“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, June 22, 2013

An Irish legislator with some tough straight talk on Obama on Syria


  1. I don't think she's such a big fan of "hopey, changey." :)

  2. That said, though, she really shouldn't refer to our President, and his family, as "abhorrent" people.

    1. But, gads, ye gotta just love the accent, eh? :)

    2. Even tho they are? Spades.

    3. Should she comment on how buff he looks in a bathing suit, and how he's handsome despite being a homely big-eared Dork just to satisfy you and the rest of the MSM Drones?


    4. "abhorrent"



      ...except in the Brave New World in which you have enlisted as a true-blue believer.

      Worthless POS

  3. Replies
    1. The US government is spying on its citizens in contravention of the Constitution’s fourth amendment and Edward Snowden is charged with spying? We are through the looking glass here people. Exposing US government violations of the Constitution is now a crime.

      War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery.
      Ignorance is strength.

    2. "War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery.
      Ignorance is strength."


      Rufie II

      True Blue

  4. Unprecedented slobbering over them by the sycophantic news media.

    Hypocrite of the century award talking peace and supplying arms to al Qaeda in Syria.

  5. We are all Mujahedin now”

    FUKUS finally challenged by a major US newspaper. The Washington Post

    Despite months of laboratory testing and scrutiny by top U.S. scientists, the Obama administration’s case for arming Syria’s rebels rests on unverifiable claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, according to diplomats and experts.

    The United States, Britain and France have supplied the United Nations with a trove of evidence, including multiple blood, tissue and soil samples, that U.S. officials say proves that Syrian troops used the nerve agent sarin on the battlefield. But the nature of the physical evidence — as well as the secrecy over how it was collected and analyzed — has opened the administration to criticism by independent experts, who say there is no reliable way to assess its authenticity.

    The technical data presented by the three Western powers is of limited value to U.N. inspectors trying to determine whether Syria’s combatants used chemical weapons during the country’s 25-month-old conflict. Under the United Nations’ terms of reference, only evidence personally collected by its inspectors can be used to fashion a final judgment.

    But no inspectors have been allowed inside Syria, so Western governments have relied on physical evidence smuggled out of the country by rebels or intelligence operatives. Precisely who acquired the evidence and what methods were used to guard against tampering may be unknowable, according to experts experienced at investigating chemical weapons claims.

    “You can try your best to control the analysis, but analysis at a distance is always uncertain,” said David Kay, a former U.N. weapons inspector who led the U.S. search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. “You’d be an idiot if you didn’t approach this thing with a bit of caution.”

    1. "Despite months of laboratory testing and scrutiny by top U.S. scientists, the Obama administration’s case for arming Syria’s rebels rests on unverifiable claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people, according to diplomats and experts."


      I ain't even gonna bother to read the rest of this shit:

      If it's good enough for John McCain, it's damned sure good enough for me.

  6. John Kerry has the nerve to try and get American jews to Lobby Israel. Can you believe it ?

    Despite almost uniformly claiming to back a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, most major American Jewish organizations have declined to rally behind Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent call on them to speak with Israeli decision makers on the urgency of renewing negotiations with the Palestinians.

    In interviews with the Forward, some American Jewish leaders say they have stayed quiet because they feel that the onus is on the Palestinians to push for peace. Others told the Forward that they resented Kerry for asking them to pressure Israelis to come to the table.

    “It’s inappropriate for an American official to try to engage and recruit American citizens, just because they happen to be Jewish, to put pressure on an Israeli government to do one thing or another,” said Abraham Foxman, president of the Anti-Defamation League. “It’s just wrong.”

    Say what?

    Read more:

  7. More on the We are all Mujahedin now file”

    You want to see the breath taking hypocrisy of FUKUS, check this out from Debka:

    US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels DEBKAfile Special Report June 22, 2013, 5:44 AM (IDT)
    The US decision to upgrade Syrian rebel weaponry has run into a major setback: DEBKAfile reveals that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan phoned President Barack Obama in Berlin Wednesday, June 19, to report his sudden decision to shut down the Turkish corridor for the transfer of US and NATO arms to the Syrian rebels.

