“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."

Sunday, August 14, 2016

American Street Art


  1. Boko Haram has been forced out of most towns and has turned to assaulting remote villages and using suicide bombers to attack soft targets such as mosques and marketplaces.

    More than 20,000 people have been killed in the 7-year-old Islamic uprising that has spread from Nigeria to neighbouring countries and driven 2.2 million people from their homes.
    Aid workers say there is a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in newly freed but still dangerous areas where half a million people are starving and babies dying daily. There has also been a resurgence of polio in areas that had been under Boko Haram’s control.

  2. That guy is really good.

    In one word, what is it ?

    A lament ?


  3. Decapitated head left in cooler boxes outside Government buildings in Guerrero

    1. Here we have good music and you come up with that.

      Shows where your head is at.


    2. bobal Sat Sep 06, 09:22:00 PM EDT
      If cousin Sally dies, I'll joyfully let ya all know.

  4. Kurdish Peshmerga forces have launched a fresh attack on Islamic State (IS) forces as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants' de facto capital in Iraq, Kurdish officials say.


    The Peshmerga operation on Sunday was "one of many shaping operations that will also increase pressure on ISIL in and around Mosul," said an official from the Kurdistan Regional Security Council, using another acronym to refer to IS.

  5. "Beat Whitey" is not about race:

    You can learn about it in the previous thread.


    1. You're correct, Doug, it is about money and power.
      Nothing more than that.

      Now if YOU and YOURS want to make money and power into a racial issue, well, there are certainly others that will join your party.

      But ... reality tells us that you are wrong.

  6. Time for you to go to bed, Jack.


    1. “Injustice in the end produces independence.”

      ― Voltaire


  7. All the Issues Favor Trump

    Of course, he doesn't like to talk issues.

    Aug 22, 2016 | By Jeffrey H. Anderson


    1. And neither does Hillary, which is why Hillary will win.

      Trump's negatives are higher than hers ...
      Trump is distrusted by more people than Hillary is ... amazing, but true.

    2. Electoral votes ...

      256 - Clinton/Kaine
      128 - Toss Ups
      154 - Trump/Pence

      Needed to Win - 270


    3. Obama Job Approval
      Gallup for 8/10 - 8/12 53% Approve / 43% Disapprove ... means Obama's approval = +10%


    4. Trump will have dealt the GOP the "Dead Man's Hand" for most of the balance of 21st Century.

      That's just the kind of dealer one finds in a Trump casino.


    5. Reading about the divisiveness which is rending the GOP asunder ... pure joy.
      Looks like the GOP will lose the Senate in the Clinton romp ...

      The House ... ?

    6. You're rambling, Jack.

      Time for you to get some rest, go to bed.

      You just told us these elections in November will determine the fate of the GOP for the next 80 years, or more.

      This is about as accurate as your prediction that ISIS would be totally gone from long ago was that, Jack ?

      Long, long ago....

      And, something about this election:

      The debate(s) will mean a lot....

      Now, get some rest, Jack.


  8. TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan forces fighting to oust Islamic State from their former North African stronghold of Sirte said they had made advances on Sunday in a coastal neighborhood after staging attacks by land, sea and air.

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  10. Of particular concern is the small city of Bani Walid, which sits at a southern crossroads connecting Tripoli to Misrata. The conditions that gave rise to Islamic State in Sirte are ripe in Bani Walid, whose Warfalla tribe is spread between the two cities and have complained of disenfranchisement by the government in Tripoli and Misrata's powerful militia.

    But Sirte residents also experienced the militants harsh punishment for violations of Islamic edicts, which involved frequent beheadings.

    "In Sirte they told us 'the Islamic State fighters are our sons' and asked that we not harm them," said the Misratan military intelligence official. "Bani Walid will say the same, but when they start chopping off their heads, they will come to us begging for help."