“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."

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joe Biden Is Obama VP Choice

Iowa results for Joe Biden-5th place, 2,328 votes- scarfed up an amazing 1% of the vote.

I am told from a neighbor and friend of Joe Biden that he be the man. I cannot cite the source but I see that CNN is now making the call.


  1. Two guys that never had a real job!

    Two guys that manufactured parts of their bio's out of whole, or pilfered cloth.

    Two clueless losers.


  2. Positives,

    Of all the choices, has the most friends on facebook.

    Smiles when Chris says the Boss makes his leg tingle.

    Isn't Hillary.



    Biden's past plagerism.

    Bad hair plugs.

  3. The Elephant beat CNN by seven minutes!

  4. They all him Screamin Joe in PA. He will entertain. Now where does my guy go?

  5. BREAKING NEWS 1:02 AM ET: Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate -New York Times

  6. He could balance the ticket with our very own Desert Rat!

  7. Rat deserves at least an Ambassadorship in the Obama Administration.

  8. I doubt DR would take anything from our guy.

  9. His Resignation and apology for past transgressions.

  10. I need to get two hours sleep and off again to Houston and Central America. Be nice to Whit . I'll be watching. I'll check in at the airports.

  11. Official: Obama picks Biden for veep

    Aug 23 01:14 AM US/Eastern
    Associated Press Writers

  12. No wonder the wonder boy took so long:
    He was Biden his time.

  13. Complainant Berg says the republicans have the goods on Obama, and were going to bring it out in Sept Oct. He's a Hillary man.

    Nationality Act of 1940.

    When mom moved to Indonesia and married Soetero she would have lost her citizenship in US at that time under the laws then in effect.

  14. Did his stepfather adopt him. Obama would have lost his citizenship then.

    She didn't do the stuff to retain her citizenship when she came back. No evidence either mom or Obama did that.

    Traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport.

  15. Obama never took an oath of allegiance as he would be required to do.

    Trying to prevent chaos in the election process.

    Born in Kenya not Hawaii. Repubs have had folks in Kenya.

  16. Watch McCain, rather than Obama, surge from the Biden pick. He's about to pick up 18 million pissed off Hillary voters.

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  18. "She didn't do the stuff to retain her citizenship..."

    and that would be?
    "Born in Kenya not Hawaii. Repubs have had folks in Kenya."

    Always the Pubs! Right?

    My bet is with the Genuine Hawaii Certificate of Birth.

    ...but then I think WTC 7 wasn't bombed, neither, and I also believe the Rubber Bigfoot is a Fraud.

    Tough Sell.

  19. Posted the birth certificate of his sister. COLB Filed 7 days after birth.

    Born at two separate hospitals.

    Now posted another birth certificate.

    What experts--

    Says located a birth certificate in Mombasa Kenya issued to Barack Obama under British authority. Grandmother there when born at maturnity hospital in Kenya.

    Also some Canadian birth certificate in same name.

    Hawaiian records are sealed.

  20. Obama never took an oath of allegiance as he would be required to do.
    I haven't either.
    Please don't deport me!
    ...without Ms Walsh.

  21. Obama Crimes

    Got to tell you this lawyer doesn't seem greatly prepared for the questions. Says a Kenyan birth certificate has been located, but hasn't seen it himself.

  22. Hawaiian records are sealed.

    Just like Annenberg

    I DO Believe that!

  23. Your mom didn't go to Indonesia and marry Mr Soetero so you didn't have to.

  24. Maybe we'll get to hear those British campaign speeches again, that Joe plagiarised.

  25. Wants a court order to see what the State of Hawaii, Indonesia, and Kenya actually have.

    Also from the hospitals in Hawaii and Kenya.

    I'm not sure what this fellow has got here. But, more after the next break.

  26. Hey, wait a minute:
    Ms T posted a little pic of a Hawaii paper announcing the birth of the Messiah!

    Where'd you get that, T, and can we access a bigger part of the paper?

  27. Bob live blogs Coast to Coast for his bar buds. Is this a first?

    My take. Clinton consultants have been busy.

    Where's habu when you need him?

  28. The callers didn't ask cogent questions.

    His lawsuit can be read at Obama

    Didn't do a very good job of live blogging, Linear, but the questions and comments got really off the track there for a while.

    Habu might well be in Kenya, printing up a phoney Kenyan birth certificate:)

    Granny Obama, of Kenya, seems to have said, or is said to have said, that bouncing Barry was born there. Quess I'd trust her as much as anyone.

  29. Doug, the idea is, he was born in Kenya, then a day or few days later, they hoped on a jet to Hawaii, and somehow registered him there.

    I think.

    Anybody could put a notice in the paper.

    I can understand why they'd want to get him American citizenship. It's still one of the things many people on earth want.

    One thing that seems clear enough is, he was registered at a school in Indonesia as an Indonesian.

