“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."
Whit! Lou Dobbs? Come on, guy.ReplyDelete
Tin foil hats, black helicopters, NAU?
It's the message, not the messenger.ReplyDelete
You may be right but what if you're not?
The north american union north american union project:
Today in Iraq:ReplyDelete
BAGHDAD – Nearly 1,600 partnered Iraqi security forces and coalition Soldiers continued clearing operations today in the Iraqi capital’s Mansour Security District. This was the second day of clearing in the southern Ghazaliya and Ameriya neighborhoods.
During clearing operations coalition Soldiers from A Co, 1-23 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division rescued a kidnap victim in an empty house handcuffed to a chair. The victim had three gunshot wounds in his leg and was evacuated to a coalition forces medical treatment facility. After a more extensive search of the house, Soldiers found a weapons cache consisting of one rocket propelled grenade launcher with 10 rounds; three AK-47 assault rifles; nine 60mm mortar rounds; seven hand grenades; plastic explosives; containers of ferric nitrate, sodium hydrogen and chromic oxide; and numerous explosive making materials.
In addition to the weapons cache above, five other weapons caches were discovered today totaling one 155mm artillery shell, three 120mm mortar rounds, two 60mm mortar rounds, three mortar rounds of unknown diameter, two improvised explosive devices, 15 pounds of homemade explosive, three RPG rounds, and two hand grenades.
Iraqi Army soldiers also detained two suspected terrorists with two assault rifles and 18 magazines of ammunition.
The operation coined as Arrowhead Strike 9 included approximately 500 Iraqi security forces from 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division; 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division; 4th Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division; and 5th Battalion, 2nd National Police Brigade. Nearly 1,100 U.S Army Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division were also involved in the operation.
No concerns there, charles, just the Juggernaut movin' on.ReplyDelete
The Executive Federals ignore the laws they do not like, change the Administrative Law as they desire, without Congressional oversight or review.
But, as rufus, says, it's neither real or serious. Just the rantings of a looney black helo refugees.
The Border not even needed, now. Custom Inspections will happen in Kansas City.
The task force met three times, once in each country. When the process was completed, it issued its results in May, 2005, in a paper titled "Building a North American Community" and subtitled "Report of the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America." Even the sub-title suggests that the "future of North America" is a fait accompli decided behind closed doors.
Some of the recommendations of the task force are:
"Adopt a common external tariff."
"Adopt a North American Approach to Regulation"
"Establish a common security perimeter by 2010."
"Establish a North American investment fund for infrastructure and human capital."
"Establish a permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution."
"An annual North American Summit meeting" that would bring the heads-of-state together for the sake of public display of confidence.
"Establish minister-led working groups that will be required to report back within 90 days, and to meet regularly."
Create a "North American Advisory Council"
Create a "North American Inter-Parliamentary Group."16
Sound familiar? It should: Many of the recommendations are verbatim from Pastor's "modest" presentation to the Trilateral Commission mentioned above, or from his earlier book, Toward a North American Union.
Not to worry, surfs up on the Azuero Peninsula, Panama and in Tambor, Costa Rica.
Youngest is almost out of high school, then I'll see ya'll down there on the beach.
The last twenty years on earth spendin' money and havin' fun.
From Gateway Pundit:ReplyDelete
Missouri State Veterans Commission,
205 Jefferson Street, 12th Floor,
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(Attn: Pat Kerr, State Veterans Ombudsman)
Specifically here is what is being asked for:
Unit 200 MCT needs:
2 desktop printers - any type [HP ink is the easiest to get here, even though you'll see that it's a pain to get as well!]
The Commander's address is:
MAJ Cesar Santiago
APO AE 09331
Unit 958 MCT needs:
Ink: HP 96, HP 97, HP 94
HP laser color printer 2550
The following light set parts are for a Magnum Products LLC Model MLT4060:
Bulb-1000W MH Short Length High Pressure Sodium Bulb
Mitsubishi V-Belt Alternator L3E
Assembly Ballast Box 3000 1000W HPS
4-2GB memory sticks/thumb drives
Their Commander's address is:
Scott J. McLean
49th Trans BN
958 TC Det
APO AE 09391
I'm sending two of these Corsair Flash Voyager GT 2 Gigs - wondering if anyone wants to match.
