“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."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dems Urge Obama to Abandon Kneecap & Tax

Fearful of a backlash against the costly healthcare overhaul and bracing for huge losses in the 2010 elections, Democratic leaders are urging the Obama White House to abandon efforts to pass a cap-and-trade bill next year.

“I am communicating that in every way I know how,” Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., told Politico. She’s one of at least half a dozen Democrats who've told the White House or their own leaders that “it's time to jettison the centerpiece of their party's plan to curb global warming,” Politico reported.

“We need to deal with the phenomena of global warming, but I think it’s very difficult in the kind of economic circumstances we have right now,” said Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, who called passage of any economy-wide cap and trade “unlikely.”

And Sen. Ben Nelson, who took a firm conservative stance against liberal tendencies in the Senate healthcare bill, said fixing the economy for out-of-work constituents, not the climate, should be paramount.

It's the biggest no brainer in the history of Earth. With China scuttling Copenhagen, a unilateral move to curtail our economy to stop global warming amounts to a transfer of jobs to China. Particularly at this time when the real unemployment rate approaches 25% when you add in those who have stopped looking, or as college grads saying "You want fries with that?" are vastly underemployed.


  1. And now, learned commentary from our Resident Asswipe:

    " I'm not upset just amused at all the knickers in a twist over a guy trying to ignite some powder strapped to his leg. Heck, it isn't only here, CNN seems to be all airport security all the time today.

    The story dovetails so nicely with so many themes - airport security, racial profiling, police action vs WAR ON TERROR, the nanny state, fear, one person messing it up for all of us.

    Sheesh, is Nigeria now on the invasion list?

  2. What is equivalent about calls for and end to PC Madness and INVASION?

  3. Besides your compulsion to read insane cowboy motives into any thoughtful utterance.

  4. Ash would feel no different were he a passenger on 253 or a Detroit resident under the flightpath.

    Must be nice to be invulnerable.

  5. Here's a good Am Thinker article about how the Chinese dissed Obama in Copenhagen.

  6. I got a solution for you doug - how about two lines at the airport? One for pasty white guys and our plump wives and another for all those other people? We should even have separate washrooms - one for guys like us and another for Senators (god forbid anyone should wide stance me when I'm having a dump!)

  7. #41 Whiskey

    Not to disagree at all with the main part of the thesis of your # 41, I would like to note that Ann Althouse has been …. evolving … in her public statements about the fresh train of new horrors that emanate from the regime on a daily basis. If you check out her reaction to Janet Napolitano’s verbal defecation on the subject of how everything is working wonderfully and how “the system” is apparently responsible for the NWA detonator failure on 3 talk shows today; Ann Althouse formally apologized to her readers for voting for Obama. If this is sincere, she is probably the sole exception that proves the rule. The rest of that lot will not have a moment’s doubts about their devotion to subjugating Americans until they are taking a ride in a tumbrel.

    On a related note, today they took another Nigerian off of today’s North West Airlines flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. He supposedly was creating some sort of on-board disturbance. The plane landed and he was taken off. There has been no news follow up that I have heard.

    However, would it not be in the interest of the regime for this to be publicly discounted as a mentally disturbed individual? Keep a watch out for any reports from the other passengers on today’s flight. And I stand by my concern that Al Quada does not do singletons when using airliners to attack. 4 on 9/11 [three of which successfully struck, one whose attack was broken up by an ad hoc group of the Unorganized Militia of the United States. 11 in the thwarted attempt in the Pacific in 1995. 6 in the thwarted attack on airliners over the North Atlantic in 2006. Keep thine codpieces buttoned.

    Subotai Bahadur

    President Obama today nominated Ashley Wilts to replace Janet Napalitano, who was rode out of town on a rail.

    The more things change...

  8. Glady you got my 120 pound wife wired, Ashley!

  9. 2164th said...
    Ash said...
    "I'm not upset just amused at all the knickers in a twist over a guy trying to ignite some powder strapped to his leg."

    Ash, I can't say that I am surprised at your amusement, it was only one airplane after all and there are plenty more out there.

    I think you have a problem with white Americans. So let me color the situation, retone the cast of players, look at the negative.

    Here goes, listen up.

    Let's pretend that the plane was a church filled with black people and some white klansman closed the doors and just threw a little liquid over the church and set it on fire.

