“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."

Friday, October 13, 2006

While Washington is Asleep at the Latin American Desk, Hugo is Not.

Increasing concern with Chavez “messianic militarism”

Like it or not the US is and will continue to be the repository of all of those who want to flee Latin America for any reason. Hugo Chavez is laying the groundwork for chaos and instability throughout the Americas, and there is hardly a peep from the current administration. We will regret this lapse in attention.

Peruvian president Alan Garcia expressed concern with the Bolivian-Venezuelan technical cooperation agreement which includes the construction of twenty military bases along Bolivia’s frontiers with five neighbouring countries...

“We’re much concerned and so are the Peruvian people. We’ve always had a friendly relation with Bolivia and we only have minimum military presence to protect our borders through which much smuggling occurs as well sometimes the occasional crossing of subversives and terrorists”, said the Peruvian president quoted by CNN.
“We’ve never thought of defending ourselves from Bolivia, and we are most surprised that they are thinking of mounting military bases and stockades to defend themselves from Peru”.

However he added that “I think this is happening because who is financing and inspiring the whole project, and who is not Bolivian, always displays this quite aggressive and militaristic attitude”, added Garcia in direct reference to his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez.

“Let’s hope that the aggressive adjectives don’t turn into arms aggressiveness. That would certainly break regional equilibrium and regional friendship inside South America. I think it’s better to cut from the root and warn about letting things happen, before it’s too late”, he added.

In the Peruvian Congress the president of the Defence Commission Luis Gonzalez Posada announced the summoning of the Foreign Affairs minister to report on the Bolivian-Venezuelan agreement.

“Bolivia has a long border with Peru. Currently we could describe it as a pink zone, which could quickly turn red if fears augment”, warned the Senator.

The leader of Peru’s congressional opposition Oscar Ortiz said President Chavez permanent interference in Bolivian affairs and the fact he’s always claiming possible coups could actually be preparing the ground for a “self tailored real coup” and demanded ambassadors from Venezuela and Cuba be declared “persona non grata”.

Ortiz also pointed out that Venezuelan officials have publicly stated that “fellow Venezuelans are prepared to shed their blood and come to the rescue of the Bolivian government of President Evo Morales if it was endangered”, which is “most disturbing”.

From Caracas Venezuelan Minister of Defence Raul Isaias Baduel argued that the agreement does not include the display of Venezuelan troops in Bolivia.

“I think there has been a deliberate intention in twisting the issue. It’s possible that there is a link with the coming vote to incorporate Venezuela as a non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council”, said Baduel.

In Lima “El Comercio”, Peru’s most respected independent newspaper in an editorial warned about President Chavez “hegemonic intentions”.

“We are used to Venezuela’s president singular reactions. It is clear he wants to move from political interference to a military situation and in his enrooted messianic conduct, emulate Liberator Bolivar. Will Evo Morales candidly follow the game?


  1. Harvard Study Paints Bleak Picture of Ethnic Diversity
    posted by Linda
    The Financial Times - October 10, 2006

    The core message of the research was that, “in the presence of diversity, we hunker down”, he said. “We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us. Prof Putnam found trust was lowest in Los Angeles, “the most diverse human habitation in human history”, but his findings also held for rural South Dakota, where “diversity means inviting Swedes to a Norwegians’ picnic”. When the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, they showed that the more people of different races lived in the same community, the greater the loss of trust….

    Harvard Study Paints Bleak Picture of Ethnic Diversity

    By John Lloyd in London
    The Financial Times - October 10, 2006

    A bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity has been revealed in research by Harvard University’s Robert Putnam, one of the world’s most influential political scientists.

    His research shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone - from their next-door neighbour to the mayor.

    This is a contentious finding in the current climate of concern about the benefits of immigration. Professor Putnam told the Financial Times he had delayed publishing his research until he could develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity, saying it “would have been irresponsible to publish without that”.

    The core message of the research was that, “in the presence of diversity, we hunker down”, he said. “We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.”

    Prof Putnam found trust was lowest in Los Angeles, “the most diverse human habitation in human history”, but his findings also held for rural South Dakota, where “diversity means inviting Swedes to a Norwegians’ picnic”.

