“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, July 23, 2008

John Edwards Outed. Obama Should Still Choose Him as VP. Jesse Jackson to Provide Spiritual Guidance.

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards was caught visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

LOS ANGELES, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards said here on Monday that he would "seriously" consider being Barack Obama's running mate, if asked.

"Anything that I'm asked to do by Senator Obama, either as a presidential candidate or as the next president of the Untied States, I would take seriously and seriously consider," said Edwards.

Edwards ran for vice president in 2004 and ended his own presidential bid six months ago.

The question on whether he would consider being the vice-presidential contender on the Obama ticket arose during a news conference on affordable housing.

But Edwards said "What I have said many times now is first, I'm not seeking the job. I don't expect to be asked."

Edwards with his babe, Rielle Hunter, quite the fox.


  1. The Elephant is solidly behind Edwards as the man of choice for VP under Obama.

  2. ""Anything that I'm asked to do by Senator Obama, either as a presidential candidate or as the next president of the Untied States, I would take seriously and seriously consider," said Edwards."
    " Hey, White Boy!
    How 'bout some head?
    Later, he could explain he only did it to enhance his street cred in the hood, and if John is caught wantonly slurping w/another man later, Barack can swear that's not the John he knew, and he would NEVER...

  3. bobal(head)quoted:

    ""Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom.

    He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel.

    A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men's room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel
    bobal said:

    "The fast stairwell chase.

    This probably does Edwards in, as VP choice."

    Well, old Bobal's got the award for searing insight locked up on this thread,
    that's for sure.

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  5. All the major papers are ignoring this on the front page.
    The bias grows daily:
    Rove or McCain would be 3 inch headlines.

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  7. Ernest Hemingway was right: Americans are inclined to cheer for the bull. Rather defeats the purpose, in my case anyway, of going to the bullfight.

    Vacayshun at an end. Heading back to Bogota today. My lovely daughter arrived down there last week for her internship. (And turned 21 yesterday! Strike up the mariachi!)

    What I wouldn't give to take a little Pennsylvania summer back with me.

  8. True Blue American Here:
    Straight Bull, all the way.

  9. So has that one:
    You have to choose the Bullfight video from the field below the "expired" player.

  10. Oh, I saw it. Not to make fun, but it looks like an inadvertent, inverse Wave (of US stadium fame).

    Other things I can't take back:

    Restaurants that serve iced tea.

    Sane pedestrians and courteous drivers.

    Even pavement.

    Clean air.

    The mellifluous mother tongue.

    A good cheeseburger.

    Prices that are steeply outrageous, but not frankly horrifying.

  11. So, ket me get this straight.

    A lawyer that specialized in class action lawsuits before becoming a professional political candidate, feeding at the public financing trough. Despite being unelectable due to a lack of support, he has been seen in a hotel with a woman other than his wife.

    Where's the beef?

    That's no story, at all.

  12. ... at night I'd have these wonderful dreams
    Some kind of sensuous treat.
    Not zucchini, fettucini, bulgar wheat,
    But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

    Cheeseburger is paradise.
    Heaven on earth with an onion slice.
    Not too particular, not too precise.
    I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

    Heard about the old time soldier boys,
    They eat the same thing again and again;
    Warm beer and bread they said could raise the dead.
    Well, it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn.

    But times have changed for soldiers these days.
    When I'm a shore I get what I need;
    Not just Havanas or bananas or daiquiris,
    But that American creation on which I feed!

    Cheeseburger in paradise, medium rare with mustard be nice
    Heaven on earth with an onion slice.
    I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

    I like mine with lettuce and tomato
    Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
    Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
    Well, good god Almighty which way do I steer

    For my cheeseburger in paradise
    Makin' the best of every virtue and vice.
    Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
    To get a cheeseburger in paradise;
    To be a cheeseburger in paradise.
    I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

  13. Doug: All the major papers are ignoring this on the front page.
    The bias grows daily: Rove or McCain would be 3 inch headlines.

    Other Enquirer stories the MSM is suppressing:




  14. There's no gainsaying a good burger. And when a good burger is what you need, there's nothing else for it.

    I have discovered.

    "My kingdom for a burger."

  15. Bobal,

    I believe this is the first time "mellifluous" has been used on the EB. That could have been the the secret word

  16. NEW YORK (AP) - New York Times Co. says its second-quarter earnings fell 82 percent from the year-ago quarter boosted by a one-time gain. Meanwhile, print advertising revenue continued to shrink.


