“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, June 18, 2014

There are now an estimated 10,000 ISIS (al Qaeda) fighters in Iraq and Syria - Harry Reid on the Senate floor slammed Neocon “architects” of American intervention in Iraq, lambasting by name former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and columnist Bill Kristol

US trained ISIS in Jordan, Turkey and Syria:

Start at the 5:00 mark on this video:

President Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq action
BBC 18 June 2014

US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.
Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress.
Iraq has asked for US air strikes against advancing Sunni militants.
Meanwhile US Vice-President Biden and Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki discussed possible "additional measures" by the US to assist Iraqi forces.
The two men considered ways "to roll back the terrorists' advances", a White House statement said.

On Wednesday Mr Obama met Congressional leaders at the White House to discuss the US response to recent advances by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).
Speaking afterwards, Mr McConnell said the president had "indicated he didn't feel he had any need for authority from us for steps that he might take".
Correspondents say the White House has so far avoided the thorny question as to whether it needs Congressional authority for any military action in Iraq.
Jonathan Beale in Baghdad: Special forces are "ready to take on ISIS"
Last year the president did not seek consent for possible attacks against Syria, although he abandoned such a move once it became clear that Congress would not support it.
Earlier this month a number of lawmakers condemned the lack of congressional consultation over the release of army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in Afghanistan in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Administration officials say the president may be able to act unilaterally in Iraq because its government has requested US air strikes against ISIS militants who have seized several key cities over the past week.
ISIS and their Sunni Muslim allies are also reported to be advancing in Diyala and Salahuddin provinces after they overran Iraq's second city, Mosul, last week.

The administration has not officially responded to Iraq's request for air support in its response to the offensive.
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says Mr Obama has a wide range of options, from air strikes to providing extra training, but that the US will - as a minimum - send in surveillance drones.
Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, Senate leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said he did not "support in any way" getting American troops involved in the Iraqi "civil war".
Grand Ayatollah's spokesman Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai warned that Iraq was in grave danger
The administration itself has shown signs of frustration with Mr Maliki - who has long been accused of favouring the country's Shia Muslim majority and alienating Sunnis.
On Wednesday Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told a congressional hearing: "This current government in Iraq has never fulfilled the commitments it made to bring a unity government together with the Sunnis, the Kurds, and the Shia."
'Danger to unity'
Hundreds of people have been killed since the start of the militant offensive, many of them believed to be captured soldiers publicly shot by ISIS-led firing squads.
Some 500,000 people have been internally displaced, according to UN estimates.
In an interview with the BBC, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country's Shia spiritual leader, said warned against "a real danger which threatens Iraq and its unity".
Speaking to BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai said the response should be "a stance which is adopted by people from all sects".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would not "spare any effort" to defend Shia holy shrines in Iraq against "mercenaries, murderers and terrorists".


  1. Just how many ground to air missiles does ISIS have in Iraq?

  2. Guardian Reports:

    Iraq has asked the US to stage air attacks on Sunni insurgents as the Islamist fighters edged closer to full control of Iraq’s largest oil refinery and continued to hold out against troops trying to retake the city of Tal Afar.

    As the war to redefine the region's borders entered a second week, Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, appeared on al-Arabiya television to issue the urgent plea: "We request the United States to launch air strikes against militants."

    Witnesses at the Baiji refinery – between the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, both seized by the insurgent group last week – said insurgents broke through the perimeter of the site early on Wednesday and were within sight of administration buildings.

    Their advance comes despite fierce resistance from Iraqi troops stationed at the refinery. There were reports that foreign security contractors had been sent to Baiji to protect what is one of Iraq's most important strategic assets. Many plant workers have been evacuated to Baghdad.

    Losing control of Baiji would be a critical blow to Iraqi forces still reeling from the capitulation of close to 50,000 troops last week, many of whom have since been replaced by militias raised from the country's majority Shia population.

    In Washington, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, confirmed the US had received the request for air strikes. "We have a request from the Iraqi government for air power," Dempsey, told a Wednesday morning Senate hearing.

    Obama is said to still be weighing military options, and US officials for days have quietly signalled that a decision is not imminent. But it will be harder for Obama to rebuke a formal entreaty from a besieged US partner, albeit a frustrating one.

  3. NY Times

    ...Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Islamic rivals of the Middle East, appeared to escalate on Wednesday over the Sunni extremist insurgency convulsing Iraq, as President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared readiness to defend Iraq’s Shiite holy sites with force and Saudi leaders issued a barely veiled admonishment not to intervene.

    The sharpened tone coming from both countries, which have long regarded each other with suspicion — Iran is overwhelmingly Shiite and Saudi Arabia Sunni — suggested that their recent tentative efforts to improve relations might be faltering over the Iraq crisis.

