“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."
I can't leave you guys alone with the girls for half a day...ReplyDelete
Stay or leave, Cathrine, what ever makes you happy. It'll be more fun for the rest of us if you hang around, though.
Yeah, don't go. Somebody's got to break the monotony of listening to the "five guys" around the table. I'd do it, but I generally don't have the time.ReplyDelete
Larsen has been moping, lachrymose, for days. If things get worse, he'll wither away and be carried off by a dust-devil.
Time for dinner at Stike and Shike.ReplyDelete
On the previous thread an error was made by me. My first post to you was supposed to say, "You did NOT cross my mind." Again, I hope you will accept my apology for the error.
I always enjoy your comments. I'm not sure what else to say. Please reconsider?
I care not what name(s) you post beneath, just so long as the ideas floated here must have a chance to bounce off your brain as well.
I would trade your weight in Boeing contracts for your continued participation!
The Elephant Bar needs an Estrogen Brigade.ReplyDelete
BTW - Anybody seen Bob Smith lately? I guess we were too boring for her.ReplyDelete
Science eventually explains everything.ReplyDelete
Neanderthals Were Cannibals, Study Confirms
Thanks so much, everybody, for your sweetness, quite gracious of you too, T, but I've a lot of specs and drawings to do these days, anyway, and will just enjoy reading your back and forth. I didn’t comment to say I wasn’t going to comment- more to clear up any possible wrong ideas about who is Mr/ms. Anonymous. Deuce, when you mentioned “the porcelain”, I thought you were alluding to a particular someone who had engaged in bathroom “bowl” banter last week. And for that bawdy bout I blame Buddy, who is a true Treasure and Pleasure, Always.ReplyDelete
Once more, compliments on your stunning and provocative artwork, Deuce, and for capturing Our best side. Please know We shall continue to enjoy the EB- its tutorials and amusements- even if We don't inflict our pronouncements upon you in the comments section :)
I think you mean the traditional call to action, that is, the verb(s) "Hear, Hear".ReplyDelete
though I'll admit that doubling a couple of adverbs, such as "Here, Here" or maybe "When, When" or "Under, Under" or "How, How" might have a useful application under some conditions.
catherine, yep, that "porcelain" ramble was rude, and thank you for the litotes rebuke, it is the more telling for its gentility.ReplyDelete
MEMRI has a blog. H/T Michelle Malkin.ReplyDelete
Can I get a sweater that color
I'm having a "be a jerk" nightReplyDelete
There there, boys...ReplyDelete
I was totally kidding, Buddy. I enjoyed the porcelain bit. Are you being serious?
Gee, sorry it wasn't obvious. That's why I shouldn't comment. I always love your comments- serious and silly.ReplyDelete
Would you get that hairshirt dry cleaned, already?
Jeez, Rip Torn ain't lookin so hot these days.ReplyDelete
catherine, i just wanted to use "litotes"--the opportunities are so rare--i learned it from watching Monty Python, and am very proud to have it in inventory.ReplyDelete
buddy, I thought i spotted you burrirnoff, and wanted to see if I could get it by you.......I am diminished by your presence..You got me!ReplyDelete
Rip Torn was in a DWI accident or something, and Fox just put his mugshot up full-screen for about 5 minutes while the newsguys laughed at how messed up he looked. Man, I love Fox. Diane Sawyer it ain't.ReplyDelete
That was RIP TORN?ReplyDelete
I thought someone snapped my picture after that EB brawl last night.
I was wondrin how it got on television.
2164, I knew it was a test to see if we were paying attention--ReplyDelete
yeh, Rip Torn--he played Nixon is some tv movie, and tonight he finally looked like him, that day he resigned and waved bye bye from the boarding ramp on Air Force One. The pore guy--really--the pore old guy.ReplyDelete
I thought the poor guy, waved buy, by.
Well, OK, night, guys. I've got some work to do on my gentility in addition to drawings, so gotta get cracking. Thanks, again and take care.ReplyDelete
On Latin America's hard Left turn - only because free trade, outsourcing Latin jobs to Asia, and globalization wrecked the middle class, failed to advance the poor - and greatly enriched a small class of owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals.
From Chile to Mexico, the view is that American free trade and a race to the bottom for the lowest labor cost has screwed the masses, the American model is discredited, and the future is with the Left that can look out for the ignored 98% of Latin Americans.
In our Iraq fixation, we fail to note how economic policy designed to be only for the rich has been rejected in so many places and will be that way for at least the next decade. The world is massively changing and rejecting the American model in the process. Africa looks to China as a model. Australia is pulling back from free trade as benefiting the rich and traditional middlemen only. Russians are reclaiming their nation from the Oligarchs.
