“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."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sarah Palin and "Blood Libel"

I wasn't sure where Palin was going when I heard her use that term. It is one of those terms where you have heard of the use but forgot where it came from or as in my case never had the intellectual curiosity to check it out.

Fordham University has a post:

Medieval Sourcebook:
A Blood Libel Cult:
Anderl von Rinn, d. 1462

The Image The illustration on the right, located at the cult-church of Anderl von Rinn until recently, portrays the "martyrdom" of Anderl, a three year-old boy who became the focus of a blood-libel cult in the seventeenth-century. Anderl is the child being held down and having his throat slit. The killers are clearly marked as Jews by their clothes and turbans (one form of the "special mark" Jews were forced to carry by Church decree).
 The third, lower, figure is collecting the child's blood in a bowl. The myth of the blood libel was that the blood of a Christian child was used to make Passover matzohs.
 Note that, as Prof. Schafer recounts below, this cult was allowed to continue in Austria until the 1990s, when Bishop Reinhold Stecher had the images removed.
 The text of the motto reads: "Sie schneiden dem Marterer, die Gurgl ab und nemen alles Blut von Ihm", literally "they cut throat of the martyr and take all blood from him" or in other words, "They cut the martyr's throat and drain all his blood."


  1. In May 2010, Israel responded with a new wrinkle. It leaked to the London Sunday Times that it had placed nuclear-armed submarines off Iran’s coast. In the months before and after, it continued to hold war games and practice air strikes on Iran. And it repeatedly uttered threats that “all” options are on the table.

  2. Although, this was probably the origination of the phrase "blood libel," it is used quite often, now, in other contexts.

    The libs are trying to take the emphasis off of a very impressive statement, and sidetrack the argument onto whether, or not, she should have used this particular phrase. With the help of the Media it will work to some extent.

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  4. What is this crazy old fool still doing here?

  5. I'm not confident that this is going to work.

  6. Rufus said...

    "The libs are trying to take the emphasis off of a very impressive statement, and sidetrack the argument onto whether, or not, she should have used this particular phrase.

    With the help of the Media it will work to some extent.


    Why she has no chance in politics.

    Why BHO's and the Dems approval numbers are rising.

    The Media gave us BHO.

    Now working monolithically as Democrat Promoters/spokespeople, it appears the car ain't gonna get out of the ditch anytime soon.

    Trapped in an Orwellian Nightmare.

  7. Yeah, Whit:

    Isn't there a way to add members without giving us all access as owners of the blog?

    EB is now listed with the rest of my blogs.

    (which I just use for myself as an easily searchable database)

  8. TeaPartyNation said...

    For those that don't know about "The Shame of Arizona", Pima County, which contains left-wing tuscon (home of nut-job bearded marxist boycotter grijalva) is a de-facto ILLEGALS sanctuary area dominated by d-crat socialists.

    It is a lunatic-left cesspool, unlike the sanity that prevails in the rest of Arizona. dupnik is, of course, a d-crat socialist extremist who is so irresponsible he has consistently REFUSED to enforce ANY immigration laws, whether they be state or federal.

    As a direct result of dupnik's negligence, Pima Country and tucson have the highest per capital crime rates in the state.
    His inflammatory bs rhetoric is exactly what one expects from the lunatic-left.


  9. Doug asked:
    Isn't there a way to add members without giving us all access as owners of the blog?

    Only if we restrict viewing to invited readers only. This is the only way, (that we know of) that we can allow everyone to read but have "comments by invitation only."

  10. Doug that was my concern too. If it makes you feel any better your profile is still unavailable. I can't see anything.

  11. Whit is right there is absolutely no way to restrict one reader from commenting.

  12. Well, how does Bob keep sneaking through?

  13. Oh, wait; you guys gave the keys to him a while back, didn't you?

  14. Before a comment appears the comment author must have a previously approved comment. If the first comment is never approved the author's comments will never appear.

    They can just keep on commenting and you can just keep on ignoring.

  15. It also has a comment blacklist.

    When a comment contains any words on the list it will automatically go to spam. That could get a little touchy though.

  16. No, he doesn't have the keys and he commented before the permissions were changed about an hour ago.

  17. It sounds a lot better than blogger which doesn't seem to have improved appreciably over the last four years. Not a good sign for the long term.

  18. Ah, gotcha.

    It'll work out, Whit. Hang in there.

  19. Maybe you ought to put a "sticky" at the top of the page advertising for commentors (with an explanation of the reasons for the process.)

  20. Melody, do you have experience with Wordpress? Could I get your help in taking the blog to wordpress?

  21. I am torn between the hassle and the interest in maintaining the blog for my own benefit and that of all others who participate in a positive faction.

    When it is good, it is very good.

  22. 1. Whit and Deuce,
    2nd invitation worked. We'll see when I post this. Thank you. As I remember saying a long time ago, "I hope y'all don't regret this."


    2. The management of the blog is challenging. The difficulty encountered in screening the nonsense is recognized. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. It's regrettable for all that your time is wasted with hall monitoring.

    3. WTF is FFB? "Football Foundation of Belize" doesn't fit the context, and other more scatological explanations would certainly not apply in this august forum. Imho.

  23. It's easy Deuce.

    And? Your emoticons will appear complete in full color. How exciting is that?

  24. word press

    Create an account first. On your dashboard on the left side under tools will be an import button. You'll be able take it from there.

    Remember to save you blog somewhere incase something goes wrong. You don't want to lose anything.

  25. I wonder why the Chinese would test a non-stealthy "stealth" fighter while Gates is in China, and every Radar unit in the Pacific is trained on Beijing?

  26. .

    They're inscrutible.

    Luckily, we have

    The Blackhawk and His Men

    on our side.



  27. Glad you could make it, Q.

    Kinda took your time didn't you? :)

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  31. EB, where thought goes to die.

  32. Mr Deuce,
    Why do you go to the trouble to keep this arid blog alive?
    You have six-eight people writing six-eight words at a time.It's really sad.