“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."

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Britney Spears 16-year-old sister pregnant. John Edwards not the father.

She is doing the right thing and not aborting it.

In politics you can tell the truth and lie at the same time. A story can be told many ways. Drudge is preparing a banner that will give John Edwards a very bad day. True or not, it will have an affect in Iowa, for no other reason than putting his electability into question. Why would anyone in their right mind want to be President?

I have a feeling that this may blow-up in Hillary's face, if the Clintons had anything to do with it. Edwards had the bad luck of this story coming out the same time as this one:

Report: Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister pregnant

NEW YORK (AP) -- Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way -- and it's not Britney's.

Jamie Lynn Spears, shown in September, stars in the popular Nickelodeon series "Zoey 101."

Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, told OK! magazine that she's pregnant and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," she said. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he."

Spears is 12 weeks along and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday.

What message does she want to send to other teens about premarital sex? "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait," she told the magazine. "But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in."

After she found out from a doctor that she was pregnant, she said, "I took two weeks to myself where I didn't tell anybody."

"Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone's opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me," she said.

Spears broke the news to her mother, Lynne, just before Thanksgiving, the magazine reported.

"She was very upset because it wasn't what she expected at all," Spears said. "A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive."

Lynne Spears, already grandmother to Britney's young sons, told the magazine: "I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew. I was in shock. I mean, this is my 16-year-old baby."

She said her actress daughter, the telegenic heroine of her popular Nickelodeon series, has known Aldridge for years and began dating him in high school.

But in a recent interview with The Associated Press, Spears said she had no steady boyfriend. "I kind of just keep my options open," she said. "I have a bunch of friends that I always hang out with, a bunch of guy friends." She declined to talk about her older sister.

Spears spoke to the AP shortly before Thanksgiving, the day she told OK! she informed her mother about the pregnancy.

Jamie Lynn plans to raise the baby in her home state of Louisiana -- "so it can have a normal family life."

Nickelodeon released a statement: "We respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation. We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."

A publicist for the network did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail requests for additional comment.

"Zoey 101" is scheduled to conclude its third season January 4 with a cliffhanger episode in which Spears' character must decide whether to leave her fictional Pacific Coast Academy boarding school in California to join her parents in London.

The show is scheduled to resume in February, and its producer, Dan Schneider, has said filming on the fourth season has already been completed.


  1. Why would anyone in their right mind want to be President?

    That's why we see the crappy selection we currently have before us. We could have the second coming of Ronald Reagan, appealing even to Democrats across the isle, as well as undecided independents, a 48 year old health-nut who looks like JFK Jr. and as a general in OIF scoured al-Qaeda out of a whole province in Iraq under fire, then as a governor went on to turn around a blue state sinking into socialism by allowing the energy of free markets to energize the schools and hospitals and transportation network, and this man would throw his hat into the Presidential ring, and the media would drag him down by inches with an endless series of stories about his son who once used a frog as a baseball, or the wacky beliefs of his Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

  2. Gee, please do tell of whom you write!

  3. Our Hero W Bush - 2002
    Not only a Boner to the bones, but just like Clinton in his willingness, no,
    to exploit people's wanting to believe.

  4. From John Cole at Balloon Juice on the role Religion has played in the GOP:

    "I simply can not tell you how much I am enjoying this. The GOP has been pandering to these stupid bastards for years, and every time I pointed it out I was called “anti-Christian” or something or other. Those of us who saw what the party was becoming were told to shut up, that it was good politics.

    Enjoy your new GOP, folks. And here is something else to think about- are the evangelicals going to support Romney or Giuliani if you do manage to trash Huckabee enough to secure the nomination for them? Will the eye for an eye crowd learn to forgive and forget? Have fun!"

  5. If John Cole The Eminent Republican sayz so, it must be true.

  6. Why didn't they have that kid on the pill?

    It's an easy deal, alderman, to speak to the illegal immigrants. All you have to do is walk up to them and talk. Helps if you've got some language skills in spanish, but they are happy to talk.

    As to finding them, any Home Depot or major intersection in Phoenix, that'll supply a hundred or so.

    If you want to know about how someone's ranch, or a particular horse is doing, talk to the staff.

    It does not take much effort, at all, to find the illegal immigrant folk to talk to, if a person wants to gain some insights to the "other" perspective.

    I realize insight has never really been of a great interest to you, but I'll continue to try and supply some for you, regardless.

  7. For speaking to illegal immigrants that have been in the country for years, I go to my daughters friends from her publicly funded Charter high school. No need for spanish skills in those discussions.

    About 10% of the students seem to qualify.

  8. None Of The Above: GOP Heading To A Brokered Convention
    By Tony Blankley

    The Republican Party primary so far has been an exercise in none of the above. In their turns, Sen. McCain, former Mayor Giuliani, former Sen. Thompson and former Gov. Romney seemed to be or seemed about to be front-runners -- only to fall back as the party's likely voters got a sharper look at each of them. Even my old boss Newt Gingrich, without even announcing, had a handsome surge from 4-5 percent to 18-20 percent in February -- before falling back to single digits.

