“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, March 13, 2015

On Friday, Russian state television released footage of the "perfectly healthy" 62-year-old leader meeting with Supreme Court chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to discuss judicial reform systems — except, the world has already seen this video, back in October of 2014.

Is Putin ill? 'Everything is fine' despite cancelled meetings and old photos

Russian president not seen in public since 5 March and details of alleged meetings have been disproved but spokesman says no need to worry

Alec Luhn in Moscow
Thursday 12 March 2015 14.15 EDT
Last modified on Friday 13 March 2015 04.07 EDT

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has been forced to deny that the 62-year-old president is in poor health after a string of meetings were cancelled and the Kremlin published old photographs to claim work was proceeding as usual.
Concerns over Putin’s well-being were first raised earlier this week when he postponed a trip to Kazakhstan for talks with the country’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko. A source in the Kazakh government told Reuters that the visit was cancelled because Putin had fallen ill.

Putin has not been seen in public since a meeting and press conference with the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, on 5 March, where he appeared healthy.
“There’s no need to worry, everything is fine,” Peskov told the radio station Ekho Moskvy when asked about the leader’s health. He said Putin was “constantly in meetings, but they are not all public”, adding that the business at hand was “very stressful” because of the crises he was dealing with.

Asked if the president’s handshake was still firm, Peskov said his grip was strong enough to “break hands”.

In his 15 years at the helm, Putin has built up an image as a vigorous leader and active sportsman with numerous shirtless photo-ops, as well as publicity stunts involving martial arts, exotic animals and hunting and fishing.

The Russian president was due to talk with officials from Georgia’s breakaway republic of South Ossetia on Wednesday, but the meeting was reportedly cancelled at the last minute. He also failed to attend an annual meeting with officers of the Federal Security Service on Thursday, although Peskov said he hadn’t been planning to attend this year. Sources close to the Kremlin reportedly told RBK newspaper that the governor of the Yamal-Nenets region hadn’t met Putin on Tuesday, even though the presidential website said he had.

As in Soviet times, periodic scares about the Russian national leader’s health have become common, in no small part due to the secrecy kept over Putin’s personal life.

After he was seen limping and cancelled several foreign trips in 2012, it was rumoured he had suffered an injury serious enough to prohibit long flights. Russian media reported he had hurt his back flying with migrating Siberian cranes in a motorised delta plane, but Peskov said the president, a judo black-belt and hockey fan, had suffered a “normal sports injury”.

In 2010, Putin showed up at a press conference in Ukraine with heavy makeup covering what appeared to be dark bruising around his left eye. Afterwards, Peskov claimed his unusual appearance was the fault of poor lighting, but many speculated that it was the result of a Botox injection gone wrong. Russian media quoted plastic surgeons saying Putin had likely had Botox injections and other operations on his face, which has grown remarkably smooth in recent years.
The Kremlin has seemingly gone to great lengths to cover up any signs Putin could be ailing. The presidential website published a photograph and transcript of Putin’s meeting in the Kremlin with the head of the Karelia region on Wednesday, even though the meeting had taken place on 4 March, according to a local news outlet and an RBK source. Peskov insisted to RBK that they had met on the day in question, but another Karelian news site reported that couldn’t be true because the governor had been in Karelia that day at a session of the regional government.

In addition, a photograph of Putin giving flowers to the mothers of famous athletes, musicians and actors in the Kremlin that was published on International Women’s Day on 8 March was actually taken three days earlier, one of the women told RBK.


  1. Are we allowed to express the wish that the bastard has leukemia ?


    "Bernie" the tall lanky balding dude with the glasses on top of his head, is the guest on 'Outnumbered' today.

    So they are talking about the Hillary e-mails and one of the ladies says "This story has legs".

    Bernie, who has not taken well to the new PC requirement that men keep their legs tight while sitting, remaining a little rude and crude, and is sprawled out there like an old whore, says:

    "Speaking of legs"

    while leering at the legs of the ladies, whose beautiful legs are perfectly crossed, skirts nearly up their waists.....

    This provokes howls of laughter there, and out this way as well.

    As one gets older, one finds odd little things very funny.....

    By the way, I read yesterday that a combo of Buspar and melatonin can grown new brain cells.

  2. Are we allowed to express the wish that the bastard has leukemia ?

    Too slow

  3. But extremely discomforting.


  4. Middle East
    ISIS Still on the Attack, Despite Internal Strife and Heavy Losses


    What would Pooty do ?

    Tikrit and Mosul might look like Grozny.

    >>Second Chechen War
    See also: Battle of Grozny (1999–2000)
    Damaged apartment buildings in 2006

    Grozny was once again the epicenter of fighting after the outbreak of the Second Chechen War, which further caused thousands of fatalities. During the early phase of the Russian siege on Grozny on October 25, 1999, Russian forces launched five SS-21 ballistic missiles at the crowded central bazaar and a maternity ward, killing more than 140 people and injuring hundreds. During the massive shelling of the city that followed, most of the Russian artillery were directed toward the upper floors of the buildings; although this caused massive destruction of infrastructure, civilian casualties were much less than in the first battles. The enormous scale of the devastation prompted numerous comparisons with Hiroshima [39] and other cities leveled during World War II.

