“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."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hugo Chavez, Bomber Pilot, Long Overdue for a Dirt Nap

And after Hugo got out of the flight simulator he decided to:

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered the U.S. ambassador out of the oil exporting country in an escalating battle between Washington and Latin America's left-wing leaders.

"Go to hell, s--- yankees, we are a dignified people, go to hell 100 times," Chavez shouted at a political rally to thousands of roaring supporters.

Chavez's move came a day after Bolivian President Evo Morales, one of his closest allies, expelled the U.S. ambassador in La Paz on accusations that he was instigating violent protests in the Andean nation.

The United States responded on Thursday by ejecting Bolivia's ambassador in Washington, and Chavez said the United States should send back Venezuela's top envoy straight away.

"We will send an ambassador when there is a new government in the United States, a government that respects the people of Latin America," he said.

Eight people were killed as violent anti-government protests flared in Bolivia on Thursday, creating havoc in its crucial natural gas industry.

Earlier in the day, Chavez spiced up a nascent campaign for Venezuela's tough local elections in November with allegations that retired military officers were planning to assassinate him. He also ordered a reduction of U.S. flights to Venezuela and pledged to support Morales in the event of a coup against him.

(Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Kieran Murray)

Meanwhile, here is a little glimpse of the real Venezuela and the trash they are exporting into the rest of Latin America:


  1. They're not Jihadists, so no worries.

    Or so went the storyline at the BC, those many moons ago.

    The Tu-160 is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.[1] The aircraft is similar to the B-1 Lancer, but 430mph faster than the Lancer, and possesses greater range and payload capabilities. Produced 10 years later than the B-1, it flies at 10,000 ft lower maximum altitude.

    Introduced in 1987, it was the last Soviet strategic bomber designed, but production of the aircraft still continues, with at least 16 currently in service with the Russian Air Force.

    Its pilots call the Tu-160 the “White Swan”, due to the surprising maneuverability and antiflash white finish of the aircraft[2] and has the NATO reporting name of Blackjack.
    thx, wiki

  2. YouTube - Ivan Canas As predicted, Russia will send & settle in Venezuela on 'Temporary Basis' anti-submarine aircrafts The navy exercise will include Nuclear Cruise Peter The Great & Admiral Shabanenko

  3. Any issue that would reflect poorly on W is by definition, not a problem.

  4. The White Swan as seen in the Russian homeland

    The Tu-16 is capable of carrying the strategic cruise missile Kh-55MS, which is known in the West by the NATO designation and codename AS-15 Kent. Up to twelve Kh-55MS missiles can be carried, six in each bay. The Kh-55MS is propelled by a turbofan engine. The maximum range is 3,000km, and it is armed with a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead.

    The weapons bays are also fitted with launchers for the Kh-15P, which has the NATO designation and codename AS-16 Kickback. The Kh-15P Kickback has solid rocket fuel propulsion, which gives a range up to 200km. The Kickback can be fitted with a conventional 250kg warhead or a nuclear warhead. The aircraft is also capable of carrying a range of aerial bombs with a total weight up to 40 tons.

  5. B-52H, B-1B, And B-2 Payloads — Military Forum
    Jan 18, 2006 ... I was doing a bit of research as to the relative payloads of the B-52, B-1B, and B-2, and here is what struck me regarding the Lancer: In ...

    Must not be right

  6. Be great if Chavez was up for a flight, and the damned thing crashed.

  7. Mig-29M, no faith in misiles, they're goin' to guns

  8. B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber Air Force Technology
    The B-1B has the largest internal payload of any current bomber. The B-1B became operational in 1986. ... JASSM entered service on the B-1 in May 2005. ...

    The B-1B holds almost 50 world records for speed, payload, range, and time of climb in its class. The National Aeronautic Association recognized the B-1B for completing one of the 10 most memorable record flights for 1994. The most recent records were made official in 2004.

