“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."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Carl Paladino: "Not Intimidatable"

Watch this guy, Carl Paladino. He is up against one of the sons of America's ruling class, Andrew Cuomo, and he will draw blood. He is talking about bringing New York governmental spending down by 20%, and I don't think he is kidding. This will be good!


  1. A Milton Friedman observation pointed out by George Will recently,

    "Milton Friedman observation: Pick at random any three letters from the alphabet, put them in any order, and you will have an acronym designating a federal agency we can do without."


  2. Yes sir, Q, that is quite the shopping list the Saudis have. Enough to take on the Turks, in northern Arabia.

    If we look to the historically accurate map, from the Encyclopædia Britannica it easy to where the Sauds would be concerned with Turkish expansion into that region of the Arabian peninsula.

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  4. This battle reveals a deeper dispute about American history. Mr. Beck and others—such as Jonah Goldberg in his 2008 book, "Liberal Fascism"—tie today's progressives (the new word for liberals) to the progressive movement at the turn of the 20th century. They contend that the original progressives—including leaders such as Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt—rejected America's founding principles. Mr. Beck also claims that today's leftist policies are the culmination of a journey begun by progressives over a century ago.
    Whatever I or anyone else thinks about Mr. Beck's programming or political views, on one central historical issue he is correct: The progressive movement did indeed repudiate the principles of individual liberty and limited government that were the basis of the American republic. America's original progressives were convinced that the country faced a set of social and economic problems demanding a sharp increase in federal power. They also said that there was too much emphasis placed on protecting the liberty of individuals at the expense of broader social justice. ...


  5. Woodrow Wilson did oppose the actual socialist movement of his day, and he didn't believe that the government at the time was capable of accomplishing everything socialists then had in mind. Nevertheless, in his 1887 essay, "Socialism and Democracy," Wilson considered the socialist principle—"that all idea of limitation of public authority by individual rights be put out of view"—to be entirely consistent with democratic principles: "In fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members. . . . Limits of wisdom and convenience to the public control there may be: limits of principle there are, upon strict analysis, none."

    Theodore Roosevelt also recoiled from the socialist movement. But in his famous "New Nationalism" speech of 1910, he said it was necessary that there be "a far more active governmental interference" with the economy. "It is not enough," he said, that a fortune was "gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community."

    To achieve their ends, progressives understood that the original constitutional limits on the scope of the federal government had to be breached. This is why Roosevelt railed against court decisions, like the famous Supreme Court case of Lochner v. New York (1905), that upheld individual property rights against progressive legislation (in this case a law limiting the number of hours a baker could work). It is also why Wilson consistently advocated the adoption of a more English-style government, where there is no written fundamental law to serve as a check on the authority of the national legislature.

  6. The Progressives have been at the dismantling of individual liberty and freedom, for over one hundred years. Moving US incrementally along an incontrovertible trend line.

    There is no public sentiment to dismantle the great body of their work. Though there is outrage at the individuals that seem to be in charge.

    As Q has stated before, there is an attempt to "throw the bums out", and get a new set.

    Nothing more than a speed bump.

  7. Mr. Pestritto is a professor of politics at Hillsdale College and the author of "Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).

  8. California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has shattered the record for personal spending by any candidate in any American election in history. The former eBay chief executive has donated another $15 million of her own fortune to her campaign treasury, bringing her total so far to $119 million.

  9. Paladino trounced Lazio, a Wall Street executive and former two-term congressman, by tapping his personal fortune to channel voter discontent, and he has vowed he will commit $10 million of his own money in his bid for the state's highest office.
    Lazio is likely to remain on the ballot as the candidate of the Conservative Party, an added advantage for Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, who has $23 million in cash on hand and is a heavy favorite in the race. But if Paladino charges hard at Cuomo the way he did at Lazio, he could get under the Cuomo’s skin, and multiple sources close to Cuomo’s camp Tuesday night expressed concern about Paladino’s unpredictability in an anti-establishment climate.

    Read more:

    New York:

    Buffalo businessman and lawyer Carl Paladino has now given pro-life New Yorkers a governor’s race worth watching. The brassy billionaire fought tooth and nail to get his name on a primary, let his Tea Party colors fly, and gathered together a pro-life coalition before trouncing former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio in Tuesday’s primary.