    When the data were adjusted for class, income and other factors, they showed that the more people of different races lived in the same community, the greater the loss of trust. “They don’t trust the local mayor, they don’t trust the local paper, they don’t trust other people and they don’t trust institutions,” said Prof Putnam. “The only thing there’s more of is protest marches and TV-watching.”

    British Home Office research has pointed in the same direction and Prof Putnam, now working with social scientists at Man-chester University, said other European countries would be likely to have similar trends.

    His 2000 book, Bowling Alone, on the increasing atomisation of contemporary society, made him an academic celebrity. Though some scholars questioned how well its findings applied outside the US, policymakers were impressed and he was invited to speak at Camp David, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

    Prof Putnam stressed, however, that immigration materially benefited both the “importing” and “exporting” societies, and that trends “have been socially constructed, and can be socially reconstructed”.

    In an oblique criticism of Jack Straw, leader of the House of Commons, who revealed last week he prefers Muslim women not to wear a full veil, Prof Putnam said: “What we shouldn’t do is to say that they [immigrants] should be more like us. We should construct a new us.”

    SOURCE: The Financial Times

  2. So what if he does, rufus.

    Political power grows from the barrel of an AK, he just bought 100,000 new ones. He has already staged one Coup attempt, when he was out of power. Why would he not stage one to retain it? His respect for the Rule of Law?
    False votes, lost ballots, unsavory counting, any number of electoral frauds. If those tactics fail him, the AKs will not.

    Do you really believe he'll just walk away?

  3. So when the Islamists gain sufficient numbers in this country to begin a replay of the greiviences outlined in the Declaration of Independence and begin altering our laws to reflect sharia what do we do?

  4. Do we wait for their population to increase to the point of Europes? The popular thinking is that it is too late for the European countries to avoid an Islamic takeover. Dhimmitude or death will of course follow for all none believers.
    But what if we started deporting all Muslims from the US now?. What if Europe did the same?
    Civil war? Well you can have your civil war now or you can have it at a later date in a weaker position.

  5. We can aid Europe now or allow it to go Islamic, thus rendering NATO the hollow shell it has initiated. By aiding Europe we must kill or deport the masses of an antithetical philosophy to Western thought and values. Killing is preferential, since they will simply continue to mutiple, gain a sufficient number of nuclear boms and ICBM's to deliver them, and hold hostage at a distance what they cannot within the host.

  6. Yesterday on the John Gibson show, a Republican candidate from Pennsylvania brought film of himself crossing the Rio Grande on a four-ton elephant to the accompaniment of a mariachi band, dressing in full regalia. He did so near Brownsville, Texas, without interference, save for personnel from the Department of Agriculture, who showed up two hours later demanding to spray said elephant for parasites.

    The Republican candidate is using the film of the event, not as an indictment of illegal Mexican immigration, although that is a concern to him, rather, to show the lack of security from terrorist infiltration. His argument is simple: If his loud, colorful, conspicuous entourage can cross the border at will, then, so can others with malicious intent.

    I think the gentleman from Pennsylvania has shown TWAT for what it is: a money grubbing political scam. What is evident is the caliber of the Bush administration’s expensive lackadaisical interest at the Mexican border. What you see is what you get. This administration is what it is and I expect no dramatic improvement over the remainder of its term of office. Genuine national security at our southern border will have to await another day.

  7. This clash of civilizations is not going to stop in our lifetime or our childrens lifetime unless we kill half to three quarters of all Islamists. If you believe otherwise then bring on the fairy dust to cleanse the problem.
    And when men with 7th century ideas are running our industries how dark do you think the work will be, morally,scientifically , and phiosophically?
    It is time to kill a quasi-civilization, as you would a spreading pandemic disease.

  8. The North American Union
    I read recently that in the Los Angeles region, racial and ethnic segregation is in fact increasing, not decreasing as the Multicultural diversity enthusiasts are claiming. One of my friends from California sent me a link indicating that some of the large Hollywood studios are contemplating moving out of Los Angeles because of the tensions and crime rates caused by massive Mexican immigration. With Latin American immigration, the US is also importing some of the problems of Latin America. The violent gang problem that is so huge in Central America is now being exported to you. So maybe will political corruption.

