“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, June 13, 2009

Iran election results; Riots in street.

The final results of Iran's closely-contested 10th presidential election indicate that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has won a landslide victory.

"Of 39,165,191 votes counted (85 percent), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the election with 24,527,516 (62.63 percent)," Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli told reporters on Saturday.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi came in second with 13,216,411 votes (33.75 percent), he added.

The two were followed by Mohsen Rezaei with 678,240 votes (1.73 percent) and Mehdi Karroubi with 333,635 votes (0.85 percent), the minister said.

He put the void ballots at 409,389 (1.04 percent).

Over 46 million Iranians aged 18 and older were eligible to vote in Friday's presidential election.

Source: Press TV


  1. I offer to take in those two babes at 0:34, last thread, on my own dime, even though they aren't the most beautiful Sioux in the world, I offer to take them in as refugees, here in my home, in Idaho, on my own dime.

  2. Prostitution is rampant in Tehran, bob.

  3. Last Thread
    al-Bob did't have the decency to link.
    Whataya expect from a Muslim Clodhopper?

  4. (actually for linear's convenience)

  5. 93. fonman:

    RWE @34: My uncle Seamus bounced back and forth between the US and Ireland for most of his life. When my brother Kevin was about 10, Seamus told him what it was like driving in the Irish countryside, on lanes barely wider than a car, occluded on both sides by “ditches”, acutally tall berms covered with thick vegetation. Seamus confided that while driving at night and approaching an intersection, most drivers would momentarily turn off their headlights, the better to see the headlights of an intersecting vehicle. Kevin asked “What if the other guy turns his lights off at the same time?”. Uncle Seamus’ reply was “That’s why we go to Mass every Sunday.”

  6. 94. DougRek:

    Standing on the roof, behind the parapet, of my villa in Saigon during the Tet offensive in 1968, the bullets made a zinging sound. Not many, but a few every hour, throughout the afternoon. The next day I made it from the city to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, where the bullets changed to 122 millimeter rockets — one hitting a metal conex shipping container about 50 feet away from the morning chow hall. I was in line to eat. When the rockets began flying, I had the option of heading for the conex, which was protected by layers of sand bags, or just standing in line on that warm, moon-lit night. I stayed in line. The rocket hit an unprotected section of the conex and detonated inside it. During the course of my military career, I came under fire in many venues — no holes so far — and that is not due to anything I have done or not done. He has kept me here for whatever purposes . . . .

  7. You'd have to scroll a little further up screen, doug, to find where trish originally used the oncology lab line.

    Maybe it was just a vaginal itch she was suffering from @ Sat Jun 13, 01:47:00 PM EDT.

    Maybe not.

  8. One has to realize that when a person or corporation buys or swaps for Federal land, now. It is ripe with corruption and fraud.

    Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona has been indicted on charges of using his office to enrich himself, federal ... Arizona Congressman Indicted in Land Swap ...

    Another Republican ...

    So, much like the banking or equity brokerage business, there would need to be regulation of the post sale land use, but to say that the buyers would not value the land flies in the face of bobal's family saga.

    A procedure where the land was gifted to the clan bobal, under the Homestead Act, by the Federal Government. A 19th century welfare program and economic stimulous combined with an immigrant inticement package.

    The clan bobal has valued and utilized that free land ever since the Deed was granted. Paying State and Local property taxes all the while.

    The Federals do not pay State or Local property taxes on their holdings.

    My rich friends would utilize the properties, to their highest and best use, within the guidelines that would be part and parcel of the sales. They would pay property taxes to the State and local governments.
    Just as there were the property improvement requirements and property taxes demanded of those folks that claimed Homestead acreage, for free.

  9. Aha!
    You don't know what itch is,
    til you've experienced
    Cipro Rash on Sunburned Skin.
    5 days to go.

  10. Sheridan wasn't even in the same league as Shell, and the Koch Boyz.

    When kept abreast of the thefts from the tank of the dirt-poor Indian, Koch would giggle with glee.

