“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."

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday.


  1. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,"

    Armstrong's family said in a statement.
    Armstrong underwent heart surgery this month.

    General Open heart surgery and related procedures

    Number of cases for this procedure group : 8,808
    Number of hospitals reporting cases for this procedure group : 912
    Average list price for this procedure group : $125,200
    Average negotiated price : $37,600

  2. If the recent unmanned mission to Mars was a gigantic waste of money, as you said, crapper, this manned moon landing was a colossal waste of the nation's treasure, eh, crapper?

    If it really happened. Whole thing might have been filmed in the Mojave Desert, eh?

    Just like you used to say the Third World Trade Center was brought down by explosives, eh, crapper?

    1. Third World Trade Center building.....

    2. The Third World Trade Center itself is located in Detroit, Michigan.

  3. Instead of celebrating a truly amazing feat, instead of reflecting for a moment that it took life here on earth something like 3 and 1/2 billion years to develop to self conscious and the ability to plan and make and do, and get, however temporarily, off our wonderful blue planet, instead of any of this type of reflection, the crapper talks about the cost of the guy's heart surgery. All a waste of money, like the the Mars Mission.

    1. There is no need to celebrate going to the moon.
      That's "old news".

      There is need to discuss the public funding of surgeries for Octogenarians.

      That is where 35% of Medicaid spending goes, to Octogenarians.
      That is why Medicare is going broke, funding unnecessary surgeries, where there is no return.
      Not to productivity or even a long and fruitful life.

      Mr Armstrong stand in evidence of the truth of a life on the public payroll.

      He did his duty, as a military officer.
      No more, no less.

      Not worthy of any more respect than any of the Marines at Khe Sanh.

  4. No, dimwit.

    It was Building 7 at the World Trade Center in NYC.

    As for the Apollo missions, Those after the Apollo 11 were a waste of taxpayer funds. The propaganda value of going to the moon first was used up, after that.

    What any of that has to do with government funded surgery costing tens of thousands of dollars on Octogenarianis beyond me.

    The issue is government funding of hopeless causes.

    Surgery on Octogenarian
    Funding Green Energy projects.

    There is a possible payoff to funding Green Energy, none to funding surgeries on Octogenarian.

  5. As for sending a SUV to Mars, that was $2.5 BILLION shot to shit.

    Not a dime returned on that expenditure.

  6. boobie wants to celebrate the culmination of the NAZI dream of manned space flight.

    Wants us to celebrate Werner Von Braun's use of interned slave labor to develop the technologies that made going to the moon possible.

    1. boobie desires that we all develop selective memories.

      That we discount the human costs of his grasp of fleeting glory.

    2. .


      Lord, rat, you're getting a little hyperbolic aren't you? I thought I was cynical. You're worse. You have no vision or imagination. And how can you say it was all for nothing? Curiosity just landed. You have no idea what this mission will produce in advancing our understanding of science, or, for that matter, what it will produce in practical improvements or innovations we can use in everyday life as did much of the space program overall.

      As for the money, what are we talking, $8 per person? Heck, cash for clunkers cost us $24,000 per person and in the long run ended up doing less for us than we can expect Curiosity to do. And, let's not even talk about the cost of military inefficiency and overruns.

      I'd rather see our money go to something visionary rather than line the pockets of pols and war profiteers.

      Besides the idea of landing on and exploring Mars is just too damn cool.

      To infinity and beyond!.


  7. Celebrate, celebrate ...
    Dance to the Music!

    Operation Paperclip was the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II (1939–45). It was conducted by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency
    US President Harry Truman did not formally order the execution of Operation Paperclip until August 1945. Truman's order expressly excluded anyone found "to have been a member of the Nazi Party, and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazi militarism."
    However, those restrictions would have rendered ineligible most of the leading scientists the JIOA had identified for recruitment, among them rocket scientists Wernher von Braun and Arthur Rudolph, and the physician Hubertus Strughold, each earlier classified as a "menace to the security of the Allied Forces".

    To circumvent President Truman's anti-Nazi order, and the Allied Potsdam and Yalta agreements, the JIOA worked independently to create false employment and political biographies for the scientists. The JIOA also expunged from the public record the scientists' Nazi Party memberships and régime affiliations.