    Will the USA become the Brazil of North America, with massive Third World ghettos, urban violence and a few rich, gated communities in between? Or will the country simply fall apart?

    Gates of Vienna

  9. habu1,

    re: multiculturalism and trust

    Fukuyama addressed this concern years ago, although, no was listening at the time, apparently.

    He found that cultures are based on trust, derived from a shared sense of "right" and "wrong" and the mechanisms for addressing aberrance from the norm. For much of American history, the Constitution has served this end. It should also be remembered always that the mandating authority of American rights is the "Creator"; until recently, not confused with an occasionally senile and corrupt Supreme Court. Oh, that “Creator” was on the Judeo-Christian model; you cannot have one without the other.

  10. NPR Cheif Out After 9 Months

    Some NPR employees who attended a staff meeting this morning when the changes were announced described it as harsh and even “nasty.” They also said that some of their colleagues praised Mr. Marimow for raising the network’s level of journalism.

    Mr. Marimow, the former editor of The Baltimore Sun and an investigative reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won his Pulitzers, was hired in 2004 to help strengthen and expand the news division after NPR received a bequest of $235 million from the late Joan B. Kroc, widow of Ray A. Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s. Since 1999, NPR’s weekly audience has doubled to almost 26 million listeners.
    The network produces and distributes 150 hours of programming a week in conjunction with 815 public radio stations

  11. AsparaTires Burn Real Good Too!
    Kinda Smokey, tho.

  12. Allen,
    I believe Fukuyama addressed these issues prior to the resurgence of Islamofacism and the overwhelming demographic data that will soon define Europe as Islamic.
    As far the founding documents of the US, and supporting evidence for those are concerned no remedy exists for a democratic takeover by an antithetical philosophy.
    If the Islamist breach the outlined grievances by King George in the Declaration of Independence then civil war will ensue.
    Why let it get that far?

  13. The Weekly Standard

    Although the Pakistanis claimed to have detonated five bombs (likely an attempt to demonstrate parity with India), only two detonations were confirmed by seismic activity in the area, and this seismic activity showed the tests were conducted as much as 80 miles away from one another. The second test produced a much smaller blast in the subkiloton range.

    According to Pike, there is reason to suspect that this second blast, in 1998, might have been carried out by the North Koreans. This speculation is based on the fact that a number of North Koreans were on hand for these tests, and seen leaving the country immediately after. Also the Pakistanis' first blast was captured on video and played for news outlets around the world, while a veil of secrecy surrounded the subsequent, smaller test.

    Is it possible that this latest North Korean provocation was neither a failure nor a first test? Pike believes that may be the case. If the test was of a "trigger device" rather than a conventional fission bomb, one would expect a yield of less than 1 kiloton. A trigger device is the primary, fission explosion needed to initiate fusion in a thermonuclear weapon, otherwise known as a hydrogen bomb. The United States staged numerous tests for devices of this type in the 1960s, resulting in similarly small blasts. If the North Korean nuclear program was geared toward the development of fusion-based thermonuclear weapons rather than fission-based atomic weapons, one might expect the results of early tests to look much different that the first atomic tests by the United States, Russia, or India--all of which had programs that were originally designed to produce fission weapons. ..."

  14. "Food Stamps in Four Hours."
    Now a Spanish-language news report and television ad campaign have spurred thousands of immigrants in Orange County over the last several weeks to contact a nonprofit organization that offers a Spanish-language class called "Food Stamps in Four Hours."

  15. The Weekly Standard
    The Dear Leader's
    Little Nuke

    Was North Korea's low-yield test explosion really a failure? Maybe not.

    by Michael Goldfarb
    10/12/2006 3:45:00 PM

  16. habu1; 2:48:53 PM

    Well said.

    This is why folk such as Doug and I hammer away at the American elite's ceding the Southwest to Mexico. And that is precisely what is happening. Indeed, without civil war, the damage to American territorial integrity may have gone past the point of no return.