    Against this background, the US President informed Congress Friday, June 22, that 700 combat-equipped American military personnel would remain in Jordan at the end of a joint US-Jordanian training exercise. They would include crews of two Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries and the logistics, command and communications personnel needed to support those units. The United States is also leaving behind from the war maneuver a squadron of 12 to 24 F-16 fighter jets at Jordan’s request. Some 300 US troops have been in Jordan since last year.
    Erdogan’s decision will leave the Syrian rebels fighting in Aleppo virtually high and dry. The fall of Qusayr cut off their supplies of arms from Lebanon. Deliveries through Jordan reach only as far as southern Syria and are almost impossible to move to the north where the rebels and the Hizballah-backed Syrian army are locked in a decisive battle for Aleppo.

    The Turkish prime minister told Obama he is afraid of Russian retribution if he continues to let US and NATO weapons through to the Syrian rebels.

    Since the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland last week, Moscow has issued almost daily condemnations of the West for arming “terrorists.”
    Rebel spokesmen in Aleppo claimed Friday that they now had weapons which they believe “will change the course of the battle on the ground.”
    DEBKAfile’s military sources are strongly skeptical of their ability - even after the new deliveries - to stand up to the onslaught on their positions in the embattled town by the combined strength of the Syrian army, Hizballah troops and armed Iraqi Shiites. The prevailing intelligence assessment is that they will be crushed in Aleppo as they were in Al Qusayr.

    That battle was lost after 16 days of ferocious combat; Aleppo is expected to fall after 40-60 days of great bloodshed.
    The arms the rebels received from US, NATO and European sources were purchased on international markets – not only because they were relatively cheap but because they were mostly of Russian manufacture. The rebels are thus equipped with Russian weapons for fighting the Russian arms used by the Syria army. This made Moscow angrier than ever.

  8. This is being reported in the BBC:

    The rebels have suffered a series of military setbacks recently.

    But on Friday, they said they had received new weapons that could lead to "changes" in the civil war.

    A spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army said they had not come from the US.

    "We've received quantities of new types of weapons, including some that we asked for and that we believe will change the course of the battle on the ground," FSA spokesman Louay Muqdad told AFP news agency.





    1. And this is the ab-a-hole that is spying on you Rufus, and all of us.


    2. I, normally, don't respond to ignorant, racist old buffoons, but, in this case, let me point out that she didn't refer to "Obama," but to "The Obamas." To bring the President's wife and kids into the slur is totally uncalled-for, and, quite frankly, beyond "civilized" norms.

      As for that vote in the state senate, you have no idea as to the exact politics of that situation, nor of the significance (or more likely, the lack, thereof) of said vote.

      Regardless of how much you hate black people, bob, the man is the President for 3 1/2 more years; you might as well get used to it.

    3. Meanwhile my third world adopted niece who wants to have children and would never ever even think to put a child in a comfort room is doing brain research in Germany for us all and sends me 'big bear hugs and a sloppy kiss'.


      Why is it that the great people of the world do all the heavy lifting and the assholes seem to always run the place.


    4. Fuck you Rufus. I don't hate black people. I find the 'culture' of our inner cities to be abhorrent.

      And I think you insane with your advocacy of selling heroin and crack at the pharmacy.

      I have an adopted Hindu niece. Who is very cultured and a hell of lot smarter than you. And she doesn't look white to me. She is bilingual, has a master's degree, makes her own way, and I am so happy she is a part of my life now, till it ends. I am trying to rent her a car in Germany but she needs a credit card. I will know by tonight whether she has one or not. The driver of the car must have a card, according to Hertz.

      Fuck off, Rufus.


    5. I would put her picture up, she is lovely, and so kind, but it wouldn't be appropriate.


    6. You just called me a racist you dumb fuck only on the basis that I mentioned the abhorrence of any man that would put any American child that survives an abortion into a 'comfort room' to die alone and calls himself a Constitutional scholar.

