“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, October 10, 2010

Sean Bielat versus Barney Frank for Congress

Help Barney Retire

Barney Frank, 70 years old, has 45 years of work experience and 44 have been in politics.

Obama carried Massachusetts with 63% of the vote.

There is only one Republican in the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

Polls shot Bielat behind Frank 48% to 38%.

Wishful thinking?


  1. Up by McCall, Idaho, I fell asleep in my wife's arms, in a motel.

    We both snored, just a little.

  2. I had my arm round her waist.

    We wiggled our toes.

    The pine trees stirred.

  3. The moon was up, and so was I.

  4. ...but he forgot the Viagra, so we'll be reading soft porn.

  5. Pamela Geller Makes the NY Times

    In April, they founded a nonprofit group called American Freedom Defense Initiative, which also uses the name Stop Islamization of America. They took out bus ads offering to help Muslims who wanted to leave the religion but were afraid of violent reprisals — and won in court when cities tried to suppress the ads. They brought crowds to support Rifqa Bary in Ohio and urged people to oppose the mosque on Staten Island.

    Then Park51 emerged.

    Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller said they would rather have galvanized the nation with accounts of Muslim girls killed by male relatives over violations of family “honor.” But, Mr. Spencer said, to many Americans the plight of a Muslim immigrant girl is too abstract. “Most people are only concerned with their families and friends and their immediate circle,” he said. “There is a visceral connection that Americans have with 9/11 that is not felt about other issues.”

  6. They have interview excerpts linked on the sidebar.


    Ms. Geller on Islamic law in the United States:

    ANNE BARNARD So do you really think that creeping Shariah is the biggest danger to America right now?

    PAMELA GELLER No. The biggest danger to America? No. Do I think it’s a big danger? Yeah. Am I worried about it for tomorrow? No. Is that how it happens? No. It’s a drip, drip, drip, drip, drip. The mosque-ing of the workplace where you’re imposing prayer times on union contracts, non-Muslim workers have to lengthen their day: it’s wrong. And in places like Greeley and in Marshall, in Colorado, the media doesn’t report on it, but they’ve come to fisticuffs, there’s been rioting. The non-Muslim workers, they’re mainly Hispanics, they don’t want to lengthen their day.

  7. Hotel Nevada

    Best place on earth.

  8. Guest speakers were Senator Tasker L. Oddie and Congressman Sam Arentz

    you can't beat that

  9. Oddie and Arentz

    Right on

    Made a hell of a speech, too

  10. Shariah Threat Report Annoying All the Right People
    Andy McCarthy

    One of the members of our “Team B” on the aforementioned report on the sharia threat is Patrick Poole, one of the country’s most informed authorities on the Muslim Brotherhood. He has an article at Human Events this morning about ruffled feathers at the
    Congressional Muslim Staffers Association.

    What is the CMSA? As Patrick explains, it’s an internal Hill group organized to assure bipartisan congressional leadership that sharia and Islamist ideology are nothing to fret about. And why shouldn’t our top lawmakers listen to them? After all, CMSA is best known for its Friday services at the Capitol, for which the group brought in to lead prayers none other than Anwar al-Awlaki — the al Qaeda recruiter who ministered to the 9/11 hijackers, inspired the Fort Hood massacre, and may well have had a hand in the attempted Christmas bombing of a airplane in Detroit.

    In one video clip of Awlaki leading prayers (the clip was unearthed by Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism),

    Patrick notes that we see Nihad Awad, a founder of CAIR (the infamous Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot identified by the Justice Department as an unindicted coconspirator in the recent Hamas financing case); Randall “Ismail” Royer, a CAIR official now serving a 20-year sentence after his terrorism conviction; and CMSA founder Jameel Alim Johnson, a one-time chief-of-staff to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D., NY).

    (Johnson tried in 2007 to arrange an Islamic conference on the Hill that was cancelled by Congress’s sergeant-at-arms when it was determined that some of the Islamists on Johnson’s dance card were known to be on terrorist watch lists.)

    The influence of the CMSA raises nary an eyebrow in the halls of government, yet a report suggesting that we might want to take a harder look at the ideology that fuels the threat against our nation is thought controversial. All the more reason why we need the report.

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  13. Jeeze:
    I clicked once and it quadruple posted!

  14. Shariah, the Threat to America

    A report (pdf) has been published by the Center for Security Policy, which should be taken seriously by anyone with an interest in national security issues, and particularly those in government. The report has been written by “TEAM B”, a panel of 19 people, headed by Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin and Lieutenant General Harry Edward Soyster.

    From 2003 to 2007 Boykin was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, and Soyster was a former Director of Defense Intelligence Agency and Commanding General at U.S. Intelligence and Security Command.

  15. Bob got censored for commenting on Barney's sex life!

  16. No, bob didn't get censored. I am concerned about bob's health.

    I left the McCall stuff, because of your funny retort about the 'soft' porn.

  17. I don't like to think of the EB as the "ultimate reality show" where the ups and downs of everyone's life are thrown out there for other's amusement.

  18. If someone goes on a three day drunk or is bipolar or whatever, should we leave up everything they write?

  19. Agree totally.

    I was gonna make same suggestion, but held back over fears for my families safety.

    He's already disclosed he knows his way around the islands.

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