    As you imply, turning over parts of Michigan to Shar'a is part and parcel of the same anti-Americanism rampant within US elites.

    Fukuyama wrote of his concerns in the mid-90s, if my memory does not fail me. Whatever the time frame, he hit the nail squarely on its head, and his positing the imperitive of "trust" to "culture" will never be irrelevant, I believe.

    With regret, I do not see this administration acting to halt the Balkanization of America.

  17. Thought experiment "Will they coalesce into blocs?

    Fill a stadium with 100,000 people. 25,000 each of the major races, speaking say English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.

    Let people sit anywhere they want, give 'em plenty of time to seat and re-seat themselves.

    Will they coalesce into blocs?

    If the 100,000 are all family units with ma, pa, and two pre-schoolers, will they coalesce more (or less) completely, or not?

  18. Allen,
    Thank you for your response.

    The salient was the ending question. You don't need a a weatherman to see which way the wind blows. We know on a world wide basis vis a vis the Europeans and the US that soon demographics will overtake the culture that got us where we are today. Which is not the 7th century.
    So why wait? Why not deport now. Why not demonstrate in the streets? Sneer not smile at Islams?
    It is an absolute inevitability based on Islamic doctrine that they intend to subjugate us through the democratic process or by the bomb.
    Only chains and slavery await our grandchildren if we fail now.

  19. Buddy,
    Rhetorical question correct.

    Almost every writer of note has, or is beginning to see this world is in a cultural war.
    Whip it now.
    Deport,imprison,create social pressure,picket Mosques but get them out of this country.
    How many Islamists in this country are citizens?..If they aren't deport them.
    Whip it good.

  20. Rufus,
    i read that yesterday..the man's a genius! Too bad parody won't get the job needed to be done accomplished.

  21. Budddy,
    Not only will they coalesce along cultural lines but you'd also hear only English spoken by the English section.

  22. Oh, those long-stem Bics are the way to go. otherwise you have to throw lit balled-up paper towels into the fireplace, unless you're a puss and don't use gasoline in the house in the first place.

  23. Unfortunately the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution are not favored documents by large portions of our population.
    And other portions so misunderstand their oaths of fealty as to be blind to the reasoning behind the documents and the oaths.

    But read just a portion of the Declaration of Independence.

    "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations"

  24. Well, if anybody needs me on Lexington Green, just send me an alert.

  25. Who will we oppose?

    That student I saw on tv sometime back, who said that she didn't see anything wrong with dictatorships, as long as they'd enforce her rights to health benfits?

  26. Buddy,

    I'm just trying to work up a frothing mob. We'll pick the target later, although gett'in mussies out of this country is my #1 right now.

  27. Mommy and Nanny State

    KMEX helps an effort to get Latino immigrants to apply for food stamps. An O.C. group takes it a step further and offers a class on how to do it.
    KKK Whitey is off the air.

  28. H/T to Observanda

    The Army has just learned that if you make the test easier more people will pass. Yes, let’s whistle while we work on the merry old road to OZ. Transformation!
    Army Tones Down Drill Sergeants

    “The Army says it has reduced by nearly 7 percent the number of recruits who wash out in the first six to 12 months of military life.”

    “That means "less shouting…”

    “[T]oday's generation responded better to instructors who took "a more counseling" type role…”

    “He made the comments as he announced that all active duty services had met their recruiting goals for the budget year ended Sept. 30.”

  29. Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Every generation needs a new revolution.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
    Thomas Jefferson

  30. Whit,
    when I first saw those guys drilling with those chairs I d=fell over! It is funny.

  31. H/T PoliPundit

    A different story than that carried on the John Gibson show, but disturbing nonetheless.
    Republican uses animals, mariachi band to critique border security

    “In Brownsville, he witnessed half a dozen men swim under one of the international bridges “with complete immunity” which in turn prompted him to take the immigration issue to the next level.”

    “To my surprise, the band played on, the elephants splashed away, and nobody showed up,” Bhakta said of the stunt. “I’m astounded.”