    The final seizure of the city was set in early February 2000, when the Russian military lured the besieged militants to a promised safe passage. Seeing no build-up of forces outside, the militants agreed. One day prior to the planned evacuation, the Russian Army mined the path between the city and the village of Alkhan-Kala and concentrated most firepower on that point. As a result, both the city mayor and military commander were killed; a number of other prominent separatist leaders were also killed or wounded, including Shamil Basayev and several hundred rank-and-file militants. Afterwards, the Russians slowly entered the empty city and on February 6 raised the Russian flag in the centre. Many buildings and even whole areas of the city were systematically dynamited. A month later, it was declared safe to allow the residents to return to their homes, although demolishing continued for some time. In 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on earth.[40]<<

  5. Jennifer, a manager at a local Mitre 10 store, had the task of hiring someone to fill a job opening.
    After sorting through a stack of resumes she found four people who were equally qualified.

    Jennifer decided to call the four in and ask them only one question.
    Their answer would determine which of them would get the job.

    The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table, Jennifer asked, 'What is the fastest thing you know of?
    The first man replied, 'A THOUGHT.' It just pops into your head. There's no warning.
    'That's very good!' replied Jennifer.

    'And, now you sir?’ she asked the second man.
    'Hmmm let me see 'A blink! It comes and goes and you don't know that it ever happened.
    A BLINK is the fastest thing I know of.
    ''Excellent!' said Jennifer. 'The blink of an eye, that's a very popular cliché for speed.

    'She then turned to the third man, who was contemplating his reply.
    'Well, out at my dad's property, you step out of the house and on the wall there's a light switch.
    When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light on the barn comes on in less than an instant. 'Yep, TURNING ON A LIGHT is the fastest thing I can think of'
    Jennifer was very impressed with the third answer and thought she had found her man.
    'It’s hard to beat the speed of light, 'she said.

    Turning to Wally, the fourth and final man, Jennifer posed the same question.
    Old Wally replied, 'After hearing the previous three answers, it's obvious to me that the fastest thing known is DIARRHOEA.
    ‘‘What?' said Jennifer, stunned by the response.
    'Oh sure', said Wally. 'You see, the other day I wasn't feeling so good, and I ran for the bathroom, but before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE LIGHT, I had already shit myself.

    'Wally is now working at a Mitre 10 near you.

  6. All Obama's enemies keep running into trouble.

    Maybe he Is

    The Witch Doctor

    1. O Lord, I can REMEMBER when that HIT SWEPT the NATION :(

      But I agree, Obama is a witch doctor of sorts and his wife is a witch.

  7. Bad as Obama is, Clinton is worse - and she's been at it twice as long -

    So God Made A Clinton
    Paul Harvey was onto something
    March 13, 2015 By Sean Davis

    And on the 8th day, God looked down on his creation and said, “It’s way too honest and forthright.” So God made a Clinton.

    God said, “I need somebody willing to do anything, believe anything, say anything, no matter how false, in order to attain power.” So God made a Clinton.

    “I need somebody with a finger strong enough to wag at the cameras, but gentle enough to hit the power button on an industrial strength paper shredder. Somebody to bark at Congress, threaten cantankerous committee chairs, ignore subpoenas, and hide long sought after document troves deep in the bowels of the White House residence.” So God made a Clinton.

    God said, “I need somebody willing to spend decades nursing naked ambition. And then watch it die when some upstart nobody from Chicago decides he doesn’t want to wait his turn. Then dry her eyes and say, ‘Maybe in 2016.’ I need somebody who can shiv a political enemy with nothing more than a nail file and an iPhone case she swore was way too inconvenient to carry around in addition to a Blackberry. And who, in primary and general campaign season, will doggedly complete the Sunday show sweep, and then pop up on TV again later that evening to tell you, ‘The server will remain private.’” So God made a Clinton.

    God had to have somebody willing to put up with endless neglect from a two hundred-timing spouse with a wandering eye and a penchant for island parties with a sex offender. All so that one day she might finally be able to take a sip from that glorious goblet marked “Madam President.” So God made a Clinton.

    God said, “I need somebody strong enough to fly something like eight bajillion miles just to fill the aching emptiness of knowing that all her effort might actually end up for naught, yet gentle enough to don a pink pant suit and chastise the vast right-wing conspiracy for going after such a sweet, harmless hillbilly. It had to be somebody who could parse words, look straight in the camera, and swear she totally spent over half her time as the world’s most powerful diplomat playing Candy Crush and sending ‘you go girl’ e-mails to her BFF’s from that hot yoga place down the street.

    “Somebody who’d put the family together, incorporate it as a tax-exempt non-profit, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with affirming eyes, when her daughter says she has an idea about how to secretly collect millions from Algeria, Qatar, and Oman without anyone ever being the wiser.”

    So God made a Clinton.

  8. Is Netanyahu a goner?
    posted at 12:01 pm on March 13, 2015 by Noah Rothman

    Slips behind in polls in Israel.

    Deuce may soon have to switch gears and begin calling the GOP the American Branch of the Zionist Union instead of the American Branch of Likud.

    He may not have Netanyahu to kick around much longer.....

      Left Zionists Pull Ahead...........Drudge

  9. A man has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, he only has current interests.

    1. No, a man can have permanent friends, and hopefully no permanent enemies.