“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."
Idaho BobMon Oct 05, 06:08:00 PM EDTReplyDelete
Have you 'grown' and 'progressed' to the gun grabber stage yet, Deuce ?
That's one lefty cause I haven't noticed your opinion on yet.
I 'hired' a professional hunter this morning. Kid from 12 miles south of the farm, working a bulldozer on the place at the direction of my farmer, leveling some stuff out and dozing a huge rock into the creek. This last pleases me immensely. I've always wanted that damned rock gone, but never had a dozer to do it myself.....I can die happy.....
In exchange for trying to get a wolf, he has permission to take an elk. I get to mount the wolf if he gets one. First wolf shall be named 'Deuce'. If there is a second it's 'Quirk'. If we hit heaven and there's a third, it's 'Ash'.
I figure if he gets a wolf it will save many elk in the long run.
He's the kind of kid I like, capable, probably born with a gun in his crib, and I know he and his beginning family can use the elk meat.
Let me explain something to you Uncle Bob. We know you are a bad ass with shooting living things that don’t shoot back but don’t extrapolate your limited mental acuity to the fantasy World of what you would do in a situation where someone is shooting at you.
Anyone that has actually been shot at knows that the first couple of times you are not very good at it. You are just as likely to freeze, forget to shoot or shoot the wrong person. The military understands that concept of human behavior. It takes three or four real firefights before someone has the discipline to do the things that you imagine you would do in a situation like a school shooting.
I thing you will concede that military knows something about violence with fire arms. Unlike you, I actually was assigned to a dozen military bases, mostly foreign, army and air force. In every case, outside of a combat zone, no one kept a weapon, They were under lock and key in either a central armory or in secure areas and access was limited and controlled by someone else. Keep in mind that these are on military bases where everyone had some basic and advanced training with weapons. The restrictions applied to personal and issued weapons.
Uncle Bob, I will not bother wasting time demonstrating the irony of the US having 70,000 mercenary fighters in over 80 countries, ostensibly protecting Americans from a theoretical threat of foreign terorists and doing next to nothing to protect US children from being murdered in US schools by weapons and psychotic killers that have less restrictions on them than trained US fighting men in and near potential combat areas.
What in the world does allowing a young fellow to hunt my small farm for meat for his family, and perhaps shoot a wolf too, have to do with all the other topics you bring up ?Delete
I think it was WiO that said:
"You are losing it"
Well, Uncle Bob, you will have to look in the mirror and ask yourself that question. You will notice that I posted your unedited comment.Delete
Trooper exhibits amazing patience with drug-crazed nut job.
I can't figure what her problem was but the Officer was perfectly polite and controlled.Delete
Pulled over for weaving and driving too fast......
What's with the wearing sunglasses driving at night ?
There was no groping.....
The Officer put her in front of the camera to protect himself from such charges.....
Called his Supervisor......
Perfectly appropriate stop to protect other motorists and public safety.
Deuce has made perfectly clear his irrationality towards the Police.
She refused to show her Driver's License. She should have shown her Driver's License. Maybe she didn't have one, or it was suspended. That was her duty, to show her Driver's License.Delete
The use of the word "Pig" to describe this Officer is disgusting and reflects only on the user of the term.
It sounds so 60's.
If The Lady of the Lonely Road, speeding and weaving and driving at night with sunglasses on, had driven right smack into the front end of a chauffeured driven limo, would Deuce be pissed at the Police for not doing their job and pulling her over ?Delete
Syria’s ‘moderates’ have disappeared... and there are no good guysReplyDelete
Western confusion reigns while the Russians go for the jugular
Robert Fisk @indyvoices Sunday 4 October 2015 20:08 BST
The Russian air force in Syria has flown straight into the West’s fantasy air space. The Russians, we are now informed, are bombing the “moderates” in Syria – “moderates” whom even the Americans admitted two months ago, no longer existed.
It’s rather like the Isis fighters who left Europe to fight for the “Caliphate”.Remember them? Scarcely two months ago, our political leaders – and leader writers – were warning us all of the enormous danger posed by “home-grown” Islamists who were leaving Britain and other European countries and America to fight for the monsters of Isis. Then the hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees began trekking up the Balkans towards Europe after risking death in the Mediterranean – and we were all told by the same political leaders to be fearful that Isis killers were among them.