    “If I can get an elephant led by a mariachi band into this country, I think Osama bin Laden could get across with all the weapons of mass destruction he could get into this country,”

  32. If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.
    Curtis E. Lemay

  33. 2164th,

    re: drill instruction

    Yes, indeed! The Roman way of building iron will and discipline. No doubt Caesar and his legions marched into Gaul whistling, with social workers in tow. Their motto, “A kinder, gentler 13th.”

  34. On the march, a Roman army built what amounted to a fort, every afternoon, after the day's march. A moat, bulwarks, and whatever else with whatever was at hand. The night protection was one thing, but the other was, if enemy was encountered on the next day's march, they had a defendable rally point in their near rear.

  35. This was important if their air corps was weather grounded, and they lost tabs on the enemy's location.

  36. Buddy,
    I guess I missed the Roman fortifications in the movie "Sparticus"

  37. The Romans are also rumored to have done group counseling through decimation.

  38. Roman air power was not significant to intelligence gathering, the Romans considering all non-Romans as combatants.

    "If you ballista, it will fall.
    Kill them once, but kill them all."

  39. Often, they were fighting for more wine. They'd say
    "We come to seize your berries, not to praise them."

  40. "Spartacus" was great--Kirk Douglas had him some great Elvis ducktails, for a gladiator.

  41. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

  42. Well, well, well!

    Close of business, Friday, radiation has been discovered over North Korea. What a shame the news did not come during the regular business week when the public might have taken more notice, demanding the promised action by the Bush administration.

  43. i can't open the yomama wow, and i can't believe how spin-paranoid allen is.

  44. Good reading at Alaa the Messopotamian:

    I am not related in any way to the Kurds, but I must tell you my opinion about them: this race of people is quite a decent one, considering the tough neighborhood where they were destined to inhabit. This opinion does not come from just some political bias but is based on my own personal experience. For those of you interested in history, the Kurds are the descendants of the ancient Parthians, sometime also called the Medians, a people classified as Arian or Indo-European by anthropologists. Once they had a large kingdom which is said to have been one of the most tolerant and benign in the ancient world. Archeologists have found relics of this empire. They wore very long, pointed and rather comical caps on their heads. They are tough mountain people renowned for their fortitude and constancy in friendship with those who chose to be their allies.

  45. Word out is that they were testing for the Iranians, which is why several task forces are moving toward Iran.


  46. Bush's apostles must really be desperate to have to revert to the old Clinton stratagem of vicious personal attack - paranoia. Well they did learn from the masterdebaters.

  47. "I did NOT have sex with that Allen!"

  48. Allen,

    Paranoia is healthy. It will keep you alive.

  49. If the facts don't help, ignore the facts.
    Paranormal, that's the ticket.

    Trouble is the facts is the facts.
    News releases on Friday are always made in an effort to dilute the news's effect. Makes it a Sunday talk show issue.

    Either a series of low kiloton warheads or a mega ton trigger.

    Which is the greater nightmare?
    If it were me, as a terrorist, I'd take a dozen Davy Crocketts over one big blast.

    Now Mr Kim and Abracadabra they ain't me. But a nuke that would fit on a Katusha, now that would be something for Hezzbollah to get a hold of. Haifa would take a hit, for sure. Now those small HB drones make much more sense, a 100 pound nuke produces a .5 to 10 kiloton explosion, dial in the desired effect.

  50. We have three Carrier Battle Groups steaming that way?

  51. I wonder when Giuliani refused Abdullah's check, he knew he would become POTUS.

  52. I heard it hypothesized that the NoKo's were testing for the Iranians, which might explain why our task forces' are merging near Iran.

  53. captainsquartersblog:

    Rudy supports a right to abortion, gay marriage, and gun control..

  54. 26 days, habu?
    Who is gonna be buyin'?

    Are we gettin' all dressed up, with no where to go, or is there a date in Tehran?

  55. rudy has a score to settle, the only one of the candidates that does.
    I've got my guns, do not give two hoots about abortions and Mr Kolbe is and has been a Congressman from my State for years. Gays can do as they will, it's not a Presidental issue.
    None of those issues you mentioned, mat, really are.
    Reagan and both Bushes were antiabortion, it made no difference.

