Monday, November 07, 2005

The Massey Story, Alito, and France's Riots

Earlier this morning, CNN aired an interview with Ron Harris, the author of the piece I linked to in the post below that exposes former Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey as a liar. Michelle Malkin has the transcript of the interview.

Senate Democrat Joe Biden said yesterday that Samuel Alito should get an up-or-down vote on his Supreme Court nomination. From AP:
"I think that judgment won't be made until the bulk of us have had a chance to actually see him and speak to him. But I think the probability is that (a vote) will happen," Biden said on ABC's "This Week."
Sounds like some good news for Alito and the president. We should see a full court by the end of January.

The situation in Paris hasn't gotten any better. And the riots are spreading to the rest of France. Here is's Tuesday headline: "Leaders Fiddle as France Burns."
France was struggling to overcome one of its gravest post-war crises last night as every major city faced the threat of fierce rioting that began 12 nights ago and now seems to have spun out of control.

More than 1,400 vehicles were destroyed during a night of increasing violence despite an assurance from Philippe Douste Blazy, the foreign minister, that France was "not a dangerous country", the spread of violence prompted the Foreign Office in London to warn travellers that trouble could break out "almost anywhere".

Dominique de Villepin, the beleaguered prime minister, announced that officials in riot-hit areas would be authorised to impose late-night curfews "wherever it is necessary" in a bid to halt the disturbances.

He rejected calls by a police union for troops to be sent in but said that 1,500 reservists were being called up and repeated an appeal to parents to keep adolescent rioters off the streets.
Villepin is looking less and less coherent in his approach to the riots, and it does not appear as though he is taking the situation very seriously. The longer he acts in such a way, the more likely it is that the angry mob will become more committed to its violent tendencies, and could arise as a real, threatening political movement. If Villepin and Chirac refuse to deploy their forces in strength, they could find themselves out of a job in the near future.