    Weight: approximately 190,000 pounds (86,183 kilograms)
    Maximum Takeoff Weight: 477,000 pounds (216,634 kilograms)
    Fuel Capacity: 265,274 pounds (120,326 kilograms)
    Payload: 75,000 pounds ( 34,019 kilograms)
    Speed: 900-plus mph (Mach 1.2 at sea level)
    Range: Intercontinental
    Ceiling: More than 30,000 feet (9,144 meters)
    Armament: 24 GBU-31 GPS-aided JDAM (both Mk-84 general purpose bombs and BLU-109 penetrating bombs) or 24 Mk-84 2,000-pound general purpose bombs; 8 Mk-85 naval mines; 84 Mk-82 500-pound general purpose bombs; 84 Mk-62 500-pound naval mines; 30 CBU-87, -89, -97 cluster munitions; 30 CBU-103/104/105 WCMD, 24 AGM-158 JASSMs or 12 AGM-154 JSOWs.

  9. No, the B-1B carries about 2/3s the payload of the B-52H, that is one reason 35 B-1Bs (along with the high operating costs of the Bone) were selected for storage at DM.

    Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
    I think you were looking the specs for the B-1A. It was rated to be able to carry somewhere around 115k lbs counting both internal and external loads.

    I believe that the B-1B can carry around 40-45k lbs payload.

    That is correct.

    BTW, the B-2A can carry up to a 60,000lb payload. The B-52H carries up to 70,000lbs.

  10. I was a little slow on putting the follow-up clip on the post showing what is really going on in Venezuela. This is part one of a four part BBC report. You can catch the additional parts at the end of part one. I can tell you from experience that there are some real hard cases spreading through Latin America and into the US from the barrios of Venezuela.

    As expected the middle class is fleeing Venezuela in droves. The consequences of the Chavez years will continue after his soon to be and unexpected departure.

  11. Where'd you find this fella, doug?
    mat'll love him.

    Ivan Canas: Russian bombers have arrived in Venezuela for training. A historical moment!! We live in a pluri-polar world. US hegemony coming to an end.

    Ivan Canas: The US may have planed Georgia's Attack before the Announcement of the US IV Fleet Resuming Operations in South America 24-04-2008. The US is getting prepared for a 'just in case' war.

  12. I was reading a market report the other day that showed the Russians bought wxtra large quantities of chicken and pork products from us some little time before the Georgia invasion, lest we cut them off from that source. Another bit of evidence indicating advance planning.

  13. He's probly got some nice words for Pootie Poot.

  14. So what would the US have done in Russia's place?

  15. Anyway, I think Putin called it right.

  16. I'm not supposed to offer up support for Palin more than once or twice a day, least I seem weird, so I'll let someone else have a say--


    This is Off Topic but I watched the first installment of Gov. Palin’s interview. It was quite good.

    First, he asked her if she is prepared to be President (she’s running for Vice President — people might be getting confused on that point). She said quite forthrightly “Yes.” She gave this answer even though Bill Clinton has assured us that absolutely no one is ready for that job. She should have given Charlie the same answer Barack Obama gave to that question back when he announced for the top spot. “You asking me if I’m ready? Are you kidding. Me? Ready? I only been in the Senate for two years. Of course I am not friggin ready to be President, you idiot. No. I’ll be ready after I’ve run for President for two years and after I’ve served my first term.” I remember him saying this because we don’t often see such humility.

    After Gov. Palin said she was ready– if not down right eager — for the job, I thought I heard Charlie Gibson say “Doesn’t that take Hubris.” I think that’s a cheese sauce the French put on roast beef. No. Wait. Hubris means excessive pride or self confidence. To say you are ready to do a job when Gibson thinks your not? Was he referring to his hubris or her hubris or was he just fulfilling the role of the Greek chorus? I could not tell. In any case she just talked right over him which was just as well. Unfortunately, he did get some words in.

