“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."

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Back to Spheres of Influence?

In my opinion, it is already over for a united and free Ukraine. In 1999 the US, under Bill Clinton and NATO bombed Serbia to support a Kosovo for the Albanian Muslims, an action opposed by the Russians. Today, we reap the consequence. The US enforced the rights of Albanians in Yugoslavia to self-determination. By precedent, others, including Russians in Crimea, have the same right. If Albanians had to be protected by US and NATO forces from their legal government, what is different for the Russians in Georgia or Crimea? Is the EU going to boycott Russian gas exports?


  1. Canada Suspends Preparations for G-8 Summit, Recalls Envoy

    By Will Connors

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced late Saturday that Canada has suspended its preparations for the Group of Eight summit in Sochi, Russia, and recalled its ambassador in Moscow in response to Russia’s military action in Ukraine.

    “We join our allies in condemning in the strongest terms President [Vladimir] Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine,” Mr. Harper said in a statement. “These actions are a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law.”

    Mr. Harper, who spoke with U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday, said Canada supports the immediate deployment of United Nations monitors in Ukraine and is discussing sending financial aid there. But Mr. Harper stopped short of promising any military aid, if that scenario should arise. “Should President Putin continue on this course of action, it will lead to ongoing negative consequences for our bilateral relationship,” Mr. Harper said.

    1. .

      How can Putin actually take seriously anything said by an assclown like Harper who would do this on a state visit to Israel?

      Hey, Juda, Juda, Juda

      Thanks you folks, we'll be here all week. Please tip your waitress.


    2. .

      And don't miss the preceding video at

      It could already be too late.


  2. Only question is what Pootie decides to do with western Ukraine.

    Decent article:

    We are certainly back to Roossian spheres of influence.

    American ones?

    Good question what with the Roossians talking and working with Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua etc., places that make nice bases, and Ocommie in the White House.

    One's man's opinion.

    The Roossians are impossible.

  3. The Canadians have developed the correct outlook on Israel, thankfully. Nice country these days.

  4. Clinton: The Foreign Policy of the Stained Dress

  5. REPORT: Obama Skips National Security Team Meeting.......drudge

    Obammie has better things to do.....

    Reagan would put missiles in Poland, develop and sell natural gas to EU, collapse Roossian finances........

    Obammie has better things to do.......

  6. Flexibility -

    Obama live mic with Medvedev.

    America, you voted for him.

    1. Meanwhile we are witnessing the breakup of the Napoleonic Code System in Venezuela, or something, what with the new
      "No Toilet Paper Revolution".

      Seems the Chavez Way wasn't able to provide even the most necessary of consumer products.....

    2. I wish I could break up the Napoleonic Code sized turd in my toilet.

    3. As I've mentioned here before, on The Farm I used "Toilet Paper Sage." in Moan, not Moen!

    4. :)

      I admit to have used a little straw, once in a while. A long while, now.

    5. The Napoleon Code has plugged up this blog's toilet for awhile. I've flushed it away.

    6. If only someone would flush the uncouth dropper of it away......

  7. Google: Reagan, Poland, Solidarity


    Reagan, Lebanon

    but, he showed those "Granadians" a thing, or two.

  8. Who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions wrt the Suez Crisis?

  9. "A lady at the Oncology Unit who drives in for treatment was telling me how out of control the wolves are out her way, hanging around the ranchstead this cold winter......"


    She was hardly influenced by his spheres hanging there.

    1. Sorry, I thought you meant the Oncologist was a rancher in her off time.

  10. Homer is Homer, and Pluto is a Planet.

    1. .

      Pluto is not a planet. You are still stuck in the '60's.


    2. It's a Dwarf Planet, you Dweeb!

    3. .

      You insensitive bastard.

      They prefer to be called 'little planets'.


    4. The Planet Pluto has four moons, Earthling.

      Deal with it.

    5. Just don't get caught calling it a Midget.

      Remember, we still love you.

    6. A medical condition caused by a genetic mutation at the 4th chromosome. Over 200 types of mutations exist.

      The term midget is different from dwarf based on body proportions. A person with dwarfism has disproportionately short limbs. The term midget was used to describe persons of small size but with normal proportions when compared to average people.

      Offensive The word dwarf is not considered offensive.

      The word "midget" is considered offensive for either description.

      It is considered most offensive when misused to describe those with dwarfism.

      The term "homunculus" may be less offensive.


      Oh, yeah!
      That'll git her done, Einstein.

      Ask Brad Williams.

      He claims it did not affect his penis... To get back on topic.

    7. :)

      Great exchange.

      The Jupiterians throw Pluto around in a game they call The Midget Throw at the bar.

      My wife had a teaching friend once who was 'a little person'. He got thrown around at the tavern in Post Falls, Idaho for the paycheck and the fun of it.

      He was a great guy to be around. Really wonderful person. Everyone called him Midget cause that's what he wanted to be called.

    8. He felt offended if he wasn't called Midget.

      Drove this huge pickup truck. Extended pedals and stuff.

  11. .

    You dicks, I just spent 45 minutes responding to your slings and arrows, insults and barbs on the last stream and you have moved on without a word.

    Go piss up a rope.

    Err...sorry about that. A little insensitive, I know.

    Carry on.


    1. Don't blame me for Deuce's Insensitivity.

    2. The Spirit of Truth moves like the Wind, Quirk, like the wind it moves.......never returning.....

  12. “As Roger Meyers Jr., the owner of the park, I’d like to thank you for stopping the killer robots. And to show my appreciation, here are two free passes.” – Roger Meyers Jr.

