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May 21, 2007

Sarkozy May Get Conservative, Reform-Minded Parilament Behind Him

Eh. It's good news for the French, I guess, which somehow fails to light my heart with joy.

Campaigning for the French parliamentary elections began on Monday with polls suggesting President Nicolas Sarkozy's party will secure a strong majority for reforms and the left will get a fresh electoral drubbing.

Sarkozy has promised to forge ahead with reforms but the right-winger cannot act until after the June 10 and 17 parliamentary polls when he is expected to call a special summer session to pass his first measures.

The new president appointed leftists to some key positions in the government he unveiled on Friday, a move designed to portray him as an open and inclusive leader and boost the right's support in the looming legislative battle.

I guess that might explain his first offering the FM post to a leftist.

Meanwhile, a previously unheard of terrorist with a nom de guerre suggesting Iraqi heritage (al-Tikrit) is threatening to unleash jihad on France for "voting wrong." (Link fixed.)

Please explain to me why terrorists -- who the left keeps insisting love conservatives, as conservative, strong-against-terrorist leaders are "Osama bin Ladin's chief recruitment officers" -- keep threatening countries that elect conservative leaning men, and agitating in favor of lefties.

As of yet that threat shouldn't be taken all that seriously, by the way. The guy could be an internet crank with no real connection to Al Qaeda or any other terrorist group. Like, there's no proof he filled out his Al Qaeda "New Comers" Application Form.

That's not a joke, by the way. They have an application form. Jose Padilla filled it out. Partly, at least. Like a McDonald's application. Pretty much you fill in your name and address and that's it. As if McDonald's really wants to know which post-graduate degrees you may have obtained.

Here are some real questions from the McTerrorism application:

What are your plans after training?

Train and Return ____ Jihad ____ Work within a group: ____


List the reasons that led you to fulfill this great duty and come to Afghanistan:

Do you have any advice for your Mujadeen brothers?

Advice? Oh, just try to be a self-starting people person with a good "phone voice." Pretty much that's all you need for success in any business.

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