Even in America, the Party of the Wealthy, the Republicans - were repudiated by the idependents and Reagan Democrats over the economy not benefiting working people, high concerns about debt, job security, and insecurity over health care.
Elections have consequences.
Bolton was a very able man. But his people were rejected by the voters, and there is no way the Democrats will let one of the last unapologetic neocons (PNAC signer, etc.) remain in a position of high prominence and power.
Bolton also is thought to be not good with all the Latin nations coming in with people he politically opposed, his opposition to any trade or dialogue with Cuba now we are close to Castro's end, and his kneejerk support of Israel at a time when new leadership in America may trying to be moving to being a fairer and more objective party in ME talks..
Too bad he became a symbol of all that and has to be the focus of all the failures in American diplomatic, military, and economic policy that has diminished our clout so much - because Bolton is a professional that really does know the world despite his Latin and Zionist biases, is brilliant and can be a positive force in reversing our global decline and unraveling.
It is unfortunate that media goes with single source in a time of war and chaos, but sometimes that is unavoidable. What are the milbloggers there but single source? The trick is not to to be burned.
12/04/2006 12:19:17 PM
My post was exposed to say, "You did NOT NEVER cross my mind." Please, eccept my apulogy.
Thanks for the check-in, catherine. Do you post your drawings anywhere, if i may ask?ReplyDelete
and my we have tea and crumpets?ReplyDelete
Sure, can we expect an axe attack when our backs are turned?ReplyDelete
change that to ice-axe, per the one Trotsky pulled out of his head, back in the pre-Pollonium days.ReplyDelete
The back slap .22 caliber palm gun, buddy. That's the pre Pollonium way.ReplyDelete
I've got a little tiny .22 revover, rat, with a 1' barrel, holds 5 LR, and is so small two or three of 'em will fit in a cigaret pack. It's a back-up back-up, after they take the .25 off you ankle. Best carry is in yo drawers.ReplyDelete
You can put That Thing in YOUR DRAWERS if you want to; I'll take the Mugging.ReplyDelete
Talking tea and crumpets, have T and Catherine signed off?ReplyDelete
from the old days, chasing the rigs down on the border. A lot of the sites were behind multiple gates, and it was dark a lot of the time, so I walked around clanking like robbie the robot.ReplyDelete
Oh, Allen, that IED Hunter link was hilarious.ReplyDelete
While looking for a receipe, look what turned up.ReplyDelete
That kid is a natural!
Cedarford wrote, "Bolton is a professional that really does know the world despite his Latin and Zionist biases, is brilliant and can be a positive force in reversing our global decline and unraveling"ReplyDelete
Is a Zionist bias a tendency toward provincialism that one must overcome to know the world? And what is a Latin bias, a preference for the pre-Vatican II mass? Perhaps you meant Latin-American bias or Latino bias. Really, C4, you must get out more.
it was funny--them oz are a great bunch--ReplyDelete
Thank you for that delicious crumpet.
May I have another?
Santa's Merry Elves!ReplyDelete
The only reason I suck up to drive by is so bobal won't be displeased with me.
To think that we used to be fishing buddies!
re: IED Hunter and the Law of Unintended Consequences
What happens when the MSM gets hold of that tape? The ever vigilant NYT will headline above the fold, "Why Bush Isn't Winning the War - Marine makes ethnic slur, while insulting Muslim technology". An equally vigilant LtC, then, will feel the need to create Memoranda for Record and call in the brigade for a series of diversity lectures.
Meanwhile, a million DVDs will be bootlegged and sold, leading to an invitation for the Marines to write, direct, and produce the next Borat epoch film, "Welcome to the Land Done Under."
I asked for another crumpet, not a bowl full of tarts.
"I'm having a "be a jerk" night "ReplyDelete
You obviously got some good therapy to help you get in touch with yourself.
Gawd Damn! Buddy's done morphed into Habu!ReplyDelete
Hmm maybe he's always been Habu . . . . . .
Shit, here we go, again.
Duece's post about Litivenko converting to Islam has gotten a tremendous amount of international traffic today.ReplyDelete
The land done under?ReplyDelete
Guess What The "H" Is In Barack H. Obama?ReplyDelete
During 2006, we were treated to the bizarre need for Democrats to refer to Senator George Allen as "George Felix Allen" to highlight his Hispanic Jewish heritage. Apparently, the left can't abide jewish heritage in Republican Senate candidates and they felt the need to run huge profiles in the Washington Post about George Allen the Jew a/k/a Senator Allen.
But, while the left had this fascination with Senator Allen's middle initial, don't you dare discuss what the "H" is in Barack H. Obama. It will send Maureen Dowd into fits of apoplexy. CAIR will call for martyrdom operations against you. Braless Berkeley grads will accuse you of being a Zionist plant. Because to mention that the "H" stands for "Hussein" is fear mongering.
