“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, March 06, 2010

Barack's Entreprenuership Summit

Obama calls 'entrepreneurship summit' with Muslims

(AFP) – 19 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced a "summit on entrepreneurship" to build economic ties with the Islamic world, part of President Barack Obama's outreach to Muslims.

The White House said it has invited participants from more than 40 countries over five continents for the April 26-27 conference in Washington.

"The summit will highlight the role entrepreneurship can play in addressing common challenges while building partnerships that will lead to greater opportunity abroad and at home," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Obama first spoke of the entrepreneurship conference in his signature June 4 speech in Cairo to the Islamic world.

In the closely watched address, Obama said the United States was seeking a "new beginning" with the Islamic world to rebuild relations that had sharply deteriorated over the past decade.

Obama promised at the time that he would convene a "presidential summit on entrepreneurship" by the end of 2009.

He said that the meeting would "identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world."

ht: what is occupation?
Remember Sami al-Arian? He was an entrepreneur in Florida. He had his hands in all kinds of businesses including car dealerships and was a respected professor at the University of South Florida. A real go-getter. As it turns out, he was the number one man for Hamas in the USA and guess where that money was going.

Here's another point of view.


  1. You're parodying yourself, right, What Is?

  2. I suppose I do myself, at times.

  3. The Navy's Floating Fiasco.
    This is dated Nov. 12, 2008, but references President Obama!

  4. Them Islamic IED Entrepreneurs are some resourceful dudes!

    No doubt BHO would be highly impressed by these specialists that have killed more US Warriors than any other.

  5. Medicare and it's discontents.

    Rufie the Rose-Colored will say it's all BS, of course. a broken record, only more vexfull.

  6. Why Johnny Can't Read

    1955, but the educational elites continue to march the children over the cliff into the sinkhole of illiteracy.

  7. We're Number 1 !

    What, the Chinese and Indians can't afford ladders?

  8. Yeah, it's bogus, Doug. A poor black woman from Ms that has Medicare, and Medicaid gets the finest health care in the world.

    However, a poor woman that's not quite old enough for Medicare just might not be able to get any health care at all (just being poor doesn't mean you, automatically get Medicaid in many states.) That's the way it Really works.

  9. And, what that guy didn't mention is that, due to the Japanese Incredibly high propensity to save, the Government has to pay virtually No interest at all on their debt.

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  11. And, I never sold "Medicare Supplements" so my information might be dated, but when I was in the business (and, I'm 99.999% sure it's still the case) their were No "preexisting conditions" clauses in Medicare Supplement coverage.

    AND, Unholy of Unholies, you have to pay a "premium" for your coverage!!! My, My. A premium that's about a half, or a third of what your premium is the day before you go on Medicare. Come to think of it, probably quite a bit less than that.

    Jist a muckracker, Doug. Jist a muckracker.

  12. Doug, I read all the same stuff about the first F22's when people were trying to kill that program.

    You notice the "stealthy" design. Hopefully it'll help keep our landing troops alive if the ship can "sneak up" onto the landing area.

    Jeez, don't you ever read ANY "Positive" articles?

  13. You'll notice they said the third, and fourth ships are performing much better.

  14. From Wikipedia:

    The crew took delivery and moved aboard three days before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. Work was delayed further when the ship became a base for regional relief efforts, including accommodations for some shipyard workers, the National Guard, Navy diving and salvage personnel and government officials. The ship's final cost was $840 million over budget.

    First of a kind ship, and construction is halted to become a floating hotel, staging area, aid station. Well, gee.

  15. From Sweatshops to Prosperity - interesting video on China

    Ambitious people. If the Gov doesn't screw the pooch it'll be interesting to watch.

  16. The Other Side of the China coin.

    This looks like it could be a hell of a mess to me.

  17. For those who've worn out their scroll control bypassing bad poetry and lazy unlinked commentary:

    The ultimate mouse.

    via gerard

  18. Does it work on bad commentary and bad links?
    ...I'd like to scroll past the resident socialist promoter of healthcare and free cable for illegals.
    (by making them legal, no doubt)
    sure worked good when tried in the eighties.
    Solved our "immigration" problem once and for all.

