“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."

Friday, November 23, 2012

To quote Dr. John - "Whatever I had to do to get the job did."


  1. update from the middle east..

    it seems that Obama was so intent on protecting Hamas from Israel he has promised US troops to man the egyptian border to stop smuggling of rockets into the gaza strip...


    so why do we give billions and billions to egypt?

    Now American troops will be fighting in Egypt doing the job of another incompetent Arab nation...


  2. 1st troops to arrive next week...


  3. Nov 23, 10:40 AM EST

    Pussy Riot member moved to solitary cell
    AP Photo

    MOSCOW (AP) -- One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials said Friday.

    Stanislav Volegov, a spokesman for the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Perm region in the Ural Mountains where Maria Alekhina is serving her sentence, said on Rain TV that she was moved into a "safe" cell on Wednesday at her own request.

    He didn't spell out the reasons behind the move, but other prison officials said, according to Russian news wires, that Alekhina made the request because of her perception that fellow prisoners had a negative attitude to her.

    Alekhina and two other band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced in August to two years in prison on hooliganism charges for performing a "punk prayer" at Moscow's main cathedral, pleading with Virgin Mary for the deliverance from President Vladimir Putin.

    Samutsevich was released on appeal, but Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were sent to prison camps to serve their sentences despite international outrage.

    The online claimed that Alekhina's inmates threatened her with violence after a heated argument over religion. Prison officials wouldn't confirm that claim, and Alekhina's lawyer, Irina Khrunova, couldn't be reached for comment.

    The 24-year old Alekhina, a poet and environmentalist, is the mother of a five-year old boy.

  4. US troops wedged between Egypt and Gaza?

    What could possibly go wrong?