  11. That's not madness, doug, it's steady as she goes.

    Same after Hungary, the Praugue Spring & Tinneman Square.

    Why feign surprise, when it happens in Iran?

  12. And there we are back to the Homestead Act, a 19th century welfare program, as the fellow from Phoenix calls it, picking away at that boil.

    I give up. It isn't worth talking with Rat.

    Actually, how those fellows survived the first few years I don't really know, but there weren't any checks arriving in the mail, back then.

    But, they were able to get a grip, create a town, then a University, become a state and be part of our life together.

    We now have, for instance, the University of Idaho Forestries Department, where Rat, or anyone else, can send their kids to school, if they wish. And many another opportunity, too.

  13. A Law School too, they created. A brand new idea, where there are some rules, applied to everyone, and not stone versus stick. And grand dad was somewhat proud, I assume, when dad graduated from it, about 1930, successfully passing the course, a class of six I think he told me, though they had a big argument, grand dad wanting him, the only available male, to continue the farming, and papa wanting to go another way.

    In Rats mind I am supposed to be ashamed of this. But I decline.

  14. I think if folks actually came up this way, and spent some summers acamping and ahiking in our national forests, they would come to my conclusion, and practically everyone else's too, that they are a national treasure, to be kept for future folk.

  15. We have failed however, up to this point, to create a medical school here, a bad mark on our record, which we should correct as fast as possible. Boise is big enough to handle it now.

  16. If you take my family's saga back even further, Rat, back to Virginia, on mothers side, before the Declaration of Independence, you can pick at some boils there too, I am sure.

    A whole new playground for you to pick around in.

  17. And you could follow them to Tennessee, where they got wiped out by the civil war, and Kansas, where they failed afarming, and finally on to Bellingham, Washington, thence down to Seattle, and, finally, here, apicking at your boils--because they are actually your own boils, not mine, that you are apicking at-- all the way.

    Thank God I not a Jew, you'd be apicking at me for that too.

  18. Rural Mich. counties turn failing roads to gravel

    June 12, 2009 - 4:43 PM

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some Michigan counties have turned a few once-paved rural roads back to gravel to save money.

    More than 20 of the state's 83 counties have reverted deteriorating paved roads to gravel in the last few years, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. The counties are struggling with their budgets because tax revenues have declined in the lingering recession.

    Montcalm County converted nearly 10 miles of primary road to gravel this spring.

    The county estimates it takes about $10,000 to grind up a mile of pavement and put down gravel. It takes more than $100,000 to repave a mile of road.

    Reverting to gravel has happened in a few other states but it is most typical in Michigan. At least 50 miles have been reverted in the state in the past three years.

    Not a bad idea in my view. Out here, with the snow and the sleet, one is better off with gravel, on those slick winter days.

  19. According to the famously-eyebrowed Daniel Pipes, 'tis better if Amadinejad stays in office.

    There you have it.

  20. Or, we can unpack a little Wretchard:


    it is not about whether Mousavi is better than Ahmadinejad. The vote is bizarrely enough, a referendum on the legitimacy of the regime. Michael Ledeen notes that Ahmadinejad’s opponent, Mir Houssein Mousavi, is no democrat. His qualification for popularity is tsimply hat he is not Ahmadinajad. Some of the emotion we are witnessing now can only be understood as a protest against the status quo. Whether Ahmadinajad or Mousavi won isn’t the central fact. The central fact is that the Ayatollahs remain in power by fraud and coercion.


    Shorter Wretched: It doesn't really matter who is (re)elected. Iran is still Iran.

    But wait! It does! It really does!

    As my daughter was once fond of saying: WHAT. EVER.

  21. I renew my offer to take in the Ladies of 0:34, previous post.

    On my own dime, and I promise to treat them right.

    My home will be open to inspection by anybody that wants.

  22. As my daughter was once fond of saying: WHAT. EVER--

    And I'm glad you daughter has worked that out of her system.

    Never could stand that phrase, myself.

