“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."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

China makes and takes.


  1. 44. luddy barsen:

    doug, we have one last chance, and that’s for all of us to act as though we’re not down to one last chance.

  2. Although debate continues to rage on cause of death, it can be reported, conclusively, that both Mozart and Jackson are, in fact, dead.

    The extent of the involvement of organ harvesting rabbits will probably remain shrouded in mystery.

    Strep throat may have killed Mozart: study

  3. otoh, Only Jackson potentially lives on in a freezer.

  4. Did Obama Try Too Much, Too Soon Well, Duh - Coop's Corner - CBS News

    "All the strained comparisons of Obama to Franklin Roosevelt were a tipoff that many were talking themselves into the idea that the 2008 election created an opportunity for a substantial, leftward shift in policy. Yet the election of 2008 was not like the 1932 contest. It wasn't like 1952, 1956, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, or even 1988, either. Obama's election was narrower than all of these. FDR won 42 of 48 states. Eisenhower won 39, then 41. Johnson won 44 of 50. Nixon won 49. Reagan won 44, then 49. George H.W. Bush won 40. Obama won 28, three fewer than George W. Bush in his narrow 2004 reelection."

    You can't argue with the numbers.

  5. Re: You can't argue with the numbers.

    Well, of course you can!

    "There are three sorts of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."___Disraeli

    There is no evidence pointing to Disraeli having one of Mozart's kidneys; but a cover up at the highest level is not out of the question. Inquiring minds want to know.

  6. Chuck wrote:

    "In Israel, Palestinians are routinely murdered and their body parts "harvested". Under the guise of rescuing orphans, children are kidnapped around the world to be dissected for body parts. The remains are cremated to destroy evidence".

    What balderdash! You have got to be kidding: They are most certainly not cremated.

    If you want to know what happens to all those tidbits, consider General Tso's chicken.

    No self-respecting Jew would pass up the opportunity to make a quick buck or get a discount on his laundry bill.

  7. See, I told you it was all about timing and today must have been my lucky day.