      You should be ashamed of yourself but you will not be ashamed of yourself.


    7. boobie, who advocated for aborting black babies, and ONLY black babies in the US is an abhorrent human being.

      He bemoans that women are in danger in foreign lands, while allowing rapists to roam free in his own community. He endangers every women in his community with his apathy and lackadaisical attitude to crimes against women, in his own home town.

      This while advocating for US intervention abroad, for the sake of the women.
      He would have US soldiers killed, for the women of Afghanistan, while not even attempting to take the simple steps required to help protect the women of Idaho from sexual predators and assaults.

      He would have Americans killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, "for the women", while hiding under his own bed when the danger is local and he'd have to take minimal action, himself, o assit authorities in providing a greater measure of safety to the women of his own community.

      The hypocrisy he displays is abhorrent to every thinking and responsible adult in the civilized world.

    8. boobie tells us he would change the culture of the United States, by aborting black babies.

      He denounces the idea that all men are created equal and that all of us have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      Obviously he does not consider blacks to be fully human, the only circumstance under which he could justifiably deny their right to life.

      His presence demeans us all.

    9. No, bob, I called you a racist because you are a racist. The first tip-off was your actions on the night of Nov. 2nd, 2008, when you repeatedly typed "Ni***r, Ni***r, Ni***r!

      Do you not remember how many of your racist screeds Deuce had to take down?

    10. desert ratSat Jun 22, 02:12:00 PM EDT
      boobie, who advocated for aborting black babies, and ONLY black babies in the US is an abhorrent human being.

      An ad hominem (Latin for "to the man" or "to the person", short for argumentum ad hominem, is an argument made personally against an opponent instead of against their argument. Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as an informal fallacy, more precisely an irrelevance.

    11. SEE:

      DougSun Jun 23, 03:08:00 AM EDT

    12. Rufie II said:

      "To bring the President's wife..."

      That Hate Filled B.... is as dishonest and narcissistic as her disgusting floppy eared consort.

      ...not really, maybe MORE hate filled, but he's a better politician, so I should not slander her by claiming she is as dishonest as he.

    13. Michelle's LIE that bothers me most is claiming that she was just this poor black c... from Chicago, daughter of a simple, hard working dad.

      When in fact he was just another sleazy political Ward Healer.

      Give me a f...... break, beatch.

  10. .

    Increasingly brutal tactics are being used in an attempt to break the hunger strike by detainees at Guantánamo Bay, according to fresh testimony from the last British resident still held in the camp.

    Shaker Aamer claims that the US authorities are systematically making the regime more hardline to try to defuse the strike, which now involves almost two-thirds of the detainees. Techniques include making cells "freezing cold" to accentuate the discomfort of those on hunger strike and the introduction of "metal-tipped" feeding tubes, which Aamer said were forced into inmates' stomachs twice a day and caused detainees to vomit over themselves.

    The 46-year-old from London tells of one detainee who was admitted to hospital 10 days ago after a nurse had pushed the tube into his lungs rather than his stomach, causing him later to cough up blood. Aamer also alleges that some nurses at Guantánamo Bay are refusing to wear their name tags in order to prevent detainees registering abuse complaints against staff.


    1. We don't want those innocents starving to death, while in our care.

      The Congress will not allow the detainees to be freed.
      There are no criminal charges that can be filed against the majority of the those detainees.

      But ...
      The US will not release them, either.

      We stand disjointed ...

      Stay the Course!


    2. So you are saying you WANT innocents to starve as long as they are not in our care.

      You wish for little brown people to starve? Is that the purpose of your America 1st opinions?

    3. Huh?

      ...Rat's son probly woulda taken them out, if he had the chance.

      As would I, if I had it to do all over again.

      Always a chance of innocent "collaterals."

      ...Life ain't fair.

    4. For the present:

      If they claim to want to starve to death, let them prove it.

      I survived (so far) watching that happen to my wife, and she was not a stinky, worthless POS Jihadi.

