“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, September 19, 2009

Sometimes you just get lucky.


  1. I guess it's not my lucky day.

  2. I would have thot the F Word was a breach of the ROE by now.
    Probly an oversight.

  3. "That coulda killed the *truck in front of us.*"
    --- being almost as close as it was.
    But we'll talk about *that* truck!

  4. Two Kassam rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel overnight Saturday, Israel Radio reported.

    The rockets exploded in open areas in the western Negev. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

    In response to the attack, The UN has released a statement condemning Israel for not having Israeli settlers under the rockets. The UN further stated that Israel's refusal to place it's citizens in the direct line of fire was wasting the Palestinians scare resources and has decided to charge Israel with war crimes.

  5. Them folks won't stop at nothin when it comes to exploiting innocent Palis.

  6. Happy New Year 5770, this marks the 3,267th year of Jewish "occupation" of the land of Israel....

    Nations across the globe condemned Israel for stealing the Canaanites land and decided to allow a new nation to be seated in the UN, the Canaanites.

    Additional new nations are forming representation in the UN, these include the Aztecs, Assyrians & the Druids, all are seeking the end of "occupation" of their lands.

    In a related story the UN has rejected the Kurds, Berbers and Druze's petitions for national identity

  7. I'd seen that 1 wing landing.
    ...knife edge, plops to a stop!
    Every other pilot would be saying their prayers.
    Life could never be the same.

  8. I did see that man of "misdirection" has to make up 'stories' because reality does not fit his meme.

    How sad, for him, that his flights of fantasy cannot even be extrapolated from the real news.

    Jon Stewert provides better, more factual commentary

  9. Wife confirms there are wild horses on Carolina Seashore:
    As a kid she read a story about a girl and her pony there.

    ...shoulda realized Coastal Carolina would be heaven for a horse compared to
    'Rat's Mustang No Man's Lands.


    “We know we still have a lot to do, in conjunction with nations around the world, to strengthen the rules governing financial markets and ensure that we never again find ourselves in the precarious situation we found ourselves in just one year ago,” Obama said.
    If they'd given those trillions to the people instead of their crook friends getting billions in bonuses, the problem would have been solved:
    The Crooks would be out of business, we'd be out of the recession/depression.

  11. I mean the plane hitting the cow.

  12. desert rat said...
    I did see that man of "misdirection" has to make up 'stories' because reality does not fit his meme.

    Ah rat turds in the morning! Happy New Year from the people who dont exist, according to you!

    Ever hear the saying " if you have nothing nice to say shut the fuck up?"


    Well now you have...

  13. Well, "misdirection" that would have been good advise to heed, yourself.

    Before knowingly posting both false and invalid stories on a thread.

    It was not even funny.
    If was fraudulent and hateful.

    Divorced from reality.

  14. Replaced news updates with flights of imagination

    murray should be pleased

  15. "One thing about us black folks; our gut feelings are always true to us, and I bet every one of you -black folks-reading this get that gut feeling when you are around folks on the right. You know the one. The one that says that this person is not comfortable in this space. It's why I wonder how black conservatives survive in that environment. Don't they get the gut check?
    Or do they get it and ignore it?
    I was going to ask my man but he was getting the check, so I wanted to be nice.
    On the contrary, Starling notices that people immediately become comfortable with him as soon as they learn of his conservative views.
    Same for Justice Thomas, far as I can tell, Ward Connerly, Sowell, etc.

  16. Obama Foreign Policy Advisor Calls For US to Shoot Down Israeli Jets
    Last year Zbigniew Brzezinski, adviser to former US president Jimmy Carter, described the Bush administration's policy of maintaining the option of military action against Iran as "counterproductive."Now Brzezinski, who advises Obama on foreign policy, is calling for the US to shoot down Israeli jets.Brzezinski is known to be anti-Israel.

    The Weekly Standard Blog reported:
    In a little noticed interview with the Daily Beast (presumably little noticed because serious people don't read the Daily Beast), Zbigniew Brzezinski suggests that Barack Obama do more than just refuse to support an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites -- the American president must give the order to shoot down Israeli aircraft as they cross Iraqi airspace:

  17. the rat states:
    Before knowingly posting both false and invalid stories on a thread.

    It was not even funny.
    If was fraudulent and hateful.

    Too funny...


    Got your knickers in a bunch about the aztecs?


    I guess it's tough being you...

    But (according to you) I belong to a non-real people, who have no national identity because YOU, the famous DESERT RAT says so...

    The non-people "ISREAL" are a fraud, according to you...

    SO Happy NEW YEAR from those fake people "Israel" who have (regardless of whether you agree or not) living in their homeland for THOUSANDS of years..

    Say hello to the Druids for me...

    Keep eating those mushrooms rat...

  18. For Edwards, Drama Builds Toward a Denouement

    Facing an investigation, John Edwards is considering declaring that he is the father of another woman’s child, associates said.
    Crap, we don't get to see him defending his toilet stall on this one like we did last time.
    Ultimate loser.
    Makes The Tapper look classy.

  19. ...thot it was another woman.
    No such luck.
    "The situation may become more fraught, as people who know Ms. Hunter said she was planning to move with her daughter, Frances, from New Jersey to North Carolina in coming months."
    Nearer my dad, to you.

  20. U.S. Veteran Returns Iwo Jima Relic to Daughter of Japanese Soldier -

    “I felt my father had come back to life,” she told her younger sister. “I felt like he had returned to me.”

    They met on a sunny day this spring at Mr. Hobbs’s home in Chestnut Hill, then decamped to a luncheon at a nearby country club with their children, Boston’s Japanese consul general and some foreign reporters. Until then, Mr. Hobbs had fixated on the search for the Japanese soldier’s family. But when he saw Yoko Takegawa, her face told an achingly personal story.

    “When she walked out of the car and came over and gave me a hug, it hit me,” Mr. Hobbs said. “It meant so much to her. I had done something that I didn’t even realize would mean so much to anybody. I just thought it was a collector’s item.”

    Since boyhood, Mr. Hobbs had avoided symbols of death — funerals, cemeteries, reading obituaries of anyone other than friends. But not so long ago, urged by his wife, he visited his mother’s grave to scrub the moss off her headstone.

    “I suddenly realized I remembered my mother,” Mr. Hobbs recalled, and the memory spilled out...