“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, January 24, 2011

The Super Bowl will air on the 100th birthday anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan

Reagan was sworn in 30 years ago as our 40th President.

If the age of Reagan is over, why is President Obama, in an (admittedly well crafted) editorial in USA Today, praising him as an inspiration the day before the STFU address?

'When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always "Morning in America." That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.' ~ Barack Obama

It's called moving hard to center in the wake of what Obama himself calls the biggest shellacking in 38 years.

I served President Reagan in the Cold War. Barack Obama is no President Reagan.

During the first months of his administration Barack Obama announced that the United States would no longer seek to implement the missile defense shield which eventually brought Russia back to START negotiations and the signing of the Treaty.

This was right after Medvedev announced in March of 2009 that Russia would begin a large scale INCREASED rearmament and renewal of Russia’s nuclear arsenal by 2011.

"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." ~ Ronald Reagan


  1. More genius from the Bush Administration:

    Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under George Bush, suggested in 2008 Palestinian refugees could be resettled in South America. "Maybe we will be able to find countries that can contribute in kind," she said. "Chile, Argentina, etc."

  2. If only she had concentrated on the piano for 8 years.

  3. (and Bolton had manned her posts!)

  4. How many million dollars, and how much quality TV time did Green Bay save for us plebes?

  5. Bogus Temperature Stations

    USHCN stands for the United States Historical Climate Network as defined by the National Climatic Data Center.

  6. The Guardian -

    The Palestine papers appear to confirm what many have feared - that the so-called Middle East peace process has been dead for far longer than just the last few months (Israel spurned Palestinian offer of 'biggest Yerushalayim in history' 24 January).
    The international community must make clear that the mega-settlements Israel has built on Palestinian land are illegal, including those in Jerusalem, and that the occupation of Palestinian land has to end. Britain should declare its total support for the draft UN security council resolution on settlements as part of a zero-tolerance policy towards these colonies. We should abandon the charade of these talks for an international approach that puts international law at its heart and not the whims of settler-led Israeli coalitions basking in the unstinting support of every US government.

    Chris Doyle

  7. Yes, the Guardian has opinions, too.

  8. They certainly do.

    More right than wrong, as well.

  9. The Palestinians were going to allow the Israeli to legitimize their position in the occupied territories, the Israeli told 'em to "buzz off".

    A tasty pudding, that the US has subsidized.

    As Ms Rice noted we're in Iraq, to defend Israeli's "Eastern Flank".

    Another Trillion USD, for naught.
    We'd have been better off wasting it away, in Margaritaville.

  10. Washington Post -

    The government recaptured a record $4 billion last year from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other providers of care that defrauded federal health-care programs, the Obama administration reported Monday.

    Team Obama, showing the GOP how it's done.

    To bad the Bush Team was not as aggressive, against waste and fraud.

  11. I've long suspected that Israel's desire for peace has been, ummmmm, lukewarm. There is certainly a strong proportion of Israelis that 'want it all'.

  12. US army presence in Iraq protects Israel

    Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice reassured Israel that the US military presence in Iraq should calm any Israeli security concerns "from the east," minutes from a 2008 trilateral meeting between Rice and the Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams reveal.

  13. "Take the case of General Electric, whose chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, has just been appointed to head that renamed advisory board. I have nothing against either G.E. or Mr. Immelt. But with fewer than half its workers based in the United States and less than half its revenues coming from U.S. operations, G.E.’s fortunes have very little to do with U.S. prosperity. "

  14. Those Russian imperialists, ash.

    Playing their role, where ever they reside.

  15. Money may not buy love, but it will get you laid.

    General Electric Co. spent more on government lobbying than any other company in 2010 as it continued to fight for funding for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and sought federal approval to merge its NBC Universal subsidiary with Comcast Corp.

    Lobbying expenses for Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE totaled $39.3 million last year, up 49 percent from 2009, when the company spent $26.4 million, filings show.

    “We are a diverse company with broad interests,” said Helaine Klasky, a spokeswoman for GE, when asked to comment on the spending.

  16. Rahm Emanuel gets job with President Hu, figures working for Communist Red China same as working for Obama!

  17. Russell Company acolytes.

    One Whirled Order.
    No news there.

  18. BREAKING: 100,000 Dead Chicagoans Sign Petition Supporting Rahm Emanuel

  19. Maybe Rahm should run for mayor of Honolulu. They're more relaxed about proof of residency in Hawaii.

  20. U.S. military officials tell NBC News that investigators have been unable to make any direct connection between a jailed army private suspected with leaking secret documents and Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

    The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure.

  21. As far as Obama emulating Reagan, it has to do with exploding the deficit.

    Obama following in the footprints of Presidential precedent.

  22. Obama certainly maintaining the military industrial complex, with substantial increases in DoD spending, in the face of fewer global military threats and massive budget deficits.

  23. The effort to help troops and their families will see the launch of nearly 50 initiatives, among them:

    —The Department of Housing and Urban Development will partner with other agencies to try to wipe out homelessness among veterans.

    —The Health and Human Services Department will work with the Pentagon on suicide prevention.

    —The Treasury Department will work to protect military families from predatory lending and other harmful consumer practices.

    Military Families