    Both countries have long vied for influence in the region and support opposing sides in Syria’s civil war.

  4. Whoa, now that's impressive !

    You are now using Dirty Harry Reid for support.

    Ain't he the guy that sucks kickbacks out the hookers unions?


    I just learned that the first coach of the Washington Redskins was a redskin.

    I'm proud to be a Vandal !!!

    Even if it is derogatory to us Swedes.

    And, yes, the 'vandals' came from Sweden.

    1. .

      The only things I've seen that have come from the Swedes are the meatballs.


    2. Blond and beautiful Swedish women?

      You've missed that?

      My God, man, Maria has really taken you south.

  5. It is now time to announce to the general reader that Deuce has officially become cathected to the word/concept Neo-Con.

    Freud defined cathexis as an investment of libido, pointing out for example how dream thoughts were cathected with different amounts of affect.[3] A cathexis or emotional charge might be positive or negative, leading some of his followers to speak as well of a cathexis of mortido.[4] Freud called a group of cathected ideas a complex.[5]

    Freud frequently described the functioning of psychosexual energies in quasi-physical terms,[6][need quotation to verify] represent frustration in libidinal desires, for example, as a blockage of (cathected) energies which would eventually build up and require release in alternative ways. This release could occur, for example, by way of regression and the "re-cathecting" of former positions or fixations,[7] or the autoerotic enjoyment (in phantasy) of former sexual objects: "object-cathexes".

    Freud used the term "anti-cathexis" or counter-charge[8] to describe how the ego blocks such regressive efforts to discharge one's cathexis: that is, when the ego wishes to repress such desires. Like a steam engine, the libido's cathexis then builds up until it finds alternative outlets, which can lead to sublimation, reaction formation, or the construction of (sometimes disabling) symptoms.[9]

    M. Scott Peck distinguishes between love and cathexis, with cathexis being the initial in-love phase of a relationship, and love being the ongoing commitment of care.<<<<

    ca·thect [kuh-thekt, ka-] Show IPA
    verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis .
    to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
    1930–35; back-formation from cathectic relating to cathexis

  6. Thankfully there are still some real men around, like Quirk, who hangs out at a real male barbershop.....

    >>>>This is not masculinity. It is not manliness. It is nonsense.

    What ever happened to men’s values? What happened to the men who valued simplicity? What ever happened to the men who valued frugality?

    Call me rigidly old-fashioned, but the idea of a haircut “experience” is obscene. It is the height of frivolity. It is the height of decadence. The idea of having a Hooters girl cut your hair is just gross. It degrades her and it degrades you. To pay extra for it is the height of idiocy<<<<

    Quirk's assertive maleness was one of the reasons he was chosen for that Team by Hamdoon, that and his transcendental clarity and bravery when the chips are down.

    Nice painting by van Gogh at the top of the article.

    1. One should note though that Quirk's drinking and his cathected affections for Maria have colored his daily judgements of late date, and wiped out some of his memory bank.

  7. IRS: Lois Lerner's emails likely gone forever...

    HARD DRIVES DESTROYED...................drudge

    Good God they destroyed the evidence.

    Impeachment is now imperative.

    1. Cut the IRS budget by 25%. It may influence them to have a second look. The Republicans do control the purse strings.

    2. Emails are a binary operation with a sender and receiver. It does not take much detective work to consider who Lois Lerner was corresponding with and to search those hard drives as well.

  8. Harry Reid attacking the neocons is a good thing. Anything to crack the Conga Line is welcome.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Let Harry attack Hillary too, then. Because she was a firm part of your 'Conga Line'.

      Think he will?

      Will you?

    3. You'll have to help me find a post that I published supporting Hillary

    4. I doubt that you have but you might include her and the other Democrats in Congress and that portion of the American public who elected them in your Conga Line.

      As an attempt at 'fair and balanced'.

    5. This blog is decidedly unbalanced. It is an extremely modest attempt at alternate point of view.

    6. You don't have a balanced view. Neither do I. I have blunt opinions and am not overly concerned about stating them.

  9. You have Israel on the side of Saudi.
    The US having trained ISIS.
    Iran considering cooperation with US.
    Turkey, not knowing what to do.
    Everyone turning on the Neocons

    1. The Middle East is one hell of a confusing place, for sure.

      I am firmly AGAINST getting US troops, with the possible exception of some air strike spotters, back into Iraq. Support the losing side with some air strikes and let the place divide up into it's natural constituent parts, for the record.

    2. Maybe even drop the air strikes and spotters, and just go back to witnessing events.

    3. I always favor amicable divorces as a first option.

      But if the parties really can't stand one another, which certainly does seem to be the case, there will be a divorce of some kind, even if it is an Idaho County divorce, which can be really messy.