  17. When the first payoff is not enough, bribe, bribe & bribe again.

    Nigerian militants threaten to destroy major oil pipelines within 30 days
    07-23-2008 6:43 AM

    LAGOS, Nigeria (Associated Press) -- Nigeria's main militant group is threatening to destroy the country's major oil pipelines within 30 days.

    A spokesman for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says in an e-mail statement it would take the action to counter allegations that militants have received money from the nation's state-run oil company to protect oil facilities.

    The militant group said Wednesday that it would destroy major pipelines within 30 days to prove they are not part of the deal.

  18. It is interesting to see and hear the continued discussion of the "Surge", in Iraq, now that it is over.

    The Mavericks claiming it to have been the be all, end all, of future success, in Iraq. Credited for the coming victory, from Basra to Kurdistan.

    In fact, the tide had already turned, in Anbar, almost a year before the "Surge" began. Bob W. linking us to the work of US Army Captain Travis Patriquin, unfortunately KIA in Iraq.

    This 18 page PDF, from the summer of 2006 describes how a change in strategic goals assisted US troops, tacticly, well before the first non extended surging trooper arrived in Iraq.

    Each side of the dosmetic political battle, now in a tizzy, as they each try to revise history to suit their own agendas.

    Some of US do remember the reality, not that it matters, much.

    The market has no memory.

  19. Blogger bobal said...

    Ash just can't bring himself to admit that we won the war

    We won the war ages ago dude. It's all the other stuff, you know, like, civil society, that is posing the problems


    Blogger bobal said...

    As my guy explained it to me one time--"One's own lawyer can't do no wrong."

    Unless he loses.


    Blogger 2164th said...
    Obama will say what people want to hear so that he can implement his agenda.

    Gotta luv American presidential politics


    Blogger desert rat said...

    Where's the beef?

    That's no story, at all.

    Unless your emulating the National Enquirer model of publishing with your blog.

    The smell of desperation...

  20. Please Ash, calm down. No desperation. Simple mirth and we have taken this wide stance on a bi-partisan basis.

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  22. ... Joe realizes that if he'd done this three years ago, maybe his wife would be happier, and he'd been home more ...

    On page 17 of Captain Trav's presentation. May he RIP and we all appreciate the sacrifice of his wife and parents.

    Some of us called for this type of War, from the get go, since total war against the Iraqi people was never an option, despite habu's desire for carpet bombing.

    We were regaled as know nothings and burqua wearers.
    Seems that if you want to influence Iraq, need to grow a moustache, and drink the local chai, from time to time.

    Proven by the performance of the US military, since the early summer of 2006, in Anbar, Iraq.

  23. B the summer of 2010, after four years of Iraqis standing up, you'd think we could take our combat troops home.

    Leaving behind a residual force, size to be determined by events on the ground, to train and assist the Iraqi Security forces.

    That two years out, this GOAL is announced, not a sign of defeat, but a indication of success.

    As Max Boot tells US, the Iraqi PM, Mr Maliki, has been calling for a reduction of US combat troops and a hand off of security mission responsibility, on an 18 month timeline, since he took office.

    We should be listening to the elected leaders of Iraq, more now than ever, as the UN authorization for the US occupation is five months away.

  24. We should also recall the report made on 26Mar07 by:
    Barry R. McCaffrey
    General USA (Ret)
    Adjunct Professor of International Affairs
    USMA, West Point, NY

    A sufficient but not necessary condition of success is adequate resources to build an Iraqi Army, National Police, local Police, and Border Patrol. We are still in the wrong ball park. The Iraqis need to capacity to jail 150,000 criminals and terrorists. They must have an air force with 150 US helicopters. (The US Armed Forces have 100+ medevac helicopters and 700 lift or attack aircraft in-country.) They need 5000 light armored vehicles for their ten divisions. They need enough precision, radar-assisted counter-battery artillery to suppress the constant mortar and rocket attacks on civilian and military targets. They should have 24 C130’s---and perhaps three squadrons of light ground attack aircraft. I mention these numbers not to be precise—but to give an order of magnitude estimation that refutes our current anemic effort. The ISF have taken horrendous casualties. We must give them the leverage to replace us as our combat formations withdraw in the coming 36 months

    Have the Iraqi begun to accumulate this much needed equipment? The answer to that question is really what constitutes "events on the ground", in Iraq.

