“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, April 06, 2007

Leon Redbone cancelled, Clapton at Public Bar in the Elephant


  1. Leon was cancelled. Sorry for the inconvience.

  2. Easiest white light &laser sight, to mount on a scope.

    This is as usable as any crossbow, not real bulky.

    Here's a whole bunch of 'em.

  3. Entwhistle on as shi'ite.

  4. thanks rat. I have a real dear and raccoon problem and night time is the best time.

  5. Most of the projecting lasers are pistol oriented, Bracketed to the under side the frame, usually, on autos.
    50 yds is about the effective range, but be careful of what's downrange, shootin' bolts. They can fly a fer ways. Specially if the 'coon's up a tree.

    I shot an arrow into the air
    it came to earth, I know not where.

  6. This is another option, for critters.
    Muzzle velocity around 550 fps.

    Then there is this model that generates around 800 fps, both in 22 cal pelets.

  7. Where Mike Brown was out of his league, in over his head, before he became head of FEMA.

    It's a heck of a Horse Show. Just some of the "highlights"

  8. Cool Station:
    Radio Islamabad
    What are the chances we'll have dictates sayin we have to pronounce it "Islamagood?"

  9. Names in the News:

    The Prime Minister announced five hundred thousand rupees cash reward for producer Azhar Ali of Radio Pakistan Muzaffarabad who despite losing his three children in the 8th October deadly earthquake continued his duties.

    He also distributed life time achievement awards among Sajjad Kishwar, Tasawwar Khanam, Muhammad Qawi Khan, Suryya Multanikar and Sayed Salim Gilani.

    He also gave away melody queen award to Muhtarma Naied Akhtar having one hundred thousand cash award.

  10. Will someone tell me how you can conduct an entire thread on wheather Nancy Pelosi stepped over the line in leading a trip to Syria and NO ONE mentions the Logan Act?

    And then one poster tries to inject some total bull shit about her being the head of a co equal branch of government and that she can do it. I'm not gonna take the trouble to look up who it was but that particular statement should be a terrrible embarassment to that blogger. He obviously knows very little of how the Constitution lays out teach branches was truly a pathetic comment
    "head of a co-equal branch of government??

    Poli Sci for Idiots..

    3 branches

    legislative includes BOTH the US House of Representatives AND the US Senate.
    I Nan Pelosi head of the Senate? NO.

    I don't recall anyone challenginhg this sponge brain but that doesn't surprise me

    One of the Reps that went Rep Lantos is quoted as even having told Asssad the the Democrats had a totally different foreign policy...that my firends is a prima facia case of violating the Logan Act.

    If this blog wants to be taken seriously someone needs to at minimum know some real shit. That whole thread was a very very sad commentary on the site.

  11. I still think Nan should be CIC, Constitution, or no Constitution!

  12. Bush administration remains committed to Musharraf: Report

    New York, April 06: The Bush administration remains committed to President Pervez Musharraf despite efforts by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to convince Washington of her utility as an ally and one most likely to credibly sell anti-terrorism measures to Pakistanis, a media report has said.

  13. Can Habu Seriously be suggesting anyone actually takes this site SERIOUSLY?

  14. RWE said...
    It’s hard to argue with Fukuyama, really.

    Sturgeon’s Revelation states that 90% of everything is crud.

    Therefore, 90% of international organizations will be ineffective and all but pointless. Just like the European Union.

    Leaving, as usual, 10% of us to carry the load.

    4/06/2007 04:09:00 PM

    Buddy Larsen said...
    Man, things really skidded between the 80/20 rule and that Sturgeon Revelation. We lost half of our effectives.

    4/06/2007 04:28:00 PM

  15. Reocon said,

    Now that the Neocon project has failed, real state formation begins, which, as Wretchard hinted, is usually a long bloody affair. Just take a look at the Thirty Years War ending with the treaties of Westphalia. The worse thing the US could do now is to try to maintain a muddled status quo in which no side triumphs. It is time for the US to withdraw from most of Iraq and give war a chance.

    An unpleasant truth often overlooked is that although war is a great evil, it does have a great virtue: it can resolve political conflicts and lead to peace.

  16. allen said...
    Mrs. Pelosi does not fall under the Logan Act because she is NOT a regular citizen; rather, she is the Speaker of the House, third in line in ascendancy. If we wish to exclude Mrs. Pelosi, we must first change the Constitution - .a small detail, to be sure, but one that sticks in the craw. Of course, we could make things up as is the way of DR, but that would not be Constitutional.

    Sat Apr 07, 02:55:00 AM EDT

  17. It's Miller Time! (mp3's available in archives.)

    Our first guest was Mark Steyn, author of America Alone:
    The End of the World as We Know It.

    Steyn attacked cultural relativism and the "teaching the world to sing together in perfect harmony" mentality with a lot of humor. And for those of you who don't know, Steyn is British and delivers all his lines with impeccable English locution. Cheers!

  18. There is a difference between custom and law. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have broken a custom of past presidents not criticizing the sitting president. Bush Senior and Richard Nixon adhered to the tradition. Distasteful activity is not criminal activity. Clinton and Carter are not going to be charged with the Logan Act because they are not ordinary citizens.

    Jesse Jackson has clearly broken the Logan Act. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan stated that Jackson had probably broken the act. Jackson traveled to Cuba and Nicaragua that year and had returned with several Cuban political prisoners. Jackson was never charged.

    It has become a custom for presidential candidates to establish their bona fides by visiting foreign leaders. They make statements about foreign policy and criticize the current leadership. John Kerry did it and was never charged.

    Pelosi is the Speaker of the House. She pays the bills for the US. She has every right to go where she wants when she wants. She received that right when she was elected by a majority of voters.

    Elections have consequences. Poor leadership by George Bush got the Republicans a good shellacking and Nancy Pelosi is the consequence.
    That is the law.

    There are a lot of laws I do not like. There are many people in government of whom I do not approve. It seems that there are many people that agree with me, and increasingly more that do not.

    Many of those on both sides do not bother to vote. Under our system that is the only legal recourse we have. We all have to live under laws we would never have created or approved. Politicians who write laws and then selectively enforce them rule us. Some of us ordinary citizens, when selected and targeted by the extraordinary citizens, that hold government power, can be sent to prison and have our property taken for almost anything our oppressors care to charge us with. Scooter Libby is a current example, and he is far from being an ordinary citizen.

    Nancy Pelosi is a very powerful elected US Governmental official and a leader of the most powerful political party in the United States. She is not covered under the Logan Act.