    Now former Gov. Huckabee -- for the moment surging to the front -- is on the receiving end of withering intraparty fire applied with a rhetorical violence usually reserved by Republican polemicists for a Clinton or a Kennedy. Just as social conservatives earlier this fall threatened (for a couple of weeks) to run a third-party candidate if Giuliani got the nomination, so Washington GOP elites are willing to misrepresent parts of what Huckabee has said and written in a savage effort to destroy any chance he might have of being elected.

    It is as if each faction of the Grand Old Party feels a stronger passion to defeat its intraparty rival factions than to defeat the Democrats in November. This maximum instinct to deny victory within the party may be a sign of a philosophical rebirth (as in the Goldwater nomination and campaign of 1964), but it is also a sign of a party likely to lose the next general election.

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  10. Person of the Year 2007
    A Tsar Is Born

    TIME's Person of the Year is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world�for better or for worse

  11. for Rudy's Christmas ad.

    Gonna get a fruitcake?

  12. For illegals from the Balkans, I visit the pizza parlor down the street. They speak reasonable english and are happy to talk about the "old country" and their hopes for the future.

    Each of them tell the same tale, if they could only save $20,000 USD or so, they'd head back home and become big shots, back on the block.

    But they live paycheck to paycheck.
    So they're not leaving, either.

  13. aye, now there is a new approach to addressing illegal immigration - pay them more money so they can go home.

  14. Rat, I hear they passed a new law picking on employers down their in Arizona. Who is going to do your landscaping now? Doug??

  15. My non-avatar self has been in the public eye for to long to use illegals, ash.

    Knowing Sheriff Joe wouldn't be protection enough. Our staffer married a gringa and got legal, about a decade ago. They still spent a lot on legal fees, about $10,000, since they did not get married in Mexico.

    He showed up one day on a bicycle, now he drives a four door Dodge truck.
    Personification of the American dream.

    That law is eyewash, ash, there is little funding budgeted for enforcement. Mohave County will be recieving $7,000 anually, the County Attorney there says that is enough for one case.

  16. Wipe Out

    Bride to Tie Knot in Toilet Paper Dress

    Dec 19, 7:30 AM (ET)

    NEW YORK (AP) - Here comes the bride, all dressed in white ... two-ply, extra soft toilet paper. Lovebirds Jennifer Cannon and Doy Nichols of Lexington, Ky., plan to get hitched Wednesday in a public restroom. She'll be wearing a gown fashioned from glue, tape and Charmin Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong toilet tissue.

    The intricately detailed dress was designed by Hanah Kim, winner of the 2007 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by

    The wedding ceremony, to be attended by family and friends, will take place in Times Square at the Charmin Restrooms - temporary, free public restrooms, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

  17. Senator Craig as a trend setter?

  18. Why didn't they have that kid on the pill?

    Exactly my thought, Rat. Seems a simple enough thing to do, in this day and age, with a daughter like that.

  19. The blaze appeared to be located in Vice President Dick Cheney’s suite of ceremonial offices on the second floor of the building.

    An empty bottle of cognac, a lit cigar, and a shotgun were found at the scene, firefighters reported.

  20. A Knot Is Tied in Afghanistan. No unwanted pregnancy here, as the poor girl isn't old enough. The 'Afghan Method' of birth control.

  21. "Ghulam, put up your toys now, and come to bed."

  22. "The Factor's" person of the year is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo. On Wednesday, Time magazine will announce its person of the year. And on its Web site, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is the leading vote getter. Memo to Time: No.

    Al Gore is also a crowd favorite because of his global warming campaign. Ahmadinejad getting some attention. But again, he would not be a good choice and Time knows it.

    Now "The Factor's" Person of the Year must meet some very strict requirements. The person must have done something extraordinary, must be a world player, and must have changed history in some way. That is our yardstick.

    And so, "The Factor" person of the year is General David Petraeus, who has turned a disastrous military situation in Iraq into a possible victory in less than a year. You will remember how the general got worked over by some Congress people, how many folks said publicly the so-called "surge" in Iraq would not work.

    Well, they were wrong. Violence is now at the lowest levels since the conflict began in 2003. —Obviously, a stunning turn around in less than a year.

    As "Talking Points" has stated, there are Americans who desperately want the USA to lose in Iraq. Some of those people are in the media. So reporting on the surge has been sparse to say the least
    Bush crowd simply will never admit anything good can come from the Iraq conflict. These people are bitter, dishonest, and of course, damaging to America.

    A fair amount of people can oppose the war in Iraq yet want to see their country succeed in that place. There's no question that a stable Iraq is good for the world because it provides a bulwark against Islamic terrorism and Iranian expansion.