    Would that twist your knickers?

    Sun Dec 27, 09:14:00 PM EST

  10. Don't judge others by your friends and associates.

  11. Ash:I got a solution for you doug - how about two lines at the airport? One for pasty white guys and our plump wives and another for all those other people? We should even have separate washrooms

    I don't want to drink from a moonbat water fountain, I want my own wingnut water fountain. Or scuttlebutt for you old salts.

  12. Let's pretend a white candidate attended kkk meetings for 20 years, but was elected POTUS anyway, 'cause he really wasn't listening.

  13. "Would that twist your knickers?"
    Not if the match fizzled. least that is what we are expected to believe.

  14. It is only a bad thing when white people do bad things to dark people. Indignation and victimization is inversly proportional to the pigmentation of the perp.

  15. I would sentence Ash to life, being forced to watch that frontline piece on O'Neill 24/7.

  16. I'm not upset just amused--yeppers, and therein lies your problem.

    If the guy next to you on the plane had primacord in his knickers, you might be upset, and not amused, as you and your knickers fly to the other world, in a twist.

    There was a poem found in some Jewish ghetto, scrawled on a wall, during the worst of WWII, that expressed something of the same thing, Trish. You may have read it somewhere, it's kind of famous.

    O Lord of the Universe, I see Thee not, hear Thee not, yet I know Thou art here....

    Memory fails for the quote, but the sense is kind of the same.

    Same kind of ceremony can be found among the Hindus, I believe. Eating rotten human flesh, that kind of thing.

    Dialogueing with Ash, that kind of thing...

  17. "O Lord of the Universe, I see Thee not, hear Thee not, yet I know Thou art here...."

    Right, O Lord?



    I regret, bob, that it does not ring a bell.

    As a spiritual consolation I fully appreciate it.

  18. Just a way of trying to brace one for some of the unpleasantness of life, I quess. Don't know how often these ceremonies were practiced, who knows, maybe once a year, once five years. The priest intones, and you take a nibble of this.

    I'll try and go back and look that up. Does sound shocking doesn't it.

  19. Ash is a brother and he sees things from the perspective of being a victim.

  20. Ash is too dopey to be a brother!
    ...although we do have Dumbo to prove there is no limit to the insanity.

  21. Adelson had lost 36 of his forty billion last summer when that vegas story was written.
    Must be underwater by now.

  22. A figment of my misrecollection.

    I found the names of the two "disciples" you were ragging on.

  23. Gaaaaa. I was hoping you wouldn't.

  24. Don't worry, it's in the vault. zipped.

  25. Sweet man.

    (And I wasn't "ragging" on them. I was giving my thoroughly considered and objective evaluation.)

  26. another stooopid muslim fool tries to do some damage to an airliner an you guys are quaking in your boots demanding more help from a nanny government.

    have I got all ya brouthas figured out?

  27. Can I pick the cute stew as my escort to the planes lav on my next flight?

  28. You keep proving there is no limit to your stupidity, Ashley.

    9-11 was not the result of some ragheads playing MS Simulator, nor did this dufus do this on his own.

    Although all your hero crypto-fascist "progressives" in DC and in the MSM will do their damnedest to spin it your way.
    ...least you got plenty of allies that join you in your hatred of freedom and true liberalism.

  29. American Babylon

    Last book of Father Neuhaus, the old Lutheran spokesman, who turned Catholic towards the end of his life.

  30. Stupid Racist Pilot's a Paranoid too, Ash:

    Haskell said the flight was mostly unremarkable. That was until he heard a flight attendant say she smelled smoke, just after the pilot announced the plane would land in Detroit in 10 minutes. Haskell got out of his seat to view the brewing commotion.

    “I stood up and walked a couple feet ahead to get a closer look, and that's when I saw the flames,” said Haskell, who sat about seven rows behind Mutallab. “It started to spread pretty quickly. It went up the wall, all the way to ceiling.”

    Haskell, who described Mutallab as a diminutive man who looks like a teenager, said about 30 seconds passed between the first mention of smoke and when Mutallab was subdued by fellow passengers.

    The ordeal has Haskell and his wife a little shaken. Flight attendants were screaming during the fire and the pilot sounded notably nervous when bringing the plane in for a landing, he said.