It’s amazing how European Muslim fighters fly to Turkey to join Isis, and a few weeks later, they’re drowning in leaky boats or tramping back again and taking trains from Hungary to Germany. But if this nonsense was true, where did they get the time for all the terrorist training they need in order to attack us when they get back to Europe?
It is possible, of course, that this was mere storytelling. By contrast, the chorus of horror that has accompanied Russia’s cruel air strikes this past week has gone beyond sanity.
Let’s start with a reality check. The Russian military are killers who go for the jugular. They slaughtered the innocent of Chechnya to crush the Islamist uprising there, and they will cut down the innocent of Syria as they try to crush a new army of Islamists and save the ruthless regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian army, some of whose members are war criminals, have struggled ferociously to preserve the state – and used barrel bombs to do it. They have also fought to the death.
“American officials” – those creatures beloved of The New York Times – claim that the Syrian army does not fight Isis. If true, who on earth killed the 56,000 Syrian soldiers – the statistic an official secret, but nonetheless true – who have so far died in the Syrian war? The preposterous Free Syrian Army (FSA)?
This rubbish has reached its crescendo in the on-again off-again saga of the Syrian “moderates”. These men were originally military defectors to the FSA, which America and European countries regarded as a possible pro-Western force to be used against the Syrian government army. But the FSA fell to pieces, corrupted, and the “moderates” defected all over again, this time to the Islamist Nusrah Front or to Isis, selling their American-supplied weapons to the highest bidder or merely retiring quietly – and wisely – to the countryside where they maintained a few scattered checkpoints.Delete
Washington admitted their disappearance, bemoaned their fate, concluded that new “moderates” were required, persuaded the CIA to arm and train 70 fighters, and this summer packed them off across the Turkish border to fight – whereupon all but 10 were captured by Nusrah and at least two of them were executed by their captors. Just two weeks ago, I heard in person one of the most senior ex-US officers in Iraq – David Petraeus’s former No 2 in Baghdad – announce that the “moderates” had collapsed long ago. Now you see them – now you don’t.
But within hours of Russia’s air assaults last weekend, Washington, The New York Times, CNN, the poor old BBC and just about every newspaper in the Western world resurrected these ghosts and told us that the Russkies were bombing the brave “moderates” fighting Bashar’s army in Syria – the very “moderates” who, according to the same storyline from the very same sources a few weeks earlier, no longer existed. Our finest commentators and experts – always a dodgy phrase – joined in the same chorus line.Delete
So now a few harsh factoids. The Syrian army are drawing up the operational target lists for the Russian air force. But Vladimir Putin has his own enemies in Syria.
The first strikes – far from being aimed at the “moderates” whom the US had long ago dismissed – were directed at the large number of Turkmen villages in the far north-west of Syria which have for many months been occupied by hundreds of Chechen fighters – the very same Chechens whom Putin had been trying to liquidate in Chechnya itself.Delete
These Chechen forces assaulted and destroyed Syria’s strategic hilltop military Position 451 north of Latakia last year. No wonder Bashar’s army put them on the target list.
Other strikes were directed not at Isis but at Islamist Jaish al-Shams force targets in the same area. But in the first 24 hours, Russian bombs were also dropped on the Isis supply line through the mountains above Palmyra.
The Russians specifically attacked desert roads around the town of Salamia – the same tracks used by Isis suicide convoys to defeat Syrian troops in the ancient Roman city of Palmyra last May.
They also bombed areas around Hassakeh and the Isis-held Raqqa air base where Syrian troops have fought Islamists over the past year (and were beheaded when they surrendered).
Russian ground troops, however, are in Syria only to guard their bases. These are symbolic boots on the ground – but the idea that those boots are there to fight Isis is a lie. The Russians intend to let the Syrian ground troops do the dying for them.
