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French leftists win

Looks like austerity’s just as popular there!

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative government has lost its majority in the Senate for the first time in recent French history.

The Socialist Party and its Communist and Green allies have won enough seats to gain control of the upper house.

Their victory comes just seven months before the country’s presidential election in April.

Right-wing parties have controlled the Senate since the Fifth Republic was founded in 1958.

Early results from the indirect elections showed left-wing candidates took at least 23 seats from the governing conservative party, giving them an absolute majority.

“The 25th of September, 2011, will go down in history,” Jean-Pierre Bel, head of the Socialist group in the Senate, said on French television.

“The results of this Senate election represent a real comeuppance for the right.”

The lady is a tramp

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga:

The truism “A picture is worth a thousand words” is even truer in the video era. For stark evidence of out-of-control cops on Wall Street, click here

Flowers for you

From my kitchen table. Thought I’d share!

Virtually Speaking tonight

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The peace process

Israel and the U.S. right wing do their thing to make sure there’s no peace in the Middle East.

Who’ll stop the rain?

Creedence:

Rude Pundit goes to Occupy Wall Street.

Poor worried bankers

Pay attention to what Bloomberg said on today’s Press The Meat:

MR. GREGORY: Can you explain how that impacts businesses? Because we hear it, it’s a conventional wisdom that a lack of leadership, uncertainty, means that businesses aren’t hiring. They’re making money, they’re doing more with less, and yet they’re not hiring.

MAYOR BLOOMBERG: Well, nobody has any confidence. If you’re a bank and you have money, would you make a loan when people are talking about putting you in jail for what happened in the mortgage crisis three, four years ago? You hunker down. If you’re a business, would you go take a loan and expand and hire more people when every day there’s talk about different regulation, different tax policy? Business has to know what it’s going to be in the future to plan because hiring people is a long-term commitment. If you’re an individual, would you go take that extra vacation, buy a new house and that sort of thing when you’re not sure whether Washington is going to do what’s right to keep job creation going in America? That’s the–in the end, it is confidence, confidence, confidence.

What a lying sack of shit this man is.

Blame the bloggers

It’s all our fault.

Saudi Arabia

Letting women vote in 2015.

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