    5. "The 46-year-old from London tells of one detainee who was admitted to hospital 10 days ago after a nurse had pushed the tube into his lungs rather than his stomach, causing him later to cough up blood. Aamer also alleges that some nurses at Guantánamo Bay are refusing to wear their name tags in order to prevent detainees registering abuse complaints against staff."


      After I insisted my wife go to the hospital, it took three nurses three trys to properly insert a temporary feeding tube into her stomach.

      ...I later learned from a friend of hers who grew up here that they refered to Maui Memorial Hospital as the "Maui Morgue"

      Was this some GWB/Obama conspiracy, also?

  11. On Friday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized President Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

    The speech was sparsely attended compared to the speech Obama had made at the same venue back in 2008 during his first presidential election campaign. And as part of the “All-Star Panel” Friday “Lightning Round” segment, Krauthammer won the privilege of posing the question to his colleagues on how to define the speech.

    “Obama gave a speech in Germany this week,” Krauthammer said. “Was it:

    a) a stirring defense of the United States and the concept of liberty, like Reagan and Kennedy;
    b) a mediocre mush of platitudes;
    c) the worst presidential speech on foreign affairs in memory; or
    d) self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent?”

    The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard replied “b”
    National Review’s Rich Lowry replied “d.”

    But Krauthammer said it was both “c” and “d” in his answer.

    “It doesn’t even reach the level of mush,” he said. “C is the correct answer — yes, to be harsh, absolutely — and d, empty, self-indulgent, anachronistic and adolescent.”

  12. What we needed at Gettysburg was lots more grapeshot on the union lines. A few dozen Gatling guns would have helped stop the imbalance and the psychopathic killing of the Lincoln regime. Then we could have had a diplomatic solution instead of killing 600,000 Americans.

    United States secretary of state John Kerry says supporters of Syria’s rebels will step up military and other aid in a bid to end an “imbalance" in president Bashar al-Assad's favour.

    Mr Kerry is one of several foreign ministers participating in the Friends of Syria conference in Qatar's capital, Doha.

    He says those present have recommitted their intention to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

    However, he says the Syrian regime has continually chosen a violent response to the conflict and stands against those seeking diplomacy.

    He says that this attitude, coupled with evidence of chemical weapons use, means that supporters of the rebels have no choice but to provide greater assistance in order to create a military balance that would help peace efforts.

    “To provide greater assistance of one kind or another, each nation making its own decision as to what it is comfortable doing,” he said.

    1. .

      However, he says the Syrian regime has continually chosen a violent response to the conflict and stands against those seeking diplomacy.

      Platitudes and bullshit. Which better describes what is happening in the world today, the growth of 'democracy' or 'tyranny of the majority'?

      Few modern prophets prove themselves wise enough to invite comparison with Moses, but Francis Fukuyama made more of an ass of himself than most.

      Twenty years ago, the American academic wrote a book entitled The End Of History. In it, he announced that with the end of the Cold War and collapse of Communism, liberal democracy had triumphed. It would become forever the dominant system around the world, 'the final form of human government'....

      Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, now seemingly Turkey, look around the world today...

      Even if someone was silly enough to buy Francis Fukuyama's book today, the euphoric vision it offered could invite only hollow laughter.


    2. .

      The same applies to the big boys, FUKUS, China, Russia where like mushrooms the people are kept in the dark and shit upon.

      Democracy? We get to vote for one of two rival parties of dicks. The players may change but the same rules don't.


    3. Give Francis a break:

      What would you do if you had an Asian-Length pee pee?

      - LeBron

  13. Militant Egyptian Sunnis rush to aid rebels battling Assad, complicating U.S. plans to strengthen moderates against his Shiite-backed regime.

    DOHA, Qatar — The Syrian opposition’s major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide “urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment” to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

    The agreement did not specify what kind of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad’s air force and tanks.

    Despite offering a series of pledges of coordination and increased aid in recent months, the rebels’ backers have been divided and inconsistent in acting on them. But officials insisted the new pledge was firm and specific in terms of both quality and quantity of supplies.