Note: HP 96, HP 97 and HP 94 are types of ink for printers.ReplyDelete
You can get these anywhere - Target, Wal-Mart etc.
I think they also need one of these laser drums for the 2550
I don't see anything wrong with any of those recommendations. We're, basically, going to continue trying to get them to lower their tariffs and ease off on their anti-business regulations.ReplyDelete
If we wrap it up in a lot of kumbaya, happy talk so be it.
Maybe, if the asshole idiot Generals over there spent a little less time trying to Make Things Tough for Michael Yon they would have time to look after supplies.ReplyDelete
I don't see anything wrong with any of those recommendations. We're, basically, going to continue trying to get them to lower their tariffs and ease off on their anti-business regulations.
If we wrap it up in a lot of kumbaya, happy talk so be it.
Its helpful however, to understand the NAU stuff so as to understand why there's no border controls now or coming and why more americans are killed by illegals than by jihadistas.
that said, I disagree with dobbs. the US elites have not gone loco. they merely figure they can hire their own security and buy plenty of lawyers. They live in airplanes and hey they're world citizens.
Their interests however, are not with the american middle class.
January 15, 2007 Issue
Copyright © 2007 The American Conservative
Multiculturalism doesn’t make vibrant communities but defensive ones.
America, you don’t need to belong to a family-based mafia for
protection because the state will enforce your contracts with some
degree of equality before the law. In Mexico, though, as former New York Times correspondent Alan Riding wrote in his 1984 bestseller Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans,
“Public life could be defined as the abuse of power to achieve wealth
and the abuse of wealth to achieve power.” Anyone outside the extended
family is assumed to have predatory intentions, which explains the
famous warmth and solidarity of Mexican families. “Mexicans need few
friends,” Riding observed, “because they have many relatives.”
Mexico is a notoriously low-trust culture and a notoriously unequal
one. The great traveler Alexander von Humboldt observed two centuries
ago, in words that are arguably still true, “Mexico is the country of
inequality. Perhaps nowhere in the world is there a more horrendous
distribution of wealth, civilization, cultivation of land, and
population.” Jorge G. Castañeda, Vicente Fox’s first foreign minister,
noted the ethnic substratum of Mexico’s disparities in 1995:
business or intellectual elites of the nation tend to be white (there
are still exceptions, but they are becoming more scarce with the
years). By the 1980s, Mexico was once again a country of three nations:
the criollo minority of elites and the upper-middle class, living in
style and affluence; the huge, poor, mestizo majority; and the utterly
destitute minority of what in colonial times was called the Republic of
pointed out, “These divisions partly explain why Mexico is as violent
and unruly, as surprising and unfathomable as it has always prided
itself on being. The pervasiveness of the violence was obfuscated for
years by the fact that much of it was generally directed by the state
and the elites against society and the masses, not the other way
around. The current rash of violence by society against the state and
elites is simply a retargeting.”
These deep-rooted Mexican attitudes largely account for why, in
Putnam’s “Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey,” Los Angeles ended
up looking a lot like it did in the Oscar-winning movie “Crash.” I once
asked a Hollywood agent why there are so many brother acts among
filmmakers these days, such as the Coens, Wachowskis, Farrellys, and
Wayans. “Who else can you trust?” he shrugged.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton gives some long sought answers concerning America’s role in the Israel-Lebanon War of 2006.ReplyDelete
[The war] was “legitimate and one that had the support of several Arab countries as well as the United States.”
"We did not try and shape Israel's strategic objective, but we would not have opposed Israel's decision to eliminate Hezbollah…"
"We thought Israel was exercising its legitimate right of self-determination…” "We did not have a full idea what Israel's objectives might be and how it might play out."
“‘Israel destroyed a significant part of Hezbollah’s capacity in the war, but in the aftermath, a U.N. arms embargo has not been enforced and Hezbollah has been able to rearm.’ Bolton said.
