“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."

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The war in Syria and Iraq has turned into a stalemate. Everyone fights for themselves, and neither US airstrikes, nor Assad's army efforts are able to deal with Islamic State. However, the jihadist group itself has lost its former power and cannot carry out massive offensive operations.


  1. I've been reading that ISIS has begun to suffer some defections, and the defection trend seems slowly upward.

    Sooner or later, most likely later, they're going to lose. Whatever replaces them in Iraq couldn't be worse, it would seem.

    Syria is a 100% disaster, God only knows what will become of it.

  2. More good news from The Hillary Is Doomed Department -

    Webb attacks Clinton with an eye on independent campaign...
    'Inept leadership'...

    Hope he does, though it would put me in somewhat of a bind as to how to vote.

  3. The Iraqi Army is a very slow - I'm not too sure about "methodical" - outfit. Casualty Averse is a descriptor that also comes to mind. Poorly led, and halting.

    However, sometime this Summer, more likely late than early, I imagine, they will most likely retake Mosul. That will be the beginning of the end for the headcutters in Iraq.

    As for Syria, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . brother. :)

  4. The Great Truth-Teller of 2015: Donald J. Trump

    by John Nolte24 Dec 20152,088

    Nothing raises the bitter ire of our corrupt, rotted DC Media like The Truth. These leftwing liars, these protectors of central government, these Babylonian Whores of bubbled-privilege will use any vile means at their disposal to exterminate a Truth Teller, which is why Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has faced the kind of demagoguery and venomous hate no politician not-named Sarah Palin can begin to understand.

    For telling inconvenient truths, naturally the DC Media attacks Trump as a liar, and not just as a liar, but the biggest liar of the year, of ever in the history of lying.

    Did Trump lie to the American people before stripping millions of their health insurance and doctors? No, that was Barack Obama and the media.

    Did Trump lie about a video causing a terrorist attack? No, that was Obama and Hillary Clinton, and the DC Media.

    Did Trump lie to grieving families about that same video? No, that was Hillary.

    Did Trump lie about a secret email account or about millions of favor-seeking dollars from foreign governments or the taxes he filed regarding those millions of dollars from favor-seeking foreign governments? No, that was Hillary-Hillary-Hillary.

    Trump’s only sin in 2015 was telling a number of Hard Truths Democrats and their media allies did not want told.

    Trump’s telling of these Hard Truths (detailed below) have done this country an enormous service, and not just for bringing a refreshing level of honesty to the national debate. The by-product of the telling of these Truths has been to damage, hopefully forever, The Evil Temple of Political Correctness and The Evil Temple of the DC Media.

    Both are wobbled, and even more wobbled is The Chickenhearted Republican Establishment Temple that bowed to both.

    Illegal Immigrant Crime

    In his presidential announcement, Trump went out of his way to expose the wave of crime that has come with a wave of illegal immigration. Immediately, the DC Media tried to exterminate Trump as a racist for telling this truth. But the truth won out.

    And a decade-long rape-denying media cover-up was finally exposed to the world.

    1. American Muslims Celebrated on 9/11

      The arrows Trump took for exposing this truth darkened the sky. By the time it was over, though, after a 14 year cover up, the DC Media was finally forced to admit that a troubling number of American Muslims did indeed celebrate the collapse of the World Trade Center.

      Way Too Many Muslims (Including American Muslims) are Radicalized

      In his call to temporarily ban Muslim immigration, for the first time a politician used the national spotlight to tell a truth the DC Media has hidden for years: way too many Muslims, including American Muslims, are radicalized.

      The humiliating lengths to which the Washington Post’s serially-dishonest Philip Bump went to spin these disturbing and indisputable numbers, tells you just how politically dangerous it is to reveal them.

      The Republican Establishment Is a Gang of Vicious Crybabies

      With his populist-leaning policies and refusal to seek their favor, money, or consultation, from day one, Trump went right after the Republican Establishment, and in return, this den of thieves and losers only revealed itself to be a gang of vicious crybabies and deal-breakers.

      For two cycles, the Republican Base sucked it up like good soldiers. We voted and fought for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
      and Mitt Romney. In two mid-term elections, we gave them back the House of Representatives and the Senate. We kept our end of the bargain.

      Now that it is looking like the Establishment’s turn to keep their end, they threaten the arson of a third party — they threaten a Hillary Clinton presidency, and with it the loss of the Supreme Court and the cementing of Barack Obama’s destructive legacy.

      The scales that have fallen from our eyes would fill a galaxy.

      Hillary Clinton Treats Women Abused By Men Like Garbage

      Oh, baby!


      Without Donald J. Trump’s truth-telling the current national political debate would be set by the DC Media on ground that, by design, favors only Democrats. And with the exception of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
      , the dozen or so Republican candidates would be running the same Democrat-Lite campaigns that ensured McCain and Romney crashed and burned.

      Trump’s Truths have fired up the Base in ways no one has seen since 1984.

      Truth … it’s what’s for Christmas.