    The Issue is the War, with Guliani it will go forward, any other candidate, it's a War on Drugs.

  56. Global petro inventories are near max (storage capacity-wise). There couldn't be a better time, from that angle.

  57. How long does it take for the November elections to take effect?

  58. rat's right. all that other shit will fall into place if we can drive the jihad back into the tombs. if we can't, then none of that other shit will amount to a hill of beans, anyway.

  59. 110th congress convenes noon Jan 03 2007, until noon, Jan 03 2009.

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  61. Ok. Should Allen be paranoid that the administration isn't putting out any new statements concerning Iran? Should Iran?

  62. DR,
    It's a pic'm at this point. Those task forces aren't going to hang around forever and they're headed there now...who knows.

    If we did pick up intel that whatever went on in NoKo was either done for or being shared with the Iranians I think he'll pull the trigger.

  63. From the Land of Oz
    EU 'to end' nuclear talks with Iran
    October 13, 2006
    EU foreign ministers are to formally end negotiations with Tehran over Iran's nuclear ambitions at talks in Luxembourg next week because of a "lack of results", a European diplomat has said.

    The ministers are due on Tuesday to declare that "negotiations with Iran have terminated because of a lack of results", the diplomat has said on condition of anonymity.

    And then, from Paris

    France’s Interior Ministry said 2,500 police officers had been “wounded” this year. The head of the hard-line trade union “Action Police” Michel Thooris wrote to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to describe conditions in housing developments turned slums as “intifada.” Police cruisers are pelted daily with stones and “Molotov cocktails” (gasoline-filled bottles with burning wicks that explode on impact) and Thooris said cops assigned to what was rapidly degenerating into “free fire zones” should be protected in armored vehicles. Entire tall buildings empty into the streets to chase policemen and free an arrested comrade.

    “We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists,” Thooris told journalists. Sarkozy, the leading center-right candidate for next year’s presidential election, responded by dispatching cops in body armor, equipped with automatic weapons and rubber bullets, stun and teargas grenades into several Paris suburbs with orders to “restore control” from “organized crime.” In one recent clash 250 cops dispersed a 100-strong Muslim gang armed with baseball bats.

    With kudos to steve @ threatswatch

  64. Provocation, but to do just what?

  65. Mətušélaḥ

    I think W is finished talking about Iran. It's do'in time....we'll see if he's all hat and no cattle.
    He's had enough provocation for ten strikes.

  66. Those ships can stay out there for quite a while, habu. Months if need be. If not there, somewhere else, ships and sailors at sea tonight. Tucked in by the Marines, I know,

    There is no lack of capacity to hit Iran. We've got plenty of tools. Always have, just have to use 'em.

  67. DR,
    To nuke the targets in Iran that are high priority, plus numerous others. It should shut them down for some time.
    It will also place the Democrats in the position of having to side with them or us just before an election.

  68. DR,
    I know they CAN stay there but I don't think you want too many assets in one location for too long.

    A rubber dingy almost sunk the Cole. We don't need a Jimma Carter desert disaster on the high seas.

    And I do think a good many fence sitters will say, "Well thankG-d he finally did something"

  69. I'll shit my pants if he drops a nuke, habu.

    He may bomb the crap out 'em, but I doubt he drops a big one, or even a small one, for that matter.

  70. Many of you have asked about the Indian's a Boston Braves Baseball Club logo of the 20's and 30's ...before MIlwaukee & Atlanta

  71. Damn, thought we had a new nickle

  72. And that's what it takes, enough provocations for ten strikes. That's what it has taken to stop the moonbats for a second or two, so the work can get done.

    "Paranoid" is not the right word, anyway--'paranoid' is a clinical term--what we ought to use is "anxious" or 'suspicious" or "alert".

  73. Unless Sandia or Lawrence Livermore came up with a bunker buster that can penetrate deep enough he'll use a penetraing hard target nuke. It'll be an underground explosion with minimum radiation leakage.

  74. Buddy ,
    Did you ever get the WOW pic open?

  75. naw--I hadda give up and go on....thanks anyway, tho.