    Without that equipment, the Iraqi will not be as capable as we should be leaving them.
    Instead we'll be setting them up to fail. After 6 years, you'd think we'd have them well trained and equipped, if that was ever the real goal of the excercise.

  25. Deuce,
    speaking of "mellifluous". I do believe that the Guat. Ron Zacapa 15yo is a bit smoother than your beloved Fleur de Cana. My pard brought me a bottle each back from his last southern excursion. Said the guys in the store suggested the RZ.

  26. The link to that report, by General McCaffrey.

    In March of 07, just one month after General P took command, the reports says this of Anbar:

    Since the arrival of General David Petraeus in command of Multi-National Force Iraq--- the situation on the ground has clearly and measurably improved.
    1st: The Maliki government has given the green light to prune out elements of the renegade Sadr organization in Baghdad. More than 600+ rogue leaders have been harvested by US and Iraqi special operations forces with the explicit or tacit consent of the government. Sadr himself has fled to Iran and many of his key leaders have escaped to the safety of the Shia south. His fighting cadres were ordered to go to ground, hide their weapons, take down their check points, stop the terrible ethnic cleansing and terror tactics against the Sunni population, and ignore (not cooperate) with US and ISF forces.
    2nd: The US and Iraqi Forces have now dramatically changed their operational scheme. More then 50+ Iraqi Police/Army and US Army Joint Security Stations (JSS) are now being emplaced across the city and extended into the suburbs. The pre-operation planning and rehearsals were superb. The presence of these joint military elements is now becoming ubiquitous across the urban areas. Although many of these small outposts have been attacked—none has yet been seriously jeopardized. The Iraqi people are encouraged ---life is almost immediately springing back in many parts of the city. The murder rate has plummeted. IED attacks on US forces during their formerly vulnerable daily transits from huge US bases on the periphery of Baghdad are down--- since these forces are now permanently based in their operational area.
    3rd: The Iraqis have finally committed credible numbers of integrated Police and Army units to the battle of Baghdad. The strength of IA, IP, and NP units has steadily gone up aided by clever monetary and troop leader incentives. The ISF formations are showing increased willingness to aggressively operate against insurgent/militia forces. Although there is continuing political interference by politicians of both the Iraqi Administration and legislators--- this is clearly a serious urban security operation.
    4th: There is a real and growing ground swell of Sunni tribal opposition to the Al Qaeda-in-Iraq terror formations. (90% Iraqi.) This counter-Al Qaeda movement in Anbar Province was fostered by brilliant US Marine leadership. There is now unmistakable evidence that the western Sunni tribes are increasingly convinced that they blundered badly by sitting out the political process. They are also keenly aware of the fragility of the continued US military presence that stands between them and a vengeful and overwhelming Shia-Kurdish majority class--- which was brutally treated by Saddam and his cruel regime. There is now active combat between Sunni tribal leadership and AQI terrorists. Of even greater importance, the Sunni tribes are now supplying their young men as drafts for the Iraqi Police. (IP). AQI is responding with customary and sickening violence. Police are beheaded in groups; families of IP officers are murdered (or in one case a 12 year old boy was run over multiple times by a truck in front of his family)—all designed to intimidate the tribes. It is not working. The Takfiri AQI extremism of: no music, no photos, no videos, no cutting of beards, etc does not sit well with the moderate form of Islam practiced among the western tribes. This is a crucial struggle and it is going our way—for now.

    It has continued going our way, in the 16 months since the report was written. McCaffrey also says that the supply lines need to be reinforced:

    We are overly dependant on Kuwait for logistics. If Iranian military action closed the Persian Gulf—the US combat force in Iraq would immediately begin to suffocate logistically. We cannot depend on a Turkish LOC in the coming five years.
    We need 500 USAF C17’s and the tanker fleet required to support them. The Air Force flew 13,000 truck loads of material into Iraq for pinpoint distribution last year. The two USAF Squadrons of C17’s now in-theater make a gigantic contribution.

    With the land bridge to Afghanistan as fragile as the Straits of Hormuz, the threat to Coalition deployments is clearly seen, but where are the Boeing refueling tankers, but hung out to dry by Maverick.

    The 500 C-17s, don't have a clue, but doubt they're in a wartime production mode, either.