      So we shouldn't stand in the way.

    4. Deuce ☂Thu Jun 19, 01:59:00 AM EDT
      You are now Darwinian.

      Then you must be so as well, as you don't want to get involved again, do you?

    5. Bob continues to dissemble and lieThu Jun 19, 08:22:00 AM EDT

      Two days ago you lambasted the President of the United States for withdrawing US ground forces from Iraq.

      You are a hypocrite, Bob.A fair weather patriot

    6. What Bob said was we should not have withdrawn all the forces some years ago. He said the 2011 SFA was deeply flawed.

      He said it is too late now.

      You don't read well, rat.

  10. Here's a counter weight to the do-nothing argument -

    but it seems unclear exactly what the author wishes us to do.

  11. I'm trying like hell to find my "give a shit" button, but it seems to be irretrievably lost.

    Somehow, I keep hitting the snooze button.

    Fuck'em all, I just don't care.

    Saddam was mean to the Shia; Maliki is mean to the Sunni. Now, some outfit called ISIS is raising hell.

    I just don't give a fuck.

    Build ethanol refineries, and install Solar and Wind.

    Fuck'em all.

  12. BREMERTON, Wash. -- A Navy submariner is in the battle of his life trying to keep his little girl in a custody dispute. A judge has ordered Matthew Hindes to appear in court or face contempt, despite the fact that he's out at sea and there's a federal law meant to help those who are deployed.

    Fucking twat Michigan judge, treats veterans like WiO does.

    1. "Military lawyers are now joining the effort to get a delay in the case. In the meantime Hindes remains deployed serving his country."

      Bet you a torpedo and a depth charge the military lawyers succeed.

    2. Teresita RedingerWed Jun 18, 11:08:00 PM EDT
      This will probably get WiO all spun up, but here goes: Genesis 7

      Teresita RedingerThu Jun 19, 09:03:00 AM EDT
      Fucking twat Michigan judge, treats veterans like WiO does.

      Hmm... How to respond? Well it's odd that a unbelieving, lying fraudster like you spends so much time cutting and paste poor copies of the torah for fun and pleasure. Your attempts to "spin me up" just show how un-professional you are...

      Your calling someone a "twat"? then comparing me to them SHOULD have me calling you some assortment of descriptive names to "retaliate". However I understand you suffer from insecurities and low self esteem.

      You should seek professional help.

      I know the vets that I have respected and helped, there is a flag, folded and displayed in my case of a fallen family member, I know the blood my family has spilled to keep this nation secure.

      So sorry, aint spun up, I just feel sorry for you. really..

      So go waste your time cutting and pasting, creating a worthless blog of quotes and opinions that are intact, meaningless.

      But if you were WORTHY of respect? Vet or no Vet I'd give it...

      You aint worthy.

    3. Ad hominem arguments are a preferred tool for people who ran out of real arguments
      (or are unable to understand someone else's opinion in the first place).
      It's so much easier to just attack another person instead of attacking his arguments
      (especially if the other person is right.)

    4. Obviously she is worthy, the "Occupied Mind" wrote a ream in retort .

    5. I guess if that was a "ream"? Your claims of male prowess are more of an 8 year's measure.

  13. Yesterday was National Go Fishing Day and you all didn't even know.

    That's exactly what too much politics will do to you.

    While I couldn't make it, my friend Umatilla Jack dropped off 8 fat trout on his way home.

    yum, yum

  14. Replies
    1. I hate to admit it, but he's older than I and fishes a local pond that was stocked for the event.


      Dang nice fish though.

    2. The Salmon, the Snake, the Clearwater, all of the biggies are still to high to fly fish, many of the smaller streams are too.

      Best to try after the 4th.

  15. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAFri Jun 20, 12:27:00 AM EDT

    Those Israeli, they'll sell anything to make a buck, even their butts!

  16. ISRAEL PREFERS al-QAEDAFri Jun 20, 12:34:00 AM EDT

    No wonder "Occupation" speaks so highly of Israel, it is a "Gay Paradise"!

    He has found a home a way from home, there, What happens in Tel Aviv ... Stays in Tel Aviv.

    He gets to enjoy all that Kosher Sausage, there in Tel Aviv!

  17. She would sigh, and give a little laugh at you, rat, and wonder why.

    She is different from you, and much better, and would try to help, for a while.

  18. And she is only in her young twenties somewhere, and has done something with her young life, and speaks five languages,

    She would sigh at you, desert rat.

  19. The desert rat skill kit includes pulling a trigger.

    This is his PhD.

    He simply does not understand people that have transcended this outlook.