Barack Hussein Obama. Heh. Let the '08 games begin.
re: Santa's Merry ElvesReplyDelete
Are they real or are they MammorX. But...who's complaining?
Is this fall from gentlemanly propriety buddy's first? I'd love to see that harddrive...No, I think not.
In defense of the LA Times piece:ReplyDelete
While military knowhow may be a void, it did provide enough info to divine SOME of what really happening there.
...which is a HELL of a lot more than we can learn from Michael Yon or Walt Gaya, since they AREN'T ALLOWED IN COUNTRY!
Did you get to see my Tweeters comment at BC?
try epic next timeReplyDelete
santa elves made my pole magnetic northReplyDelete
Barack Hussein Obama. Heh. Let the '08 games beginReplyDelete
Because to mention that the "H" stands for "Hussein" is fear mongering.ReplyDelete
Obama, Osama, frankly, who gives a damn.ReplyDelete
Wherever Ted Kennedy leads,
I will follow.
Did you get to see my Tweeters comment at BC?"
Am I going to be sorry for this? Do you have a link?
You MUST have seen the C4 links right?
I haven't checked that yet.
uh o, somebody woke up the pineapple upside-down kookReplyDelete
Habu-the-Red ain't me, I swears it, i swears it!ReplyDelete
Start with Buddy's 12/03/2006 09:54:35 AM, Here.
When you're done, check out Simons post just above.
I haven't been keeping up, but at the time I thought that was the best read on the "mystery."
Kook and Gook are not acceptable descriptors in this enlightened age, asswipe.ReplyDelete
tweeters was pretty funny, tho. another funny was the www.cedarford link back a ways. the exchange with jeff goldstein esp--ReplyDelete
that's MISTER Asswipe to you, sonnyReplyDelete
Haven't seen that yet.ReplyDelete
Figured Allen would appreciate Cedarford's site!
the goldstein thingie.ReplyDelete
2 threads back I think, I had a bunch o links to C4 material.
Did you hear about Reynolds wife's bizzare undetected heart attacks?
Glad my Cariologist is a Jew!
Get cold feet Whit?ReplyDelete
The other is a Jooish Oligarch Posing as a Doctor.
I think they went about as fur as can be wentReplyDelete
no, but doctors have got to be bad for you--everybody around them is always sickReplyDelete
? = C4 and protein wisdom guyReplyDelete
Anyway, check out Helen's site sometime,ReplyDelete
I think about a month back, but not sure.
One time she went in with her dad and they told HIM to get in the wheelchair when it was HER having the heart attack!
Looks like buddy and you covered almost all the bases.
So, did the 'masquerade' thread get anything figured out? Who is who, like?ReplyDelete
...and drive by covered the glands.ReplyDelete
Has nothing to do with glans, however!ReplyDelete
Hey, fucknut, don't you think a 37 year young women almost dying for no reason is rather... remarkable?ReplyDelete
I saw the sights linked by WC and others.
C4 does have a winning personality.
Did you see my soiled pants paste?ReplyDelete
Did you see my soiled pants paste?ReplyDelete
Bring back the f...... Trashcans!ReplyDelete
yes yes yes yes 37 is very young to have a heart attack. do i have to comment on your every whim, herr hitler?ReplyDelete
re: asswipe and fucknut
Do I sense some karmic perturbations in the force?
It was the fucking medical story that is unfortunately not unique, at least some places.ReplyDelete
But all you care about is Hubby's factoids.
...maybe I'll follow Catherine out the door of this cold Hellhole!
Did you see my soiled pants paste?ReplyDelete
Did you see my soiled pants paste?
yes, yes, yes, yes
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
What?...Just another Parkinson's moment.
Ah, the farce is strong with this oneReplyDelete
I'd say may the farts be with you,ReplyDelete
but they always are,
so it's just redundant.
if youfollow catherine, please talk her into getting some sun. she's set up for a vitamin D deficiencyReplyDelete
Well, now I've been recognized,ReplyDelete
I'll go chew on my stash of urinal cakes.
doug, i see trashcans.ReplyDelete
Little does she expect,ReplyDelete
she's gonna suffer
drive by interaction deficit disorder.
How many were you hit with, Deuce?ReplyDelete
I usually see stars.
okay, dung, you win, i'll just let the fart joke hang in the airReplyDelete
...but I see no trashcans on my browser.ReplyDelete
what browser are you using?ReplyDelete
I just had to comment on the Scotish Paper:ReplyDelete
Some rip off company over there is trying to show Gores Movie to all the schoolkids.
Talk about farts hanging around.
Wretches showed up last time I looked, I'll go check.
Buddy, do you see cans?
