“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, May 13, 2021

LIVE: Israel and Hamas escalate bombardments


  1. This is the opening round of the kinetic culture war.

  2. Yet more bad outcomes precipitated from misguided Trump actions.

    1. You mean like how under President Trump Iran stopped harassing US naval boats? Cut aid to the Palestinians "pay to slay" programs? Was that misguided? Was the Abraham Accords that actually brought arabs and jews together misguided? What part of not funding Iran's nuke and ballistic programs was misguided?

      Come on Ash, put up or shut up...

  3. 125 days into the "Joe from Scranton" regime of dementia, incompetence and chaos and you still believe Trump was a problem?

  4. This is an outright assault on the Judeo- Christian West and constitutional governance. Six months ago we had the grudging respect of our enemies, and a rational audacious batlle against the CCP virus. Today, it is a stunning calamity of incompetance, misjudgment and error.

    There is not one Democrat controlled major US city that is not worse today than it was before the Democrat woke insanity.

  5. Oh My and from The NY Times:

    “On policy issues, Mr. Biden, 78, takes days or weeks to make up his mind as he examines and second-guesses himself and others,” the Times report continues.

    The report also reveals Biden will hang up the phone on people who he feels are wasting his time.

    The president leans heavily on his inner circle for governing — chief of staff Ron Klain, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed, senior adviser Mike Donilon, and Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti.

    Biden stalls and deliberates intently on issues such as his tone toward Vladimir Putin, the report noted, appointing ambassadors, and his recent flip-flop on refugee caps.

    Other details in the Times story include Biden’s love of pasta with red sauce, vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, and Special K cereal. His drink of choice? Orange Gatorade. Biden also “eschews alcohol,” according to the report that adds First Lady Jill Biden is considered a connoisseur of wines.

  6. The very concept that Hamas has any "right" to shoot 2000 rockets at civilians is preposterous. Of course Israel has a right, duty to protect it's citizens (both jew and arab) from such war crimes. Shooting at missile launchers, military HQ/command and control, EVEN when hidden within civilian areas is LEGAL by all UN / Geneva Convention Rules... In fact? Any civilian deaths or injury due to using civilians is the responsibility of the beligerent.

  7. The truth is stranger than fiction. The PA, having elections thrust upon them after 16 years of a 4 year tern, saw that Hamas (Iran) would win. So rather than have an election, gin up the violence to make Hamas(Iran) create a senerio that proves Hamas is the dominate political force. That way Israel would have to deal with them and not the PA.....

  8. The very headline? Is specious. LIVE: Israel and Hamas escalate bombardments

    Hamas is AIMING at civilian population centers.....

    Let that sink in.

    If Israel thru-out it's ROE and simply countered with rockets aimed at GAZANS? You'd see thousands if not tens of thousands of dead Gazans.

    Israel is ramping up it's response and it is successfully targeting Hamas's weapons production, it's METRO (underground tunnel system), infrastructure, and yes leaders and fighters

    Hamas/Iran crossed a red-line this time and Israel cannot back down, if it does? Israel is finished and yes Joe Biden is DIRECTLY responsible for this situation....

  9. Fully 35% of all Hamas rockets are landing within the Gaza Strip... The numbers of dead and injured Gazans is unclear however what is clear, Hamas and it's friends and allies in the world, including the Democrats in the USA do not care. Just as the LEFT in America do not care about Black on Black violence or BLM/Antifa violence the only thing that matters is the narrative....

    White people are bad, the West is bad, Israel is now White so Israel is bad......

    Israel = Trump = Christians = White = Nazis....