    He asked her if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine is where you say “screw the French” and invade other countries. But Gov. Palin didn’t want to put it in those words, so she put it in other ones. And if Israel bombs Iran? he asked. Hey, you stand by your freinds, she replied. I’m paraphrasing. But I do want the total lack of nuance to come through. I think the mullahs just ran for their prayer beads.

    Then there were a couple of those obligatory “so you got a direct line to God: what did he tell you the last time you had lunch together” type questions. I thought she handled them well. “Charlie, I don’t know what God has planned–”

    She just let it rip. I think a dozen members of our foreign policy establishment had strokes. This interview will cause more controversy than her hairdo. OK, maybe not more but certainly almost as much.

    Sep 11, 2008 - 7:01 pm

    I was afraid to watch, just chickened right out, but will watch the next ones.

  17. "We will send an ambassador when there is a new government in the United States, a government that respects the people of Latin America," he said.

    We gotcha covered, man.

    Your pal Bill Richardson as Special Envoy to the Americas, come January.

    I'm awaiting news of the stigmata, bob.

  18. It's the Russian version of the Monroe Doctrine, Mat.

    The original Monroe Doctrine doesn't seem to have much influence anymore in the New World.

  19. I think she's worth more than McCain, Obama and Biden combined. I'll let you know if I hear anything about stigmata. Far as I know though, her type of church doesn't seem to go into saints.

    I don't know if being a Catholic, or a saint, is a prerequisite for that sort of thing, though she might qualify, having been born into the Catholic Church.

    That was a great post about Amalek, Mat. Really enjoyed it.

  20. Those pics of McCain couldn't have surfaced at a much better time.
    Only a reptilicus would not see them sympathetically.
    ...and 'Rat, of course, but his exposure is not duplicated by many.

  21. All this time I thot it was Amtrack!
    Wondered what the Joos had against trains.
    Run em out on a Monorail.

  22. You got religion on the brain, al-Bob.
    That was just a nasty crack about her ovaries.

  23. That was a great post about Amalek, Mat. Really enjoyed it.

    Thanks, Bob. And I enjoyed your reference to Ash. :)

  24. You Will Like this, al-Bob

    Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few of us would wish for: a massive stroke. What she learned from it about the right and left brains seems relevant to all of us, and I'm passing it on here.

    Her experience also sounds loosely parallel to two experiences I have had, and it has echoes in my experience of making art and being affected by it.

    In my case, after a week at a meditation retreat, the death by suicide of a close friend, and two weeks with pneumonia, I had the sense Bolte describes, for about 45 minutes, of being one with the mass of particles and energy that make up the cosmos. It was as if everything looked like a pointillist painting, and so did I, though things still looked literally the same. Nevertheless, I felt in a continuum with the sand, the surf, the wind, the dogs running on the beach, the mist in the air, the sunlight. The sensation lasted until I'd had several brief encounters with people on the beach, and then I returned, mostly, to my more conventional view of reality. The other was my sense, during a near-death experience, of being bodiless and identityless and being utterly at peace in the threshhold between living and dying.

    What transcendent, "right brain" experiences have you had? I'd like to hear about them, either here or in the Art, Healing, and Transformation group.

  25. Sarah is great, but she needs to learn to be much firmer with these leftist tools. She should not have allowed hypothetical questions, and certainly should have been accommodating in answering them.

  26. ..should ^not have been accommodating..

  27. How did she do overall?

    ...I've never had an abortion either, can I run?

  28. I read about that lady just the other day, Doug, but where, where....

  29. Gibson has some patented gotchas that he can then use on Obama, since he had his celebrity tour to Europe, they both can proudly trumpet that he HAS met other heads of states.

  30. The stuff I just read looks a little weak, al-Bob:

    "You can see Russia from AK

    Palin, however, said: "I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. ... Regardless though of the reason for climate change, whether it's entirely, wholly caused by man's activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet - the warming and the cooling trends - regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it."