  19. 68. Habu:

    The Big Hurt

    The US is insolvent. As of the third quarter of last year, the federal government had assets of $2.67 trillion and total liabilities of $14.12 trillion.
    That leaves a net negative position of more than $11 trillion. By the way, this is projected to get a lot worse, fast. The feds are expected to increase their debts by about $3 trillion more over the next 2 years. Federal spending is out of control…the feds have lost control of their own budget, let alone the economy.
    Typically lenders look for what they call ‘debt coverage’ – debt compared to revenue. If you take the US revenue as a whole, you find federal debt currently equal to a bit more than 80% of GDP. But that number is going up quickly. It will be over one hundred percent in just 2 or 3 years.
    Well, so what? As long as you have the income to support it, you don’t worry, right? Well, let’s look at it from that angle.
    Hmmm… Doesn’t look so good from that perspective either. The income tax only generates 43% of the budget. The feds get a little more from corporate and other taxes, but the deficit is enormous…from a third to a half of all expenditures.
    This is not looking good. Most of the deficits do not come as emergency reactions to a financial crisis. Most of red ink is ‘structural’ – the result of programs already in place before the crisis hit. They are hard to curtail, since it requires major acts of political will to undo them. So, they tend to continue.
    Which means, the US needs to borrow huge amounts of money just to continue drifting along in the style to which it has become accustomed. There is no end in sight to the deficits…no practical way to reduce them…and no way out of the debt whirlpool. Which means, financing them has got to be a losing proposition for the lenders.
    Nothing new in that…
    Still, we drift…we wander…we float from one bank to the other…and wonder when we will finally sink.
    Bill Bonner. Who is right? In economics is there a right way?

    File where YOU can locate it later.
    But Habu is unaware that Medicare Liabilities ain't shit, cause once we get the death panels in place, granny don't get that artificial hip.
    Old Hag.

  20. (I learned that from Rufus, the expert.)

  21. I'd jump in on this one Doug but the last time I tried to make a comment on H/C Rufus told me I didn't know what I was talking about (which I suppose meant I wasn't qualified to offer up an opinion). He also mentioned that he knew much more about the subject than me (I assume this was because he lives in MS and once sold insurance).

    I mean, what can you say to those arguments?


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  23. I wasn't referring to the Habu post. I was referring the H/C debate and the pompous ass who because he lives in MS (good lord) and sold insurance (even worse), thinks he is an expert on the issue.

    Worse that the same pompous ass would have the temerity to tell others that their opinions had no validity because they don't agree with his expert opinions.


  24. Okay, that was a little strong. You, Quirk, and Habu are right. It's the end.

    There. Happy?


  25. Damn, Rufus.

    Expert on Energy.

    Expert on Health Care.

    Expert on Foreign Policy.

    Your not leaving much for the rest of us to talk about.


  26. Okay, you win.

    We got oil coming out our ass.

    Healthcare is going to bankrupt the country (if it's not already bankrupt,)

    and Whatever you say about foreign policy.

    I give.

  27. Expert on Locution.



  28. Don't know nothin about no locution.

    Wanna talk about what it'd be like to shave our balls (which one to do first, what kind of wine goes good with ball-shaving, what kind of music to play?)

    Maybe we could discuss the various advantages of white wine, and waxing, vs sauvignon, and shaving.

    Maybe, write a little poetry, put on a little music, and fall in heat?

    Or maybe just organize a group suicide because a guy that doesn't know a "debt" from a good intention decides we're bankrupt.

    How's that sound?

  29. Actually, I was hoping to get more of a response on the healthcare issue.

    The situation as I described it occurred about a month ago and I've been looking for an excuse to get into it with you ever since.

    However, it appears your not taking the bait.

    Which is probably just as well. Nothing we say is going to make a difference.

    The Dems have decided to take this to a conclusion no matter what it takes. The GOP is not going to support them regardless of what enticements they offer. All we can do is wait for the vote and see which way it goes.

    Anymore talking is useless at this point.

    I was just looking for an argument and you seem to be the only one here. If Doug was around, I'd probably have to get into it with him about torture or wire taps or something. A bit more depressing.

    Have a good one, Ruf


  30. I was going to respond to it, Q. But I couldn't remember the exact context of how that came down. I remember I didn't word it particularly well.

    Trust me, not only can we not make a difference, whichever way it goes won't make the slightest difference in your life, or mine. Some people will get some healthcare, and you and I will pay a few dollars more in taxes. Some people's premiums might go up a bit, but probably not nearly as much as they think.

    It's real fucking complex, but in the end it's not a pimple on a rhinoceros's ass.

    The only really important thing for the U.S. is getting out (and staying out) of recession. It's not a given.

  31. I'm grouchy. I'm going for a drive. Later

  32. White wine?

    Well, I guess some of it's ok sometimes. And I do like a nice merlot or chianti with my spagetti. For dessert, port and stilton cheese is great.

    But most of the time, I'll stick to the scotch, maybe Remy Martin if I'm celebrating.

    Now the leg shaving and pube trimming? I think we're both a little old to be starting down that road. Leave it the metrosexuals and the Australians.


  33. Now the leg shaving and pube trimming? I think we're both a little old to be starting down that road.

    You're never too old.

    Trust me.

  34. Right, LT.


    I never pictured you as the metrosexual type. But hell, what do I know.

    Hey, your not Australian are you?


  35. Rufus.

    I had a ride in a Flex-fuel Govermint Motors Impala today.

    Can I have a cookie?

    Sister and BOL say they've rented several recently. They like them. No complaints. I still like my Toyota.