“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, August 22, 2009

Ramadan Kareem from B. Hussein Obamadan

"May God's peace be upon you."

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  1. Barack H Obama, sounds more like GW Bush with every passing day.

    Must be part of the job, aye.

  2. Eid Mubarak!

    Well, Mr Bush said the same things at the Mosque, in Washington DC, but not as well articulated or said with the air of self-confidence that Obama exudes.

  3. Mutual respect?

    Ok, so when do christians, jews and pagans get a seat at the table of any muslim nation's property rights or leadership?

  4. We do not judge ourselves by the actions of others, wi"o".

    The US is not searching for equivalencies, but leading by example. Doing what is right, regardless of the actions or behaviours of other countries in the whirled.
    From Ireland to Iran. Israel to Libya, we have no eternal enemies.

    That is why we are the shining city on the hill.

    And the others are not.

  5. As to mutual respect, the Islamic nations respect US money and our Glocks.

    But as ash noted just yesterday some US citizens are denied entrance to Israel. Exemplifying the mutual fear of the 'other', throughout that region. Fear that leads to disrespect of the innocents.

    The US looks beyond petty grievences, like assualt, bombings and murder, to the greater good of humanity.

    Or the leaders of Israel, the authors of the King David Hotel terrorist attack, could never have been recongnized as the Peacemakers they came to be.

  6. AFP - ‎32 minutes ago‎
    RIYADH - Muslims entered the fasting and feasting month of Ramadan on Saturday with swine flu and the economic downturn adding to the security fears that plague several Islamic countries in dampening the mood

    The threat from the A(H1N1) virus prompted a string of governments to bar their citizens from making the pilgrimage to the holy places in Saudi Arabia traditionally made by many Muslims during Ramadan

  7. According to the National Association of Realtors, (NAR) 5.24 million homes were sold last month. That is a steep rise compared to the 4.89 million sold in June and the 4.99 million sold in July 2008.

    Lawrence Yun, the association's chief economist stated, “The housing market has decisively turned for the better. A combination of first-time buyers taking advantage of the housing stimulus tax credit, and greatly improved affordability conditions are contributing to higher sales.”

    Although nearly 30 percent of the homes sold in July were distressed properties, which drive prices down, the percentage for short sales and foreclosures was lower than the previous months

    Home sales jump by more than 7% in July

  8. "Although nearly 30 percent of the homes sold in July were distressed properties, which drive prices down, the percentage for short sales and foreclosures was lower than the previous months."

    This is a specious statistic as the prices for home of equal sizes and location is set by the lowest active pricing.

    Look at the dat and price range in California:

    Stanislaus County's median home sales price rose $1,000 in July to $140,000, continuing the upward trend that started in May.
    After 3 1/2 years of crashing real estate prices, the gentle climb is sorely welcome. Stanislaus' home prices peaked in December 2005 at $396,000, then dropped steadily to $133,000 by April 2009.

    MDA DataQuick's statistics, released today, showed 889 homes sold in Stanislaus last month, which was about the same as during May and June.
    Merced County isn't faring as well. Its home prices dropped in July, down $2,500 to a median $107,500. That's still higher than in May when Merced prices hit bottom at $105,000, but that county's housing market doesn't seem to be recovering as quickly as others in California. Its home sales volume slumped in July, with just 369 homes selling. During June, by contrast, 576 Merced homes sold.
    Sales continued to soar in San Joaquin County last month, with 1,212 homes selling for a median $165,000. That was $13,000 more than homes sold for in May and June.