    Once "bleached" of their Nazism, the US government granted the scientists security clearance to work in the United States.

    Paperclip, the project's operational name, derived from the paperclips used to attach the scientists' new political personae to their "US Government Scientist" JIOA personnel files

    I'll never forget the photo of JFK and von Braun standing shoulder to shoulder.

  8. Then there is this photo of JFK and his NAZI rocket scientist

  9. boobie would fete men we should have executed.

  10. Why Rufus and Sarah Palin and Idahoans in general are 'g' challenged --

    Just goin' back to the original language.

  11. Listening to the radio, it was Kodak film used on the moon by the Apollo 11 guys.

  12. Might as well take another shot at ObamaCare before -


    Obamacare is a tax statute coupled with death panels deciding who lives and dies. Any senior who votes for Obama is voting for his or her own executioner.


    You have hit the nail on the head. The death panels are called the IPAB. They will tell your doctor how to treat and when to quit, which is about age 70. Obama said maybe grandma should just take a pill. The fact is with all that money removed, we will be lucky to get any kind of care or find a doctor to treat us.


    The nomenclature of the demoncrats always means the opposite, such as; "Affordable Health Care Act" is neither affordable nor concerned with health care. This convoluted logic also applies to terms like, "social security" which is getting more insecure by the generation, and "department of education" that has diminished the quality of education in our schools, and "department of energy" that raises the cost of producing energy through onerous regulations. There is no such thing as a logical demoncrat idea, for at their core they are illogical and thus they ruin everything they touch with their supposed "enlightened" understanding of things above the peons of the conservative "terrorists."

    God will have His day, and it will be one terrible day for Barack, the idol of the insane. May God bless the U.S.A. and help us to cast this idol from his imagined throne!


    No, not God..a tyrant.

    "Sucker Democrats are worried that Romney-Ryan's Medicare proposal will bankrupt Social Security. They can't believe that the Affordable Care Act is already burying them financially and sending seniors to the graveyard of rationing. Obama destroys seniors while he feathers the nests of non-contributors.

    He is God, I guess...I mean, he decides which ill people deserve what. His narcissism has morphed to auto-theism. Except God would not pick on seniors and cop their dialysis and hip operations in their waning days."

    'hip operations'

    Where have I heard that before? Rang a bell with me.

  13. Is it just me or does something seem wrong with the first man to land on the moon dying?

  14. I had an odd feeling about it, along the lines of he's been part of the landscape for so long.....maybe the same thing. Sort of like losing a face from Mt. Rushmore.

  15. August 26, 2012
    Review: 2016: Obama's America
    By Matthew May

    At the conclusion of his film 2016: Obama's America, producer and star (or featured narrator, if you will) Dinesh D'Souza asks viewers whether we will pursue the American dream or Barack Obama's dream.

    That dream, as D'Souza argues, is the defeat of oppressive colonialism that manifested itself in the rise of the United States as the dominant world power at the expense of the third world. In short, Obama seeks to right the wrongs identified by the most radical Communist sympathizers and activists of the post-World War II world, with Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. chief among them. D'Souza, utilizing Obama's first autobiography, Dreams from My Father, takes viewers along for a journey into Obama's upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia, and then to his alleged self-discovery in Kenya at his father's grave.

    One aspect of the film that D'Souza may or may not have intended to come across is the fact that Obama's childhood story is actually quite sad. As the movie restates, Obama was shuffled about from Hawaii, Indonesia, and back to Hawaii. His father abandoned him and his mother to gallivant in North America and at Harvard, fathering several children by different women, all the while abusing some of those women and drinking heavily. D'Souza portrays the elder Obama as a frighteningly selfish and irresponsible lout.

    Obama at times lived with his mother and her husband, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia. Interestingly, as D'Souza points out, Soetoro worked for an oil firm and was virulently anti-communist. However, Obama's mother rejected Soetoro and made it plain that Obama Senior's politics were honorable, Soetoro's dishonorable.

    1. After a time, young Obama was shipped back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents there. Obama never really had a foundational home base, and his childhood brings to mind the term dislocated. In many respects, Obama was a lost little boy.

