“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, November 28, 2009

How is your Hajj going?

Our most American of presidents, ends his Hajj message with "Eid Mubarak". Mubarak means 'Blessed'. Barack of course, is the blessed one and we are indeed blessed to have the one. Barack and Michelle wished all "may you enjoy a blessed festival."

Rumor has it that 34,000 more American troops will be having less than a blessed festival in the coming year. More on that next week.


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 25, 2009

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha

Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.

This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.

On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.

Multi-culturalism does have its limits.


  1. Sorry about being late with my Thanksgiving message:

    I have never been more proud to be an American than at this Thanksgiving, being able to celebrate the cultural and political enlightenment currently sweeping America from sea to shining sea.

    I wish to thank all my fellow Americans who were instrumental in making the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama possible.

    Their vision and thoughtful decision made it possible to break away from the staid quaint notion of electing actual Americans to the presidency. After all who is a real American? Who am I to judge? No inclusively, the question is who are WE to judge as to who is an American?

    Enough probing questions. Let us agree to join the majority of Americans in the most amorphous sense and pledge not to a flag, symbol of jingoism past, but to the concept to forever disdain any judgement at all.

    No more judgement, none, никакой, ninguno, nessuno, żaden, Δεν, không cái nào, wala, 毫无. No more judgement!

  2. or in the words of our president, my president, "The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

    I suppose we are all hajjis now.

  3. Look at the love in her eyes and the joy in her face. To be culturally correct what she really meant to say was:

    "Let me tell you something, mother fuckers...

  4. Custom
    United States Code, 36 U.S.C. § 301, states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart; men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed. Recently enacted law in 2008 allows military veterans to salute out of uniform, as well.

  5. You mean to say, bob, that for all those years that I saluted during the national anthem, as a veteran, I was breaking the law.

    Since it was only recently modified to allow such behavior?

    The patriotic veteran, cast amongst the criminal class, once again.

  6. 2164th: in the words of our president, my president, "The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

    So what, the CoJCoLDS, JayDubs, and Rev. Wright's Black Power Congregation has "shared Abrahamic roots" with Catholicism. Roots don't mean anything. Christ even said (Luke 3:8) "Begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."

  7. You mean to say, Ms T, that Constantine ordered his Biblical editors to have Christ say ....

    Unless, of course, Christ has said it, to you.

    The MSM was alive, well and spinning, when Constantine was emperor, too.

  8. So, there you have, boys and girls. US policy with regards the Abrahamic sects, equality under God and the law.

    No deportations of any radical Abrahamics will be permitted by the Federals, because of their radicalism, alone.

    Radical thinking and beliefs are not a crime, in the United States.

    Though radical actions sometimes are. Sometimes, not.

  9. Can non-veterans salute during the national anthem, or should they be considered lawbreakers and arrested, if they do?

  10. President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation, as released by the White House:

    What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with those of our nation, and its history traces the American narrative.

    Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed "by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God," and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured nation in the midst of civil war.

    We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.

    As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country's men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all.

    Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day.

    Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.

    I encourage all the people of the United States to come together, whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place where family, friends and neighbors may gather, with gratitude for all we have received in the past year, to express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own and to share our bounty with others.

    In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of November, in the year of our Lord 2009, and of the independence of the United States of America the 234th (year).

    - Barack Obama

  11. 'It's also true that I, Barack Obama, have said I'll stand with the muslims, if political winds change.'

    I began wondering where the tradition began of holding the right hand to the heart. Since I didn't know, I looked it up and found that quote from wiki.

  12. DR: You mean to say, Ms T, that Constantine ordered his Biblical editors to have Christ say ....

    You know what, Rat? For a couple months I've been having some Jehovah's Witnesses babes come over to give me their spiel, because they are kind of hot, but yesterday they crossed a line and went after my Church, so that will be their last visit. I don't accept the ministrations of master baiters. Constantine converted on his death bed, so he could not very well have ordered his biblical editors to redact anything, no more than Oscar Wilde could have ghost-written Brideshead Revisited.

  13. "I don't accept the ministrations of master baiters."


    Clever girl.


  14. Though Constatine converted on his death bed, his impact on the Church did not begin with his conversion.

    But well before hand.