  30. 2. Barack H. Obama claims he was born in Hawaii however, his
    grandmother in Kenya, brother and sister claim they were present during Obama’s birth
    in Kenya.

  31. Biden?

    That fellow is a disaster
    What a dismal day for the Dems.

    Not sure how that plays into the AlGore scenario.

    What a sad day, all around.

    Neither an imaginative nor inspired choice. Betcha Mav answers with one of the Rs, Ridge or Romney.

  32. So, bob, Obama was an illegal alien, in Indonesia, is all that claim covers, not that he was ever an Indonesian...

    Fuckin' Biden, where is the change, there?

  33. I'm betting on Romney now.

    Couple callers on C2C are saying this Berg character has filed a lot of frivious lawsuits in the past, 9/11suits, and other stuff. Seem to know about some of these cases.

    I got no idea.

  34. I don't know, Rat.

    I agree about Biden. Guy's been around 30 years. If that's not inside the Beltway, I don't know what is. No change there, is right. I think he's a gas bag myself, really full of himself.

    Deuce said he's got a good sense of humor.

    He sure isn't Mr Charisma. Got about 1% of the vote in the primaries. I don't see how he helps Obama any.

  35. Obama Campaign Abandons Red States

    Maybe Obama's media gurus read all the free advice I have for them here on the blog. Or maybe they're just finally catching on to the realities of this election. In either case, Obama staffers sacked their 50-state strategy days before the Denver convention and have begun focusing on the states they need to win.

  36. I wouldn't have thought he'd pull out of Virginia. The others I can understand.

  37. I hope McCain does not choose Ridge. He will do nothing for him in Pa. Maybe he should pick Hillary.

  38. Biden takes away the age issue against McCain.

  39. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said.

    Thus assuring himself a place on the ticket.

  40. He won't choose Ridge.
    Romney could help him in the 4 or so states that are mentioned, but what effect would he have in all the rest?

  41. Farewell to an American Hero
    - Joe Galloway

    Too Tall Ed was 80 years old when he died in a hospital in Boise, Idaho, after long being ill with Parkinson’s disease. He turned down a full dress hero’s funeral in Arlington National Cemetery in favor of a hometown service and burial in the National Cemetery in Boise, close to the rivers he loved to fish and the mountains he flew through in his second career flying for the U.S. Forest Service.

    A few days before the end, his old buddy Lt. Col. Bruce (Ancient Serpent 6) Crandall came to the hospital to say his goodbyes to Too Tall Ed, and to enjoy one last round of arguing with Ed over that question of which of them was the best pilot in the world.

    In a fine display of the sort of gallows humor that's always helped men who know the horrors of war keep some of their sanity, Bruce told Ed that he intended to settle the question once and for all by borrowing a helicopter, sling-loading Ed’s coffin below it and then lowering it into the grave where Too Tall will rest _ something that only the Best Pilot in the World could do. Something that only the best friend in the world could tell a dying man.

    These two men received their Medals of Honor long after the deeds that earned them in the furious battles of the Ia Drang Valley in November of 1965 at the dawn of our long, bitter war in Vietnam. President George W. Bush presented Too Tall Ed with his medal in 2001 and hung the medal around Old Snake Crandall’s neck in 2007.

    When their friends in the 1st Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry were surrounded and fighting for their lives near the Cambodian border and needed ammunition and water and helicopters to carry out the gravely wounded, Bruce and Ed flew their Huey helicopters, again and again, into a small clearing swept by North Vietnamese machine gun and rifle fire.

  42. I've a continuing ed. class all weekend. bobal, time for you to tend bar, my friend.:)

  43. Slo Joe

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."
    Biden said he was referring to a phrase used by his mother.
    "My mother has an expression: clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack," Biden said."

    Biden has made other questionable comments. In a June 2006 appearance in New Hampshire, the senator commented on the growth of the Indian-American population in Delaware by saying, "You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking."

    Two months later, responding to a question in an August interview on Fox News Sunday, Biden was asked how a "Northeast liberal" could compete against more conservative southern candidates.

    "Better than everybody else. You don't know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state is the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a northeast liberal state," Biden said.

    He repeated the comment during a visit to South Carolina in December 2006 at an event before the Columbia Rotary Club, according to a story published in The State newspaper.
    The State reported that Biden referred to Delaware as a "slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way."

  44. Ahh, the Starbuck's coffee in Houston has a real Texan bite this morning.

  45. Bobal: Barack H. Obama claims he was born in Hawaii however, hisgrandmother in Kenya, brother and sister claim they were present during Obama’s birth in Kenya.

    Bobal, when I got my passport I had to send my birth certificate in to prove I was a citzen. If you think the Department of Homeland Security will accept something that was photoshopped that's scarier than Obama being born in Kenya. It means there would be a cottage industry of people making birth certificates for illegals so they apply for a document that proves citizenship.