  76. He might even uncork a laser on some targets

  77. Buddy ,
    Not quite the same but...


  78. Buddy'

    Did you check out my 4:50 lawn chair drill's hilarious...

  79. Buddy,

    Those don't look antique to me?

  80. Buddy,
    Those bottles make me feel bad about getting old.

  81. I saved it--my wifi is so halting with videos. I have a roof antenna, and an ISP tower right out at the distance limit, near the metro district of Henly, Texas. I'll look at it later, when my vapid-fire commentary slows down.

    Hey, these two look familiar!

  82. geeez...and one became POTUS and the other a PITA..Pain in the Ass

  83. Habu,

    That should make a James Bond movie:

    The Girl with the Golden Toosh

  84. did we lose DR..come in Dr..what's you're 20?

  85. standing right there in the road, and not a pigeon in sight.

  86. Mətušélaḥ

    Oh, For a Bond movie we'd need "open" auditions ... there's an incredible amount of talent in Century City and Beverly Hills.

  87. DR's out back, checkin on his quinine still.

  88. Buddy,
    Pigeons have some dignity.

  89. Buddy,

    How's the oil futures market?


  90. where's rufus,doug.whit,allen,frank,linda,barney,ralph,sara,mary,jane,see,dick,run??

  91. I'm just waitin' for the next tear drop to fall

  92. Matt, oil issues have been buying heavily for a week now. sellers drying up. Some each of bottom fishing, winter buying, geopolitical fears, and short-covering. Of course, they're down 20% from mid-May.

  93. Boone Pickens' latest parlor prediction (few days ago @ 58-59): "70 before 50".

  94. DR,
    Your publication is so complete but here's something I ran across looking at a leftist site that is in your world

    Beastly Life

  95. dRat,

    You know, this might seems strange, but the only time I've cried was when I was ecstatic with happiness. I never cried over a loss or tragedy. I got very angry, but strangely, I never cried.

    Buddy: Thanks.

  96. Hell, I get choked up at super market openings.

  97. Buddy,
    The last two I gave you were links from a leftist site so the data may be at variance
    with what you know so read accordingly

  98. Ha. Some get choked up on any opening.

  99. The Gulf Times has a piece that NATO is looking to do a Warizistan deal with the Taliban, in Afghanistan. Truce time.

    The link is over at

  100. Mətušélaḥ,

    I get teary when things aren't done for the children. I'm sure Diogenes of Sinope is proud of me.

  101. DR,
    Ja get that link I sent ya above your latest post?

  102. Habu,

    I get angry when things are done to children.

  103. Thanks, habu--good site, Here's the gold-standard trade rag. High editorial standards--you can believe the API. It's even an expression in the patch "Is that API?" you ask someone fixing to do something. Been around a century or so.

  104. The Mule Show?

    Mules are cool, biggest spectator draw of any equine event I've put on. Low number of mules, high number of spectators. But Fed protection money, why there's an open venue, let's start another Show.

  105. I go in & out of no less than 20 energy stocks--drives me abso-freaking-lutely nuts, like my ass is out the window and Bozo has the wheel and the pedal to the metal. however, if i were to put it in a fund and let somebody smart do it, then i couldn't play like i have a job and need to be online all day.

  106. Thanks Buddy I've added it to the library now so large I can'r even open all of them much less read anything...but thank you

  107. ha--know the feeling. file system is key. wish i had one, beside chicken guts that is.

  108. DR,
    Just whip up a grant, you've got the knowledge and talent to get a whopper...then just make sure you account for the new F350 to pull the mule and the ferrier training at$500/hr .... special saddles..don't they need those?.
    I bet you could get at min 100k. as a grant. course Jr. could administer it while writing new proposals for mule do methane reprocessing etc...hell it's a dame gold mine.

  109. maybe y'all need a high tension bridge between some o them mesa tops?

  110. seriously, anybody wanting to double their stake over the next five years has an historic opportunity right here. hold a core of a string of these, and trade around the edges--but hold all the core you can. grandkids will love you for having done it.

