“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."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rousing Speeches to Large Excited German Crowds is Nothing New

According to a recent poll, Obama has the confidence of 84 percent of the French, 82 percent of the Germans and 74 percent of the Brits. They have no clue as to what he is about, but no matter. Of the three countries, Obama is preparing the big pitch and the stem winder for the Germans. That is a soft choice. Germans like big speeches. They like the glow and fervor created by a mesmerizing speaker. It stirs the Teutonic soul.

Obama will be there in front of an adoring crowd with his head appropriately tilted looking towards the heavens and the Germans will hang on every word. Germans know nothing about Obama except he is not Bush. Obama is an American that appeals to the European palate. That will further eroticse the American left. Hopefully it will end as a net negative to middle America.


  1. If you want to accept a lower standard of living -- that Jimmy Carter told us we had to accept -- then you want to be like France. President Reagan proved that we did not have to accept it.

    The fact is there are more Europeans trying to get into the United States. Why would you leave paradise?

    If you want to be like Europe, move. And please take Obama and Kerry with you.

    Not Like Europe

  2. wow, you're worried the Obama is speaking to a whole big bunch of Germans and McCain is out there putting his foot in his mouth and doing his best to swallow--

    All over CNN on TV at the moment but the only web reference I can find so far:

    "In an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric tonight, John McCain made the false assertion that the Surge brought about the so-called Anbar Awakening. Except, as MSNBC"s Keith Olbermann points out, the Surge was announced after the Awakening."

    They have the video clip there as well. There's nothing like getting his facts wrong on his claimed stong issue.

  3. And McCain fucked himself by goading Obama into going overseas, thinking he was just a boot camp Senator who was going to step on his crank. All McCain really did is prime America to watch BO look Presidential. It's so bad that he floated the idea of picking his VP this week just to steal some of the headlines.

  4. "He would rather lose a war than lose a campaign"


  5. Ash just can't bring himself to admit that we won the war. Damn, it rankles. Only way to lose now is to throw it away, therefore he supports the Messiah.

    Pelosi won't even let a discussion be held in the House on nuclear energy. It is really perverse.

  6. Watching Cavuto this morning. Couple of Mexifornia pubs went and toured ANWR. Said a majority of congress would pass a bill allowing drilling. Leadership won't let it come up 'though.

  7. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the enemy combatants, including Hamden, had a right to challenge their detentions in U.S. civil courts under what is known as habeas corpus -- an undefined process as applied to the detainees but one routinely used by U.S. inmates challenging their convictions.

    "The Supreme Court left many significant questions open," Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Monday as he urged Congress to adopt protocols for the detainees to challenge their detentions in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute.

    The attorney general said it was "well within the historic role and competence of Congress and the executive branch to attempt to resolve" those open questions.

    Behind Bars

  8. I learned in reading one of the previous threads, via T., that I support the barracuda from Alaska as McCain's VP pick. I best learn something about my candidate:)

  9. Those Germans seem like a real excitable people.

    There was an American reporter, name unremembered, who was there when Hitler gave some of us most famous early speeches. In one, he was up pretty close. He claimed, and meant it seriously, that he could perceive a strange blue light around Dolph, maybe an evil aura or something. Weird.

  10. Sources close to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign are suggesting he will reveal the name of his vice presidential selection this week while Sen. Barack Obama is getting the headlines on his foreign trip. The name of McCain's running mate has not been disclosed, but Mitt Romney has led the speculation recently.

    This Week

  11. bobal: I learned in reading one of the previous threads, via T., that I support the barracuda from Alaska as McCain's VP pick. I best learn something about my candidate:)

    No fair, bobal, I just said you liked her, and don't make me dig into the EB archives to find supporting posts to that effect, I'm going from memory.

  12. Evil aura would be red in color, wouldn't it?

  13. “…The SPLM/A will shoot its first bullet against the separatists from within…” (John Garang de Mabior, Radio, SPLM/A Speech, 1983). Succinctly, it’s shocking, mediocre spirit and pretty much disturbing indeed that a respectable leader of any people could be so foolish, diatribe and diabolical to divide his subjects on the basis of ethnicity or tribes.