  27. The cause of duece's concern and desire to reimplement the Monroe Doctrin of 1823, over Americas oil. From Aug06 when these agreements were signed, the tanker fleet and Chinese refineries must almost be ready, It has been over 23 months since the ink dried.

    several key energy contracts that mainly concern an increase in the delivery of Venezuelan oil to China from 150,000 to 200,000 barrels a day, with plans to supply the People's Republic with up to one million barrels of oil a day by 2012. By that time, the Venezuelan government plans to double its extraction of oil to 5.8 million barrels a day. According to Chavez, China's large share of Venezuelan oil exports will be achieved not only by increasing oil output but also by decreasing deliveries of Venezuelan oil to the United States. The amount of oil supplied to China by Venezuela will thus increase almost sevenfold, meaning that Venezuela will supply around 20% of China's oil needs and will become a key exporter to China, overtaking Angola, which currently supplies 18% of China's oil imports.

    What is more, the president's cousin Asdrubal Chavez, who has become part of the management of state gas monopoly Petroleos de Venezuela SA, has made the leadership of China's CNPC additional profitable offers concerning the cooperative extraction of oil from fields in the Orinoco river basin and a new offer of joint development of a shelf in the Gulf of Venezuela. Both of these sites are already being worked by Gazprom and Lukoil.

    Hugo Chavez and Hu Jintao also ratified a deal concluded in May in which Venezuela agreed to purchase 18 Chinese oil tankers for $1.3 billion. In the next year Venezuela plans to buy 42 tankers, thus tripling the size of its oil fleet and ending its dependence on ships rented from the United States. It is possible that the majority of these tankers will be built in Chinese shipyards. Venezuela will then own one of the largest tanker fleets in the world. The leaders are also due to sign a deal today for Venezuela's purchase from China of 12 rigs for drilling oil wells. The same number of rigs will be built in the near future in a joint venture between China and Venezuela.

    Factor in the production from those Cuban/Chinese wells being drilled off the Florida coast ...

    Lot of American oil, flowing to China, sooner rather than later.

  28. no one talks about whether CHINA can AFFORD to buy oil at 120-146 a barrel.

    face the facts...

    america has reduced oil consumption by 5% in the last 120 days, more than 3 times the expected amount...

    combined with the housing crisis & the devalued dollar china's exporting must be taking it in the neck...

    combine that with the earthquake that rocked china that exposed that a hugh % of all building built in the 1980-2000 were built like shit....

    combine that will a slowing world economy with pricey oil that no one BUT americans can afford...

    combine that with EVERY well pumping that has been capped in the last 40 years since the break even cost was $30a barrel, now at 126-146 a barrel they can lower illegals with teaspoons to scoop the shit out of the ground and still make a profit...

    china's thirst for OIL is fueled by it's ability to sell us cheap shit and use that money for it's growing needs...

    stomp on the USA economy with high oil prices, coupled with 40% devalued dollars coupled with the housing crisis/ban crisis couple with the chinese screwing up with the yuan, it seems that chinese screwed themselves real good...

    Now if the dollar fell 40% in real value, doesnt that mean that their USA bonds and Treasury Notes FELL in value too?

    I seem to remember reagan doing this to the Japanese and the yen back in 1984....

  29. They may not have to pay that, wi"o".
    Hugo mad this offer, when oil was at $67 per barrel.

    Venezuela’s oil plan stunner
    "Fairplay Daily News", 03th April 2006

    VENEZUELA President Hugo Chavez will reportedly offer consuming countries long-term contracts for oil at $50/barrel – a move that could profoundly alter global oil politics. Chavez announced the audacious plan during a BBC interview to be aired this evening. According to the Guardian, which cites US Energy Information Administration sources, Venezuela holds 90% of the world’s extra heavy crude oil. Because such deposits must be transformed into synthetic light crude before refining, such supplies are only economical when world prices top $40/barrel. If Venezuela can lock in long-term buyers at $50/barrel, it can make a credible demand to OPEC that its official oil reserve calculation should skyrocket, through inclusion of the extra heavy crude deposits – which would consequently allow Venezuela to seek greater production allowances. According to the Guardian, Venezuela oil minister Raphael Ramirez will ask OPEC during its upcoming meeting in Caracas to officially recognise Venezuelan reserves of 312Bn barrels. This would make Venezuela the world’s leading supplier, far surpassing Saudi Arabia (264Bn barrels) and 290% over Venezuela’s currently recognised reserves (80Bn barrels). With light crude futures now nearing an all-time high at $67/barrel, Chavez’s plan would allow consuming countries to heavily hedge long-term purchases.