  31. Since when did training panhandlers to be organized and angry rise to the level of social service?

    Putting Lipstick On An Alinsky Pig

  32. Mr. Gibson, who sat back in his chair, impatiently wriggling his foot, had the skeptical, annoyed tone of a university president who agrees to interview the daughter of a trustee but doesn’t believe she merits admission.

    (well, at least we know he'll be even worse on O. my ass)

    When he asked her, slowly and solemnly to “look the country in the eye” and say whether she truly felt qualified to be vice president and possibly commander in chief, Mr. Gibson seemed to expect Ms. Palin to express at least a moment of humility and self-doubt. Ms. Palin said she had no doubts when asked to be Senator John McCain’s running mate. (“I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink. You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink.”) Mr. Gibson suggested that her brash, unwavering confidence sounded like “hubris.”

  33. Heheh,.. KGO's Radio Transmitter to be powered by Solar. :P

  34. But his attitude was at times supercilious:

    He asked if a nuclear Iran posed an “existential threat” to Israel, as if it were the land of Sartre, not Sabras.

  35. Barack Obama:

    "Our campaign from the beginning has been about changing government," he said, recalling some great accomplishments of American government: Civil rights legislation, the interstate highway system, and the National Park system.

    Obama would, he said, "transform Washington" and "make government cool again."

    Thomas Paine:

    "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

  36. Barry on Evil:

    Poor health care, poverty, child-abuse, insensitivity.

  37. Is it fair to ask a would-be vice president these questions? Sure. But I just don't recall seeing anyone quiz Barack Obama on the details of any particular set of policies early on (or later). And, for the record, it just looks condescending and inappropriate for one of the great minds of the national media to sit, notebook in hand, quizzing this younger woman, as someone said, as if she were a grad student. Just physically, in those chairs, him leaning back and her leaning in, costs her the appearance of power. This is not how we usually get to know Governors. Did anyone do this to Bill Clinton when he came from the hinterland? Jimmy Carter? (That might have been helpful...)

    Actually, the set up made the previously invariably likeable Charlie Gibson seem like a condescending jerk. Uh oh...there goes the brand.

  38. I'm prejudiced Doug. I admit.

    If Obama can calm the waves, Sarah can damn sure do something about the cycles of nature! She's just looking ahead!

    "I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change.

    This seems sensible enough, then she tacks on that cycle of nature stuff, and dong something about it.

    Even that, as a long term goal, according to Dr. Kaku, is a necessity, isn't irrational, just not in the next Presidential term.

    A Type 1, or is it 2, can control the environment. We're not there yet. But Palin looks ahead!

    Civilizaton Types--Dr Kaku

    Kaku Video About Types of Civilization

  39. Dr. Cuckoo.
    I'll stick w/al-Doug on Global Climate Change.

  40. Look at it this way. If we go into global cooling, we'll need Sarah Palin in the White House, which will be really white, covered with snow, to tell us how to deal with those cold winter nights, and not despair.

  41. Among the Paultards

    Even they are ashamed of their candidate's supporters.

  42. She looks great in fur in Vanity Fair, too!

  43. Steyn @ his best
    For some reason, I'd already read Kurtz's stupid piece.

  44. Is it fair to ask a would-be vice president these questions? Sure. But I just don't recall seeing anyone quiz Barack Obama on the details of any particular set of policies early on (or later). And, for the record, it just looks condescending and inappropriate for one of the great minds of the national media to sit, notebook in hand, quizzing this younger woman, as someone said, as if she were a grad student. Just physically, in those chairs, him leaning back and her leaning in, costs her the appearance of power. This is not how we usually get to know Governors. Did anyone do this to Bill Clinton when he came from the hinterland? Jimmy Carter? (That might have been helpful...)

    In Sarah's defense, she seems to be a fast learner. I think the next encounter with the Lib media will be handled better. Still, there are professionals that are responsible for these kind of matters, and whoever was handling this situation on Sarah's behalf should be replaced.