    The cost has been great. We all know that. In suffering and cash. And the Iraqi government is still a mess. But General Petraeus, backed by a brave and professional U.S. military, has restored much order, largely defeated the Iraqi A Qaeda thugs, and at least given the good people of that country a chance to prosper. General David Petraeus is "The Factor" person of the year by a wide margin

  23. And, a few questions for Hillary--

    "Hopefully the court will see through this gamesmanship and order the release of Hillary's White House records as mandated by law," the group said. "Judicial Watch is committed to making sure the full and complete record of Hillary's role in the many Clinton-era scandals is made available to the public, and her office records are a good place to start."

    The organization previously posed 10 questions it would like to have Hillary Clinton answer:

    Who in the Clinton administration devised the plan to sell taxpayer-financed trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions to the Clinton-Gore 1996 re-election campaign?

    Why did you give "factually false" testimony under oath in the investigation of the White House Travel Office firings, as former Independent Counsel Robert Ray stated in his final report?

    Who hired former bar bouncer Craig Livingstone and ordered him to illegally obtain for the Clinton administration the FBI files of former staffers in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush?

    Why did you fail to report more than $2 million in contributions (from Peter Paul) to your Senate 2000 campaign?

    Your brothers Anthony and Hugh Rodham allegedly brokered cash deals to obtain presidential pardons from your husband on behalf of convicted criminals. Were you aware they were each paid large sums to obtain these pardons?

    Did you or your lawyers hire private detectives to investigate and intimidate critics of the Clinton administration?

    What did you instruct James Carville and George Stephanopoulos to say in order to discredit and defame Gennifer Flowers, a woman with whom your husband had an affair?

    Records from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange reveal that you turned a $1,000 investment in cattle futures in 1978 into more than $100,000 in 10 months … a return of 10,000 percent. How did you earn such an astronomical, and unbelievable, return on this investment?

    How much money does Bill Clinton earn from his relationship with Ron Burkle, a contributor to your Senate campaigns, and Burkle's company, Yucaipa?

    How do you explain the mysterious disappearance of your Whitewater billing records from the office of Vince Foster, the former Rose Law Firm partner and Clinton White House counsel who allegedly committed suicide in 1993?
    "Stopping at 10 questions is hard to do. We could ask about her illegal White House fundraising coffees, doing business with the State of Arkansas while her husband was governor, Web Hubbell, John Huang, Chinese generals, the Lippo Group, and paid sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom," the Judicial Watch document said.

    "These questions are important and relevant as the American people weigh Hillary's candidacy. We deserve some honest answers," the group said.

  24. PHOENIX (Associated Press) -- A surgeon faces a disciplinary hearing for snapping a photo of a patient's tattooed genitals during an operation and showing it around to other doctors.

    Mayo Clinic Hospital administrators said Dr. Adam Hansen, chief resident of general surgery, admitted taking the photo with his cell phone on Dec. 11. The tattoo on strip club owner Sean Dubowik's penis reads: "Hot Rod."

    Dubowik, who had undergone a gallbladder operation, said he learned of the photo Monday when the Mayo Clinic called.

    "I got a strange call after my surgery from a doctor who said there was a problem. He said Hansen was on the phone and would explain," he said.

    Dubowik, 27, said Hansen told him he took the picture while inserting a catheter into his penis. A member of the surgical staff made an anonymous call about the photo to The Arizona Republic on Monday.

    "He told me he didn't want me to read about it in the newspaper first," Dubowik said.

    Hansen wasn't available for comment Tuesday and has been placed on administrative leave. He could face a range of punishment from probation to dismissal.

    "Patient privacy is a serious matter, and photographing someone in this manner without a good reason is something we will investigate down to the last detail," said Dr. Joseph Sirven, education director for Mayo Clinic Arizona, the hospital's parent organization based in Scottsdale.

    Dubowik said he got the tattoo on a bet and that "it was the most horrible thing I ever went though in my life."

    He said he planned to contact an attorney.

    "The longer I sit here the angrier I get," he said.

  25. Rush Is Stumped

    Was a report by the National Enquirer suggesting Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards possibly fathered a "love child" planted by an opposing campaign for political advantage?

    The issue is being discussed on America's airwaves after the Drudge Report posted a picture of the senator and a woman who is purportedly six months pregnant on the tabloid's cover.

    The report links Edwards to the woman, who has reportedly gone into hiding and who says someone other than Edwards is the father of her child.

    "Everybody thinks that this is a typical 'Clinton Inc.' type of event, and it is," said radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. "But, how does a story about infidelity help Hillary Clinton? If it's gonna disqualify Edwards, it's gonna give him problems 'cause of a love child out there, why would the Clintons want to revive that, unless it's sabotage from inside the campaign? There could be any number of things to explain this. But all we can really do is speculate on it."

    "The thing I don't know: who does it help? Where are Edwards' voters gonna go if they abandon Edwards?" Limbaugh continued. "My instinct would be that his votes would go more to Obama than Hillary, but that too is just a guess."

  26. I swear I live in an Onion News World Reality.

  27. Who are the two people running for President that each had 5 paternal Grandmothers?

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