“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, August 13, 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. must have a real stink bomb hidden somewhere

Does anyone else find it strange that there are so many stories coming out about Jessie Jackson Jr. and his myriad of personality and mental disorders? Is there a big fat federal indictment out there and the Jacksons are setting up a defense based on his instability? 

CHICAGO — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota announced Monday.   According to a statement from the clinic, Jackson “is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength.”   The announcement by the clinic comes two months after Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, abruptly left Congress. Initially Jackson’s office said the congressman, who represents a district that includes a large portion of Chicago’s South Side and southeast suburbs, was taking a medical leave of absence to seek treatment for “exhaustion.” But two weeks later his office said his condition was “more serious than we thought.”


  1. Jackson aide Rick Bryant said last week that Jackson appeared in good spirits and wanted him to push forward on projects in the district, which includes Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs. Jackson, who first won office in 1995, is on the November ballot with two little-known candidates and is widely expected to win re-election.

    The timing and manner in which the medical leave was handled has invited scrutiny.

    Jackson is under a House Ethics Committee investigation for ties to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Jackson's office announced his leave just days after a former fundraiser connected to the probe was arrested on federal medical fraud charges.

  2. Cocaine, booze and especially the prospect of Federal prosecution will do this to a man.

    Concerning the third listed, consider 3Q for instance. Totally off his rocker with the prospect of 'the Big House', not even realizing that I am suing him civilly, not prosecuting him criminally no matter what the court itself may do. Having fled to Alleppo to avoid his nightmares, he risks death on every street corner.

    So I don't think 3J is entirely 'faking it' though he might be adding a little 'frosting' to the act.

    I am pleased to see AG Holder being sued by the House of Representatives.

    Things are looking up, 3Q, 3J, AG Holder, three scoundrels on the run.

    Now if we could just get B-HO.

  3. Ah, so here's where Rufus gets his B.S. about Medicare, etc -- from Debbie --

    Video: Lifelike talking-points robot doesn’t like being reminded that Ryan’s Medicare plan won’t affect seniors --

    1. And Rufus I do realize 1233 was dropped from the Senate bill. But the panels still lurk in the penumbra regulations of the whole mass of garbage.

      charles krauthammer
      Government by regulation. Shhh.

      charles krauthammer
      Friday, December 31, 2010

      Most people don't remember Obamacare's notorious Section 1233, mandating government payments for end-of-life counseling. It aroused so much anxiety as a possible first slippery step on the road to state-mandated late-life rationing that the Senate never included it in the final health-care law.

      Well, it's back - by administrative fiat. A month ago, Medicare issued a regulation providing for end-of-life counseling during annual "wellness" visits. It was all nicely buried amid the simultaneous release of hundreds of new Medicare rules.

      Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), author of Section 1233, was delighted. "Mr. Blumenauer's office celebrated 'a quiet victory,' but urged supporters not to crow about it," reports the New York Times. Deathly quiet. In early November, his office sent an e-mail plea to supporters: "We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists . . . e-mails can too easily be forwarded." They had been lucky that "thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it. . . . The longer this [regulation] goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it."

      So much for the Democrats' transparency - and for their repeated claim that the more people learn what is in the health-care law, the more they will like it. Turns out ignorance is the Democrats' best hope.

      And regulation is their perfect vehicle - so much quieter than legislation.

    2. Bob, VA's been doing this forever. It boils down to, "do you have a living will? Do you want one?"

      I've given instructions for no "extraordinary measures." No respirator, etc. No lying around for a year, or two in a coma. That sort of thing.

  4. Since November, the central bank has cut the reserve ratio—the portion of deposits that banks must hold in reserve rather than lend out—three times by a total of 1.5 percentage points, with the last reduction taking effect May 18.


    Besides monetary-policy loosening, there is also substantial fiscal support for the economy coming online, with accelerated approvals for infrastructure and investment projects, new purchase incentives for household appliances, and tax cuts for service-sector companies.

    In a hopeful sign for those awaiting more support measures, government fiscal spending soared 37.1% in July from a year earlier—19.4 percentage points higher than June's growth—while revenue growth slowed by 1.6 percentage points to just 8.2%. Expenditure rising faster than revenue—basically taxes--means there is a net injection of funds into the economy.

    China Stimulus


    My daughter went to a Mexican takeaway and ordered a taco.
    She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.'
    He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.

    ....From Castle Hill, Sydney .....

  6. I was in Starbuck`s recently when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really loud so I timed my fart with the beat of the music.

    After a couple of songs I started to feel better. I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me

    And suddenly I remembered I was listening to my iPod

    1. The kind of totally meaningless joke many people like best.

  7. For Ms Merkel, the crisis is approaching its climax at the start of an election year and as her government faces mounting pressure from opposition parties to back structural reforms as well as fiscal discipline in the worst-affected EU member states. Her government also faces increasing difficulties over implementing its plans to phase out nuclear power.

    Ms Merkel's coalition goes to the polls in September next year and, while the Chancellor is riding high in terms of personal popularity, the weakness of her Free Democrat coalition partners means that it is far from certain that her government will be returned to power. Her best chance may rest on becoming head of a grand coalition government consisting of her conservatives and the Social Democrats.

    Der Spiegel magazine concluded at the weekend that Ms Merkel faces "the most decisive months in her career as Chancellor".

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    1. Free:

      Paolo Gabriele, a butler

      Pussy Riot




      AG Holder

  9. Congress and the president are once again acting like errant school children who are waiting until the end of the semester to finish their work. Of course, it is ridiculous to imagine this post-election glut of legislation will produce any meaningful spending reform, coherent tax policy or a wise plan to implement the sequestration cuts.

    Simply put, this is no way to run a country. The problem is not gridlock or ideological fervor.

    The problem is an increasingly irresponsible government that has for far too long been far too easily let off the hook. Whichever party emerges victorious in November, and whatever happens in the lame-duck session, this much is certain: Unless taxpayers begin demanding their president and Congress act responsibly, and do the actual work they were elected to do,“gridlock” will be the least of our problems.

  10. Those Muslim fascists were put into power a few weeks ago, with the direct aid and support of the Obama administration and Hillary's State Department. Obama told us that the new dictator of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, was a fine human being, and besides that, the Egyptian Army would keep most of the power anyway. So who cares that the Muslim Brotherhood always wants to wipe out Israel and America?

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