No, there are no good guys and bad guys in the Syrian war. The Russians don’t care about the innocents they kill any more than do the Syrian army or Nato. Any movie of the Syrian war should be entitled War Criminals Galore!
But for heaven’s sake, let’s stop fantasising. A few days ago, a White House spokesman even told us that Russian bombing “drives moderate elements… into the hands of extremists”.
Who’s writing this fiction? “Moderate elements” indeed…
I doubt the russkies are going out of their way to hit ISILs, but, on the other hand, they're bound to kill one every now and then. :)ReplyDelete
It's hard for me to see the "downside." :)
I didn't see anything wrong with the stop in the video other than that the women was so traumatized. It was unfortunate, but I didn't see that as the cops fault.
Speaking of cops -ReplyDelete
from the ever growing What the fuck? file -
A New Global Police to Fight “Violent Extremism” in the U.S.?
Why exactly does Obama want the “Strong Cities Network”?
October 6, 2015
The Obama administration plans to create a global police force that counters “violent extremism” in the United States and elsewhere.
The problem is that in Obama-speak “violent extremism” refers not only to jihadists wishing to harm Americans but also to conservatives and Tea Party activists. Just ask all the law-abiding right-of-center nonprofit groups targeted by Lois Lerner’s IRS during the Obama presidency.
Ominously, President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch unveiled the Strong Cities Network last week at the United Nations.
America's chief executive, who speaks in hushed and reverent tones when discussing the Muslim faith, said the U.S. will use “all of our tools” to fight Islamic State terrorists.
"This is not an easy task," Obama said. "This is not a conventional battle. This is a long-term campaign — not only against this particular network, but against its ideology." The United States and a coalition of 60 other countries are “pursuing a comprehensive strategy” for dealing with Islamic State, he said.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Justice teased the Strong Cities Network in a press release:
Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. Local communities and authorities are the most credible and persuasive voices to challenge violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts. While many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.
“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” Lynch was quoted saying. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”Delete
The media release continues:
The SCN will include an International Steering Committee of approximately 25 cities and other sub-national entities from different regions that will provide the SCN with its strategic direction. The SCN will also convene an International Advisory Board, which includes representatives from relevant city-focused networks, to help ensure SCN builds upon their work. It will be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading international “think-and-do” tank with a long-standing track record of working to prevent violent extremism …
Although the European scene is different from the American, the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue doesn’t come across at first glance as a neutral observer.
Its website, which is filled with left-wing buzzwords, warns
The tragic attacks in Norway on 22 July, 2011 drew Europe’s gaze to the dangers of the growing presence of far-right extremism across Europe and the increasing legitimisation of anti-immigration and anti-Islamic discourses within mainstream European politics. The blurred relationship between violence from the extreme right and broader trends of Islamophobia and anti-immigration sentiment poses several challenges for policy makers seeking to address the increasing risk of violent right-wing extremism.
And although American conservatives might not quibble with a new U.S.-based initiative aimed at “violent extremism” outside America’s borders, they have ample reason to be concerned about one that targets organizations within the United States.
Conservative champion Pamela Geller railed against the Strong Cities Network in a column at Breitbart News.
This plan “amounts to nothing less than the overriding of American laws, up to and including the United States Constitution, in favor of United Nations laws that would henceforth be implemented in the United States itself – without any consultation of Congress at all.”
Announcing the plan at the United Nations is curious she writes, because the UN “is a sharia-compliant world body, and Obama, speaking there just days ago, insisted that ‘violent extremism’ is not exclusive to Islam (which it is).”
It is likely the new body will be used as a “global police force” to crush counter-jihad forces, she wrote.
After all, with Obama knowingly aiding al-Qaeda forces in Syria, how likely is it that he will use his “global police force” against actual Islamic jihadists?
I suspect that instead, this global police force will be used to impose the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law), and to silence all criticism of Islam for the President who proclaimed that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”.......
I'll be soooooo glad when Obama is history.
While it might sound shocking and unlikely to eastern city slickers, this is an old, well known, and much used tactic out in these parts -ReplyDelete
Hunter escapes attack by shoving arm down bear's throat............Drudge
(Don't try it with alligators though)Delete