    For more than five decades the people of South Sudan waged Africa’s longest armed struggle in the quest for social justice, equality, freedom, liberty and the right of self-determination to determine their political destiny, social, economic and cultural well-being as well as the right to development. We have achieved these objectives but we have been let down by the SPLM leadership in the South, unfortunately.


    The North-South divide was perpetrated by lack or the absence thereof of democratization, good governance, and the rule of law, power and resources sharing that culminated to war, destruction and death. The root causes of the North-South divide was the acute lack of power sharing.


  14. I do like her, T., but I don't why! Everybody in Alaska likes her, it seems. I'm still for Paris Hilton for VP, though. Until something better comes along. She's been a prisoner too, like McCain.
    I did Bobal. With respect to reprocessing to clean the spent fuel up he thought it much too expensive and problematic Ash

    But the French and Japanese, and Brits too I think, do it all the time.

    New Process saves 95% of Waste from Nuclear Power Plants!
    This is the UREX process for reprocessing nuclear spent fuel rods that can be done to reduce nuclear waste by 95% and supply a great deal more inexpensive and non-polluting energy to the world. This process is called UREX. It extracts the plutonium from spent fuel rods in a way that the plutonium is not usable for making bombs. This has always been the main argument against reprocessing spent fuel rods -- so-called "nuclear waste."
    The French have been reprocessing spent fuel rods for over twenty years. The Japanese are now doing the same. Their process called PUREX extracts pure plutonium that can used to build bombs if they want, but they reuse the plutonium as fuel in their power reactors.
    from Dr. Bill's KGO website.

  15. The red states are the good states, Sam, the blue states the bad ones, is all I know.

    I'm pretty sure he said a blue light.

    Yellow is the color of spirituality, or transcendence. There has been talk that yellow was one of the later colors to be recognized by the mind, whether true or not I don't know.

    In the old paintings the halo is always yellow or golden.

  16. Alaska Senate: Begich Opens Nine-Point Lead Over Stevens

    Alaska's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Ted Stevens and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has been a toss-up for several months now, but the Democratic challenger is now ahead 50% to 41%. When "leaners" are included, Begich leads 52%to 44%.

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 43% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When "leaners" are included, it's Obama 46% and McCain 46%


    "Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up - rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen."

    Meanwhile, Rielle had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of the friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Rielle was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.

    Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Rielle, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.

    Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.

    Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.

    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.

    Said reporter Hitchen: "After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!

    "He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.

    "Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby."

    Drudge Link

  18. I knew that guy was a phoney the first time I heard about him:
    "Talking to a baby in the womb" get cash in court.

  19. Shoulda told this one to stay in there!

  20. Doug, he's being a good father. Taking time out to visit his child. Give him a break.

    Maliki's Bet

    Well placed bet, covering his ass in both outcomes.

  21. Nunn is a member of the Board @ Chevron.
    Is that the kiss of Death for a Dem?

  22. Sorry, al-Bob:

    He's a fucking Class Action Trial Lawyer!

    No Mercy!

    String him up!

  23. Both parties denied the NATIONAL ENQUIRER report and a close friend of Edwards' came forward and said he was the father of Rielle's baby.

    A friend indeed!

    Does Jesse Jackson visit his 'lovechild'?

  24. He was meeting Mayor Tony Villar in LA:

    An expert in having affairs while wife is in treatment for Cancer.

    John was scoring a twofer:
    Pleasure, and postgraduate Ed.

  25. Kevin James met him across the street on one of his previous visits.

    Said he was extremely pleasant.

    What a guy!

    Now they should make a vid of him combing his hair followed by the Hotel Chase Scene, ending with the laughing hotel guests, those lucky enough to be there to witness.

  26. Is there any video of the alleged John Edwards and Rielle Hunter meeting in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton? How about some photos?


