“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, March 24, 2011

Help Wanted - Supreme Commander Allied Forces in Libya


Supreme Commander Allied Forces in Libya

I am Looking for the perfect Military Commander, Media Manager and Community organizer. It's an amazing job for an amazingly special person. This could be one of the best jobs in the World for the right person. Are you uniquely militant in demeaner and a bit of a Decider? Do you bring a quiet sparkle to all of your tasks? If you're not afraid of getting your hands dirty or the sight of blood and body bags and you can grow and prepare excellent organic vegetables and do not get freaky when you see two male marines kissing, then this could be the right position for you to sink your heart into.

These are only a few of the cool things about you

  • Immediately available
  • Flexible - able to Roll with Shifting Sands and Stay on Task
  • Not afraid to change your mind
  • Infectious Smile
  • Some combat experience helpful, gamers considered
  • Your chakras are in order
  • Can produce a US birth certificate or reasonable facsimile
  • Speak Arabic, French and Italian
  • Not easily ruffled
  • Can use a teleprompter
  • Proficient with PowerPoint
  • Can tolerate the Limeys
  • Look good in a uniform
  • Enjoy "Meet the Press"
  • Have personal Integrity, Spiritual values and the desire to make the world a better and more beautiful place
  • Leg-tingle and Drama-free
  • Enjoy foreign travel
  • Creative and able to think outside the box
  • Enjoy testifying to US senators
  • Easy Going and personable
  • Have a really cool salute and able to bow easily
  • Trustworthy
  • Have a credit score over 710
  • A golf handicap under 12
  • Have never voted Republican
  • Enjoy fried chicken wings
  • Union friendly
  • Demonstrable ability in basketball horse.
  • Loyal and believe that our strength is in diversity
  • Funny with a Great sense of humor
  • Patient with Democratic members of the Black Caucus
  • Open-minded with male marines
  • Self-motivated
  • Dedicated to different cultures
  • Competent or at least appear to be
  • Compassionate and a coalition builder
  • Caring
  • Intelligent
  • Athletic

I want to hear from you! 

Please respond to POTUS


  1. .

    Not content with venting about Libya on this blog, I decided to harrass my Senators and Congressman over the issue.

    My post naturally was quite long.

    What was interesting was that I merely posted the same message to all three officials. However, when I pasted in the comments to my Congressional Rep it got kicked out a number of times as I was forced to change specific words that were deemed unacceptable under "House Rules". But these were not the words you might think, profanity and such. It included words like "drop" and "select".

    Perhaps I am just a conspiracy theorist but the first thing that popped into my mind was 1984, Newsspeak and The Ministry of Truth


  2. Damn! My chakras quite aren't in balance yet.

  3. Finally, I'd like to give FIRE President Greg Lukianoff the last word here. In an e-mail sent to FIRE staffers last week, Greg wrote:

    "Bully" is a childish word that invokes the common but unfortunate reality of mean children. Therefore, I think that using "bullying" to refer to the behavior of college students is not only deceptive, but also dangerous and wrong. Almost all the conduct that the "anti-bullying" initiatives seek to address is already a crime or offense of some kind. Invasions of privacy, stalking, and actual harassment are (and should be) already banned. The idea that we should crusade against allegedly "bullying" adults fundamentally misunderstands that free speech is part of our system for testing our ideas using words rather than weapons. Open debate and discourse is how we determine nothing less than how we order our society, what is false, what wars we should fight, what polices we should pass, who we should put behind bars for the rest of their lives, and who gets to control our government. This is a deadly serious business, and while protecting children from abuse is a noble goal in many ways, it cannot be allowed to hobble the gravely important exchange of ideas upon which our nation depends. The new emphasis on collegiate "bullying" treats adults like kindergarteners and forgets entirely the seriousness and rightful passions ignited by the issues we face in our democracy every single day.

  4. @ 1:47 Asian Impersonation worth the price of admission.

  5. .

    You don't have to convince me Dougo.

    In Quirk's seven levels of hell, the lowest level is reserved for the hypocrites; but the next level up is held for the purveyors of PC.

    (They are just ahead of people who can't merge properly.)


  6. .

    Damn! My chakras quite aren't in balance yet.

    Did I mention we offer chakra adjustments at Souls-R-Us?

    I'm sure an hour on our couch and your chakras would be rocking again.


