrants who are now invading the eastern part of Germany from the Balkans.

  • The BBC reported that "In a Dresden suburb, the car of Michael Richter, a councillor who had been helping refugees, was blown up." Kudos to those who are letting the authorities know that they are serious. 
  • Last week, a new tent city sprung up suddenly in Dresden's Friedrichstadt district as a temporary refugee center. Fights between refugee-opponents and refugee-supporters have broken out there.
  • A month ago, on June 28, a brand-new, still uninhabited refugee center in the historic town of Meissen (of porcelain fame), close to Dresden, was set on fire and burned during the night. Investigators say it was started deliberately. "We currently suspect arson," a Police spokeswoman said.

An intelligent Greek

Published by carolyn on Wed, 2015-07-15 18:59

"We are Europe's bankrupt child and as a child, Europe has been supporting us for five years and told us what we needed to do to get out of this situation. We did nothing and now we are paying the consequences."

... Yannis Theodosis, a 35-year-old civil engineer

The Trouble with Greece

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-12 16:52

A Greek "Evzones" presidential guard stands to attention in front of the parliament during a demonstration against austerity measures in central Athens on July 12, 2015 (AFP Photo/Angelos Tzortzinis)

By Carolyn Yeager

Modern Greece is a fairly new experiment in independence, and as such has never actually functioned totally independently. The world expects too much from Greeks, confusing them with the ancient Athenian democracy that we learn about in school. The Greeks are also confused about this, since they encourage this comparison with those great Greek citizens of old … a comparison they cannot live up to.

First Greece was incorporated into the Roman Empire, followed by the Byzantine, and then for 300 years Greeks were subsumed into the Ottoman Empire ruled by Muslim Turks. Their modern state was formed only in 1830 with the help of the European Powers who helped the Greeks win their war of independence.

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Greece loses, but thinks it's won

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-05 19:37

Democracy wins!

The childish Greeks who are cheering "victory for democracy" in Athen's Syntagma square tonight don't yet realize that Greece has lost ... or is lost. Greece came into the Eurogroup in 2001 in a weakened state and has been on the receiving end ever since. Yet they are portraying themselves as victims of a system that they forced their way into, thinking only of the benefits to be gained at the outset. When the time inevitably comes to stand up as a responsible partner, Greeks are not up to that and they turn to the communist promises every time. I am very happy, though, about the "No" vote. It's a prayer answered.

The news is still breaking but following are some of the first comments made by responsible Eurozone members and EU national leaders:

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, leader of Merkel's centre-left Social Democratic junior coalition partner, said it was hard to conceive of fresh negotiations on lending more billions to Athens after Greeks voted against more austerity.

What a Syriza office in Athens looks like

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-07-05 12:52

From Business Insider: Mike Bird got this photo of the inside of one of Syriza's offices in Athens, in Exarcheia. Apparently quite recently.

That's Lenin, Engels, and Che Guevara on the wall. 

Is that Marxist enough for you? Naturally they love to make Germany the fall-guy.

Passing of Michael Collins Piper

Published by carolyn on Tue, 2015-06-02 21:26

Ray Goodwin just informed me that Mike Piper has departed this world, probably during the past weekend. I will write something about my friendship with Mike later. For whatever information there is, you can go to Mark Glenn's site The Ugly Truth, from where I got this nice picture of Mike.

I don't think there is one of us who doesn't owe a debt to Michael Collins Piper. He's a legend.

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Klarsfeld scum finally get Germany's highest honor on third try – thanks to traitor Gauck

Published by carolyn on Sat, 2015-05-16 13:36

By Carolyn Yeager

[Minor edits made on 5-17-15 -cy]

Germany pours shame on itself once again by awarding its Federal Cross of Merit* to a criminal husband and wife “Nazi hunting” team (pictured above). Beate Klarsfeld, a German-born Protestant and her greasy-looking Romanian-born Jewish husband can thank current German President Joachim Gauck for forcing her approval against the popular will and previous decisions by German ministers.  *Of course, it must be remembered that this award was created in 1951 under the occupation government, and therefore has no real meaning. It has already been awarded to such unworthies as Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Elizabeth II and Josip Broz Tito.

Die Linke, The Left Party (formerly the Communist Party of East Germany) had twice nominated Beate Klarsfeld for the Federal Cross of Merit, but the foreign ministers at the time, Joschka Fischer and Guido Westerwelle. did not approve her. Fischer said she was not worthy of the recognition; Westerwelle offered no reason for denying her the award. This time, Joachim Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor, pushed it through as “his own decision”. Thus, both she and her husband will now receive Germany's highest honor.

I wish Merkel would stop playing Mom to Greece's Tsipris

Published by carolyn on Sun, 2015-05-10 17:06

It's disgusting to watch Angela Merkel cooing and comforting Greece's  momma's boy Alexis Tsipris, the communist Prime Minister who thinks he can get his country out from under its self-made financial crisis by piling on the charm for the lady Chancellor of the Eurozone's most influential member nation.

Merkel continues to have private conversations with the young communist PM, seemingly at his request, just so it doesn't appear that her warm, womanly German heart is cold to the plight of the Greeks.  They, after all, suffered so much under the now despised regime of Adolf Hitler, whose government from 75 years ago German politicians like Merkel must continue to apologize and pay reparations for.

Thank God there are at least some men in her government who have enough sense to talk straight and true, acting more like some Germans of old. It would be better in my book if Wolfgang Schäuble could take over as Chancellor and let the overly sympathetic Merkel go back to civilian life. Her useful days seem to be over. Everything with her is give, give, give.

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