    That led to a lot of first person reports on a meeting with Edwards in the hotel after he left a room where the Enquirer claims Hunter was staying. The reporters tried to close in on Edwards and hit him with the love child questions (among other questions as well) but Edwards ran up the stairs away from the reporters.


    He then reportedly bolted for a hotel bathroom and didn't leave until security showed up. Keep in mind, this is all happening at about 3:00 a.m. on the West Coast.

    Child Confrontation

  27. Too Bad Sen Wide Stance wasn't in the next stall to keep him busy.

  28. ...I wish they had waited until two months after Barry Selected him for Veep!

  29. A couple of dozen people were recently blinded by lasers at an outdoor rave near Moscow.

    Health officials said party-goers turned up to clinics in the days following the Aquamarine Open Air Festival. They had burnt retinas, visible scarring and up to 80% vision loss.


    Problems came when heavy rain forced the party under a massive tent and the lasers, which were meant to light up the sky, were turned in to the crowd.

    Blinded by Lasers

  30. Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.

    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

    The fast stairwell chase.

    This probably does Edwards in, as VP choice.

  31. Whoa! Look at this. Rasmussen has McCain up by 10% in Ohio.

  32. The dive team watches it all, while combing ship hulls, pilings, pipelines and the channel looking for explosives or any other threats to national and port security and as officers tell us, "operationally, we're out here everyday. We've got eyes on the different activities that are going on, we interact with different entities out here in the maritime envionment, tugboat operators, the fishing boat operators, the longshoremen, we talk to the other eyes and ears out here."

    The divers cover every inch of underwater infastructure, crucial to the operation of the port and to the economy of the entire western United States. It's a job that depends on close coordination with hundreds of different public agencies and commercial interests from around the globe.

    Part of the P-Dog team (Port Dive Operations Group), divers also get help and support from the United States Coast Guard, who oversee much of what goes on.

    Port of LA Police

  33. Fear not Ash,

    I do not think Maverick is capable of winning this thing, however I do believe Obama is capable of losing it.

    I am not a person swayed by oratory that is imbedded in a suspect foundation. Between the "em's" and "uh's" I listen to Obama and do not like what he says but am impressed with his delivery.

    I find bullshit artists in general quite interesting and entertaining. Con men are always likable rascals.

    Like Doug, I instinctively disliked John Edwards the moment I saw him and listened to that treacle laced voice. Obama is much more dangerous than an Edwards. Obama believes in what he says. Obama will say what people want to hear so that he can implement his agenda. Edwards has no agenda except Edwards. Why the American public trusts lawyers is beyond me.

    Thanks for letting me ramble.

  34. treacle is one of those words I didn't see much, now I see it around alot--

    trea·cle (trkl)
    1. Cloying speech or sentiment.
    2. Chiefly British Molasses.
    3. A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison.

    [Middle English triacle, antidote for poison, from Old French, from Latin thriaca, from Greek thriak (antidotos), (antidote against) wild animals, feminine of thriakos, of wild animals, from thrion, diminutive of thr, beast; see ghwer- in Indo-European roots.]

  35. Rasmussen has McCain up by 10% in Ohio. That's big news, if it's what is really going on there.

  36. Thus, Obama can rightly point to the airlift as evidence that maintaining America's moral voice is an essential component of its foreign policy. The United States stands to gain as much from a modern-day Candy Bomber as it risks losing from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

    Those who doubt the capacity of government, in the aftermath of Katrina, to mobilize quickly and implement deftly can take heart from the example of organizational whiz Bill Tunner, who turned a slapdash operation incapable of supplying Berlin into a precision drill that kept the beleaguered city going through the long winter.

    Harry Truman's steadfastness in the face of contrary advisers -- some argued for yielding Berlin to the Soviets, others advocated a collision course on the ground -- demonstrated how a determined president, having unleashed the atomic bomb, could then find the narrow path between foolish appeasement and full-scale war. Obama can safely argue that Truman's restrained course was wiser than George W. Bush's rush to war.