  23. We need to pluck up our sayings, and get back to basics, for instance, something like this--

    Thou puking dread-bolted canker-blossom! --


    Thou errant idle-headed hugger-mugger!--


    Thou dissembling boil-brained scut!--

    This is the use of language as it should be used.

  24. I take Desert Rat, for instance, to be a --

    spleeny swag-bellied ratsbane!--

    a gorbellied common-kissing maggot-pie!--

    who has nothing in his mind, and is

    not noble;
    For all th'accommodations that thou bear'st are nurs'd by baseness.

    But, being polite, I wouldn't tell him any of this.

  25. Not a bad idea in my view. Out here, with the snow and the sleet, one is better off with gravel, on those slick winter days.

    Have to agree with ya, bob. I'd take it further, though. Are we sposed to weep for the folk in those poor Michigan counties as I get the impression. There're still many, many counties in Nebraska where the folks are glad to finally have gravel. I imagine Idaho's not much different.

    Fuck the whiners.

  26. Is there a new side effect associated with the use of Cipro, perhaps hitherto unsuspected by the FDA?

    A behavioral syndrome that gives a fellow a perverted sense of humor, and leads him to act for all the world like a dirty old man in the advanced stages of venereal disease?

    Oh, the humanity! The horror!

    Get well soon, Doug.

    We all love you, and feel your pain.

  27. Good find, bob.

    I used to have a link to one of them insult generators, but the one I used went south.

  28. Out this way, I know the budget for roads is getting slim now, what with the downturn in tax revenues, and property taxes.

    Uncle Idaho is feeling some heat.

    On my little 160 acres there is a road, grandpa let through, for the farmers at the time.

    I would like to close this off.

    It's just a dirt trail.

    I have visited with a local lawyer, and he says, I've got a tough problem.

    But, I have researched the case law, and the case law says, if the county doesn't "maintain" the road for two years, they have abandoned it.

    So, I am watching this very carefully.

    They must doze it this year, if I'm reading the case law correctly.

    I don't think they are going to do it, they would have done so already.

    I want to close if off, as it is just used for beer drinking, and killing deer out of season.

    We'll see. I am not sure where I stand, yet.

  29. I do have some neighborly support on this project.

    I am up against the Latah County Road group.

    Outcome: uncertain at this point.

  30. I want to close if off, as it is just used for beer drinking, and killing deer out of season.

    You say that as if twer a bad use of the access, bob.

    You may be luckier than some in California. Here the right-of-way, once established, becomes prescriptive use. The owner has to close the road, and maintain the closure a given period. Any objections, in this case by the beer drinkers or moonlight target shooters, are then brought before a magistrate of some kind, and the fate of the road is determined. At least that's my understanding.

    It happened recently on a spur off our access lane. I wanted closed, but it wasn't in my power. The owner wanted it closed, but some old fella out on the tip of the ridge claimed it was his favorite jeep trail in all the world. My suspicions were he had development aspirations, and saw that alignment as mitigation to the traffic hassels he'd otherwise incur.

    Good luck.

  31. bobal, my friend, you brought up a series of thought provoking observations earlier including, among other things, our great debt to our literary heritage. How right you are!

    Recently, in juxtaposing pantheism and monotheism during debate with my undergraduate son, I found myself searching for just that "right" turn of phrase to carry my point. It came from the giant among Christian apologists, G. K. Chesterton (Yeah, I know: What's a good Jewish boy doing reading that stuff? There is something to be said for eclecticism.) To the point, it is attributed to Chesterton: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything."

    What does all art, be it literature, graphic, musical etc, have in common? Could it be a childish sense of self-awareness; that part of us all, "created in the image of God"? And does not self-awareness lead us to "conscience"?

    Sadly, some men are not truly self-aware; instead, they are self-absorbed. Self-absorption is the precursor to idolatry, including that which would sacrifice the good on the alter of the perfect.

    …just some ramblings from a man who spent last evening in Atlanta enjoying “Jersey Boys” at the Fox Theater and did not get home to bed until the wee-hours…