    Paladino gained 63 percent of the vote to Lazio's 37 percent – a crushing defeat for Lazio, who is generally a supporter of legal abortion, given that at one time in the race he was leading Paladino by 30 points. A poll just released before the primary showed Paladino had closed the gap and the race was a toss-up – not a landslide as Tuesday showed.

    By refusing to debate Paladino and cut off his momentum, Lazio appears to have made the same mistake as Lisa Murkowski and Mike Castle.

    "If we've learned anything tonight, it's that New Yorkers are mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore!" Paladino told supporters in a victory speech. He told them that the “ruling class” got the message in New York that “a peoples’ revolution” was underway. (A copy is available here)

    Lazio, however, will still remain on the Nov. 2 ballot as the Conservative Party candidate.

    Paladino, a Buffalo developer, has drawn flak for a number of missteps. New York media outlets have reported that he sent out racist and sexist emails as jokes to co-workers (some of which contained inappropriate images), compared Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to “the Anti-Christ,” and even suggested renovating the prisons to provide job training and hygiene improvement for the destitute.

    Paladino addressed those issues by saying, “I confess to being human and imperfect, as are all of God’s children.”

    Overall, Paladino’s economic plan to revitalize New York, which includes a ten percent across the board reduction in taxes, and no kid gloves approach, won the day over Lazio, who was remembered for his poor performance against former First Lady Hilary Clinton in the 2000 US Senate race.

    Paladino has made no bones about his pro-life convictions. He told CNN’s Rick Sanchez in an interview that he supported an unborn child’s right to life, even in cases of rape and incest, and said that the baby could be adopted if the mother did not wish to keep her child.

    In May, Paladino formed the “Pro-Life Coalition for Carl” with New York pro-life leaders and pledged to work for parental notification laws for minors, promote adoption, sexual abstinence programs, cut state funding for abortion and contraceptive services, and favor adult stem-cell research. His platform can be found here.

    But while he opposes same-sex “marriage,” Paladino has said he has no problem allowing civil unions to remain legal in New York at the moment.

  11. The headline at

    ROUNDUP: Pro-Life Wins Big in Tuesday Tea Party Primary Surge

    While Ms T wants US to ignore, even ban, the issue from public discussion or debate. At the same time she advocates for the Tea Party to do its' thing.

    Which is what, if not protect the unborn child and return US to a pre-1973 America.

    We cannot discuss the advancement of the Tea Party and ignore the unborn child, the two move together, hand in hand.

  12., Wednesday 15 September

    Tea Party primary candidates:

    Sharron Angle - Angle is against mothers working, opposes abortion in all cases, including where rape or incest are involved, ...

    Rand Paul - He opposes abortion in all cases but is in favour of access to the morning-after pill.

  13. At a critical moment, Palin recalled hearing a whisper from the Holy Spirit, “just asking me, ‘Are you going to trust me? Are you going to walk the walk, or are you just going to talk the talk?’ ”

    Palin, 46, said she thanked God for Trig’s birth because it “reaffirmed and strengthened my unwavering support for life at every stage.”

    “Choosing life may not always be the easy path, but it is always the right path,” Palin said. “God does see a way where we would think there is no way. And he does not make mistakes.

    “We may say, ‘Oops,’ but he doesn’t.”

    In KC, Palin puts personal spin on abortion issue

    Sounds like bob's heart throb does not even endorse the abortion of black babies.

    No support for social eugenics from her.

  14. Palin criticizes Obama, Fla. gov on abortion

    By BRENDAN FARRINGTON (AP) – Aug 26, 2010

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama the most pro-abortion president ever Thursday and mocked Florida's governor for claiming to be pro-life after vetoing a bill that would have required women to get ultrasounds before having the procedure.

    In a speech that only ventured into politics on abortion issues, Palin criticized Obama's health care overhaul as a plan that will lead to more abortions.

    "The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America is the passage of Obamacare," Palin said. "Elective abortions have nothing to do with health care. It's about ending lives, not saving lives."

  15. Nice Blog Michael O, consider it done.

  16. So I click on the EB this morning to see what was up, and what do I first see? Ash's dumb as post of the week. Made my day (so far).

    By the way, I have been in Houston all week. This place is starting to remind me of Monterrey. Mexico that is.