    2. More Trump Vindication: ‘Some Jersey City Muslims Did Celebrate 9/11, Cop and Residents Say’
      Trump at Debate Vegas Ethan Miller Getty
      Ethan Miller/Getty

      by John Nolte21 Dec 2015248

      Thanks to Donald Trump, the DC Media’s 14 year cover up of the troubling fact that a number of American Muslims did in fact publicly celebrate the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11, has now been blown wide open. It happened, people saw it, police saw it, and it happened in a number of locations.

      “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” Trump said. “Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on. We’ve got to find out what it is.”

      New Jersey.Com:

      A retired police captain, Peter Gallagher, said he cleared a rooftop celebration of 20 to 30 people at 6 Tonnele Ave., a four-story apartment building with an unobstructed view of Lower Manhattan, in the hours after the second tower fell. …

      Knight was one of two Tonnele Avenue residents who said they witnessed a crowd celebrating on John F. Kennedy Boulevard not far from Masjid Al-Salam, the mosque where Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the “blind sheikh,” preached before the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. …

      Numerous people called police to report an exultant crowd on the roof of 2801 John F. Kennedy Blvd., a distinctive, five-story apartment building at the intersection of Sip Avenue, said retired officer Arthur Teeter, who worked in the radio room at police headquarters on Sept. 11. …

      hree additional officers who remain on the Jersey City force said they witnessed small groups of Muslim celebrants on Sept. 11, but they would not speak for attribution, citing a department policy that prohibits media interviews. …

      Eleven other officers claimed to have been witnesses to celebrations in postings on Facebook after Trump resurrected the issue, but they either declined to speak for attribution or did not return calls seeking comment.

      New concludes that Trump’s claim of “thousands” is baseless, but…

      in a new examination by NJ Advance Media, a police officer who worked on 9/11 and residents on the outskirts of Journal Square say they witnessed small pockets of people celebrating before the groups dispersed or were broken up by authorities.

      However, as I wrote earlier this month. If you are going to judge Trump…

      You have to add up all of the contemporaneous news reports. You are Donald Trump. You are taking in all the news during that awful week. You are told by the media that “swarms” of Muslims in a known terrorist’s neighborhood were seen on rooftops celebrating 9/11. Just two days earlier you have read this in the New York Post:

      Here in New York, it was easy to get angry listening to Egyptians, Palestinians and the Arabs of nearby Paterson, N.J., celebrate as they received word of the murderous attack in New York and Washington. But Mayor Giuliani (who has been tireless and magnificent in this crisis) rightly warned New Yorker-ers that is would be wrong to take their anger our on the city’s Arab and Muslim residents. Attacks on Arab-Americans in Paterson or elsewhere are utterly indefensible.

      You hear radio news reports about Muslims celebrations.

      MTV runs a news report about Muslim celebrations.

      From all of those news reports, it is perfectly reasonable and nothing close to lying to put together a picture of “thousands”.

      FACT: Donald Trump is now 100% vindicated.


      And our useless, corrupt media has once again been exposed as outright liars and cover-up artists.

      We have been lied to for 14 years, told time and again by our media that this was an urban legend.

      Nope, it happened.

      And if Trump hadn’t had the courage to touch the third-rail of political correctness, we wouldn’t know this had happened.

  5. Got my new Christmas computer going so I can watch Fox News again.

    What do I get ? Endless recycling of America's Self Promoter Bill O'Reilly's "Killing Lincoln".

    Bill must be in our Top Ten Self Prompters.

    Bill must have mentioned 25 times that his "Killing Lincoln" is on the New York Times Best Seller list, selling 'mega-millions' of copies.

    Bill is on to something though when he says Lincoln was by far the greatest President in US history, "The Gold Standard of Presidents".

    Interesting factoid was brought out:

    John Wilkes Booth was engaged to Miss So and So. Behind his back Miss So and So was seeing.......Robert Todd Lincoln, the President's son !!

    When JWB found this out, his normal everyday hatred of Lincoln went hyper, and the rest is history.

    Lincoln had a dream of his death. He told his wife and some others about it. It seems to have tracked almost exactly what actually happened.

  6. ( Anbar – On Saturday, a source in Anbar Operations Command announced, that 14 elements of ISIS organization were killed in the cleansing battles of the government complex in the center of Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad), in addition to the destruction of a number of vehicles equipped with weapons for the organization, while indicated to the participation of the international coalition aviation in the operation.

    The source said in a statement followed by, “The security forces have carried out, at noon today, an operation against the elements of ISIS organization in the government complex area in the center of Ramadi, killing 14 elements of the organization and destructing a number of vehicles equipped with medium and heavy weapons, in addition to destroying a rocket launcher.”

    The source added, “The Iraqi flag will be raised on the government complex building in the coming few hours,” pointing out that, “ISIS elements have escaped to Khalidiya Island and their defense lines in the government complex area were collapsed.”

    “The international coalition aviation had a significant and unique role in the elimination of the organization’s elements, in addition to the destruction of their hideouts in the government complex area in the center of Ramadi,” he continued.