“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, February 29, 2008

30 Second news over Tokyo

"I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets, but I have some news for John McCain, There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."

"As commander in chief, I will always reserve the right to make sure that we are looking out for American interests. And if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad." Potential Commander-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama.


Well, Prince Harry got to do 10 weeks in country, going for as many as four days without a shower and taking fire while on patrol with the Ghurkas.

"It's very nice to be a sort of a normal person for once. This is about as normal as I'm ever going to get."

Now, thanks to a leak from the foreign media, he's leaving Afghanistan. That's too bad, now he must go back to the surreal world.

Heard: Karzai government controls about 30% of the country; Nato: 60%; Taleban: 10%.


  1. Harry, who has established a reputation for enjoying London's night-life, was asked what he missed most from his life in Britain.

    "Erm, I don’t know actually. Nothing really," he replied. "It’s bizarre, I’m out here now, haven’t really had a shower for four days, haven’t washed my clothes for a week and everything seems completely normal.

    “So, yeah, I honestly don’t know what I miss at all. Music, we’ve got music. We’ve got light, we’ve got food, we’ve got drink.

    "No, I don’t miss booze, if that’s the next question. It’s nice just to be here with all the guys and just mucking in as one of the lads.”

    I like 'arry.

    Sleepless and Terminal At The Computor Terminal

    "You may think she's your gal, but she may be everyone's pal."

    And she was too:)

  2. What's that old couplet?

    "A beautiful woman without discretion--
    A sow's hind end."

    That's not quite it. A beautiful woman without discretion, a...
    A slut with time does nine.

  3. As commander in chief, I will always reserve the right to make sure that we are looking out for American interests.

    Well does that take a load off the mind, or what. I won't necessarily look out for American interests, but I reserve the right to do so. Whew, let's wipe the sweat away, That was close.

  4. 2164th said...

    "Ash, there is a distinction between a focused review of persons of interest by a government agency charged with protecting the security of the US and a data base that just accumulates information for one and all with no security or review. Why should the layout of your home grounds be available to anyone?"

    I agree and that is why what Bush had the Telcoms do is so bad. It was data mining, sifting through all the calls, emails ect and definitely not "a focused review of persons of interest"

    Bobal wrote:
    "A good reply would be, we can't give, the government's got all our money. That, I could understand."

    Close, no need for charity when the guv takes care of us all ;)

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  6. Poor mat, his memory is so short.

    trish certainly did support the invasion of Iraq, back in the BC days.

    She turned on it, about 2 weeks after I did. I recall the ahh-ha moment when it occurred, the issue was convoy security, or rather the lack of it, that the RoE allowed.

    Both of us were recieving first hand reports, from the front. Early to mid 2004, that was the time frame, as memory serves.

    As to Prince Harry, good on him for going in harms way, when he did not have to.
    So unlike mat, who has abandon his homeland for the safety of Canada. Then bitching about how his betters perform.

    A chicken of a hawk.

  7. I noticed deuce didn't link to the second part of the Chomsky Buckley debate. I found it. Pretty interesting. Buckley didn't fare too good.

  8. The link belonged to Whit but since you asked:

    I do not like Chomsky. I do not care for what he says or for that matter how he says it.

    I once asked him a question on an interview show on Radio Netherlands. He did not like my question and instead of answering the question , he attacked my reasons for asking it and then answered a twisted version that he preferred. He would not take a follow-up.

    I did not care for the way Buckley talked. He always seemed overly pleased with himself and was too academic for my taste. Just a matter of style because I mostly agreed with what he said.

  9. As for Mr Buckley, his mastery of English deserved some self-satisfaction, as it was his second language.

    He was "conservative" before "conservatives" were cool.

    He saw the holes in Team43s' version of "Conservatism" which was really only big government liberalism with a Rovian PR spin.

    Always enjoyed the "Firing Line" show, while I was growing up, back in the day.

  10. Back to hills, speak to ya'll later

  11. Spanish. And his English was sufficiently incoherent that his father sent him off, I believe, to the British International School.

    "Both of us were recieving first hand reports, from the front. Early to mid 2004, that was the time frame, as memory serves."

    Hard to believe it was that long ago, but it was. My husband was in the (whaddya know) Korengal Valley at the time though. That "other" war. The one Nancy Pelosi declared offhandedly was over, surpassed in chutzpah two years later by Hillary's declaration that no one was hunting for Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri.


  12. I don't know who that is using my old name but i don't appreciate it. I've just been bob for time out of mind.

    I ask the management to investigate.