  17. Geithner to Signal Tougher Stance on China Currency

    The Obama administration is moving to take a harder stance on the Chinese government’s trade and currency policies, with anger toward China rising in both political parties ahead of midterm elections.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, in separate hearings before House and Senate panels, plans to acknowledge on Thursday that China has kept the value of its currency, the renminbi, artificially low to help its exports and has largely failed to improve the situation as it promised to do in June...

    Time to Get Tough on China


  18. Glad I could make your day Gag. How about a re-posting of the forbidden post? The one that they keep deleting. Notice the first two lines in particular:


    A lot of assumptions there Deuce but I'm just mimicking your reasoning.

    Let us look at it the way you do with Islam. You take some incidents and project it upon the entire group. Now, take a look at Catholics and what THE LEADERSHIP is doing. What does that tells us about all Catholics? If you do it on the one hand (Islam) you should be consistent to do it on the other (Catholics). Here let me give you a listing of some of the abuses by the PRIESTS that Catholics are duty bound to follow:

    Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country

    For a sampling how about a listing from above link of abuses in the US:

    Archdiocese of Anchorage

    See also: Sexual abuse scandal in the Society of Jesus

    In 2007, the Society of Jesus made a $50 million payout to over 100 Inuits who alleged that they had been sexually abused. The settlement did not require them to admit molesting Inuit children, but accusations involved 13 or 14 priests who allegedly molested these children for 30 years.[36]

    In 2008, the Diocese of Fairbanks, a co-defendant in the case, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming inability to pay the 140 plaintiffs filing claims against the diocese for alleged sexual abuse by priests or church workers during this period.[37][38][39]

    Archdiocese of Boston

    Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston

    Allegations of sexual misconduct by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, and following revelations of a cover-up by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, became known in 2004, causing Roman Catholics in other dioceses of the United States to investigate similar situations. Cardinal Law's actions prompted public scrutiny of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the steps taken in response to past and current allegations of sexual misconduct by priests. The events in the Archdiocese of Boston became a national scandal.

    Archdiocese of Chicago

    Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago

    Daniel McCormack, a self-confessed sexually abusive priest was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing five boys (8–12 years) in 2001.[40]

    Diocese of Crookston

    Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was charged with molesting two teenage girls at a Catholic church in Greenbush, Minnesota, a small rural town near the Canadian border. The abuse occurred in 2004, and charges were filed in 2006 and amended in 2007.[41] Without facing legal punishment, Jevapaul returned to his home diocese in Ootacamund, India, where today he works in the church’s diocesan office. A Roseau County, Minnesota attorney is seeking to extradite the priest from India in a criminal case involving one of the girls.[42] The Archbishop of Madras, India (Madras is now called “Chennai”) has asked Jeyapaul to return to the US to face the charges.[43] Jevapaul has said that he will not fight extradition if the US seeks it.[44]

    Diocese of Davenport

    Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Davenport diocese

    On October 10, 2006, the Diocese of Davenport filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection [45].

    Archdiocese of Denver

    In July 2008 the Archdiocese of Denver paid a settlement of $5.5 million dollars to 18 claims of alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by two clerics between the years of 1954 and 1981.[46]

    Ran out of room to complete - but you get the idea. THERE ARE LOADS OF CASES. These are the actions of the leadership who's word Catholics are duty bound to follow. What does this tell us about Catholics in general?

  19. maybe they should put that one up as the headline to greet all?

  20. Well, well, well, a good morning to you too.


    A lot of assumptions there Deuce but I'm just mimicking your reasoning.

    Let us look at it the way you do with Islam. You take some incidents and project it upon the entire group. Now, take a look at Catholics and what THE LEADERSHIP is doing. What does that tells us about all Catholics? If you do it on the one hand (Islam) you should be consistent to do it on the other (Catholics)

  21. Clinton wraps up Israeli-Palestinian talks--for now

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday wrapped up three days of intense Middle East diplomacy that produced good atmospherics but no sign that an impasse over Israeli settlement construction has been resolved...

    Will Talks End September 30?


  22. Why congratulations, Ash. I hadn't noticed that till Gag pointed it out.

  23. Progress comes slow in Detroit, creeping in on little cats paws.

    Cheerleading group is Pride of the Lions -- sort of

    The Lions have been in Detroit since 1934, and they've never had cheerleaders.  That's all about to change.  Sort of.

    The Detroit Pride will make its debut in and around Ford Field on Sunday for the Lions home opener against the Eagles.

