If it takes screwing around with the autobahn to bring the German people to their senses, so be it. NYT:
It seemed like a no-brainer: Lower Germany’s embarrassingly high carbon emissions at no cost, and save some lives in the process.
But when a government-appointed commission in January dared to float the idea of a speed limit on the autobahn, the country’s storied highway network, it almost caused rioting.
Irate drivers took to the airwaves. Union leaders menacingly put on their yellow vests, hinting at street protests. And the far-right opposition used the opportunity to rage against the “stranglehold” of the state.
A highway speed limit was “contrary to every common sense,” the transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, swiftly declared, contradicting his own experts.
And that was that.
Except you know this won't be the end of it because rest assured, there are plenty of lawmakers in Germany who, like the NYT, think this should be a "no-brainer." The paper goes on to compare Germans' love for the autobahn to America's love for guns and Japan's love for whaling.
Off the autobahn, Germany remains rife with rules. Some local authorities even dictate the color of sun umbrellas.
“Germany is terribly regulated, for reasons which have to do with the past, with a fear of uncertainty, a fear of being overwhelmed,” Mr. Kornblum [John C. Kornblum, a former United States ambassador to Germany] said. “But then people look for their little spaces of freedom and the autobahn is one of them.”
Maybe they're beginning to understand that statism ain't all it's cracked up to be.
And don't miss this little gem buried at the end:
And speeding isn’t the only freedom the autobahn offers.
Driving naked in Germany is legal, too. But if you get out of the car nude, you face a $45 fine.
You've been warned.
Well this is not going well for Mr. Fairfax.
Looks like the case against Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax just got a little stronger:
While many Virginia Democrats have said that they take Tyson's accusations seriously, few if any have called on Fairfax to step down.
Then there's the rank hypocrisy of the Democratic Party as a whole.
"No major Democratic presidential candidate or other party leader has called for Fairfax's resignation. Instead, they have, almost to a person, called for an investigation into the allegations," CNN's Chris Cillizza couldn't help but notice.
Vice also called out Democrats for their double standard.
Some of the same Democrats who argued that the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford should have disqualified now-Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh from a seat on the Supreme Court during confirmation hearings last fall are now hesitant to apply the same judgement to Fairfax, even though he’s been very credibly accused and the alleged assault happened relatively recently.
“I don’t live there,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin told VICE News when asked about Tyson’s allegations. “I’m not getting into that.” Just last fall Durbin said the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would “shake the confidence of millions of Americans in the Supreme Court.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed Durbin’s non-response response at her Thursday press conference at the Capitol. When asked about the scandals plaguing Virginia’s top three elected Democratic officials, Pelosi responded: “I'll leave that up to them."
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office has yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.
Schumer said: "Dr. Ford came forward and won America's hearts. And our Republican colleagues were upset 'cause that might derail their headlong rush to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court."
Keep in mind, both parties were under oath during those politically charged hearings and the matter was basically a "he said/she said" story that was over 30 years old with a lot of forgotten details and zero corroboration. And Blasey Ford was found to have been less than forthright on a number of issues, including her extensive air travel and the reason she remodeled her home.
Tyson's story carries more weight because she is a fellow Democrat who seemingly has no agenda other than to blow the whistle on a sexual abuser. And both she and Fairfax agree that a sexual encounter took place. They just disagree on whether she gave her consent.
One of Britain's most reliable and longest-working character actors. Finney made his fame back in 1963 as Tom Jones in the delightfully sinful movie of the same name, but he continued to get chewy roles (Kincade in "Skyfall," Hirsch in Jason Bourne movies) right up until his retirement a few years ago. But my favorites are two roles of his which bookended the '80s, as Dewey Wilson in the underrated "Wolfen," and Leo in the early Coen brothers classic, "Miller's Crossing."
Thanks for a lot of fun movies, Mr. Finney.