  111. I got land, work'in on a bordello in New Orleans for AIDS people and except for about a bunch of Bank of America, I've got DODGX, Dodge and Cox do'in almost 14% so far this year. It's closed to new investors.
    I'm mostly in cash waiting to see what happens if he does drop a nuke down a hole.
    But you know what all the shows would say.."The market already had that priced in"
    I'll tell ya after Enron etc I got sick of working in that industry. Rear "Blood on the Street" by Charles Gasparino who writes for the WSJ and covered Enron..then there's the 75K I lost in World Com.

  112. plus a couple of coals (BTU) & (MEE) and an ethanol (ADM), Mat--and you're covered.

    bernie got me, too, habu. I even bought on the way down. i still have a bunch of the worthless stub.

  113. The last "major project" we've worked on Westworld been on it twenty plus years, now. Outlasted all the assholes.
    Federal recreational lands, managed by the City. The City spent tens of millions USD in developmental costs, we've carried Craig Jackson and his damned Car Show/ Auction on the site for years. Craig's been alright, for our stalking horse with the City.

    Been through the Grant debacles and interacting with the City dim wits. Greed, graft and all the corruption one would hope for in a continuing small town story. From falsified attendance numbers to the Liquor license being held by the Mayor's son, the whole nine yards.

    We understand the Federals better than any of the other players, it is still their dirt.

  114. Mr. Worldcomm is now in the Graybar Hotel.

  115. Trish,
    I hope you didn't miss my 4:15 Lawn Chair Drill Team post's funny please take a look.

  116. ya gotta admit, tho, rat, that as full-o-shit as the feds are, all that BLM acreage is a fantastic holding for the nation. it's like gold in the vault.

  117. DR,
    Figured you were light years ahead of me on that suggestion .... but it's mules this time...

  118. Wasn't there a Westworld tie-in with a Yul Brynner movie, rat?

  119. well early night for this critter...enjoy life ..have a good night ..tomorrow is another day

  120. Yeah, he did a scifi movie with that title, we've hit that ball a couple of times.
    Produced Arizona Muke Days a couple of years, a decade of so ago, lots of spectators, not to many mules.

    Events are a major pain to produce though, rather not start down that road again.

  121. "all that BLM acreage is a fantastic holding for the nation. it's like gold in the vault."

    Which brings US back to Mr Reid and his land swap. Gold in the vault, until it's traded for "equual value". Which is not always as easy to discern as you'd think it is.

  122. yikes--the insurance alone--I used to do food shows, in the cheese-biz days--the public is a tough handle.

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  124. No, it's not--somewhere, someone will have been conned and stiffed.

  125. even if it's just Joe Local Taxpayer.

  126. Done produced Polo events, mule shows, cross country (50 & 100 mile) races, hunter jumper shows (with Mr Jacobs, a Forbes 400 player) and a couple of rodeos over the years. Not to mention a concert or two.

    Nerve racking business.
    Weather can be a killer
    Horses are fickle & people worse.

  127. Mat, google [ Vinod Khosla ] too, rufus.

  128. oooh, sometime I'll tell you about trying to do a Woodstock in East Texas when my partners and I were a little young & inexperienced. We were fine til we went to Acapulco with the record company guys. Like ta never got back.

  129. What we had was a guy who knew the guy who booked the Rolling Stones west of the Mississippi (Feyline), and $30k seed from a hippie banker we went to high school with and whose dad owned the bank, and, well...ole Casteneda got us before we really got the venue nailed down...uhhh...then the money ran out, and it was back to the drilling rigs for my ass.

  130. Matt-thanks--I hadn't seen the video. i've just seen Khosla on tv, and read a couple articles about how brazil could be a player in USA. Sugar interests in Louisiana are against him I think.

  131. Wow. After watching that, I almost want to cry.

    Buddy, thanks for name dropping Vinod!

  132. Good to see, trish, that they are getting those frequent flyer miles.

    The Base is growing or moving?
    Or do we even know?

  133. re: more a'Q in Iraq than Afghanistan

    When goose hunting, I purposefully use decoys to bring game into my kill zone. Of course, I do intend to take the shot.

    The NATO commander in Afghanistan must be pleased by the alleged outflow of a"Q.