“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, September 23, 2009

"We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of the United States," -Moammar Kadafi,

"We Africans are happy, proud that a son of Africa governs the United States of America," said Kadafi, calling Obama's U.N. speech appealing for global unity "completely different." "We applaud that."

Fidel Castro, former Cuban leader on Wednesday called the American president's speech at the United Nations "brave" and said no other American head of state would have had the courage to make similar remarks.

In a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, Obama acknowledged that the United States had been slow to act on climate change, but said Washington was now prepared to be a full partner as the world confronts the threat.

He said developed nations that have caused much of the climate change the planet has suffered have a "responsibility to lead," but added that rapidly growing nations must do their part as well.

That admission of America's past errors "was without a doubt a brave gesture," Castro wrote in comments published by Cuban state-media Wednesday.



  1. I just got back from a few days in horse country near Charlottesville, Virginia.

    A very lucky man is building a little modest hunting lodge on a thousand acre or so.

    There sure are a lot of deer and loads of turkey in that part of the Old Dominion, not far from Lee's headquarters.

    I rescued a box turtle who was making a heroic attempt to cross the wrong road at the wrong time.

    I was thinking, just how bad would it have been had Lee burned Washington to the ground instead of having his ass handed to him in Pennsylvania ?

  2. So you think it's better for us to be Barry's Slaves than vice-versa?

    ...another self-loather!

  3. Deuce: I was thinking, just how bad would it have been had Lee burned Washington to the ground instead of having his ass handed to him in Pennsylvania ?

    It would have gone like this: The North sues for peace, CSA goes their own way like they wanted, allied with Great Britain, which buys their cotton. They keep slaves for another fifty years, miss out on the whole industrialization thing while the North becomes a great power allied with Germany.
    Kaiser Bill comes along, Union comes into the Great War on the side of the Central Powers, CSA comes in on the side of the Triple Entente. U-Boats strangle GB and keep them from assisting the South in the Second War of Northern Aggression. Trench Warfare on the Mason Dixon line until Patton's tank corps rolls them up. CSA politicians flee to the Southwest, country becomes a rump "banana republic" with its border on Mexico, THEY get to deal with the illegals.

  4. Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, has told the governor that she prefers former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. for the appointment, a Kennedy family associate said today.

    The Globe reported this morning that Kennedy’s two sons, US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island and businessman Edward M. Kennedy Jr., have also told Patrick that Kirk, a long-time Kennedy friend and former staffer, is their first choice.

    Kirk, a 71-year-old attorney who lives on Cape Cod, is seen as a top choice because of his ties to the Kennedy family and his deep knowledge of Washington politics. He worked as a special assistant to Kennedy from 1969 to 1977, and is currently the chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

    Kennedy Seat

  5. I don't know T. They would probably have reconciled as East and West Germany has.

    There would have been a far weaker federal system.

    Industry would have migrated to the states where they got the best deal.

    Slavery would have ended. I doubt we would have been anywhere near as much enmeshed in the Middle East.

  6. I don't know, Deuce, and T. I live with these crackers. Hell, I is one of these crackers. Only one way slavery was going to end down here. And, it was going to be from a flash of "Sudden Enlightenment" (As in Atlanta burning, and a mini-ball between the eyes.)

    Nah, without Grant, and Sherman we would have just had to have waited for the "Next" Grant, and Sherman.

  7. Too many highlights to mention. His call for reopening the investigation into the JFK murder is clearly pressing UN business.

    And he obviously didn't focus group his assertion that if Afghanis or Iraqis want to blow each other's brains out, that's their business. After all, America had a civil war and nobody stuck their nose in.

    And Spain had a civil war and...uh, he may want to walk that one back.

    Send the UN a Stopwatch

  8. Eh? I thought the profit motive alone would have been sufficient to override prevailing cultural attitudes towards slavery.

    But then again, culture is underestimated all the time...

  9. PG&E parting ways with U.S. Chamber a hot topic

    PG&E just couldn't take it anymore.
    Citing "irreconcilable differences," PG&E Corp. says it's leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on account of the latter's "extreme position on climate change." That is, the chamber's increasingly extreme - some might say bizarre - opposition to legislation working its way through Congress.
    Look at all the rest of the corrupted FAVORING "global warming legislation!"

    That was more than enough for PG&E, a leading member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a pro-legislation business consortium which counts Duke Energy, Shell, BP America, Dow Chemical, Ford, GM and Chrysler among its members.

    "Nothing is more important to us than supporting federal legislation to get the country to where it needs to be (in combatting global warming),"

    said Brian Herzog, the utility's director of corporate relations in Washington.

    right on, right on right on!

  10. ...a pro-legislation business consortium which counts Duke Energy, Shell, BP America, Dow Chemical, Ford, GM and Chrysler among its members, tax-eating rent seekers, come they left out GE?

    Green coercion.