‘I don’t think we achieved what we wanted to achieve, moving the situation in the region to a significantly different place,’ he said.”
“‘It would have been in Israel’s legitimate interest to carry the military action against Hezbollah to victory,’ Bolton said.”
G-D Bless Bolton
Man, these guys are posting every day, now. Omar makes a very important point about the intertwining of the AQ, Mahdi Army insurgencies, and the people (Iran, Syria) that support them.ReplyDelete
Iraq the Model
Charles, Mexico is a mess. Sixty families own 40% of the whole country. They only collect 9% of GDP in taxes. That's not enough to provide the services a semi-modern nation needs.ReplyDelete
But, these are reasons why we should stay engaged. It's not in any way in our interest to have them slip further, and further into 3rd world status. It's frustrating but we really must keep trying to help them enter the modern world.
As far as shipping through Mexican ports, the fact is that we get jammed up in our Western ports during peak times. We just don't have enough capacity to handle all of our Pacific Trade. We are routing some through Canada, but we also need the port down in Mexico. Think of it as an "overflow" valve.
The immediate impact of the House and Senate budget blueprints for next year is to award increases above inflation to domestic agencies for the portion of their budgets passed each year by Congress.ReplyDelete
The Senate's plan would give nondefense programs an $18 billion increase, about 4 percent more than current spending. The House measure proposes a $25 billion increase, almost 6 percent.
Both Democratic plans adopt Bush's $145 billion budget for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year, as well as his double-digit increases for core Pentagon operations.
Port of EnsanadaReplyDelete
The Waziristan CeasefireReplyDelete
Rufus will comment on the 20k plus murders, innumerable auto fatalities at the hands of the unlicensed, uninsured, 10k plus MS-13, closed hospitals, rapes and robberies and other benefits of open borders,
Contrary to the incessant contentions of the liberal punditry and Democrat mouthpieces up on Capitol Hill, last year’s elections were not a referendum on the Iraq War. Nor is the currently beleaguered state of the Bush Administration an indication that the nation has turned its back on conservatism.ReplyDelete
Rather, both represent the vulnerability of the GOP as a result of its disillusioned conservative base. The Democrats’ fabricated “scandal of the day,” whether the supposed “failure in Iraq” or the vastly overblown Gonzales controversy, can only dominate in the void left from Republican abandonment of conservative principle.
And no issue goes to the heart of conservative disenfranchisement, as does illegal immigration.
Can Amnesty be Stopped?
'NAFTA - We Hafta'ReplyDelete
'NAU - Now'
Imamma With Tough Row To HoeReplyDelete
I smell a fatwa coming, Bob.ReplyDelete
Lawsuit Focuses on Whether Mexico Influenced Arrest of Border AgentsReplyDelete
(CNSNews.com) - A government watchdog group wants to know whether the Mexican government influenced the decision by federal prosecutors to go after two ex-border agents who shot a Mexican suspected of smuggling drugs into the country.
We could issue a Fartwar from the Bar.ReplyDelete
Invitation to a stoning, Sam.ReplyDelete
You guys go ahead and issue the fatwas tonight..my wives are calling.ReplyDelete
An unmanned plane helped border agents net a man wanted on child sex abuse charges in Washington state, federal officials said Thursday.ReplyDelete
The aircraft was flying along the Arizona-Mexico border late Tuesday when it detected and tracked six suspected aliens, including Leopoldo Aparicio-Lopez, a Mexican national.
Prosecutors in Kent, Washington, issued warrants for Aparicio-Lopez, 25, last May on a charge of third-degree rape of a child, alleging that he had consensual sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Aparicio-Lopez was 23 at the time.
Moral Decisions And Brain InjuriesReplyDelete
So because I find myself wanting to choke the living shit out of some SOB, that means I have brain damage?ReplyDelete
Means the SOB is likely to have brain damage soon, I quess;)ReplyDelete
Great video, Whit! Even if it is Lou Dobbs.ReplyDelete
Americans must want freedom before they fight for it, brother!