“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Impeachment? Why Stop There?

Trial Expected to Begin in January
18 Oct , 2010, The Hague, Netherlands:

Disgraced former US President, George W. Bush today was handed over to the International Criminal Court today in advance of his ICC trials on charges of "Crimes against Humanity."

An overflowing crowd delighted at the sight of Mr. Bush in leg irons as he was led into an ICC courtroom for formal arraignment and pretrial proceedings.

The former President's disgrace and fall occurred in a whirlwind fashion beginning with the mid-term elections of 2006 when the Democratic Party was returned to power in the US Congress. Democrats moved quickly on impeachment proceedings against Bush. The election of a Democratic President in 2008 combined with Democratic control of the US House and Senate finally allowed the US to join the International Criminal Court.

The impeachment set in motion an acrimonious whirlwind of events including subsequent Congressional investigations and Justice Department prosecutions of Republican party Officials , members of Congress and ordinary citizens. When partisan bitterness threatened to erupt into all-out civil war, Democrats fashioned and passed the "Patriot Act II" which permitted stronger domestic law-enforcement and surveillance measures and enabled the US President to declare Martial Law. With the new legislation, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were able to move aggressively in detaining and prosecuting dozens of domestic rightwing terrorists.

Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's trials have been on-going in the Hague since last summer. Both men face life sentences if convicted.


  1. John Negroponte organizes a resistence movement composed of old Reagan supporters,the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and several state militias. Many FBI and former CIA operatives come out of retirement and organize cells. Civil war breaks out with destruction of high value targets. Chaos ensues inside the DisUnited States.
    Negropontes Jacobins stealthily arrive in ones and twos to the Hague where they break out W and Rummey and secret them to Swan island in the Caribbean Sea.
    **wait for our next thrilling expisode of US CIvil War part deux

  2. Quiz.
    In part One of US Civil War part deux.

    A. You had to look uo John Negroponte
    B. You had to look up Swan Island
    C. You had to look up Jacobins
    D. "It could never happen here" sets in your mind and you hit another lick of ice cream.

  3. Figured I'd discover the secret of Swan Island in chapter 2 of Civil War part deux.

    No need to research it myself.

    Saw a show today a Ron Brown's newest novel
    Demons & Angels
    The Illuminati vs the Church
    for control of the World.

    FreeMasons, Knights Templar, US Presidents, Washington DC a "sacred design"

    Gonna be great, Skull & Bones revisited.

  4. guess it's time we succeeded again. oops I mean seceded again. Viva Texaco

  5. Isn't Ron Brown one of the screenwriters on the new Eastwood?

  6. DR,

    It doesn't surprise me one little bit that you and Buddy know all about Swan Island.
    Nice place.

  7. Sharp,

    Negroponte knows all the players and is a man who knows how to run a contra situation. Bolton would be a good second. Get Ollie back and money from Limbaugh and other's with money in the Caymans.
    By that time we'd have so many "offers" of help getting it done would be in the "high" probability class.

  8. Of course by now this discussion of a screenplay outline has Ft. Meade buzzing and I'll be dragged and gagged about 4AM.

  9. Sharp ..just google swan island and cia

  10. and if you really want to know where the clandestine training takes place google Harvey Point, NC.

    It ain'r yo daddy's CIA at Camp Peary anymore..well some but the big boys go to get their Doctorate at Harvey Point.

  11. When Napoleon came back from Elba, the royal soldiers would not shoot.

    A few months later, in Belgium, the Brits & Germans changed their minds back again.

  12. Really, what WILL we do, if this whole place slides off into moonbattery?

  13. can't go to latin America anymore, hugo'll thow us in de cookpot.

  14. rally points, rally points in every county

  15. Oops, now they'll get me, too. habu, do you know Morse Code, so we can keep messaging from our cells?

  16. there on to the morse code ,but yes..if we need it..i'd need to bone up some ..yeah they got you too...dragged and gagged around 4AM..time of least resisitence...but hell it's just the outline of a screen play that will make us millionaires...multi..peddle it to John Milius
    John M

  17. The night of broken accessories

    Now we're revisiting the "Wild Wild West"?

  18. That's John Milius, who single-handedly broke down Hollywood PC (well, some, for awhile) with "Red Dawn".

  19. Been kickin' a screen play and novel around for years.
    Now with these low end cameras...

  20. The Wild Wild West, starring the same guy who played Pappy Boyinton, who habu's dad flew with. never more than a few degrees of separation, in the connected world--

  21. Robert Conrad
    Also had a ski patrol show for a season or two, costarring his own kids.

  22. Yeah Buddy,
    he's done some good non PC work...did you see where it was his line in Dirty Harry "Make my day"

  23. rat, my whole life I've dreamed of being able to have the time to write a screenplay.

    Just because so many are so BADly done, it looks like an open market.

    Now, just in the last couple years, I could actually DO it.

    But, but...that first sentence has me hung up.

  24. If Quentin Tarantino can write a screen play ...

  25. DR,

    If you've got a screenplay in your head spend the money on "Scriptware" or another pre formatting software. As you probably know the Hollywood people will not look at something not in the correct format.

    I've been hacking away for about six months on and off on some stuff.

  26. and I've lost touch with the friggin damn zeitgeist

    yeah, habu--I saw him interviewed not long ago, where he told how that line fell into the movie.