  7. You think you got it bad Mel:

    My Chihuahua's are mis-aligned.

  8. .

    I like White Girls

    Asian A-hole.


  9. I'm gonna need more than an hour. That's fo sho

  10. .

    UCLA Genius on Asian Hordes

    Her views on the Asian families can be criticized; but how do you criticize her views on idiots talking on cell phones in libraries?

    There is plenty to complain about with regard to Asians. Have you ever seen how Japanese or Chinese women drive. The concept of a turn signal is non-existant to them. If they need to change lanes, don't get in their way.

    Have I mentioned my views on people who can't merge properly?


  11. Hewitt Transcript, Rumsfeld Interview

    procurement, is it possible to fix it so it’s even slightly rational?

    Donald Rumsfeld: Oh, my goodness. You know, that’s an important question. As secretary, I pretty much stayed out of procurement to the extend I could, and the deputy dealt with it.

    There are so many rules and regulations and requirements, and people, they take so long to produce a weapon system, that you end up having three, four, five different people manage the process over the life of the weapon system.

    And that’s a formula for trouble.

    I started to say that the Defense Authorization bill, and I’m going to be wrong with the numbers to some extent, but the Defense Authorization bill passed by Congress in the 1970s when I was secretary were about 16 pages in legislative language.

    By the time I came back in the year 2001, it was over 500 pages
    . Now what does that mean?

    That means that the Congress started imposing all kinds of micro-requirements. Imagine to go from 15 or 20 pages up to four or five hundred pages.


    It’s very persuasive. A lot of this stuff is very persuasive. But there’s an almost mafia of opinion that is going to look at this and, I don’t know, history is a long time. Let me ask you about lawyers. I am myself a lawyer, and so I found this, and I greatly respected your general counsel and a lot of the team that you had there.

    But on Page 557, you wrote one of the most extraordinary things. I had no idea. “One of the most notable changes,” you wrote,

    “I had observed from my service in the Pentagon in the 1970s was the prevalence of lawyers when you returned, in almost every office, and in nearly every meeting. By the time I returned as secretary in 2001, there were a breathtaking 10,000 lawyers, military and civilian, involved at nearly every level of the chain of command across the globe.

    That the DOD could function at all with 10,000 lawyers parsing its every move is astounding.” It’s actually frightful that there are this many lawyers.

    So what does the Pentagon do about it? You know that you were overlawyered. And in fact, later you write about lawfare, very important subject, I’ve talked about it with our friend, Frank Gaffney, a few times. What…do you have a strategic suggestion what to do about that?

    Well, I don’t have a suggestion.
    I took action.

    I remember one time when they came in to brief me on rules of engagement. And the lawyer sat to my right, and started the briefing. And I said oh, no. No, no. Rules of engagement for the troops out there are operational matters, and I want an operational person to brief me.
    I don’t mind having the lawyer in the room, and I don’t mind having the lawyer having reviewed them. But having the lawyer brief me on rules of engagement gets this thing all backwards.

    And I moved the person on my right, the lawyer, put the person at the end of the table, and got the operations person in to brief me. And that’s what you have to do.

    You have to say look, legal advice, it’s fine, we need it, it’s helpful, there are rules that we have to obey. But by golly, the people making the judgments have to be the people who have the responsibility for the management of the war.

  12. Doug that sounds serious. I don't have any insight on Chihuahua alignment but i'm sure I could wing it.

    I do know a good talk on the phone lane changing Asian woman that could help.

  13. Hawaii's drivers specialise in disabling the passing lane by occypying it while matching exactly the speed of the vehicle in the right lane.

  14. The Pus should be centered in the pie such that a pizza slicer can neatly slice the tentacles.

  15. That's funny you say that, I have a friend in Hawaii and he says almost the same thing about the driver there.

  16. Bud and Jim were a couple of drinking buddy bikers who worked as aircraft mechanics in Dallas, Texas.

    One day the airport was fogged in and they were stuck in the hangar with nothing to do. Bud said, 'Man, I wish we had something to drink!'
    Jim says, 'Me too. Y'know, I've heard you can drink jet fuel and get a buzz.
    You wanna try it?' So they pour themselves a couple of glasses of high octane hootch and got completely smashed.
    The next morning Bud wakes up and is surprised at how good he feels.
    In fact he feels GREAT! NO hangover! NO bad side effects. Nothing. Then the phone rings.
    It's Jim
    Jim says, 'Hey, how do you feel this morning?'
    Bud says, 'I feel great. How about you?'
    Jim says, 'I feel great, too. You don't have a hangover?'
    Bud says, 'No that jet fuel is great stuff -- no hangover, nothing We ought to do this more often.'
    'Yeah, well there's just one thing.'
    'What's that?'
    'Have you farted yet?'

