“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."

Friday, January 09, 2009

Family Honor, Islamic of Course.

Another honorable outcome

Just another day in the life of the most honorable and peaceful of all religions. Another day in paradise on the most perfect of all worlds at the beneficence of the most holy one.

Family of Afghan rape victim cut her open and removed foetus without anaesthetic

The mother and brother of a 14-year-old Afghan rape victim face charges after they cut her open and removed her foetus without anaesthetic, it has been reported.

By Ben Farmer in Kabul TTelegraph
Last Updated: 8:49PM GMT 08 Jan 2009

The girl is critically ill in hospital after her family sewn the girl up themselves and said she had been bitten by a dog to cover their crime.

A man accused of raping the girl, from the central Afghan province of Bamiyan, is under arrest.

The rural family apparently decided to perform an abortion when the girl was five months pregnant to protect the family's honour.

Rape victims face extreme social stigma, imprisonment and abandonment or murder by their own families in Afghanistan.

Dr Ghulam Mohammad Nader, head of Bamiyan hospital, told the BBC that the girl had been able to explain what had happened but was in a critical condition with infected wounds. She is now being treated in the capital Kabul.

"The girl stayed at home for three or four days in her condition until her father took her to hospital," he said.
"He said a dog had bitten her so that people in the area wouldn't know what had really happened."

Habiba Sarabi, governor of the province, said the girl had been bound and taken to a stables for the abortion. Police are now trying to arrest her family.


  1. Just so happens there's a poem over at American Thinker today---

    Regarding chidren (a poem)

    Mimi Evans Winship

    Some children are cherished,
    Some used as shields.
    These are the realities
    Fanaticism yields.

    Do we blame the defenders
    Who fight for their young
    And champion the militants
    Who safeguard no one?

    Let reason prevail
    Put emotions aside.
    In whom do the hopes
    Of the children reside?

  2. Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition
    By Nathaniel C. Fick, John A. Nagl

    Page 1 of 4
    January/February 2009
    Two years ago, a controversial military manual rewrote U.S. strategy in Iraq. Now, the doctrine’s simple, powerful—even radical—tenets must be applied to the far different and neglected conflict in Afghanistan. Plus, David Petraeus talks to FP about how to win a losing war.

    Read it all.

  3. Unqualified Offerings:

    January 9, 2009
    The Penny Drops

    So we’re told that Mary [Tyler Moore] "can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile." But that’s not at all the same thing necessarily as taking a nothing day and suddenly making it really be worthwhile.

    I can’t believe it took me so long to realize this.

    (Mark my word, historians will take the view that the Seventies in their entirety had but one redeeming feature: The CBS Saturday night lineup. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show." Everything else was pretty much in the shitter until February 22, 1980.)

  4. (That's when we all started wearing Blackwatch kilts and carrying reversible Bermuda bags and misappropriating Bruce Springsteen. The end of the Cold War shortly followed. Strategists, take note.)

  5. I can go with you as far as "The Bob Newhart Show", i struggle with the others....I've never worn a kilt, though I'm coming to see the utility of them.

    Henry Waxman, D- Hollywood (love that last name for a Congressman) is of the opinion we are not spending enough. We need to do more, lest we repeat the error of Roosevelt, and not spend enough. We need to open the floodgates of spending. That was Roosevelt's big mistake, not spending enough, to drag them out of the depression then. We can't recommit this mistake.

    I suppose if we don't take this spending as far as Waxman wants it will take another world war to fix things up:(

  6. Waxman won some poll for the ugliest son of a bitch in Congress, he needs a Hollywood makeover. They could get him looking like John Edwards, it's a tragedy they don't. But now I'm sounding like MLD, going personal.

  7. Upcoming movies after Congress bails out and takes over the pron industry---

    Dirk Diggler lectures barely legal teens about the dangers of second-hand smoke

    Takin' it in the earmark

    Senate Intelligence Committee Girls Gone Wild!

    Larry Craig in ‘Stalled Negotiations'

    DILFs on RILFs!

    Orgy in the Pub(l)ic Trough

    The secret in Barney Frank's apartment

    Phil, A-Buster

    Tammy Taxpayer Gets Uncle Sam's Stimulus Package

    The Ponzi Ream

    The Minority Whip


  8. We need to open the floodgates of spending.

    Put the flood gate lever in mat's hands. A renewable energy museum for every hamlet across the nation, not just in Alabama, towers of power on every idle acre, leave no road unplumbed.

  9. AllEnergy09

    Lists lots of articles about everything about energy.

  10. Bob, your article was written in Nov of 07', about something that happened in 1996.

    What made you think that was "newsworthy?"

  11. The 'time sense' is the first to go, Rufus:)

    I post a lot of junk, I admit.


  12. G'nite, Bob. Me too. :)

  13. Damn, fellas, the day is just starting. Don't be rollin' up the sidewalks, now.

  14. I mean really, don't we want to discuss Dick Cheney giving credence to Obama's usurption of the Oval Office, as bob claims?

    I mean, Dick Cheney says his election is in accordance with the Constitution and the Laws of the United States.

    Vice President Dick Cheney, performing one of his last duties as president of the Senate, opened the event by sonorously intoning that the session was being conducted pursuant to the Constitution and the laws of the United States. After the ballots arrived, carried in a wooden box, two appointed tellers read the results from each state.

    While there have been oddities in the past that shifted the total, the final result this time was the same as derived in the public voting on Nov. 4: 365 electoral votes for the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama of Illinois and Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware and 173 for John McCain of Arizona and Sarah Palin of Alaska, their Republican opponents. With the results formally entered in the journals of the House and the Senate, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden are now cleared to be sworn in on Jan. 20.

    The House and Senate not even concerned about bobal's primary blogging topic.

    The "Globe" reports that Bush is boozing again. The "Globe", the only paper at Walmart that carried the Obama birth story on the cover. That must mean it is a reputable reportage source. I mean, it is sold at Walmart after all.

  15. Put the flood gate lever in mat's hands.

    Just as I thought I was out they pull me back in. :)

    I did the accounting and it's clear that going green is the cheapest and most cost effective way to go. :)

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