  45. KLo,

    My wife is fired up. She thinks Charlie Gibson's questioning was condescending and very unprofessional. He seem incredulous to her answers, took "Pray For" out of her quote and really looked down on her. She thought she did great and that she wants all of the candidates to be asked questions like this (hypothetical) in a condecending manner and see how they do.

    The McCain campaign had better take on the "Pray for" quote and say that those same words are said every Sunday in churches across nation. Every church prays that we are on the right side of "good" and we pray for all of our leaders that God gives them the wisdom and judgement to make good decisions.

    Charlie and the media hasn't just taken on Palin, he has taken on every woman who believe's in God, Prays and has children. Trust me, my wife is very fired up.

  46. The Obama organization and the fringe are using of all the dirty tricks he learned from his associates in the Daley machine and a few new ones of his own devising, such as:

    conservative talk radio attacks by

    flooding the station with hostile phone calls,

    attempting to intimidate donors to McCain's campaign,

    protesting to the Attorney General's office about anti-Obama ads,

    quasi-terrorist tactics for obstructing the Republican convention,

    using ACORN to clone existing voters, resurrect dead ones, and invent fictitious ones,

    paying out street money to "get out the vote" on election day,
    charges of racism when anyone (even William Safire) dares to criticize Obama,

    using 527 satellite groups to spread preposterous rumors, such as the ones about Palin's baby,

    Fabricating racial slurs supposedly uttered by Palin,
    setting up phony websites to smear McCain and Palin, and
    planting phony exchanges in question-answering websites.

    Moreover, I fear that worse is yet to come.

    Chotiners Law

  47. "Still, there are professionals that are responsible for these kind of matters, and whoever was handling this situation on Sarah's behalf should be replaced."

    Think how little time they had, tho, Mat.

    She's got an old Bush Pro.

  48. ...but I agree w/you about the setup.
    I was thinking of her time to learn.
    Setup sucked.

  49. She's got an old Bush Pro.

    McCain? :)

  50. Palin tries to defend qualifications in interview

    Headlines you won't see:

    Obama tries to defend his disturbing ties to criminals, terrorist, in interview.

    Biden tries to defend crazy ideas in interview.

    Associated Press tries to defend standards.

  51. Indeed. When Howie claims he's getting really really mad, I wonder if he realizes he sounds like Elmer Fudd warning Bugs Bunny "You're making me vewy vewy angwy" right after he's shot his own butt off.


  52. EVERYONE Knows What the Bush Doctrine Is .... [Andy McCarthy]

    Well, not exactly. A reader points out that Wikipedia thinks it means many things:

  53. I'm glad she's not going on Oprah.
    If Oprah had invited her, she'd probably have been almost compelled to go.

  54. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush?

  55. She woulda lost some intelligence appearing there, too.
    By Osmosis.

  56. There was a movie years ago that came around the theaters here--just 1 and 1/2 hours of Road Runner Cartoons. Kind of wore you down after a while, with laughter.

  57. I'm glad wifey wasn't here, I sounded like a 6 year old at the matinee.

  58. I've gotten a number of emails this evening asking where Michelle Obama was during today's 9/11 ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center. I have to say that the video of three people, John McCain, Cindy McCain, and Barack Obama, at the ceremony looked a little strange to me. I sent an email to Team Obama asking about Mrs. Obama's absence, and they told me she was at home in Chicago for their daughters' first week of school.

    Yeah, SURE!
    (Lie within a lie)

  59. You're right Mat:

    "She would have done well to have spoken about judgment and decision-making experience in response to Gibson’s queries about foreign policy experience and, as Joe Biden would have, to answer a good number of the questions she was asked with “that all depends on the circumstances.”

  60. She connects to middle-America not just in the guns-and-God way, but in the.... what's the word.... genuineness. She speaks in the way most people (especially those lacking a JD from some ivy-covered
    structure) really talk. No parsing, no equivocation, but also not giving away the store. You must be doing something right when the best the "elites" can do is criticize grammar or proffer loaded questions.