    'Well, DON'T, 'cause I'm in Denver

  17. Grain of Truth
    Ministry of Truth

  18. .

    I've complained about Rumsfeld a lot but the guy wasn't dumb.

    In fact, although he wasn't equipped for the war he got, he was in complete agreement with my view that you go to war when you have to, you win it, and you get out. No pottery barn rules.

    He was not interested in governing Iraq.


  19. Hawaii's drivers specialise in disabling the passing lane by occypying it while matching exactly the speed of the vehicle in the right lane.

    Fortunately, Hawaii's "Interstate" freeways are, of necessity, very short.

  20. I don't play with sharp objects.

  21. Obama says he inherited sleeping air traffic controllers from Bush.

  22. "Fortunately, Hawaii's "Interstate" freeways are, of necessity, very short."

    It's all relative, my dear.


    They're planning on Interisland Undersea High Voltage Cables to carry Windpower from Lani and Molokai to Oahu!

    Rufus plans to come over and cum on it.
    Blessing from Mississippi.

  23. Because I will not be a slave,
    I will not be a master.
    - Lincoln

  24. Doug, I've logged a lot of Hawaii time, being an ex-squid. That wind power thing sounds like a winner. Molokai is kind of depressed, economically. I mean it's rustic and "authentically" Hawaiian, but this is the main drag on Molokai.

  25. Obamanation?

    "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists.

    I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."

    (1st Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861)

  26. Very close to the home town of my youth!

  27. Yesterday, they partially restored power to the control room at reactor number one.

    The grim statistics from Japan's worst post-war disaster kept on rising, with 9811 now confirmed dead and 17,541 listed as missing by national police.

    Scientists at the Port and Airport Research Institute meanwhile found that the tsunami that swallowed entire towns was even bigger than first thought. In devastated Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, it topped 23 metres (76 feet).

    Nuclear Plant

  28. I heard today Obama saying how much he liked the movie "Black Orpheus". It is indeed a great movie. Loved it. He should go into the movie critic business. He might make some sense there.

    If Rat is starting to blame the Swedes along with the Jews I think he is blaming hiself as I picked up he was part Swede himself, sad to say, if I read it correctly. Italic/Swedes are something else. An odd group. Maybe he was thinking of the muzzie immigrant Swedes, though.

    Chakras can't get out of alignment, showing what Quirk knows. All they can do is get blocked, or stay unactivated.

    We had a good day, got the snows taken off, and two of the new tires blew up within twenty miles. I got blamed for it, as always. Les Schwab is making it right, though. At least as to the money.

    My accountant turns out to be 'one of us'. He too is sss.

    anonymous bosch aka Dead Wolf Running

  29. Enjoy fried chicken wings and self motivated.

    I qualify on those two counts.

    And, I'm available now.

    On the others I'd need a little special considerations, a little handicapping.


  30. That looks a little like Montana, Miss T. You certain you were in Hawaii?


  31. Nope, I've never been to Sweden.

    To blame them, for the Story of "o"? It never crossed my mind.

    No more than I'd blame Germans for the Reichstag fire.

    When everyone knows it was the Communists that started it.

  32. ABC News -

    The Pentagon has issued a stop work order for a controversial second engine for a futuristic jet fighter, calling the engine, which has already cost billions, a "waste of taxpayer money" - but General Electric has vowed ...