    "Red Dawn" was a really well-done film--there were so many ways for it to've become a joke with the young folks--camp, sorta--but it didn't--the drama worked. Skill.

  27. I'll tell ya Buddy you gotta's always kinda of a dream but what the hell..

    when I worked in Beverly Hills I had clients out the ass that that's all they did ...write and try to get a screenplay in front of the write person..they usually had to work a second job but they were liv'in the dream.

  28. We're all to old, my friends, unless you selfproduce.
    We've reached some production basic levels, using Cowboy reenactors and mounted shooters.

    May never get it to a final screening, but it makes for fun bar talk and an occasional afternoon adventure.

  29. keep at it habu. you actually do have a way wif words, and an imagination. wot a career move, huh?

  30. I proudly own Red Dawn on CD. watch it ev'r so often.young patrick swayze and others

  31. With Robert Redford running Sundance, coots are not totally outre, rat.

  32. DR,
    can't argue the age deal but we'll have some Hooters girl w/brains front it for us.

    It does make great talk and it's an interesting hobby...I've had friends sell their stuff..didn't get made but they got some $$ and a % if it gets produced and distributed.

  33. I'm gonna call mine "Gone With The Wind" or "It Happened One Night"

    kinda catchy

  34. When the Cuban/Soviet paratroops lined up the kids' daddies and gunned 'em down, it could've gone "silly", but the kids pulled it back in.

  35. Yeah, my True Wast friend, Cowboy Bob sold a comic character, never got produced, he spent the money.

  36. if we wait awhile longer we can probably get Tom Cruise.

  37. "300" is gonna be a whale of a flick--

  38. that's what money's for.

    I'll get 'er done..the screenplay and somehow get it to Milius or not

  39. "get it to Milius or not" --i have full confidence that you'll come thru on that statement.

  40. I liked the talent in BlackHawk Down...the one southern alpha team guy..heck they all did a great job

  41. yeah..the "or not" shows the spine of a chocolate eclair

  42. well if i'm gett'n rousted at 4AM I better get some other things done..lets see smoke, sensors on,new 6.8mm m-14, .45, granades, zodiac fueled...yeah I'm ready

  43. re: Robert Conrad a.k.a. Jacques Pasquinel

    "If I were a bigger man, I would rule the world. But, since I am what I am, I rule where I am."

  44. Early 70s when I was working construction in Taos, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson came to town to set up filming "Boss Nigger". I went to the casting call, and I got a part, getting shot off a horse. They notified by mail when to reconvene, and I'd used my folk's address in Amarillo since i was living in my camper at the time. I told the folks to be on the lookout for the letter, and that i'd be calling in to check. They lost the letter--i never knew until they started without me--called mom, she said "Oh, HERE it is". by then I was replaced. So much for the career as a Movie Star.

  45. that soundtrack on Blackhawk Down was really something--if I'm not getting it mixed up with the Mel Gibson film--"We Were Soldiers". One of the guys in that battle--Ia Drang--died in the WTC. Rick Rescorla. Doesn't seem like that would happen in the right kind of world.

  46. Talking about a revolutionary concept, what is wrong with these people?
    This is downright un-American.

    Counties caught in conundrum: getting Amish to take food stamps

    Bureaucrats Try to Cram Food Stamps Down Amish Throats


  47. Link didn't take, so H/T to Moonbattery

  48. Signed up to be an extra in the Rambo in Afghanistan. Filming down in Yuma, AZ., back in the day.

    At the time we were headquartered in Camp Verde Az. Way down in the bottom. The morning we load the horses for the drive, a freezing rain hit the mountain, making I-17 impassable, southbound, up the hill for 2 wheel drive trucks hauling horse trailers.

    Sly Stallone did not wait for us, either.

  49. Did a Coors commercial when I was a kid, drove a herd of horses down a small hill to a creek crossing.

    Could barely see my hat, in the finished product.
    Mr Coors paid for a lot Bud.

  50. That's a helluva movie career, rat! heh heh--

    History ch 269 doing a show on the new eastwood, right now--started a few minutes ago, dangit.

    Good one, Whit--LOL

  51. Near and dear to my heart is EFFICIENT Defense Department spending, with my personal emphasis on more boots. In this vein, Wretchard has up a thread worth a look.
    Sad to say, the Pentagon brass will always sacrifice the boys for the toys.

    The Army's Need for Money

  52. His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

    There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

    The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

    "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

    "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

    "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

    "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

    "I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.

    Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

    Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

    What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

    The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?

    Sir Winston Churchill.

    Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

    Work like you don't need the money.

    Love like you've never been hurt.

    Dance like nobody's watching.

    Sing like nobody's listening.

    Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

  53. sharp,

    You are of course correct. I emphasize the brass because they are supposed to be on my team.

  54. This is long past due from the Wall Street Journal, but welcome all the same.

    “Our Small Defense Budget”

    “In retrospect, Mr. Bush missed a historic opportunity after 9/11 to ask government to spend less on non-essential programs so it could spend more on security…”

    “[O]verall federal spending grew by nearly 50% in Mr. Bush's first five years, as he allowed Congress to spend more on just about everything.”

    “Our own judgment is that the U.S. is going to have to increase defense spending to meet these challenges, and that the time to begin such a debate is now.”


  55. buddy larsen,

    re: Churchill story

    As always, marvelous food for humble contemplation. Thanks!