…Good news! No, not the Gospels.
The Lisbon Treaty got trounced in Ireland. This is the only country in the EU to have a vote of the population on the treaty. I’ve lost count of where we’re at with trying to get an EU constitution through. It keeps losing (the French and Dutch dealt the blows in the last round). Instead of scrapping the project the Maastricht Masters thought that Ireland, a country which has done pretty well by the EU, would be a shoe in to close the deal. Well they were wrong. What next for the EU project? They’ll keep going until they get it. I doubt they’ll let the pesky public have a say again though. Joe Craig from Ireland’s Socialist Democracy has excellent analysis here.
The Tigers have had a totally miserable season confounding my hopes and expectations. I’ve been to three games this year so far and two of them were rained out (one of the rain outs was against the Yankees and the best seats I will ever hope to have). Leyland is making major changes, pulling guys up from the AAA’s and sending stars all the way down to the A’s. It worked this last series with a sweep of the division leading White Sox.
Good news from Ireland and Detroit all in one day?! I’d better watch my back the rest of this Friday. Something is amiss.