      Along the way and throughout his life, as D'Souza shows, Obama has had a string of surrogates influencing him, people D'Souza calls "Obama's Founding Fathers." These include the Communist writer and activist Frank Marshall Davis, terrorist Bill Ayers, anti-Israeli crank Edward Said, Jeremiah Wright, and Brazilian Communist professor Roberto Unger. This series of father figures were in and out of his life at various intervals. The common thread among them, unfortunately, is that they marinated the young man in the swill of Marxist, anti-colonial propaganda, endorsed by the near-mystical specter of his missing father, that can be diluted thusly: the United States of America represents the greatest threat to mankind in the world and must be taken down.

      D'Souza argues that Obama's policies can be easily traced to this worldview. Critics will no doubt huff that D'Souza is engaging in ridiculous pop psychology, particularly in his attempt to parallel his own experiences with colonialism in India to those of some of Obama's surrogates and of Obama's father. Perhaps. Yet the contempt with which Obama has treated Great Britain (notably his attempts to link his grandfather as a "servant" to the U.K. and opposition to Great Britain concerning the Falklands) and Israel, and his tacit and overt support for radical Islamic actions in the Middle East as the work of freedom-fighters, makes D'Souza's assertions compelling. So do, D'Souza argues, Obama's actions concerning the winnowing of the American nuclear arsenal to ostensibly level the nuclear playing field while dangerous governments in Russia, North Korea, and Iran increase their weaponry. It is the implementation of the theories expressed by Obama's father, Davis, and many of the president's surrogates.

    2. D'Souza assembled an impressive roster of interviewees for the film, including AT contributor Paul Kengor, author Shelby Steele, scholar Daniel Pipes, Obama's half-brother in Kenya, and many others who deliver their insights into Obama's background and his policy choices from a number of different perspectives. Pipes sums things up succinctly when saying of Obama, "He doesn't think well of America."

      D'Souza also includes conversations along his travels with lesser-known figures who knew Obama's father well and were acquainted with Obama's mother in Hawaii, as well as a specialist in the psychological aspects of children of absentee fathers. D'Souza mentions that the Brazilian Communist and Harvard professor Unger declined to be interviewed for the film; it would have been interesting to know other names from the left D'Souza attempted to get on camera.

      Political reporters and commentators who participated in the mythmaking of the 2008 campaign and afterward should, after seeing this film, leave the theater kicking themselves for a missed golden opportunity. Had a one of them put into practice a third of the investigative scrutiny D'Souza applied to Obama's background, he or she could have gained everlasting fame and fortune. He or she would have also rendered a great service to his or her country, regardless of whether the electorate would have heeded the warning.

      D'Souza's movie is significant and engrossing. The tactic of taking Obama's words in his book Dreams from My Father is keen. D'Souza leaves alone the very real possibility that Ayers wrote or re-wrote large portions of Dreams, though if he had pursued that line, it would have led back, as AT contributor Jack Cashill has demonstrated, to one of the "Obama Founding Fathers."

      While one can look upon Obama's childhood and upbringing as sad tale, it is also true that he is a child of privilege who was afforded a lavish education from high school on. As D'Souza argues, Obama realized that Americans of goodwill were willing to help him advance -- in college, in law school, in politics -- and he capitalized on that help to present himself as a figure of unity while harboring the resentments of his surrogates. He had his chances, and he made his choices.

      Obama chose to associate with, study under, emulate, and work alongside the worst this nation has to offer. D'Souza's film is but a visual version of what readers of this site have known for years: Barack Obama may be a natural-born American citizen, and he may be the American president. He may be from America, but he is not of America. Neither is his dream.

  16. Report on the killings of white farmers in South Africa from Genocide Watch --

    1. The whites made a fatal error - they should have divided up the country.

      Where is Hillary on all this? She was always sticking her nose into South Africa back in the day.

  17. He had set an example of courage and guts to take the first leap and put his step on moon that made him immortal .....

  18. Never forgot this.He is a hero of the world.Your post remember the effort and worldrecord one.I appreciate your post.Thank you for your post.
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