    “But there are five of us.” – Homer Simpson

    “Here are two free passes.” – Roger Meyers Jr.

    “That’s better.” – Homer Simpson

  13. Mouse just fell on the Keyboard and Chrome went into Full Screen Mode.

    Wish I knew how it did it.

    F-11 and several others got wiped out by a minor Beer Spill.

    Life became harder, since all my other boards suffered similar fates.

    I do have some ancient ones buried away somewhere...

    (From back when I was a responsible parent)

    Still drinks like a fish on occasion.

    Must be genetic.

    1. F-11's Back!

      Mouse musta knocked off the Beer Crust.

      Oh Happy Day!

    2. Speaking of which, I should get some sleep.

      Having established that my Marathon Credentials far exceed Bob's.

  14. Think I'll doze off to the Dulcet Tones of Mark Geragos on Alison Rosen's Pod.

    Nothing like a Seazy Armenian Lawyer to bore me to sleep.

  15. Much more interesting than talking about the Ukraine. Which isn't interesting at all, since we all know what's going to happen and we all know we aren't going to a thing about it.

  16. John Bolton, just on Fox, is saying Pootie is in the saddle, mounted up, we won't do a thing about it, Pootie believing in action, Obamie in words, and the only question is maybe about the western Ukraine but thinks Pootie will just impose his will on it all.

    Breaking: we have withdrawn our Ambassador from Russia. A dramatic and meaningful move. Good thing, too. At least he won't get killed like our guy in Benghazi.

    Sit back and relax, join Rufus with the popcorn, and trade some music.

  17. March 2, 2014
    Obama skipped Saturday's meeting of national security team on Ukraine crisis
    Thomas Lifson

    “What, me worry?” seems to be the operating philosophy of President Obama as a serious crisis brews in Eastern Europe. Daniel Halper reports an almost unbelievable level of Obama nonchalance toward his national security responsibilities in the Weekly Standard:

    A White House official emailed some reporters to say that President Obama's team met today to discuss the ongoing situation on Ukraine. It appears President Obama did not attend.

    "The President's national security team met today to receive an update on the situation in Ukraine and discuss potential policy options. We will provide further updates later this afternoon," reads the full statement.


    According to Time magazine's Zeke Miller, Obama skipped the meeting. "Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team," says Miller.

    Perhaps the president was busy watching college hoops Saturday. March Madness is on the way, and those presidential brackets are a priority, after all

  18. March 2, 2014
    A New Age now begins
    Rick Moran

    Ben Judah, writing in Politico Magazine, supplies some answers to why Vladimir Putin has become so bold in Ukraine.

    The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine. German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned. Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West?

    Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.

    Putin’s henchmen know this personally. Russia’s rulers have been buying up Europe for years. They have mansions and luxury flats from London’s West End to France’s Cote d’Azure. Their children are safe at British boarding and Swiss finishing schools. And their money is squirrelled away in Austrian banks and British tax havens.

    Putin’s inner circle no longer fear the European establishment. They once imagined them all in MI6. Now they know better. They have seen firsthand how obsequious Western aristocrats and corporate tycoons suddenly turn when their billions come into play. They now view them as hypocrites—the same European elites who help them hide their fortunes.

    Once Russia’s powerful listened when European embassies issued statements denouncing the baroque corruption of Russian state companies. But no more. Because they know full well it is European bankers, businessmen and lawyers who do the dirty work for them placing the proceeds of corruption in hideouts from the Dutch Antilles to the British Virgin Islands.

    We are not talking big money. But very big money. None other than Putin’s Central Bank has estimated that two thirds of the $56 billion exiting Russia in 2012 might be traceable to illegal activities. Crimes like kickbacks, drug money or tax fraud. This is the money that posh English bankers are rolling out the red carpet for in London.

    Behind European corruption, Russia sees American weakness. The Kremlin does not believe European countries – with the exception of Germany – are truly independent of the United States. They see them as client states that Washington could force now, as it once did in the Cold War, not to do such business with the Kremlin.

    Yes - the rope to hang us with, as Lenin said. We're buying it, and they're selling it.

    NATO is a empty shell, as proven in Afghanistan. None of our "allies" wanted to fight - almost all of them wanted to guard the airport in Kabul. Putin's boldness is the result of cold calculation that no European government wants to send its boys to die for Ukraine. And if Europe won't take the lead, President Obama won't lift a finger either.

    What happens next? If Putin is satisfied with only gobbling up the Crimea, the crisis will blow over pretty quickly. But if his appetite expands to include dining on some of the pro-Russian eastern provinces, Ukraine will be forced to go to war or risk seeing a forced partition.

    In Warsaw, in Prague, in Budapest, and other capitals of the old Warsaw pact countries - the lights in the foreign ministry buildings are burning late.

  19. A machinery dealer I knew well was a descent of the Roossians, of the Ukrainian variety. Pilot in the Navy during WWII. Decent guy. Had books under his desk about Super Salesmanship and stuff, like a Quirkian machinery dealer. Used to talk about the Ukrainian starvation under Stalin. He was one of those who never wanted to go home, back to the old country, never, ever.

  20. If the Roossians get into Kiev, I'll bet that Maiden Monument takes a beating, which will really piss me off as I really like that monument for some reason. Seems really well done to me, very graceful and attractive.

  21. The best outcome would be the western part breaks off and goes EU and NATO but Pootie ain't gonna allow it.