“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, August 19, 2009

The Public Option Clarification. Who's on third?

More from the message a minute Obama Administration. If this is their A team, the O Team has a problem. Gibbs and Obama are beginning to make The Bush Administration look glib. Who is on third anyway?


  1. Semantics, spin, call it what you will. Now the Health Care Package is definately not Obama's. That is what the CNN man was getting to.

    The Daschle plan IS working.

    He traded away the Public Option, for Co-Operatives. The end result will now be passage, of a bi-partisan program.
    Or the GOPers are portrayed as unable to declare victory, ever.

    Confusion is the coin of the realm

  2. "Magic Batteries"

    Hissing iPhone Explodes Sending Glass Splinter Into Eye of French Teen.

    US technology giant Apple has assured the EU that recent cases of exploding iPhones and iPods are "isolated incidents", a European Commission spokeswoman said Tuesday.
    Brussels last week asked Apple to explain the phenomenon after a French teenager's claim that an Apple iPhone shattered in his face and a case in Britain of an exploding iPod portable music player.

    "Apple has come back to us this morning. They consider that these are isolated incidents," said commission spokeswoman Helen Kearns.

    "They don't consider that there's a general problem," and are seeking

    The cause of the trouble appears to be overheated lithium ion batteries, according to the Seattle-based KIRO television station's review of the paperwork

  3. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.
    Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

    "His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest," Orozco said.

    Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations, ...

  4. While in CA, the GOP is about to field a candidate for the Senate seat of Ms Boxer, who never bothered to vote, before becoming a "contender".

    ... considering that Fiorina, 54, who has a spotty voting California voting record, never cast a ballot in two other states where she lived previously, according to public records.

    Officials in Morris County, N.J., said records show she registered to vote there in 1997 but did not vote in a single election and was dropped from the voter rolls in 2005 as inactive.

    Before that, Fiorina lived in Montgomery County, Md., where the registrar's office said they reviewed state databases and found no listing of Fiorina's voter registration

    Read more:

  5. August 18, 2009
    Oliver Stone revealing 'Secret History of America

    History is written by the winners.

    Who is telling the counter narrative?

    How many will hear that tale told, compared to Ollie's?

  6. BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Bombings rocked Baghdad killing 75 people and wounding 310 others, making Wednesday one of the deadliest days since the US handed over security of the country to Iraqis.

  7. RCP Average 8/3 - 8/17 --
    President Obama
    Approve = 52.0%
    Disapprove = 41.4%
    Spread = +10.6%

  8. The Associated Press -
    SEOUL, South Korea - Space officials aborted South Korea's first rocket launch just minutes before liftoff Wednesday. The scheduled launch, just months after North Korea was widely criticized for firing its own rocket in defiance of the United Nations, ..

  9. The NYTimes quites the Thunder, or is he the Lightning?

    Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.

    Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said the heated opposition was evidence that Republicans had made a political calculation to draw a line against any health care changes, the latest in a string of major administration proposals that Republicans have opposed.

    “The Republican leadership,” Mr. Emanuel said, “has made a strategic decision that defeating President Obama’s health care proposal is more important for their political goals than solving the health insurance problems that Americans face every day.”

  10. The cause of the trouble appears to be overheated lithium ion batteries...

    Not a problem. Just add a radiator, water pump, and auxillary power plant, like the Volt solution.