According to the New York Times, Chrysler will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization today. Negotiations with debtholders to restructure the company’s debt have, apparently, fallen through.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) claimed today that Texas entered the Union reserving the right to secede if it later chose, and postulated that circumstances might make that advisable in the future.
Specifically, according to the AP he said:
There's a lot of different scenarios. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot.
Now, it seems that Gov. Perry didn’t actually suggest that Texas secede, but maintained that the state has the right to do so. Accordingly, when I note that our national government has the perfect right to hang traitors, don’t mistake me for saying that Gov. Perry’s neck should be fitted for a noose just yet.
By the way, this is the second time this month I’ve heard an idiot “Republican” claim that states have the right to secede. (The first person shall not be named: let’s just say he’s a particularly, uh, strident fellow who I have regular dealings with.) Thus, on behalf of my Republican, pro-Union ancestors, let us reaffirm: “The Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible union, of indestructible states.”
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Despite public and private pressure applied by World Beloved President Barack Obama, our erstwhile continental European allies have yet again refused to commit more combat forces to the fight in Afghanistan. Moreover, this time around even Britain is shirking its responsibilities, sending only a few hundred addition troops after President Obama had asked Gordon Brown to send thousands.
A small voice pipes up again, wondering if the U.S. couldn't strike a deal with the Islamic terrorist groups to confine their attacks to Europe and leave us alone. Of course we can’t, and even if we could that would certainly not be in our longer-term security interests. But the voice is there.