I’m so confused

Today’s news stories have quotes that leave my head hurting:

The Financial Time’s has Al Gore saying to the UN conference on climate change:

“My country is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali,” the former US vice-president told 2,000 of the 12,000 people attending the conference on Thursday. “[But] over the next two years the United States is going to be somewhere it is not now.”

Where are we going to be? Someplace different than without a Democratic Congress/President like in 1998?
And how can we be responsible for obstructing progress when if we’re the blockers by insisting on voluntary cuts and we’re the biggest offenders that simply have to be signatories doesn’t that basically mean all the others are the ones being the “obstructers of progress” by insisting on mandatory cuts?
Speaking of the conference, how about this headline/lede from the BBC?

Rows break climate talks deadline

Talks at the UN climate summit in Bali have continued past their scheduled end despite optimism that a compromise could be reached between the EU and US.

This item out of Spiegel notes that with the expected declaration of independence by Kosovo violence is in the works except that Slovenia has a plan.

The country, which will assume the EU’s rotating presidency on Jan. 1, may have come up with a plan to help Kosovo on the road to independence. According to a report in the International Herald Tribune this week, the approach would see the international community recognize Kosovo in stages with the core EU group including Britain, France, Italy and Germany going first, within 48 hours.

The US would recognize Kosovo’s independence soon after with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway following.

etc, etc. So somehow recognizing Kosovo slowly will keep things peaceful? I hope the real plan digs deeper.

And finally, from Sweden via the bloodthirstyliberal:

Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup’s coat of arms.
The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

But although the army was eventually happy to make the changes in the interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less than pleased.

How is this “gender equality”??

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