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British Independence Day

British Independence Day

It’s to the the “back of the queue” for the U.K., if President Obama is to be believed. The Brits ignored him and other experts and decided they’d had enough of the bureaucrats in Brussels.

EU commissions regulate everything from the bend of bananas to the curvature of cucumbers.

British Independence Day

Gerard Baker discussed Brexit in a WSJ front page analysis, Britain Fires a Shot Heard Round the World. He compared it to the populist movement that gave the Republican Party The Donald as presumptive nominee for president of the United States.

Tea Party Nation, a leading umbrella group, congratulated the British on their “Independence Day” and said in a statement “the land that gave us Magna Carta decided they wanted freedom and not a socialist dictatorship.”

Megan McArdle in Bloomberg had this to say about global elites and populist movements:

In many ways, members of the global professional class have started to identify more with each other than they have with the fellow residents of their own countries. Witness the emotional meltdown many American journalists have been having over Brexit.

Journalists aren’t the only one’s melting down over Brexit. The Dow and the British Pound celebrated “the freedom from socialist dictatorship” by plunging 600 points and 11% respectively.

 

Obama Bashes Brexit

brexitPresident Obama threatened Britons who favor a Brexit. A Brexit would be a British exit from the European Union in a referendum coming up June 23. Obama said if the UK leaves the EU it would have to move the back of the queue if it wants to do a trade deal with the US.

Obama prefers to deal with undemocratic bureaucrats in Brussels rather than Britons who prefer to retain their sovereignty in London. He claims it could take 10 years to reach a trade deal with an independent UK.

Obama’s intervention enraged London Mayor Boris Johnson who claimed Obama’s Kenyan background makes him hostile to the British Empire. That remark hi-lighted the special relationship between American and British students. Johnson was disinvited from a debate on the Brexit. British students also favor “safe spaces” to protect them from unpleasant ideas.

The Wall Street Journal points out that what Obama thinks may not matter since he’s a short termer.

Sharm el-Sheikh Baggage

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Investigators are 90% sure a bomb took down Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 in Egypt. The plane took off from the Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Sinai peninsula. ISIS is active in the Sinai and took credit for the bombing.

Thousands British and Russian tourists stranded at Sharm el-Sheikh are being flown home without their checked baggage due to bomb fears.

 

Refugees Responsibility

150910-denali-refugeesIBD says that McKinley was our first colonialist president. Obama is our first anti-colonialist president. That explains  why Mt. Mckinley is now just Denali. Nobody got hurt, except for some feelings here in Ohio.

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AP

Refugees

The unraveling of colonial arrangements in the Middle East has been less benign. Refugees are flooding Europe.

The White House announced yesterday that it would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year. John Kerry says the US might take up to 100,000 total refugees this year. A Washington Post editorial complains that’s less than half the number from our last big bug out – Vietnam in the 70’s.

 

Beheaders Beware

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Last year two homegrown Islamists beheaded a soldier on a London street. The beheaders then lectured the gathered crowd until the bobbies finally arrived and shot them. A week ago Australian authorities broke up a plot to carry out beheadings on the streets of Australia.

Beheaders

Americans are armed to the teeth. Will that deter beheaders here? Maybe not. Last week a recent Muslim convert beheaded a coworker in a case of “workplace violence” in Oklahoma.

While he was in the act of stabbing another colleague he was shot by the firm’s COO.

Update: 

Dick Morris says Obama is in denial over terrorism, for political reasons as usual. He claims the purpose of the ISIS beheading videos is to inspire lone wolf acts of terror here. Rather than alert the public, the president wants to bury the public’s head in the sand before the midterm elections. Morris says Obama successfully used the same strategy when he blamed the Benghazi terror attacks on a movie before his 2012 re-election.