“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."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

US Cops


  1. I was telling my wife about this incident.

    There is real cop misconduct.

  2. Replies
    1. America drone strikes civilians, has tested medicine on it's blacks, nuked civilians, genocided the Indians and still occupies millions and millions of square miles of the natives lands.

      It doesn't belong in the "west"


    2. The Americas are the West, "O"rdure, look at a map.

      ISrael is a country that yearns to be "Western" but is, in reality, just another piece of Arabia.
      Semitic lands occupied by Eastern Europeans, descendents of the Khazar.

      More than 5 million Palestinians are denied equal rights by the state of Israel under a system of apartheid, a deliberate policy of racial or ethnic segregation.

      Under Israeli military occupation, millions of Palestinians live in conditions which closely resemble the apartheid system that existed in South Africa:
      • No right of free speech, assembly or movement
      • Arrest and imprisonment without charge or trial
      • Torture
      • House searches without warrant
      • Assassination, extra-judicial murder
      • No right to vote for the Israeli government (even though it controls their lives)

      Israel controls all Palestinian borders, all imports and exports, and all movement between towns and cities. 
      THE GAZA STRIP, still surrounded, besieged and controlled by Israel, has been sealed off and effectively turned into the world’s largest open-air prison.

    4. Palestine is a recognized county by over 135 nations.

      Freedom is funny…

      Cant be occupied when you have your own military.

      Get with the program Jack, or should we call you Mohammed?

    5. “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,”

      “I’m not asking if they’ve forgotten how to be Jews, but if they’ve forgotten how to be decent human beings.
      Have they forgotten how to converse?”

      - Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel


  3. No Iraq request for coalition air support in Tikrit campaign

    (Reuters) - Iraq has not requested air support from the U.S.-led coalition for its campaign to retake Tikrit from Islamic State insurgents, a senior military official in the coalition said on Thursday, as the assault on the city remained on pause for nearly a week.

    Some Iraqi officials this week said more air strikes are needed to dislodge the militants, who are holed up in a vast complex of palaces built when Saddam Hussein was in power and have turned the city into a labyrinth of homemade bombs and booby-traps.


    1. Iraq Air Force targets ISIL positions in Tikrit

      The Iraqi Air Force has inflicted heavy losses on the ISIL Takfiri group by carrying out a number airstrikes against its positions in the city of Tikrit.

      On Wednesday, Iraq’s aircraft attacked selected targets in Tikrit, leaving dozens of militants dead and destroying their equipment in the regions of Thera Dijla and Nadhem, the Defense Ministry said.

      The ministry released
      footage of some of the airstrikes on its website.

    2. The thing is, they need a lot more planes.

      But, with the coalition handling the rest of the country, they will eventually get it done.


  4. After Netanyahu rules out Palestinian state day before elections, Politico says White House officials consider ceasing being Israel's diplomatic protector.,7340,L-4638865,00.html

  5. Simple solution, drop the Security Council Veto and let the World judge Israel for what it is and is not.

  6. Israel has been exposed. The laws of gravity are in play. They can’t blame Netanyahu any longer. The Israelis have spoken they all are ‘yahu’s now

  7. And the anti-semites come out of the closet…

    We see you deuce, for the Jew hater that you are….

    You can't hide anymore.

    Be honest, you would cheer to see Israel go up in a flash of atomic flame….

    Your father, would be so proud of the bigot you have become.

    And all since you never had the actual BALLS to visit Israel and see for yourself.

    You are a tool.

    1. The ones who are out of the closet are you and your fellow travelers. You pulled your sliming tactics for years, using it as cover to destroy anyone that had the temerity to notice and mention that Israel was wrong.

      You did it to anyone on this site that had a functioning brain and open eyes.

      I have no intention of going to Israel. I have plenty of places to travel to and I hardly have to go to Israel to understand the obvious.

      Israel doesn’t need to be destroyed, it needs reform. It needs to be tossed out of the halls of the US government and be treated on a par with Paraguay. It needs to follow international laws and to be sanctioned if it doesn’t.

      There is no benefit to the US Israeli relationship, only costs. I don’t blame the Jews for playing the US and the self-proclaimed Christians. I blame the enablers that let them get away with it.

      The curtain has been pulled open. The magic is gone. Get used to it.

    2. Trouble is, most people disagree with you.

      Get used to it.

    3. Deuce is deluded.

      Deuce's idea of reform?

      Jews in a ditch with their throats slit.

      Then peace and justice will prevail.

      The problem is that the Jews of Israel refuse to be slaughtered by Deuce's friends.

      He doesn't like it that Israel won't DIE or surrender.

      get used to it deuce.

      Israel aint going anywhere and will defend it's self from the ISIS Palestinians… Your friends.

  8. LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering the Iranians immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled their economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back.

    The very existence of a draft in circulation provided perhaps the clearest indication the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31 deadline for a framework pact. The deadline for a full agreement is the end of June.

    Officials said the tentative deal imposes new limits on the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium, a process that can lead to nuclear weapons-grade material. The sides are zeroing in on a cap of 6,000 centrifuges, officials said, down from the 6,500 they spoke of in recent weeks.

    That's also less than the 10,000 such machines Tehran now runs, yet substantially more than the 500 to 1,500 that Washington originally wanted as a ceiling. Only a year ago, U.S. officials floated 4,000 as a possible compromise.