    “Something different happened today,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said after a four-hour meeting of foreign ministers from 11 Western and Middle Eastern governments. Because of Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons and the large-scale intervention of Hezbollah and Iranian militia fighters in Syria’s civil war, he said, “we have decided that we have no choice . . . but to provide greater assistance.”

    Although the rebels have been receiving arms from Persian Gulf nations, reportedly including a recent influx of surface-to-air missiles from Libya via Qatar, officials said the Doha decision will ensure a continuous, coordinated flow and procedures to ensure the weapons will be kept from Islamic militants. Officials from participating governments spoke about their closed-door discussions here and in other recent talks on the condition of anonymity.

  14. We continue our good work that we started in Iraq.

  15. (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shi’ite mosque in northern Baghdad killing at least 12 people during evening prayers, police and medics said, in the deadliest of a series of attacks that claimed more than 30 lives across Iraq on Saturday.

    Sectarian tensions in Iraq and the wider region have been inflamed by the civil war in Syria, where mainly Sunni Muslim rebels are fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi'ite Islam.

    Insurgents including al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate have been regaining ground and recruits from the country's Sunni minority, which feels sidelined since the U.S.-led invasion toppled former dictator Saddam Hussein and empowered majority Shi'ites.

    "A suicide bomber blew himself up among the worshippers in the middle of evening prayer. There were bodies drenched in blood and others shouting for help while smoke filled the mosque," said a policeman at the scene.

    A further 25 people were wounded in the attack, which took place in the Sab al-Bor district near Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad.

    Scattered attacks across the country throughout the day killed at least 22 others, around half of them in or near the northern city of Mosul, where a suicide bomber killed four people at a police checkpoint.

  16. Kerry and Obama should face justice for this.

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    1. .

      Easy Deuce. Forgive him father for he knows not what he does.


    2. "Forgive him father, (,,,) for he knows not what he does."

      My ass.

      The SO of (White) B.... knows exactly what he's doing.

  18. The Good Old Days:

    Fairchild Air Force Base

    Fairchild’s location, 12 miles (20 km) west of Spokane, resulted from a competition with the cities of Seattle and Everett in western Washington. The War Department chose Spokane for several reasons: better weather conditions, the location 300 miles (480 km) from the coast, and the Cascades Mountain range providing a natural barrier against possible Japanese attack.

    As an added incentive to the War Department,

    many Spokane businesses and public-minded citizens donated money to purchase land for the base. At a cost of more than $125,000, these people bought 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) and presented the title to the War Department in January 1942.

    That year, the government designated $14 million to purchase more land and begin construction of a new Spokane Army Air Depot.[4]

  19. Origin of off-the-wall Fairchild post above:

    After citing LeBron above, and seeing an article about him being "the greatest ever" (aside from the fact that he's 10 feet tall) I looked up Bill Russell, and was suprised to find he was 6' 10" which, back in the day was pretty tall.

    Then looked up smaller folk like John Stockon, who at 6' 1" had a 19 year NBA Career, not too shabby.

    ...then there's Jordan, at 6, 6" in the nineties, and Jerry West @ 6' 2"

    Among retired players, only Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain surpass West's 27.0 points per game average.[1]

    He led the Lakers in scoring in seven seasons,[12] and was universally seen as one of the greatest clutch players in NBA history; only Jordan had a higher career scoring average in the playoffs (33.5 versus 29.1).

  20. (West played in the sixties and seventies)

  21. Nor yet were you seen
    neither seen nor heard
    when this earth was made
    when the sky was built...

    - Kalevala 3:245-248

    The Kalevala is an epic poem of some 23,000 lines. Written in Finnish, it forms a huge patchwork of fragments taken from an oral tradition evolving over thousands of years in the province of Karelia, a region now split between Finland and Russia. Its creation in the middle of the 19th century was instrumental in defining not only the Finnish language but the Finnish nation.

  22. OK, Bob, our Scandanavian Poet:

    Please explain.