  33. Today I was picking up my wife at Waldenbooks at the Mall, and going through the parking lot, over the many speed bumps, I came upon a beautiful new car, pure white, a Maxima, with a Washington State personalised plate - S A U D I - and this guy - had to be a male as their women aren't allowed to drive - was stopped in the middle of the way, like he owned the place - he could have pulled over - so I waited until an... an ...apparition in black appeared from the stores, otherwordly, from head to foot, but you couldn't see any feet, neither even hands, just two slits where the eyes are supposed to be, drifting slowly, silently, ghostly, to the car. This full burka - first I've seen around here, many with the facial scarves -was beautiful, made of some pure and rich material, a soft, smooth velvety blackness to appall, like Churchill's description of death, she was death floating slowly along it seemed. I assume it was a woman, though it might have been a suicide bomber perhaps, or a walking sausage, or one of Art Bell's Alien Reptilians. Anyway, it was truly strange, and kinda truly sad. I bet that burka, high class as it was, might have cost 20thousand dollars. But I wonder if the being in it had any mental capacity left.

    Dad used to ask, why do we educate these people? Why train them in the engineering arts and such? Actually it might be a damned good question.


  34. No more than I'd blame Germans for the Reichstag fire.

    When everyone knows it was the Communists that started it.

    Christ, I'm goin' to bed.


  35. This is just getting me more and more angry. Bully everyone into accepting your delusions and denial of reality, after all if others share a delusion in becomes reality. Perception is everything.
    Gaddafi is only dong what they have been doing in Bahrain, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and what Israel does to unarmed civilians when it launches missiles and jets to defeat its enemies in Gaza. They're all getting away with murder and until and unless we create a World Policeman (and no, U.S, UK - and especially Blair - please don't apply), it will always be the case.

    By intervening all we are doing is ensuring that we will be murderers too (although we like to call it collateral damage).

  36. The world's tolerance of the barbaric Israeli acts, which mirror those attributed to Hamas, and yet draw minimal comment from the Western nations only serves to highlight the hypocracy that exists over human rights and Libya, when considered separately.

    As an occupying force Israel has certain inherent duties to the citizens of the countries it occupies imposed by international treaties yet no one seems too upset that the Israeli's choose to ride roughshod over them.

    Israel uses it's military against unarmed civilians, just as Libya did, yet that's OK, too. They use drones to knock off Palestinians which is also met with acceptance by the West. No sign of a 'No fly' zone there.

    Until the Palestinian matter is settled justly and all those invasive Israel settlements removed there will be peace for no one. Anywhere.

    I suspect that the wave of change across the Middle East will affect Israel sooner than you think. People living in the occupied territories have seen the positive affect of protest and the West and Middle East's reaction to tyrannical rule. I know that many will dispute casting Israel's politics as tyrannical but from the perspective of the Palestinians, and increasingly the arabs 'on the street', there is a recognition that all is not well in the Jewish state or in its relationship with their traditional supporters in the West. Israel's actions are increasingly analysed and criticised, 'security' and 'fighting terror' are no longer accepted as blanket excuses for the IDF's excesses. The Israeli lobby has been able to effectively counter criticism by using their influence in the US specifically to counter criticism and influence public opinion but in Europe things have changed and no longer is challenging Israel's policies seen as anti-semititic and across the Middle East the internet, facebook etc means that the opinions in the street have more voice and influence. Israel will in future have a very different audiance for its aggression and the country will find that the world is far less sympathetic. As South Africa found out, once world opinion has moved against you it is very difficult to reverse the process. If the tide has turned against Israel then we can expect change to be sooner rasther than later.

  37. This operation is a mistake, and the fact that it was endorsed by the clowns at the UN and Gaddafi's fellow despots in the Arab League (at least initially) is proof enough. That said, Gaddaffi has had repeated last chances to mend his way, he could have avoided the UN resolution and US/UK/French action by calling off his goons and talking to the rebels (or just bowed to the inevitable and left). Instead he ploughed ahead with his repression and brought this upon himself.The rebels asked for a no fly zone and the UN/USA/UK/France decided that meant they could bomb the shit out of Libya. This is a Libyan internal problem it is not a disagreement between nations and therefore is fuck all to do with that imperial talking shop, the UN.

  38. Your post is quite amusing. I don't like Obama right along with you people but It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that Obama has no moral compass. He's a narcissistic sociopath whose actions are only limited by what he can get away with. I doubt that his relationship will ever be the same with the press. In my view, the love affair is over between Obama and the press. The press will not be carrying an ocean of water for him this time. At all.

    It's why he will lose to virtually any serious Republican but, possibly, Palin and Huckabee.

  39. Saw an article the other day. Some poll-or-something-or-rather. Said Obama wins by 10 percentage points over any Republican right now.