“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 26, 2006

You Deserve a Break Today

I have been up late scouring the headlines, (I love that cliche, it makes one feel so official) and here is what I scoured up for you. First put aside the morning coffee for a moment and try something a little more refreshing The pause that refreshes ? .

After you have fortified yourself consider some of the unintended humor in some headlines. I do not know why this caught my attention, let's just say it is in The "Oh Really" category. Not really? I wish Jeremy Irons were here to help me understand why that made me laugh. Shall we go back to the tape? After that peak into my psyche, perhaps we should. Yeaaaah, let's do it. Roll the Tape .

All right, fun is over, back to business.


  1. via LGF:

    BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Argentine prosecutors charged Iran and the Shiite militia Hezbollah with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office in Argentina that killed 85 people and injured 300.

    Prosecutors demanded an international arrest warrant for then-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and six other top Iranian officials at the time of the attack, and a former Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh.

    In a country with a murky record in pursuing the 12-year-old case, relatives and friends of the victims called on President Nestor Kirchner to take swift and strong action to bring it to trial.

    In a statement, Argentine chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman declared: “We deem it proven that the decision to carry out an attack July 18, 1994 on the AMIA (the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association, a Jewish charities association headquarters in Buenos Aires) was made by the highest authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran which directed Hezbollah to carry out the attack.”

  2. This by Rmsfeld 17 years BEFORE 9-11. The man's no dummy.

    Rumsfeld's Prophecy Has Come True

    Rumfekd's Prophecy

    This ranks up there with Lt.Col. Earl Handcock Ellis', USMC study in the 1920's, "Advance Base Operations in Micronesia",of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Micronesia Study

  3. few of you knew of the many ways to spell Rumsfeld.

  4. Byron York: Bush on Iraq: “If We Can’t Win, I’ll Pull Us Out.”
    Odd to hear all this teeth-knashing and dithering analysis with no mention of the out-of-control Militias that We Failed to ELIMINATE.
    Earth to Bush:
    Wars are about obliterating the enemy.
    (After first declaring who the enemy is.)

  5. Defining Victory Away:
    "" Speculating again about the future, Rumsfeld said, "there will be no conventional wars in the near future and no way the military can win or lose a war."

    I asked him what he meant. He replied, "We're socialized into believing the American military can go find somebody and kick the hell out of them, or find a battleship to sink, or an air force to shoot down. You can't do that in the 21st century
    That's exactly what York reports from his meeting with GWB.
    So they both agree:
    Killing the enemy when you can is just not an option:
    Put into practice in Fallujah I, Tikrit, the Mahdi Army when it was miniscule.
    On and on:

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  7. I love these "gutless" European stories. They're so true.

    The Rape of Europe


  8. So if she doesn't resist,
    It's Consensual:
    Thus no rape has occured.
    Never Again!
    (Just whimpers this time, no screams.)
    Steyn says after 9pm it's already Islamic in Brussels, Sweden, Denmark, and some others.
    The next generation takes to the streets.

  9. Long but worth it.

    The Al Qaeda Bomb is Coming – Vote for your Life!


  10. Muslim insurgents in France are now packing heat
    PARIS — A group of armed attackers stormed a bus outside Paris early Thursday, forcing the passengers off and setting fire to the vehicle, the transport authority said.

    It was one of at least three buses targeted in the last 24 hours, attacks that raised the specter of three weeks of fiery violence that rocked the country last year. No injuries were reported in any of the latest incidents.

    Will the French authorities respond in kind? Or will they first try midnight basketball as a means to calm the storm?

    All-in-all, I'd say things aren't going too well in TWAT. It now looks more like 1942 than 1938.

  11. We may as all move to the next post.....Hattip Habu!!

  12. As the wolves hungrily prowl in the shadows of the campfire, the Israeli government is in disarray. This does not bode well the future.

  13. Three Ways to War in Gaza

    Given Egyptian duplicity, there is a very real chance of Israeli action over and in Egyptian territory. How will the US deal with such a war? The answer to that question had better have been already thought through. Otherwise, refereeing a war between to clients is going to be embarrassing.

    While some here and at the BC are more or less invested in a US-Iranian war in short order, it is becoming increasingly likely that an Israeli-Arab war will erupt beforehand.

    H/T to Winds of Change

  14. habu_1,

    re: Col. Ellis

    A great link. Thanks.

    Have you considered the timing of Ellis' leaving the US? Prohibition became law in 1920.

    In reading of Ellis' personal demons, I was reminded of USAF Col. John Boyd. It seems prodigies come with a full complement of neuroses. For society to garner the fruits of genius, these tortured souls are best left to their own devices.

  15. stoutfellow,

    re: packing heat

    Thanks for the link.

    You have got to love the headline attribution: “Youths”. Not once were the words Muslim and Islam used. FOX news really dropped the ball on this one.

  16. Will the French authorities respond in kind? Or will they first try midnight basketball as a means to calm the storm?

    Pretty soon these thugs will run out of cars and buses to torch, and policemen to shoot, and they will inevitably turn on their own people, despite the pleas of the Imans in mosque, because that's what thugs do, only there will be no cars or buses for the people to escape with, or policemen to protect them. Eventually the outbreak will die out, but then the Islam-blighted areas of France will be even more desolate, but they will be bigger, and start to connect to each other. Very soon, there will only be little islands of light where the socialist "European Model" holds sway, but the only way to travel safely from one to the other will be by air, at least until the "youths" start "playing" with shoulder-fired missiles.

  17. Without elaboration, a Democrat icon predicts that Republicans will hold on to both houses of Congress.

    Koch: GOP will hold both houses;

    H/T Ed Driscoll

  18. Koch: GOP will hold both houses

    Yeah, but Koch has been known to smoke doobies now and then.

  19. teresita,

    re: Koch

    Not to mention his use of unmatched accessories. Fredrick’s or Victoria's, I cannot say. He has always seemed a pulsating pink kinda of guy to me.