“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."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Manuel Noriega, once Panamanian Strong Man, is Going to France

Does this affect US military Personnel?

Panama's Noriega extradition order signed by US

The US has cleared the way for former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to be extradited to France, say US officials.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed the warrant allowing the extradition to go ahead, they said.

Noriega finished a US jail sentence for drugs offences two years ago but has stayed in a Florida prison while fighting his extradition.

France convicted the former dictator on money-laundering charges in his absence in 1999.
Noriega had wanted to be sent back to Panama after finishing his 17-year jail sentence, but in April a US court ruled he could be extradited to France.


  1. France?

    That means all the wine and little boys he wishes...

    Some prison..

  2. NOBODY wants him back in Panama.

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  4. 2010 Nominee for EB Theme Song Award:

    Marc Cohn_Already Home


  5. "G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill"

    What a bunch of stoooopid fuckin' doofusses!

  6. If politics were a....checkers games - those dudes are playing tiddly winks!

  7. Great video. I bet that guy would like to kick obama's balls up around his adam's apple.

    Only an American-hating sonofabitch would have stopped production on the F22.

  8. They don't call'em the "Party of Stupid," for nothing.

    They might be right on the "policy," but they're toast on the "politics."

  9. Only an American-hating sonofabitch would have stopped production on the F22.

    Exclusive: White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue
    Posted By Josh Rogin Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 9:08 PM

    When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hangar. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn't want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end.

    "White House aides actually made them remove the F-22-said they would not allow POTUS to be pictured with the F-22 in any way, shape, or form," one source close to the unit relayed.

    Stephen Lee, a public affairs officer at Elmendorf, confirmed to The Cable that the F-22 was parked in the hangar and then was replaced by an F-15 at the White House's behest.

    The airmen there took offense to the Obama aides' demand, sources told The Cable, seeing it as a slight to the folks who are operating the F-22 proudly every day. They also expressed bewilderment that the White House staff would even care so much as to make an issue out of the fact that the F-22 was placed in the hangar with the president.

  10. Obama's F 22 Decision
    By Matthew Cooper - February 18, 2009, 2:07PM
    When it comes to the F 22 Raptor, the administration is facing a March 1 deadline to decide how many more F22s to order. Lockheed is supposed to deliver the last of the current batch of 181 on order in 2011. The argument against ordering still more F22s is that the Pentagon already has a similar aircraft, the F 35 Joint Strike fighter online and, besides, the more pressing issue for the U.S. is not air superiority in a conventional war but rooting out terrorists in the Khyber Pass. The Air Force has indicated that it would like a total of 381 but several senior Pentagon officials, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, have hinted that they'd like far fewer if not to put the kabosh on the program entirely. The Pentagon "has not demonstrated the need or value for making further investments" in the plane, the Government Accountability Office found.

    So not surprisingly there's a lot of lobbying going on to keep the F 22 rolling. Northrop and Lockheed Martin are lobbying heavily to keep the plane in production and there's a large press availability this week where reporters can sit in simulators and learn all about the 95,000 jobs the plane's advocates say are at state. Any state where there's work related to the Raptor is lobbying for it. "With rising unemployment, we need to make sure that we're not making a knee-jerk reaction and we keep this program going strong," Keith Scott, president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce told the Baltimore Sun. Our point is, No. 1, this preserves jobs, and No. 2, it is immediate. You don't have to develop anything," Lawson said. "This is 'shovel ready.' "

    According to the Los Angeles Times, the F-22 program is directly responsible for 25,000 jobs at Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin and its major suppliers. But Lockheed officials say when jobs from sub-suppliers are added in, the F-22 program maintains 95,000 jobs in 44 states. Among the firms helping Lockheed in Washington is Public Strategies, home to George W. Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon. In Congress, prominent senators from Ted Kennedy to Judd Gregg to Dianne Feinstein signed a letter back in January urging then President Elect Obama to keep the F22 going. Not surprisingly there's a website, that's just part of the lobbying campaign being waged by the Lockheed, Boeing and other suppliers of the jet fighter. We'll know soon whether their efforts have been successful.

  11. In return for a limited Self Defense Force, Japan trusted America for strategic protection. That trust may tragically now be put to a harsh and real world test as North Korean Missiles fly over Japan and a Nuke is cooked off by an insane regime practically in their back yard.

    Currently the Administration's challenge to the rogue actions of North Korea's "Dear Leader is to use stronger "Diplo speak" language and nothing more except still giving the PRC diplomatic credit for being helpful. The reality is The Peoples Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is rapidly modernizing in both quantity and quality and the PRC is enabling North Korea and the Dear Leader to go crazy. Japan is facing their most significant military problem since they renounced offensive war. The F-22 would be a huge and unambiguous signal of American support in this increasingly dangerous time in Asia.

    Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Iran is questing for a nuke to wipe Israel off the map. Both Israel and Japan are longtime trusted allies desperately needing the best Fighter America can provide. Bad actors such as Iran, North Korea and the PRC, should know their actions will trigger real world consequences from America.

    The F-22 Raptor puts a marker down that America stands with our allies when it really counts. The F-22 is the ultimate deterrent Aircraft for Israel and Japan, because it is so dominant and therefore would increase stability in both regions. Any adversary will think twice before attacking because it has no defense against F-22 including hiding behind a Russian state-of-the-art S-300 Air defense missile system.

    Israel and Japan gave us their trust and we must be able to sell both countries the best fighter in the world the F-22 - the Raptor. It is a debt of honor that transcends marginal American DOD budget debates.

  12. The F22 decision, a favor to Lester Crown, the ex CEO of General Dynamics, the folks that developed the F22, but were squeezed out of the production contract.

    We all know of Lester, the fella that made Barack Obama a millionaire author, before he even wrote a book.

    Only a fella like Lester Crown would want the F22 killed, for payback against the competition at McDonald-Douglas.

  13. The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our duration, the clearer we should foresee help of it.