    Baghdad is Berlin

  37. deuce, it's common knowledge among the lawyers that people love their own guy, but all the other lawyers are pricks. So, they got most of it right.

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

  39. The Secret Is Out Democrats don't want lower gas prices.

  40. Just look at Colombia. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, its economy was devastated by rampant violence.

    Drug traffickers, paramilitaries, and guerrillas were running wild. But under the administration of President Alvaro Uribe (who was first elected in 2002), Colombian security forces have cleaned up the cities and reestablished a presence in every single town across the country.

    This has led to robust economic growth and increased foreign investment.

    Crime and Impoverishment

  41. because they want to wean Americans off of petroleum products.

    No secret there.

  42. Bob, in the future I will arrange my prose with reduced confection and select a less saccharine word than treacle. Sweet dreams.

  43. This guys polled Ohio over the same days, with a survey group twice as large, bob

    Raleigh, N.C. – Barack Obama continues to hold a solid advantage over John McCain in
    Ohio, according to the newest survey from Public Policy Polling.
    His lead in the state is 48-40, similar to the 50-39 edge he showed in PPP’s June poll.
    Obama trails McCain 46-42 among white voters, but his 91-6 advantage with African
    Americans gives him the overall lead.
    “Right now Barack Obama is in a pretty good position in Ohio,” said Dean Debnam,
    President of Public Policy Polling. “His standing with black voters is not surprising, but
    he is also doing unusually well with white voters in the state. Whether he can sustain that
    level of support or not will probably determine if he can take this state.”
    The results show a significant gender gap, with Obama leading by 20 points among
    women but trailing by seven with men. Obama leads in all age groups except senior

  44. Probly different turnout models.
    I'm guessin BO's got enough money and organization to get out folks that never voted before.
    (and they wouldn't now if he ran on his whiteside.)

  45. 2020.08.09不敢來酒店上班-酒店打工的原因我很慶我幸身為一個女人。也很慶幸我是一個打扮起來還不差的女人。十八歲生日沒有狂歡沒有慶祝。酒店小姐的基本介紹跟工作內容在網路上找了間經紀公司,當天下午就開始上班。我在酒店上班的日子年輕的肉體再加上尚未染上風塵的氣質,很快我成了店裡的紅牌。下午茶玩的是什麼? 酒店兼差不是一個複雜的工作環境?酒店晚上營業,下午時段店家場地借給午茶,就是在那樣的小包廂裡,一個客人一個小姐,大約五十分鐘的時間,就看小姐怎麼讓客人在這短短的時間小小的包廂裡喜歡上自己。酒店小姐上班通常會取什麼名字?有客人喜歡,才會有指台,酒店小姐去酒店上班都一定要出場接s嗎?才會有預約。中午十二點上班,晚上八、九點下班,換了衣服卸了妝,身邊沒有人發現我的工作特殊。一樣的一天八小時,每上一台我可以領個一千。或許吧!有的人覺得我出賣身體、出賣靈魂。但是我寧可出賣這些,也不想過像我的父母那樣的生活,那樣捉襟見肘的生活,那樣跟西家借錢還東家的生活,那樣無止盡為錢爭吵的生活,那樣要躲在家裡不出聲不開燈以免被發現的生活,那樣連感冒想去藥局買個成藥都要惦量惦量的生活。還記得工作第一個禮拜,我領了兩萬多的薪水。那些扣除林林總總後居然還有這樣多!這是我第一次拿著那麼多錢,我好想大聲地告訴我的父母,我會賺錢了,若是時光回溯,我是不是就可以幫上你們的忙了?大約過了兩三個月,一開始覺得「領好多錢」的感覺也沖淡了。開始審視自己要的是什麼?我想要有一個家,一個完完全全屬於我的家,一個不用因為繳不出房租被房東趕的家。於是我不再是那個滿足於一個禮拜領個三萬左右的女孩。