    The elitism and condescending attitude of the media is blaring through, and it doesn't go unnoticed in the new media culture. When does Obama get asked these same questions ? Can he do it without umm'ing and err'ing, turning what should be a 30 second answer into a
    3 minute snooze-fest ?

  61. Ha, Dr. Bill just said for him the most satisfying idea of the universe is cyclic, no end to it, but said in mathematical models you need another dimension to account for it.

    She also comes over as being at peace, and joyous, Doug.

  62. 'Figure in Rosenberg Case Admits Spying for Soviets'
    From the NYT:

    Ever since he was tried and convicted with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on espionage charges in 1951, Morton Sobell has maintained his innocence.
    Until now. In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Sobell, who served nearly 19 years in Alcatraz and other federal prisons, admitted for the first time that he had been a Soviet spy. And he implicated his fellow defendant, Julius Rosenberg, in a conspiracy that delivered to the Soviets vital classified military information and what the American government claimed was the secret to the atomic bomb.
    Rosenbergs guilty! What?! I know I'm as shocked as you are.

  63. Nice shot, Bob. I lived in Perth for 13 years. The evenings there are crystal clear. Pretty town. Great memories.

    Thank you.

  64. You're right Mat:


    It's Palin's show. The sooner she realizes it, the better. She doesn't need these fscks, but they desperately need her. It's a question of power and leverage. Sarah needs to learn this, and learn apply it. I believe the Pakis are waiting.

  65. Yeah, too bad John's smile is not quite so constant and genuine.
    ...but now we got those pics that 'splain everything.

  66. Had you already read Jonah, Mat?

    No. Readin now..

  67. Agree, Mat.
    She could make them more hated than they already are.

  68. Hey, I just saw the full 'pig' clip on O'Reilly last night. Before I only saw the sound bite. He was talking about McCain's policies.

    I know you all already know that. Just sayin'.

  69. Klo Scores!

    "She could have come out and said there were
    better qualified people and better choices as V.P. ... but I mean who would
    say something that damaging...oh wait never mind.

  70. Jonah Goldberg. The Heckle to me Jeckle. :)

  71. Yeah, Sam, but everybody laughed, cause EVERYBODY knows what she said a few days before.
    Only someone as dumb as Biden would miss that.

  72. ...and a STUPID thing O'Reilly said to Ingraham is he BELIEVES Obama may never have heard Wright at his worst, 'Cause Wright knew who he was and would not want to embarass him.

    HE WENT TO THE F..... CHURCH TWENTY YEARS AGO... AS IF WRIGHT was on best behavior for young Mr Barry Nobody?

    How dumb is that?
    The big guys are always looking for ways to excuse politicians and appear "fair."

  73. 96% of the people that work in this country must have cars to get to work, or work with.

    Palin, putting emphasis on energy as a national security matter, talks to these people. Obama, talking the democratic leadership line, is missing the bus.

    These people like it when they hear the Governor of Alaska saying drill, and everything else she says about energy. Obama's a fool.

  74. I don't think Palin was at her best but neither was Gibson at his.

    (Do we know if he's ever protested to Barack Obama about his a "blur of words"?)

  75. GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

    PALIN: No. Of course not. Seems to me that would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Russia.
    (Biden's Answer)

  76. Obama's a fool.

    So are those trying to negotiate the price of their oil addiction.

  77. Fucktard Marshall:

    a ten day crash course with Randy Scheunemann and the rest of John McCain's neocon brain trust that got booted from the Bush inner circle for being too nutty.

  78. UPDATE — Several readers note that Biden is also strongly in favor of Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO:

  79. UPDATE — Several readers note that Biden is also strongly in favor of Georgia and Ukraine joining NATO

    Just goes to show that I'm right again.

  80. They all say they are, doug.
    But the only one that would act on the matter is McCain.

    When one of the Europeans say no, the Dems will stop, Maverick will forge a "Special Relationship" with both countries.