    But U.S. officials insist the focus on centrifuge numbers alone misses the point. Combined with other restrictions on enrichment levels and the types of centrifuges Iran can use, Washington believes it can extend the time Tehran would need to produce a nuclear weapon to at least a year for the 10 years it is under the moratorium. Right now, Iran would require only two to three months to amass enough material if it covertly seeks to "break out" toward the bomb.

    The one-year breakout time has become a point the Obama administration is reluctant to cross in the set of highly technical talks, and that bare minimum would be maintained for 10 years as part of the draft deal. After that, the restrictions would be slowly eased. The total length of the deal would be at least 15 years, possibly even 20.

    Among U.S. allies, France is the most adamant about stretching out the duration of the deal. A European official familiar with the French position said it wants a 25-year time-span.

    As part of the agreement, punitive U.S. economic sanctions would be phased out over time. President Barack Obama has the authority to eliminate some measures immediately, and others would be suspended as Iran confirms its compliance over time. Some sanctions would be held to the later years of the deal, while a last set would require a highly skeptical U.S. Congress to change laws.

    Although time periods and sanctions schedules have previously been discussed, it is only in recent days that officials confirmed these understandings have been put down in a formal draft. The officials demanded anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the confidential talks.

    Iran insists its program is solely for peaceful energy, medical and research purposes, though many governments believe it has nuclear weapons ambitions.

    It's unclear how complete the draft agreement is. Iran's deeply buried underground enrichment plant remains a problem, officials said, with Washington demanding the facility be repurposed and Tehran insisting it be able to run hundreds of centrifuges there. Iran says it wants to use the machines for scientific research; the Americans fear they could be quickly retooled for enrichment.

    A planned heavy water reactor will be re-engineered to produce much less plutonium than originally envisioned, relieving concerns that it could be an alternative pathway to a bomb.

    1. Iran's atomic energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, told reporters this week almost all the technical work was done, but other officials said several obstacles still stood in the way of the framework.

      Any March framework agreement is unlikely to constrain Iran's missile program, which the United States believes may ultimately be aimed at creating delivery systems for nuclear warheads. Diplomats say that as the talks move to deadline, the Iranians continue to insist that missile curbs are not up for discussion.

      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for the fourth straight day Thursday. Much of the nitty-gritty negotiating was being handled by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Salehi, both nuclear physicists.

      The talks formally remain between the Iran and six powers, but Kerry and Zarif have done most of the heavy lifting in recent months. If they make enough progress over the next days, foreign ministers representing the other nations at the negotiating table will be invited to put the finishing touches on the agreement. That may not happen until next week.

      If a deal is reached, officials say various layers of U.N. sanctions on Iran will be eased. That will include parts of the U.N. arms embargo, with Russia and China, in particular, more forward-leaning on that front and talking about acting within weeks of a full accord. Some restrictions will stay in place, however, such as on the transfer of missile technology.

      Any agreement faces fierce opposition from the U.S. Congress as well as close American allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, which believe the Obama administration has conceded too much.

      Senate Republicans and even some Democrats are threatening to upend the diplomacy, demanding congressional approval and threatening further sanctions against Iran. If they can't stop an accord, their interference can make it harder for Obama to live up to his side of the bargain.

      After the deal expires, Iran could theoretically ramp up enrichment to whatever level or volume it wants.

      Iran already can produce the equivalent of one weapon's worth of enriched uranium with the centrifuges it now runs. However, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke of eventually operating enough centrifuges to produce what 190,000 of its current models churn out.

      Draft Being Circulated

    2. Some agreement.


      No agreement is better than a bad agreement.

      This is really no agreement at all.

    3. WIRE: Draft deal gives Iran green light on nukes...

      White House threatens sanctions -- against Israel! Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on USA...

      Plot mentioned 20 times in military textbook......Drudge

  9. How many moslem states are there in the UN General Assembly ?

    Sure, let the General Assembly decide.

    US out of the UN, UN out of the US.

    We need to form a new League of Democracies.

    This would include India and Israel.

    Maybe, if Sisi lasts, even Egypt, who knows ?

    But the UN is totally worthless.

  10. Two comments directly to the cops.........

    Both contributors found them guilty in this instance.

    Pretty easy call.

    Got to run.......

    "Idle hands are the Devil's workshop"

    Have a great day.

    Cheers !!

  11. By invading Iraq and Libya, the West created a failed state and set off a chain of events that has thrown the entire area into madness. The US should have stayed out of the ME but didn’t and needs the UN to help correct the mess.

    Your misunderstanding of foreign relations is profound. You don’t need a forum of people whom you agree with to debate common threats.

    You need an acceptable and credible organization where adversaries can meet. The purpose is to avoid war anytime and any place that it is possible. The UN is the best we have. Your contempt for it is on a par with your ignorance about the violence of war and your total indifference to the sufferings of the victims of war if they are not of the proper race and religion.

  12. Obama threw the whole place into madness by taking the troops out too soon.

    This goes against your meme, however.

    The Iranians are fighting for civilization........yup, r i g h t

    Get over it.

  13. And you haven't, as far as I know, specified exactly what you would do about the ISIS situation. You said we had to do something.

    What is it ?

    I'm with Ash. Let them sort it out.

    I will be gracious and disregard your other disgusting comments about sufferings......

    Except support the Kurds. We should be sending them the weapons they are asking for.

  14. I know I'm jinxing this by saying it, But, there have been no reports of atrocities, killings, etc, out of Tikrit.