    “Immediately, the pilot came on and said two words: emergency landing,” Haskell said. “And that was it. The plane sped up instead of slowing down.
    You could tell he floored it.”

  31. Ash said...
    another stooopid muslim fool tries to do some damage to an airliner an you guys are quaking in your boots demanding more help from a nanny government.

    have I got all ya brouthas figured out?

    No, I want my government to allow me to gut like a pig any muzzie terrorist that attempts to hijack an airliner, ship or train...

    I remember those cute flight attendants with real nice bullet holes created by them nice plo guys...

    or maybe those nice perky flight attendants blown out of the sky...

    or maybe those nice cute flight attendants raped by those pesky islamic warriors...

    nothing like watching on tv friends that you have known (or spouse has) slamming into a building at 290 miles an hour and exploding...

    yep.... how many funerals, how many times does the story repeat it'sself until useful idiots like ash get it?

    they never will...

    so rather than attempt to educate the ashes of the world, i now welcome them as the cannon fodder they are....

  32. "or maybe those nice perky flight attendants blown out of the sky..."
    I think the best trick was cutting their throats in front of the planeload of kids, moms, and dads.

    Nice act prior to the final show.

  33. "But to see that you have to apprehend things from the outside.

    From the vantage of a closed cabin where a small explosive can rip open the thin aluminum skin and leave you plummeting toward the pavements of Detroit, ruined enough as it is, with only enough to time to wonder if they’ll miss you next Christmas."

  34. 83. Sara (Pal2Pal):

    I just got off the phone with my cousin’s son. He is visiting friends who live about 15 miles from me. When he graduated from college, he went to work in the Bush Treasury Dept. When Obama was elected, he thought for sure he’d have to move on, but he is one of a handful who got to keep their job. I had to laugh when he said, “I think I’m one of about five Republicans left in Washington.” He also mentioned that although his particular job at Treasury isn’t really very political, there is a marked deterioration under the new admin. as far as efficiency and management is concerned and that what used to be a really fun and pleasant place to work is now full of whiners, complainers, and backstabbers. It was kind of sad to hear.

  35. More Questions on Why Terror Suspect Was Not Stopped

    WASHINGTON — When a prominent Nigerian banker and former government official phoned the American Embassy in Abuja in October with a warning that his son had developed radical views, had disappeared and might have traveled to Yemen, embassy officials did not revoke the young man’s visa to enter the United States, which was good until June 2010.

    Instead, officials said Sunday, they marked the file of the son, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, for a full investigation should he ever reapply for a visa.
    And when they passed the information on to Washington, Mr. Abdulmutallab’s name was added to 550,000 others with some alleged terrorist connections — but not to the no-fly list. That meant no flags were raised when he used cash to buy a ticket to the United States and boarded a plane, checking no bags.
    Obama administration officials scrambled to portray the episode, in which passengers and flight attendants subdued Mr. Abdulmutallab and doused the fire he had started, as a test that the air safety system passed.

    “The system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days,” Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary said, in an interview on “This Week” on ABC. Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, used nearly the same language on “Face the Nation” on CBS, saying that “in many ways, this system has worked.”

    But counterterrorism experts and members of Congress were hardly willing to praise what they said was a security system that had proved to be not nimble enough to respond to the ever-creative techniques devised by would-be terrorists.

  36. Bob,

    I appreciate your statement you didn't post the anonymous comment last night. I reached that conclusion myself, in part reflecting on what Deuce pointed out as the contrast in sentiments between your signed comment and the immediately following anonymous offering.

    One further note. Your comments and links today have been interesting. I'll pass on that Apache ceremony, though.


  37. Regarding the elusive Stella B., a delicate wisp of L'eau de Fromage lingered on after her departure.

    It's a scent I associate with socks, old gym socks particularly.

    I suspect Habu's been lurking.


  38. Be respectful to Melody, is all I ask.

  39. More fighting and demonstating in Iran. 'Death to the Dictator'. Five demonstrators killed. If they only had guns.

  40. Yeah, Mossad oughta infiltrate.
    That would be better than bombing them.
    ...but BHO would no doubt step in an f... it up.

  41. "Be respectful to Melody, is all I ask"

    Thanks you, Bob. You are the kindest and caring E-friend anyone could have. I'm proud to have you on my side.

  42. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it