    As he wanted to do in Kosovo, with the KLA. Those drug smuggling, white slaving Islamists.

    He'd rather start a war than lose one.

  81. PDF of the letter dealing with troopergate. Hat tip to a letter writer posted in Steyn-on-Line.
    PDF of the letter dealing with troopergate.

  82. Both Georgia and Ukraine were put up for NATO by US, it is a agreed to position for the Federals.

    The Dems do not want to appear "soft". But the will not push hard for membership.

  83. Hope we don't have any more Kosovos, or Iraqs fought the way Bush did it.

  84. Who are you now, 'Rat?
    (new pic)

  85. (new pic)

    Says: "Captain Blood"

  86. Dr. Bill made a statement that if all the folks in California used those piggy tailed light bulbs, instead of the incandescent, they could shut down four or five coal burning plants. Puts it in persepective.

    I do know I can clearly tell the difference in my electric bills.

  87. The Pirate, Henry Morgan,
    doug, at least to the Spanish.

    Raided the Spanish colonies

    Took Panama City, while it burned, with a motley crew of buccaneers.

    To the Brits, Sir Henry Morgan, privateer and deputy Governor of Jamaica.

  88. Also said it's been the US Senate, not the House, much less the Bush Administration, which has introduced bills each year for drilling and nuclear, that has screwed the pooch each year. Mostly Senate democrats beholden to Sierra Club types. Think California, Washington etc.

  89. :) One man's pirate is the other man's privateer.

  90. I'm getting tired of my trap truck driver, but don't know what to replace it with.

    Mat's the slowest chess player I've ever seen. Never makes a move.

  91. The only Nation he built was his own.

    Burned the cities in most of the others.

    at the end of June he was already off the great harbour of Puerto Bello on the northern coast of the Isthmus of Panama. In a daring attack he took the town, held its citizens to ransom and beat off 3,000 strong troops coming to the aid of the town from the city of Panama. Morgan and his men arrived back at Port Royal with 250,000 pieces of eight along other booty in the hulls of their ships. This amounted to an absolute fortune !


  92. Google 9-11 Logo

    Anonymous said,
    Google doesn't want to get on Keith Olbermann's crap list. So they ignore anything with any possible non-Progressive slant.

  93. Are any liquors named after Henry?

  94. al-Bob,
    "Conservatives" make such asses of themselves when they deny any benefit, and assert our right to waste as much as we want.

  95. As Simpson drove away, he paused to sign a T-shirt for some fans. It was emblazoned with the words, "Pray for O.J."

  96. Both Georgia and Ukraine were put up for NATO by US, it is a agreed to position for the Federals.

    The Dems do not want to appear "soft". But the will not push hard for membership.

    Fri Sep 12, 03:08:00 AM EDT

    It doesn't make any difference how hard we push. EU didn't want them before. EU *REALLY* doesn't want them now. We can't force them to do our bidding.

    Forging a "special relationship" with Georgia isn't nearly as bad an idea as that of kicking Russia out of the G8 - which is about as bad as they get.

  97. I think I heard this right, Bill said nuclear power over time taking everything into consideration was 2 cents a kilowatt hour, less than coal. Way less than natural gas.

  98. Neither Mat nor I believe that al-Bob.
    Waay outta line w/existing plants, even.

  99. Bill's losing credibility w/that one.

  100. Sounds kinder low to me too. If I heard it right.


  101. My grandmother’s passing on September 11, 2008, reinforces the most important lesson of 9-11…
    “Be on guard and be aware.”

    "How ironic that I would lose my maternal grandmother (92 years old) on the 7th anniversary of the attacks of September 11.
    My maternal grandmother, Rosalia Isaac, is the most heroic person I ever knew.

    My grandmother was one of the last Jewish people on earth who came face to face with Joseph Mengela, and lives to tell about it.

    In addition to surviving one of humanity’s most disgusting killing machines at Auschwitz, she also survived a Nazi death march and near starvation before being liberated from the Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp..."