    They're not recognized as the Lions official cheerleaders. In fact, team officials and the Pride had to agree on a few rules of etiquette before the group was allowed inside Ford Field.

    • They are not allowed to perform organized cheers.
    • They cannot obstruct the view of fans.
    • They are not allowed to take group photos with fans. Only two girls may appear in photos, so they plan to walk through Ford Field in rows of two.
    • They cannot wear Lions logos or team colors. Although there is blue in their uniforms, it will not be "Honolulu blue."

    The Pride will be like any of the other 60,000 fans, just differently.

    "We are not going to do anything that would cause us to be asked to leave and we do not want them (the Lions) mad," said Andrea Wiliamowski, director of operations for the Pride. "We want them to like us. We want to show the Ford organization and the Lions that this is something people want...

    The Detroit Pride?


  24. What do we love? Dumb criminals.

    Suspected robber's face picked up on tape prior to donning his Darth Vader mask.

    'Darth Vader' robber arrested in Ferndale

    Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who allegedly donned a Darth Vader mask and robbed a Ferndale convenience store earlier this week.

    The holdup took place at 1:35 p.m. Monday when a man wielding a butcher knife demanded cash from the register at a local Get N Go store. He was seen on the in-store video cameras donning the mask just before the robbery.

    After releasing the video to local media outlets, police received calls from the community identifying the suspect. He was taken into custody at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, but police have not released his name yet.

    The suspect lives in the neighborhood around the convenience store, police said. Prosecutors are considering charges this morning.

    Detroit News

  25. The Idaho Vandals could beat the Detroit Lions.

  26. Could too.

    But I gotta go.

  27. dumb criminal - dumb victim

    "Halton Regional Police are looking for a woman who allegedly impersonated a police officer, accused a motorist of speeding and demanded cash on the spot.

    Police say a 59-year-old Oakville man was on his way to work shortly after 3 a.m. on Monday in the area of Bronte and Lakeshore roads, when another vehicle pulled up beside him. A passenger in the suspect vehicle rolled down her window and yelled at him, ordering him to pull over because he had been speeding.

    According to police, the woman approached the man’s vehicle and demanded the driver’s identification. When the man asked to see her police identification, he was told it was not a requirement.

    The woman was not dressed in a uniform, but her demeanour and questions led the man to believe she was a police officer. She demanded the man pay a speeding fine on the spot, investigators say. She and the man then went to a bank machine, where the driver gave her money."

  28. What do we love? Dumb criminals and/or victims.


  29. Ash put the post up to get a reaction from me.

    He got his wish.

  30. If the guy were a salesman he could have converted the situation into an opportunity and gotten a blow job out of the transaction.

  31. oops, forgot the next line in the above article demonstrating the criminals intelligence:

    "The exchange was captured by a video camera at the ATM location."

  32. Angelo M. Codevilla’s essay, “America’s Ruling Class — and the Perils of Revolution,” published this summer in the American Spectator, and released this week in book form, has already accomplished what few essays do: it has touched a nerve.

    In his essay, Codevilla contrasts the “Ruling Class,” including both Republicans and Democrats but tending leftward in word and deed, with the the “country class,” consisting of heterogonous individualists who’d rather be judged on their merits than their beliefs and affiliations. Despite its name, it should be emphasized that you can belong to the “country class” and still live in a tattoo-stained neighborhood in a big, fashionable burg like New York City. In fact, many do, even if they often feel a need to lower their voices.

    At the heart of Codevilla’s essay lies the charge that today’s “ruling class” was trained to think the same way and speak the same left-of-center ideological language. This he sees as a tragedy for intellectual diversity, and as a danger to America’s future.

    Culturally, who represents the “ruling class”? Look at any movie and TV screen, open any newspaper or magazine, and the A-list names and candidates will come tumbling forth like clothes out of a dryer opened mid-cycle. For it often seems as if every actor, singer, novelist, screen writer, TV producer, hairdresser’s assistant, sound engineer, and failed Foley artist aligns his or her beliefs with those of the Democratic Party and will continue to do so until he or she drops dead.

    But culturally, who represents the “country class” while also being respected by the “ruling class”? Is there even a Laundromat? Technically, yes, albeit one peopled by strange, threatening, or quarrelsome types like Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Ted Nugent, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Robert Duvall, and Sylvester Stallone, several possibly armed. Would anyone even dare to go in?

    Dylan: Ruling or Country Class?