I don't see them at Wretches either.ReplyDelete
Time to go to 7 or firefox, I guess.
I don't want to be around when someone drops the news on C4 that Jesus was a Jew. Oh, so was his mother, come to think of it. What to do about those purity laws?
Yeah, yeah, I know, that was wrong. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Gore should shut up--several prestigious scientific journals just in the last couple days have said things like, he has more to do with political science than science science. The Russian scientists are detecting global cooling.ReplyDelete
no cans. toucans, but no cansReplyDelete
Everybody knows Jesus was a Rabbi, don't they?ReplyDelete
Wretches? I resemble that remark, doug!ReplyDelete
Blogger stole the cans!ReplyDelete
You should switch to Beta before your site gets so big it will take forever, Deuce.ReplyDelete
IE7 sure is nice. hangs if you have too many tabs open, tho.ReplyDelete
Global cooling is caused by global warming, doug.ReplyDelete
I figured you knew that.
The glaciers in Detroit, and Buffalo they melted long before an Escalade cruised the interstate.
Circles and cycles
A Monkey Wrench is a Jooish Tool?ReplyDelete
Mohammed would know.
"Unstoppable Global Warming"ReplyDelete
should stop all the fuss, but it won't, even tho it documents the cycles in recorded history BEFORE industrialization.
Greenland was GREEN!ReplyDelete
getting a Whole Lot of populist churning out of it, tho, Mr. Gore and the young Kennedy is. are.ReplyDelete
Just today, Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe went after Exxon for funding some research into the issue.
No trashcans for 'Rat, either?ReplyDelete
"Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
everything thats wonderful is what I feel"
"It's my party and I'll cry if I want to,cry if I want to, cry if I want to.You would cry too if it happened to you."
OK, the guy's a little confused, but nobody's perfect
once "stupid" has a senate constituency, somewhere lots of people are fixin to get royally screwed.ReplyDelete
Arnold's gonna pass laws to make more stuff mandatory.
Meanwhile he continues to take private jets.
Here's that Scotsman ArticleReplyDelete
Trashcans are fine, in the redoubtReplyDelete
I have trashcans. I went to the contol panel and there is no trash can control.ReplyDelete
madness. mankind in total may affect as much as 2% of the atmosphere, in any way. Of that 2% most of it is in non-Kyoto signatories such as China, India, and Brazil, anyway. Yet Arnold is going to fix it, via California's behavior?ReplyDelete
Doug said, "Arnold's gonna pass laws to make more stuff mandatory. Meanwhile he continues to take private jets."ReplyDelete
And when he takes them, he tells the pilot, "GET OUT!"
Confucious say, woman who fly airplane upside down have crack up.ReplyDelete
Not to mention inverted mammarys.ReplyDelete
And that ain't some aerobatic manuever.
Unless the pilot has other ideas.
my global warming post above is one of the more ignert-sounding pieces of half-assed crap ever put down on a blog.ReplyDelete
"The Barren Crags of Kilimanjaro" by Ernest HemingwayReplyDelete
Buddy Larsen said, "Confucious say, woman who fly airplane upside down have crack up."ReplyDelete
Confucius say: Woman is like jazz music, 3/4 jazz time and 1/4 rag time.
Confucius say: Woman who douches with vinegar have sour puss.
Confucius say: Woman who have sex in cemetery fucking near dead.
Confucius say: Woman who put detergent on top shelf, Jump for Joy.
Confucius say: Woman who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cat-house.
...Confucious say, woman who make love in pantry get ass in jam.ReplyDelete
i always thought them confucious jokes were something going around Lafayette High in 60s Louisiana--heh--they funny, to me, who'll laff at anything--ReplyDelete
If you think they're so damned funny, why don't you get them right?ReplyDelete
Hairy Crack Up.
But, of course, when airman Harry Ball pancaked in inverted, they lamented Harry Ball's passing, Hairy Balls up.
LOL for Woman Catholics.ReplyDelete
Once again proving the righteousness of Gwyneth Paltrow, American media confirms that if it bleeds it leads,ReplyDelete
Spears tops Yahoo!'s searches
Yahoo reported that all thos Spears searches came from one computer in Hawaii.ReplyDelete
Israel must become more conciliatory.ReplyDelete
They gotta be out of their fucking minds. Israel has done everything it could possibly do to live in harmony with their neighbors, ALL of who want her blown apart.
Baker is out of his fucking mind and Bush isn't too far behind. My God, I ask myself, how do these Bakers and Carters see the world? Through what distorted prism?
I can understand Jimma, a redneck cracker who won after Watergate and Bush with the secret society thing which is damn Klannish.
Fuck 'em...but then as a Republican where do I go for representation? or do I become what?
This entire thing is getting way fucked up