    Long term contract, Nation to Nation Treaties, could put any value it wanted to, on that oil.

    Not "market value" but a strategic value that could be much lower than the open market could deliver.

    Those fellows are all communists, after all.

  30. The Chinese quickly rejecting the English Free Trade system and embarking on an internal development program, following the post Civil War American model of economic development.

    ht: mat

    Developing their internal market could solve a lot of their challenges. They just have to jettison the Russell Company style of operations and thinking of their business community.

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  32. Posted by Matt in March 4th, 2008
    China's biggest refiner, Sinopec, and Iran have signed a $2 billion agreement on developing the Yadavaran oil field, on Tuesday, firming Beijing's business links with Tehran despite global sanctions over Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

    The long-awaited agreement signed in Tehran completes a 2004 memorandum of understanding for state-owned Sinopec Group to help develop the huge oilfield. Iran's oil minister, Gholam Hossein Nozari, praised the deal as a vindication of his country's efforts to counter pressures to isolate the country over its nuclear program.

  33. "We are very happy to sign this contract," Zhou Baixiu, head of Sinopec's International Department said, adding that "China is willing to buy LNG from Iran and we hope to talk about the LNG project later." Chinese officials have stressed that no threats of further sanctions by Washington but tough commercial negotiations had delayed the agreement. China has so far opposed the US drive for more sanctions against Iran, which is Beijing's third-largest supplier of crude oil and also a main trade partner ...

  34. Dec. 06, 2007
    Gazprom-China Talks Slow over Price
    Implementation of the export portion of the Eastern Gas Program may be delayed for an indeterminate period due to China's intractable position in negotiations over the price of Russian gas, the Ministry of Industry and Energy stated yesterday.
    “The very large difference in position on the price says that China doesn't need Russian gas before 2010,”

    deputy head of the ministry's energy policy department Vladimir Saenko commented yesterday at the fourth Russian-Chinese-Kazakh oil and gas forum in Beijing.
    Under the Eastern Gas Program, approved by the Ministry of Industry and Energy on September 3, China will be unable to receive gas before 2010, no matter how much it might need it. Construction of pipelines will begin after Gazprom and China's CNPC sign an agreement on prices and will take four years to construct. Saenko's comments were meant to indicate that gas deliveries may be postponed.

    Although European consumers are paying an average of $267 per 1000 Cu. m. of gas this year, China is maintaining a principle of equal spending for the use of gas and coal. Furthermore, it already has a contract with Turkmenistan for gas at $90 per 1000 cu. m.

  35. Long term contract, Nation to Nation Treaties, could put any value it wanted to, on that oil.

    Not "market value" but a strategic value that could be much lower than the open market could deliver.

    Those fellows are all communists, after all.

    sounds like all that oil traveling to and FROM Hugo to China will have to be over the ocean...

    wonder who will protect those ships?

    Hopefully America will not ensure the shipping lanes for Hugo's ships..

    I smell a great opportunity for some piracy on international waters...

    So what happens if a tankers are HIJACKED?

    Oil is not traceable....

    China or Venezuela do not have the ability to protect those shipping lanes...

    MAYBE we should make them SPEND the money to send armed escorts for all those tankers?

  36. It's settled.
    There is no bias:
    Terrorita tell me so.
    I won't recount the details.

  37. (Although HE WAS in the headlines
    for being considered by the

  38. "MAYBE we should make them SPEND the money to send armed escorts for all those tankers?"
    Better yet, install Blackwater Employees, and enforce payment.

  39. I guess Blackwater could handle their own enforcement, come to think about it.

  40. The Messiah's address was 41 minutes, Whit.
    7.5 minutes of which dedicated to
    ""Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That's -- that's a bunch -- so -- so let me tick these off. Deh... Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh. So the issue is not a perception that, uh... Weh, weh, let me put it this way. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, We're -- we're trying to -- you know, we've got a bipartisan group here and -- and -- and, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh, uh, uh."
    But the MESSIAH REMAINS the World's Greatest Orator,
    W, the Worst.
    What Bias?

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