“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, October 22, 2008

I wonder how Obama came so far? Lest we forget.

ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK AIR — Sen. John McCain on Wednesday blasted President Bush for building a mountain of debt for future generations, failing to pay for expanding Medicare and abusing executive powers, leveling his strongest criticism to date of an administration whose unpopularity may be dragging the Republican Party to the brink of a massive electoral defeat.

"We just let things get completely out of hand," he said of his own party's rule in the past eight years.

In an interview with The Washington Times, Mr. McCain lashed out at a litany of Bush policies and issues that he said he would have handled differently as president, days after a poll showed that he began making up ground on Sen. Barack Obama since he emphatically sought to distance himself from Mr. Bush in the final debate.
more Washington Times


  1. Islam brings hope and comfort...

  2. This year we will hear Michelle talking about going to Camp Kwansa to celebrate.

  3. "Bauer addresses his complaints to both Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Connecticut U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy. Why Dannehy? Because, according to Bauer, she is the “Special Prosecutor” appointed by Mukasey to investigate whether crimes were committed in connection with President Bush’s firing of nine U.S. attorneys. “The appointment of a Special Prosecutor was necessary,” Obama’s legal beagle opines, “because the Department’s leadership was the focus of the investigation and unable to credibly undertake an independent, professional and credible inquiry.”

    Wrong. Glenn Fine, the DOJ inspector-general appointed by President Clinton and retained by President Bush (since keeping George Tenet on at CIA was apparently not enough), issued a Democrat-pleasing report calling for an investigation of the already mega-investigated U.S. attorney firings — notwithstanding that the president’s termination of executive branch appointees is not a crime. Mukasey responded by selecting Dannehy to lead the probe. But Dannehy is not a “Special Prosecutor.”


    - Andy McCarthy

  4. All Blogs will have to be bilingual:
    Spanish and Ebonics.

  5. What a bunch of shit.

    I've had it with it.

    I'll go grouse hunting.

  6. I wonder what Bush senior thinks when he looks at the train wreck W leaves behind.

  7. Bob gets to do all the fun things, grouse and pheasant hunting, drinking coffee in the casino, looking at the chicks in the park and opining about the chicks in the field, sprouting late.

  8. or ripening late was it? must have been ripening.

  9. really could anyone have made this video up?

  10. On the morning of Oct. 20, as humanitarian aid worker Gayle Williams walked to work in Kabul, Afghanistan, two men on a motorcycle approached and shot her multiple times before speeding off. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the assassination of the 34-year-old British citizen from South Africa.


    A similar campaign by jihadist militants designed to force humanitarian workers out of a country has been under way for the past few years in Somalia. Chaos has reigned in Somalia since the late 1970s, becoming a full-blown humanitarian crisis and civil war in the early 1990s.


    Of course, the decision to target humanitarian aid workers significantly impacts the people deprived of the aid such organizations offer, including programs to provide food, water and medical care.

    Targeting of Humanitarian Aid Workers

  11. By Larry's immortal words:
    Colin Powell: A House Negro No More!

    Former Uncle Tom, House Negro, and unrepentant war criminal, Colin Powell, gave his coveted endorsement to Barack Obama last weekend, hailing our future President as a "transformational figure".

    Transformational, indeed! Saturday night, Powell was a still just a lapdog of the Bush Junta, a lying liar who lied about WMD's in Iraq, and had blood on his hands for the millions of innocent Iraqis that Bush murdered so he could steal their oil. But on Monday morning, Powell crawled out of his bed a "man of courage", a "true patriot", and a "great American". That's quite a transformation. And all he had to do to cleanse himself of his past sins was declare his unconditional love for Obama.

    When it comes right down to it, blind devotion is all Obama really asks of any of us. In return, he annointest us with hope, change, and free health care until our cup runneth over. Even DicKKK Halliburton Cheney, Rummy RumselKKKd, and KKKarl Rove can be absolved of their crimes - and cured of various maladies ranging from male-pattern baldness to racism - if they simply drop to their knees and declare fealty to our future President, Barack Obama. And he will be our president, as long as the superstitious, bible-clinging evangelical nutjobs of the GOP don't get in his way.

  12. Clark, prior to leaving for another campaign stop, skirted a question about rumors of Obama potentially asking him to serve as U.S. secretary of defense, should the Democrat win on Nov. 4.

    “Any time a president would ask you to do something, to serve, you have to seriously consider it,” Clark said. “That’s what Colin Powell said, and I think that’s the right answer.

    But I’m out here because, for me, this is the public service. It’s going out and helping Americans make the right decision on who should be the next president.”

    Stumping for Obama

  13. They came, they saw, then left the Afghan war without a single mission

    GERMANY has admitted its Special Forces have spent three years in Afghanistan without doing a single mission, and are now going to be withdrawn.

    More than 100 soldiers from the elite Kommando Spezialkrafte regiment, or KSK, are set to leave the war-torn country after their foreign minister revealed they had never left their bases on an operation.

    The KSK troops were originally sent to Afghanistan to lead counter-terrorist operations...


    via American Digest

  14. There’s a further point to be made about Baader-Meinhof. From Seattle, Richard Huffman runs a comprehensive website,, which details the group’s history and sells posters of the era, as well as a bumper sticker displayed by long-haired young Germans of the time who didn’t want to be pulled over by the police.

    “I do not belong to the Baader-Meinhof Group,” it says. Huffman, 40, was drawn into this because his father was the head of the US army’s bomb-disposal unit in Berlin in the early 1970s, and involved with defusing RAF bombs.

    He is writing a book called The Baader-Meinhof Gang at the Dawn of Terror.

    1st Modern Terrorists?