“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, February 03, 2011

God Bless the Finest Military On Earth

Milestones in Xena and Gabrielle's Childhood

Age 5

GAB: First time crossing the street without holding mom's hand
XENA: First time extending the buffer zone around Amphipolis without holding mom's hand

Age 8

GAB: First mastery of jump rope
XENA: First mastery of horse whip

Age 10

GAB: First time playing "Doctor"
XENA: First time making a hole in a boy's neck with a hollow reed playing "Doctor"

Age 12

GAB: First training bra
XENA: First training breastplate

Age 14

GAB: First ear piercing
XENA: First ear piercing (it was a bully's ear, with Xena's dagger)


  1. It is the most expensive military in all the whirled. i'll give 'em that.

    Proof by performance, it lacks adaptability.

    Border bandits are beyond the capacity, of the US military, to fix and destroy.

  2. Border bandits are beyond the capacity, of the US military, to fix and destroy.

    700 bases overseas, 1969 miles of border between US and Mexico. Relocate the bases to the border, averaging two klicks wide, with two klicks between each base. Training consists of patrolling that strip, day and night, first offense, immediate deportation, second offense is prison time, which doubles with each offense.

  3. The Federal Socialists, in Washington DC are in lock step, at least on the Egyptian issue.

    McCain: It's Time for Egypt's Mubarak to Step Down

  4. JERUSALEM — Israel must relaunch peace talks with the Palestinians in light of the massive protests rocking Egypt, a senior Israeli politician said, as the popular uprising on Thursday entered its tenth day.

    Shaul Mofaz, head of the powerful parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence, said the revolt in Egypt is creating a new strategic reality in the region, making it imperative for Israel to restart talks with the Palestinians.

    "The crisis in Egypt is a new strategic situation," the former defence minister told journalists late on Wednesday.

    "Because of the strategic change in our region, we have to move forward with the Palestinians," said Mofaz, who is a senior figure within the opposition Kadima party. "We have to do our best to restart negotiations with the Palestinians and with Syria as well."

    The alternative would mean Israel becoming "a state for two nations and we will be very close to a new war with our neighbours."

    If there is thought that the US was "behind the curve" with regards the Islamic Arc, the Israeli have been lapped.

    This Mr Mofaz sees the writing, on the wall. I think it is to late for the Israeli government to be heeding his consul, he will be ignored, anyway.

  5. FOX News
    CAIRO –

    Egyptian army tanks and soldiers cleared away pro-government rioters and deployed between them and protesters seeking the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, as the prime minister made an unprecedented apology Thursday for the assault by regime backers that turned central Cairo into a battle zone.

    Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq told state TV that the attack Wednesday on the anti-government protesters was a "blatant mistake" and promised to investigate who was behind it.

  6. The US is sefinately not at war, with Islamic political parties, anywhere.

    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    As it braces for the likelihood of a new ruler in Egypt, the U.S. government is rapidly reassessing its tenuous relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition movement whose fundamentalist ideology has long been a source of distrust in Washington.

    Although the group has played a secondary role in the swelling protests that are threatening to topple President Hosni Mubarak, U.S. officials have acknowledged the political reality that the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to assume at least a share of power should Egypt hold free and fair elections in the coming months.

    On Monday, in what analysts said was a clear reference to the Brotherhood, the White House said a new government in Egypt should "include a whole host of important non-secular actors."

  7. Mexico sending electricity to Texas as rolling outage possibility continues

    Good thing our relationship with Mexico remains strong.

    They, fellow residents of the Americas, are a major supplier of energy to the United States.

  8. The US is sefinately not at war, with Islamic political parties, anywhere.

    This goes back to John Adams' 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, which reads in part:

    As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries...