“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."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A man has been killed in a machete attack and his two assailants shot by police in Woolwich, south-east London. The government is reported to be treating the assault as a suspected terrorist incident and the prime minister said it was "truly shocking".


Man dead in suspected Woolwich terror attack

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A man has been killed in a machete attack and his two assailants shot by police in Woolwich, south-east London.
The government is reported to be treating the assault as a suspected terrorist incident and the prime minister said it was "truly shocking".
Footage has emerged showing a man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements.
Local MP Nick Raynsford said the dead man was a soldier at Woolwich barracks but this has not been confirmed.
The ITV film shows a black man, dressed in a grey hooded jacket, saying: "We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
He added: "I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."
Home Secretary Theresa May has summoned a meeting of the government's emergency response committee Cobra.
It is too soon to know exactly what happened.
But what makes this completely different to any other violent attack is the fact that the prime minister asked the home secretary to convene a meeting of Whitehall's emergency response committee.
Those meetings are not convened lightly.
The fact is that all available accounts point towards this being a terrorist incident carried out by someone inspired by al-Qaeda's jihadist ideology.
If that's the case it would be the first such incident leading to a death of someone other than the perpetrator since the London suicide bombings of 2005.
So the first task for ministers will be to consider what implications the situation has for the public and national security.
The official terrorism threat level is currently "substantial" - the third highest level - which means that an attack is "a strong possibility".
If officials raise the level to "severe", that would mean they fear that another attack is highly likely.
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Mrs May said she had been briefed by the director general of Security Service MI5, Andrew Parker, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe on the "sickening and barbaric" attack.
"It has been confirmed to me that a man has been brutally murdered," she said. "Two other men were shot by armed police and they are currently receiving treatment for their injuries."
Speaking in Paris, Prime Minister David Cameron said there were "strong indications that this is a terrorist incident".
He said Britain had faced terror attacks such as the one in Woolwich before, before adding: "We will never buckle in the face of it."
Downing Street said Mr Cameron, who had been planning to stay in Paris overnight after meeting the French president, would be returning to the UK tonight.
One witness, identified only as James, said two men had attacked another man, aged about 20, who was wearing a T-shirt of military charity Help for Heroes.
"These two guys were crazed. They were just animals. They dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road and left his body there," he told LBC radio.
He said after the "horrendous" attack, the two men, who were also in their 20s, stood around, waving knives and a gun, and asked people to take pictures of them "as if they wanted to be on TV or something".
"They were oblivious to anything, they were more worried about having their photo taken, running up and down the road," he said.
Thomas, a witness who contacted the BBC, said: "I got there minutes after it happened because you could hear gunshots from Woolwich High Street.
"Basically two men carried out an axe attack on a young army cadet walking along the street, by the looks of things the police responded and then shot them in front of the public, at the same time I couldn't really tell if the cadet was fatally or not hurt as police were crowded around him."
Whitehall sources have told the BBC it is "a fair supposition" that the incident was a terrorist incident but police have not commented publicly on the suggestion.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the police view is that the attack may have been filmed and footage may exist.
According to senior Whitehall sources the people carrying out the attack were heard to say Allahu Akbar [God is Great], said our political editor.
On Twitter, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson described the attack as a "sickening deluded and unforgivable act of violence".
Buckingham Palace say the Queen is concerned at the news of the attack in Woolwich and is being kept informed.
School lock-down
Mr Raynsford, the Woolwich and Greenwich MP, said he had spoken to local police and understood a number of weapons had been seized at the scene including a gun, knives, and a machete.
Scotland Yard said the initial attack happened in John Wilson Street, the A205, at 14:20 BST.
Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford said the two attackers were then shot by armed officers.
He said: "Police were called to reports of an assault... where one man was being assaulted by two other men. A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack, and this included reports of a firearm.

Head teacher David Dixon describes seeing a body in the street and hearing gunshots
"Officers including local Greenwich officers arrived at the scene, and shortly after firearms officers arrived on the scene.
"On their arrival at the scene they found a man, who was later pronounced dead....
"Two men, who we believe from early reports to have been carrying weapons, were shot by police. They have both been taken to separate London hospitals. They are receiving treatment for their injuries.
"I can understand that this incident will cause community concerns and I would like to reiterate that we are investigating the circumstances."
Meanwhile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed it had been informed.
London Ambulance Service confirmed one man had been found dead at the scene.
It said two men had been taken to hospital - one by air ambulance - and one of them was a serious condition.
David Dixon, a local head teacher, told the BBC News Channel he walked out of the school gates and saw a body lying in the road a short distance away.
He then heard gunshots and instructed staff to lock all the gates of his school.
The air ambulance landed in the playground and most of the children have now gone home, he said.


  1. What happens if I curse the God of Jesus?
    Blessed is what I should be.

  2. When did Bobbies start packing heat?
    I missed that part of Britain's history.

  3. I posted a picture of the head hacker. He looks very English, maybe French.

    1. More French than English.

      More Algerian than Bahamian.

      Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you
      To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
      Port Au Prince I wanna catch a glimpse
      That's where we wanna go
      Way down to Kokomo

  4. That ought to give an up-tick to UKIP.

  5. Swedes riot in Stockholm -

    bob reporting from fancy internet cafe

    1. Nice place, this Imperialist Hotel Internet Cafe, Washington, D.C.

      Talk about rich foxy ladies.

      Q is trying for some liberal lady over there by the cigar shop.

    2. Wait a dang minute here. Those yoots don't look like Swedes to me.

    3. Police in the deprived, largely immigrant suburb of Husby shot a man dead last week after he reportedly threatened to kill them with a machete.

      The founder of a local youth group told Swedish media the riots were a reaction to "police brutality".

      Just springtime 'machete fever' going around.

      Swedish police brutality. Anybody buying into that?

  6. Hey, look at this -

    'Waived her fifth amendment rights' by giving opening statement...drudge

    She lawyered up with the wrong lawyer. Son bitch probably works undercover for the Teas Party. May he be blessed.

    10 bucks for a cup of coffee and cream here.

    No wonder government workers need such large salaries.

    1. Biden: 'Barack's Learning to Speak Without a Teleprompter'...drudge

      Starting early to practice up for his coming days in court.

  7. No need for a private citizen to carry a gun it only took the cops 20 minutes to arrive.

  8. Yup, anybody ought to be able to hold off a machete attack for 20 minutes.

  9. Well, got to run, Hamdoon is calling us all to a strategy meeting.

  10. These soldiers, today ...

    ... they have way to much free time on their hands. - ‎

    A sergeant first class on the staff of the United States Military Academy at West Point faces charges for allegedly filming numerous female cadets without their consent, sometimes when they were in the shower, according to the Army.

  11. FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage says he wants to represent himself at his upcoming trial.

    Fort Hood officials said Wednesday that Maj. Nidal Hasan is seeking to sever ties with his three Army attorneys.

    The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, is to consider his request at a hearing next week. She also delayed jury selection to June 5, about a week after it was scheduled to start.

    Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted in the attack on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.

    In 2011, Hasan cut ties with his previous lead attorney, John Galligan, a civilian who's a retired Army colonel. Galligan has never said why he stopped representing Hasan.

  12. U.S. News & World Report

    The family healthcare tab shows no sign of shrinking. On average, according to the latest Milliman Medical Index (MMI), a family of four covered through a typical employer health plan will pay out $9,144 this year in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

  13. The day before President Obama’s planned speech on drone policy, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. wrote a letter to members of Congress acknowledging the deaths of four Americans, including Anwar al-Awlaki, in counterterrorism strikes “outside of areas of active hostilities.” Though these strikes had long been the subject of press reports about the administration’s use of drones, the letter marks the first time the classified operations have been publicly acknowledged.

    Read the Letter:

  14. Don't believe your lyin' eyes

    AMMAN, Jordan — U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday downplayed recent battlefield advances by Syria's military, saying they do not signal that the government of President Bashar Assad is gaining the upper hand against rebel forces in the more than 2-year-old conflict.

    “Yeah, he’s made a few gains in the last days,” Kerry told reporters in Amman, the Jordanian capital. “But this has gone up and down in a seesaw.”

    See, JFKerry and bob are in agreement ...
    ... those children, they are just being a little to rambunctious while playing.

  15. .

    What's good for Lois may not be good for Obama.


    1. What's good for Lois is gonna be the shits for the Barky. She stays outta jail, and spills her guts about who ordered what.

      I am loving this.

  16. "It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal," said Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police.


    "We understand concern about the motivation and we will work tirelessly to uncover why this occurred and who was responsible. I understand people want answers, but I must stress we are in the early stages of investigations," Mr. Hogan-Howe said.

    He added that extra officers were on duty Wednesday night in the area where the attack took place.

  17. The wheels on Barky's little red bus are bloody red by now.

    Sooner or later Barky is going to find himself under his bus with the others.

    This is a metaphor.

    >>>>May 22, 2013
    Lois Lerner thrown under the bus
    Thomas Lifson

    Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS operation that targeted Tea Party groups is being thrown under the bus by Obama. As both John McCormack of The Weekly Standard and Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler noticed, in the wake of her taking of the Fifth Amendment before the Issa Committee today, two Obama media operatives, both veterans of Journolist who were called into the White House yesterday for consultations, both called for her firing. The two are the Washington Post's Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memorandum.

    Preston writes:

    The synchronicity is striking.

    It's also an indication of just how worried the White House is, and how it intends to contain the scandal. First, get reliably friendly bloggers and columnists on board with a story that focuses attention away from the White House. Then, isolate and target someone who has already become a central figure in the scandal and, more importantly, who does not work directly for the White House. Finally, make it appear as if these reliably friendly bloggers actually take the IRS scandal seriously.

    Once again, Obama has demonstrated to his underlings that loyalty is one way street with him. That may be a mistake because Lerner may well have waived her Fifth Amendment protections by giving testimony on the questions before her, in the form of a statement claiming she did nothing illegal. Once she started testifying, she cannot stop, claimed Rep. Trey Gowdy. The matter is being referred to counsel, and Lerner may be compelled to testify. Now, she has no reason at all to protect higher-ups.

    Even Democrats are calling for a special prosecutor. When one is appointed, he or she will be able to squeeze the medium-sized fish to go after the bigger fish.<<<<

  18. May 22, 2013
    Trayvon Martin's Final Hour
    By Jack Cashill

    >>>>On the rainy night of February 26, 2012, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed seventeen-year-old named Trayvon Martin. Three months later, a regular at the Conservative Treehouse blog known as Diwataman discovered the raw video of Martin's visit to the 7-11 that fateful night and initiated arguably the best bit of blogging detective work since the busting of Dan Rather's Air National Guard scam eight years earlier.<<<<

    I am beginning to think that if Obama had a son, he would be just like Obama himself, as our President once famously said.

  19. The attack in London today could be characterized as a suicide mission.

    1. >>>Throughout the frenzied attack they shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is great’ – then demanded horrified witnesses film them as they ranted over the crumpled body.

      The two black men in their 20s, waited calmly for armed police to arrive before charging at officers brandishing a rusty revolver, knives and meat cleavers.<<<

      Read more:

      Sounds like an appropriate characterization.

    2. Unfortunately it seems to have failed.

    3. Meaning of course it is unfortunate the perps ended up in the hospital and not the morgue.

  20. Hamdoon sat in front of us, serious yet relaxed.

    "Gentlemen, and Q", he began, "I have thought much of this. If you have any suggestions, please express them. The situation is critical, the time short, the way forward uncertain. This may be a longshot, but it is the only shot I am able to see at this point. I was reading in the Press today that the President is going to address a Pow Wow of The 500 Nations in ten days....."

    Hearing this Umatilla Jack stopped fiddling with his war bonnet and became alert, intent....

    1. .

      Q took an occasional sip of his Heineken as he flipped the open Case knife in the air and casually caught it, a pattern he had been repeating for the past fifteen minutes of Hamdoon's speech. He was thinking of Bagdad and how they had to thaw B out, H and UJ having left him in the tub of ice for over 8 hours. In the panic over trying to revive the big farmer, some ill-chosen words were spoken, harmful words, words that had caused H to cancel the entire mission.

      Now, they were sitting here in the Ponchitrain Room of the Imperialist Hotel in D.C. discussing who know's what. Q had tried to follow what H was saying but some time ago he had lost his train of thought quickly followed by his interest and his patience. Crazy...heck, what was Hamdoon anyway? An Arab? A Persian? Who the hell knew?

      As Q was looking around the Ponchatrain Room, a meeting room designed to hold over 300 people, a room H had lined up so the four of them could meet in private (Q was still smarting from the toungue lashing he'd received for suggesting they meet in one of their rooms) Q heard H yelling, "Q, pay attention".

      The next moment the Case knife entered Q's thigh.

      "Owww. Shit/damn, that hurts" Q screamed.

      In the corner, UJ still angry over his broken leg, chuckled.


  21. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again.


    “When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”